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Top Ten Day Trips Around Queensland

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - January 11, 2018

Marine life on the coral reef

When a state has almost 7,000 kilometers of coastline, you know you’re dealing with a big country. Queensland occupies a staggeringly big area in the North West of Australia and is characterized by its tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches, peaceful towns and of course, the Great Barrier Reef. You’d need more than a lifetime to explore everything that Queensland has to offer, but here’s 10 day trips which you shouldn’t miss on your first time. The best way to see them all? Grab yourself a car rental in Cairns.

1. Dive at the Great Barrier Reef. Let’s start with a biggie. If you’re going to do just one thing, make it a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef. The vast living structure is home to thousands of coral reefs, myriad islands and hundreds of cays, not to mention the colorful tropical fish, the curious turtles and the sharks. Unfortunately, the reef has been irreversible damaged. To stop any further damage, be sure to travel with a reputable agent. Leave your car rental in Cairns and head of to explore one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders.

2. Swim at the Tangalooma Wrecks. Haven’t had your fill of snorkeling or scuba diving? Swim off the coast of Moreton Island near Brisbane and you can dive down to explore the Tangalooma wrecks in the shallows. The calm waters make this a perfect trip for all ages.

3. Climb to SkyPoint Deck. How do you like heights? Down along the Gold Coast you can take the elevator up the 230-meter-high observation tower to look over the ocean and Surfer’s Paradise below. Few views in Australia match up to this one.

4. Take the train to Kuranda. While the town of Kuranda is interesting enough, it’s the train journey to reach it that is the real highlight. Take the scenic ride takes you across bridges, lush rainforest journey, and gorges before reaching town. Well worth the trip.

5. Check out the wildlife at Australia Zoo. Wildlife lovers should head straight to Australia Zoo located along the Sunshine Coast close to the Beerwah Mountains. While it may not be the only zoo in the state, it’s certainly the most famous in part down to Steve Irwin, the front man to the documentary series The Crocodile Hunter. Don’t take are word for it, the zoo has won plenty of awards over the years including the Australian Tourism Awards.

6. See the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. If you have even the smallest interest in paleontology, don’t miss a visit to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum which houses a seriously impressive collection of fossils including two found in Queensland.

7. Wander through Hou Wang Miau Temple. For something a little different, how about a visit to an authentic Chinese temple, the only one in Australia. Since it’s donation to the National Trust in the late 70s, the temple has been meticulously preserved offering guests a slice of Chinese history in the heart of Queensland. While you’re there, be sure to take a look at the information and artifacts to learn more about its significance.

8. Go wine tastings at Boireann Wines. If you love to sip of French-style wines, you won’t want to miss the wine tasting at Boireann Wines near Stanthorpe. Here, you can learn about the production of Queensland wine and tour the vineyards.

9. Drive across Fraser Island. Fraser Island is one of the most popular spot for backpackers coming to Australia. The huge sand island (the largest in the world) lies just off the coast of Queensland. When you arrive, you can spend your days racing around on 4×4 cars, camping under the stars, exploring the rainforest or swimming in the crystal-clear waters. Bliss.

10. Go underground at the Chillagoe?Mungana Caves National Park. Both geological and cultural interesting, the hundreds of limestone caves in this national park are made even more impressive by the ancient Aboriginal rock art that adorns them. Best explored with the help of an expert guide.

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HADRIAN’S WALL – A PARADISE FOR HIKERS

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - January 11, 2018

Located in the city of Carlisle, England, the 73miles-longHadrian’s Wall is an iconic and historic site. This UNESCO certified World Heritage Site stretches from sea to sea, across some of the most dramatic and spectacular landscapes of England. This awe-inspiring wall used to be a multi-cultural frontier for around three hundred years. Nowadays, the wall has become a famous site among travelers who love to go on hiking tours. People from all over the world come to this iconic site to walk on this centuries-old wall and discover the various attractions located along a walkway. You will get to discover a lot of forts, bathhouses, turrets, shrines and museums when you go for a Hadrian’s Wall walking holiday. It is a beautiful place full of history, culture, natural beauty and a ton of places to explore, which truly make it a paradise for hikers.

