“She has style, she has grace, she is Miss United States”. An apt line for the robed lady who has been welcoming visitors to American shores since 1886.
Engrained in my childhood memories are countless magical scenes and colourful Disney characters, bought to life every Saturday morning in our family living room and on the big screen. What child hasn’t dreamt of hugging Mickey Mouse on a visit to the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’.
According to recent statistics, Australian’s have been taking to the skies in record numbers over the past few years. Scores of aircraft cross the Pacific daily, filled with tourists and business travellers alike, making the Australia to U.S. routes some of the top international markets for air travel. So when is the cheapest time to fly to the U.S.A. from Australia?
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Which is the most visited city in the United States? OK, that was easy. But with over 30 million visitors per year, all keen to take their own bite of the big apple, this city has countless super-star attractions.
From famous movie scenes and instantly recognised landmarks, to restaurants and foods known the world over, it’s easy to get lost in this metropolis of paradoxes and delight. Here are ten of my favourite places to visit in New York City.
You know you have travelled long and far when you shave before heading to the airport, yet need to shave again upon arrival of your destination. I recently flew my longest flight to date – 15 hours non-stop between Sydney, Australia and Vancouver, Canada. Actually from my home town of Brisbane it was a total travel time of 31 hours to reach my final destination of Winnipeg, thanks to a seven hour layover in Vancouver. I fly every few weeks, although generally not of that length, and have found a few tried-and-tested methods to surviving a long-haul flight. There a few things you should never travel without when flying long-haul and here is a list of how I prepare and get through the day….or days of travelling.
Nestled in the western state of Colorado, surrounded by natures finest landscapes, is the mile-high city of Denver. True to its name, Denver sits one mile above sea level, tucked at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.
With an impressive 300+ days of sunshine each year, Denver and its surrounds is the main gateway to some of North America’s finest powder and ski fields, natural attractions and probably the finest beer in the world.
All passengers travelling to the U.S.A. require an ESTA (Electronic System Travel Authorisation) as part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for eligible countries. Effective today, changes to the program include additional questions. Here is what you need to know before travelling to America.
New government aviation security measures have been introduced for all passengers travelling with electronic devices. If you are travelling with your iPad, iPhone or mobile/cell phone, laptop or other electronic devices then you need to be aware of the new aviation security measures in effect from July 2014. This is what you need to know in order to avoid having your electronic devices confiscated without having to go through the hassle of being denied boarding should you refuse to give these items up. Read more
When the now ubiquitous Apple iPhone entered our lives in 2007 it set in motion a revolutionary new method of communication, changing the way we interact with the world around us. And what about those remarkable little ornaments we all organise so lovingly on our smart phone screens? Apps? With just one touch, a whole new world opens up, revealing itself in all its digital information glory. From games to booking a flight to navigation and finding the nearest Chinese restaurant, Apps have reduced the world into tiny, palm sized tools. And for today’s modern traveller these conveniences have certainly made it easier to stay connected while on the road.
Many of us have endured the inconvenience of lost bags when travelling. Having to go out and repurchase clothing and personal necessities can be a costly exercise, an unforeseen hassle that no one wants to endure on a holiday or business trip. Until now we only had luck on our side when it comes to recouping these costs through convoluted travel insurance policies and disinterested airlines. If only there was a straight forward, easy to understand alternative out there.
Union Square, with its towering memorial statue and air of California sophistication is perfectly placed in the pulsating heart of downtown San Francisco. An inviting city plaza surrounded by swaying palms, upscale retailers and historic hotels, the clanging of passing cable cars only heightens this already charming urban scene.
The commercial centre of the city, Union Square features some of the best shopping in the country. Interspersed with lovely restaurants and inviting cafes, Union Square is the perfect place to enjoy an al fresco coffee or meal while watching the world go by.
“This is a must read!” a friend of mine exclaimed with excitement “but be warned, you’ll be hooked from the start!” Snickering under my breath I studied the front cover and wondered what this Tales of the City was all about. I mean we’ve all heard the claim before – the one that will supposedly rock our world, one that we just won’t be able to put down. Well, as it turns out, he was right.