A Brief History:

Hadrian’s Wall, also known as the Roman Wall, was built in 122 AD during the reign of Hadrian the emperor. The wall was used as a defensive fortification in the Roman province named Britannia. Built under a period of six years by nearly 15,000 men, this huge wall stretched from the banks of the River Tyne to the Solway Firth on the Irish Sea. A large portion of this long wall still remain intact, and it is the largest Roman artefact in the whole world. It has become one of the most important ancient tourist attractionsin Britain, and the site was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year of 1987.

The Dimensions of the Wall

The Hadrian’s Wall used to be 73 miles (80 Roman miles) long from coast to coast. The height and the width of the wall varied, which depended on the materials found in the nearby areas. The width of the wall varies from about 8 feet to 20 feet, and the height of the wall varies from 10 feet to 20 feet. There were 80 small forts called milecastles which were situated after every Roman mile. The wall also had six huge forts which used to serve as armed cities.

Best Time to go for a Hadrian’s Wall walking tour

The Hadrian’s Wall walking trail is open throughout the year, 24/7. However, the trail is most enjoyable for walkers during the months between May and October. During this period, the grounds recover over winter and spring and give you the best walking experience possible. The sky also remains quite clear during this time, which provides favourable conditions for hikers. Also, the surrounding areas become awe-strikingly beautiful with abundant greeneries, making sure that you have a hiking experience of a lifetime.

Typical duration of a walking tour

If you are planning to go for a walking tour through the Hadrian’s Wall, then you need to have at least six to seven days at your disposal. The trail can be covered in six days by experienced hikers, where you will need to cover about 15 miles every day, as the whole walking trail can be as long as 89 miles. However, for intermediate hikers, an eight or nine days’ trip is much more suitable. You will need to walk for 11 miles per day, which makes it the most popular duration of a walking trip on Hadrian’s Wall.

What to Pack for the Walking Tour

Hiking on a long-distance trail is quite different than a normal hike,you also need to pack accordingly in order to be safe and prepared throughout the trek. If you are going with a walking tour organizer, all the organization is taken care of for you, which really allows you to enjoy the whole experience. Here are a few things which you should consider taking with you when going for a Hadrian’s Wall walking tour.

– Backpack with cover or liner
– Waterproofs
– Mat to sit on
– First aid kit
– Multitool / penknife
– Compass
– Whistle
– Water bottle
-Map
– Torch

Top sights to see along Hadrian’s Wall walking trail

The surrounding areas of the Hadrian’s Wall walking trailare full of attractions which hikers can explore throughout the walk. There are a multiple of forts, turrets,bathhouses, shrines,museums and even an ancient city for you to explore. Here are few of the major attractions which you should consider when you embark on a Hadrian’s Wall walking holiday.

Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge used to be responsible for carrying the wall across the River IrthingMany years ago. However, the course of the river has changed over time, and now the remains of the old Millennium Bridge lie on the eastern side of the river. A new Millennium Bridge has since been built in 2001 which reconnected the route, which takes walkers from Cumbria to Northumberland.

Housesteads

Housesteads houses is the most dramatic site you will get to explore during your walk along the Hadrian’s Wall. The Roman fort situated here is the best preserved Roman fort found in Britain. The foundations here include a hospital, army barracks and also flushable old toilets. You will also get to see some of the most incredible vistas of the wall and the Northumberland National Park from the ridge.

Vindolanda

Here you will get to explore a beautiful museum where you will get to have a look at the everyday life of a Roman garrison town. A large number of Roman artefacts are on display here, including leather sandals, Roman helmets and writing tablets. You can also explore the excavated parts of the fort and town, and visit the age-old turrets and temples which have been reconstructed.

Brocolitia Fort

Brocolitia Fort or Carrawburgh Fort is another interesting site which you must explore during your walking tour. The ruins of the Temple of Mithras is also located near the fort, which was built in the third century. The remains of this temple built in the third century is a really popular destination which you can visit during your walking tour of Hadrian’s Wall. The temple was dedicated to the Roman Sun God named Mithras. You will also find the remains of a sacred well which was dedicated to Celtic water goddess Coventina.

With all its historic sites, beautiful landscapes and museums full of ancient artifacts, a walking tour along Hadrian’s Wall is beautifully serene and educating at the same time. In fact, it is actually one of the most important historic destinations which you can visit in Britain. So if you want to get a taste of the ancient Roman Britain and discover fresh details of that historic era, then consider going for a walking tour along this historic place. You can be sure to have a memorable experience which you can cherish for a lifetime.

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HOW CREDIT CARD POINTS CAN HELP YOU TRAVEL

Travel Blog - Ross French - December 28, 2017

We, human beings, are natural explorers. Travelling around the world and exploring all new places is a passion for almost each and every one of us. However, this is not a passion which comes in cheap in any way. Starting from accommodation, food, entry fees, travelling costs to airfare, travelling around the world requires you to spend a lot of money. And not all of us are fortunate enough to have that kind of cash all the time. So although we would love to travel to places at any opportunity that we get, it is not always possible. However, there are a few ways which can drastically reduce the cost and help you travel. And one of such ways is saving up credit card points.

What are Credit Card Points

Credit card points are points which you get by using your credit cards. So cards have a point system based on every dollar you spend using your cards. Sometimes they also offer free air miles for using your cards. A lot of credit cards present you with an array of offers using which you can save up on points and use them for travelling. But probably the best offers for credit card points are provided by the second-largest bank of Canada, the TD Canada Trust. If you compare TD credit cards with each other, you will see the TD first-class travel visa infinite card is one of the best cards to store up your credit card points.

How to Choose the Best Credit Card for Credit Card Points

There are a lot of banks and financial institutions which offers credit card points for using their credit cards. You need to keep a few things in mind while choosing the best card for you. First of all, do check out the signing bonus that you get for signing up for the credit card. Also, the amount of credit card points that you earn for spending each dollar from your card vary from card to card. So do remember to check that out before opting for a card. Also, do remember to check if there are any hidden costs or conditions associated with your credit card.

How Credit Card Points help you Travel

The credit card points that you earn using your credit cards can be used to eliminate a huge part of your travelling costs – the airfare. Aeroplane tickets cost a lot, and they constitute a major part of your travelling budget. Moreover, you might want to get a business class or first class ticket when you are going for a vacation to a faraway land. Because travelling for 15 to 16 hours in a cramped little seat doesn’t make for an enjoyable vacation experience, does it? And these business class or first class tickets cost nearly a fortune. But now, you can use your credit card points to book your round-trip air tickets for free. You can earn these credit card points pretty quickly if you plan for a bit, and then you can have a perfectly enjoyable vacation experience without breaking the bank while flying business class!

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Broaden Your Horizons: 3 Countries You’ll Want to Explore

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - December 18, 2017

Choosing where to go traveling is a difficult question to answer. In a world, so vast, diverse and beautiful, trying to pinpoint one exact location to explore is near impossible. What is needed is a little inspiration to lift us out of our routines and get us thinking about what we want to get from going to a new land, and what experiences we want to take back with us into our lives at home. Do we want picturesque views to longingly look at while sipping a cool glass of wine, a wild adventure, trekking across mountain ranges, or to be plunged into a culture and history far removed from our own? Whatever it is you are looking for, this guide will give you the inspiration.

The best way to choose where you want to go is to decide what you want to experience. By having a travel goal, you can easily narrow down where you want to be.

Seeking Romance – Italy

Throughout history, Italy has become synonymous with romance through an endless waterfall of poetry, music, and literature that has permeated our cultures as well as influencing our ideas about what love really is. The sunny climate, quaint little streets, and stunning architecture make Italy a country rich in culture and beauty. It is the perfect getaway for couples or newly-weds to indulge in the finer things in life and live out their romantic fantasies.

Finding Thrills – Nepal

For some of us, a holiday is about that out of the ordinary, once in a lifetime experience that will be talked about for years. The more adventurous of us may consider the truly unique wonder of trekking in the Himalayas. The country of Nepal is home to eight of the world’s highest mountains, including, of course, Everest, and so is the perfect place for climbers and adventurers.

Discovering History – Germany & Greece

If the past interests you, Germany might be the place to go. Berlin is brimming with historical sites such as the 1945 Olympic Stadium or the underground shelters that can still be seen running just under the train stations of the city. There are many walking tours and bus excursions to see, for example, the ruins of the Berlin Wall and Check Point Charlie, many of which are in English.

If it’s ancient history you’re after, then why not visit where civilization actually began in Greece. Witness the majesty of the Acropolis, the Valley of Temples or the archaeological site of Olympia, where our modern Olympics came from.

Make it Yours

Every country and culture is individual, much like our travels should be. Once you know what you want, read material from a reputable travel guide site such as www.mrhudsonexplores.com to get a deeper understanding of what amazing experiences are out there to enjoy and tell stories about for years to come.

The world is a vast and stunningly diverse place that is just waiting to be discovered, and there is no reason good enough not to see it!

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Interesting Things to do in Colorado

North America, Travel Blog - Ross French - December 16, 2017

Colorado is one of the most beautiful states in the United States of America. Named after the River Colorado, this states is packed with the Rocky Mountains. Just like the River Colorado carries some Ruddy silt from the mountains, the state also delivers a feeling of Refreshing Happiness to her visitors. Noted for its diverse geography, the city is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the country. Packed with tourist destinations all year round, this state has never disappointed its tourist. If you find the hotels to be too expensive, you can always go for the cheap but high-quality Colorado Rentals.

Fasten your seatbelts and we will take you on a brief ride to the highest altitude state in the USA.

• Museums

Colorado is one of the states in the country housing various types of Museums. If you ever plan to go on a family trip along with your kids never ever miss a Single Museum. The state has been recently funding a lot of Museums which are dedicated to kids. The state houses a wide range of museums including Science Museums, State-of-the-Art Museums and History Museums. Engineers should never miss the Forney Transportation Museum which has a collection of almost everything with wheels. The National Mining Museum is another must visit spot for engineers at Leadville, the richest mining town in America. The Denver Art Museum and the Aspen Art Museum top the list of most visited art museums in the country.

• Hiking

Hiking is the most adventurous activity which could pump your adrenaline. Hiking is the activity which has been known to mould a person’s character within a short span of time. If you ever had an overstressed month and if you are looking for some time to stretch your legs, hiking is your medicine. Colorado has got a lot of picturesque hikes worth visiting. Stacked with Alpine lakes, waterfalls and wildflowers the four pass loop is one of the most beautiful sites to visit in Colorado. The aesthetically appealing La Plata will definitely give you the unforgettable hiking experience with the view from the peak and its refreshing Twin lakes.

• Nightlife

If you are going to Colorado on a business trip or on a bike trip with your adult friends, then you should not miss the state’s crazy nightlife. If you have been churning out quite a lot of cash recently, you could brag about it here. Packed with a lot of nightclubs and bars, this might turn out to be the place where you would meet the person with whom you would be sharing your apartment bed and couch.

If you are a music lover you should pay a visit to the Black box which has got two rooms with bass couch sound. The La Rumba is one of the popular adult Latin Dance Clubs where you could test your dancing skills in Salsa, Bachata. If you are planning for a Collegemates reunion you should try the Beta Nightclub.

Colorado is one of the awesome states in the country where you will get a once in a lifetime chance to rediscover yourself.

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