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The Best Food to Take on a Road Trip

Travel Tips - Ross French - August 3, 2021

Road Trip

If you are planning a vacation and want to avoid the expense of eating out every single day, you might be looking at food and drink that you can easily take on your travels, especially if you have decided to go on a road trip. Then, here are some easy snack options for you and your family if you are trying to pack light and stave off food cravings on your trip.


Coffee is essential if you are planning to head out on a road trip, with the chaos of road trips demanding much more energy than you might normally have. Not only this, but coffee can help to keep you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed during early starts. Then, you should consider looking at easy-to-make cold brew coffee. Trade’s coffee does not need to be made with a machine and can be delivered straight to your doorstep just before you set off, ensuring that you can meet your caffeine cravings every day.


Vacations are not known for being the healthiest times of the year, and it can be tempting to live on chocolate bars and cakes for the duration of your trip. Then, you should consider taking fruit with you. However, you should ensure that these fruits are not ripe before you set off, as fruit can quickly ripen and go off in hot temperatures. The best fruits to take with you include bananas, apples, and oranges. Although fresh fruit is best, dried fruits, such as dried apricots and raisins, can be great options if you do not have space in your luggage for fresh options.

Fruit Bread

If you are looking for food that can double as both a snack and a meal, fruit bread or a more extravagant brioche version might be the best option for you. As well as having longer best before dates than many other types of bread, fruit bread can be eaten plain as a snack or smothered in butter and copious amounts of filling for lunch or dinner.


Another healthy snack that can be great for those long days on the road is nuts, such as peanuts, cashews, pistachio nuts, or almonds. Some brands like Emerald have an assortment of mixed nuts in each serving. Nuts can help give you the energy you need to power through the day while stopping your hunger pangs before you can next stop for a meal. They also usually come in handy resealable packets, which are perfect for road trips, especially if you do not want to consume the entire packet at once.


Sandwiches can be extremely messy options to take on a road trip, especially if you love fillings like tuna and tomato. Then, you should consider alternatives to your lunchtime staple, such as bagels. Bagels are excellent options as they do not require a filling, especially if you choose blueberry, cinnamon, or sesame bagels. If you do wish to have a filling in your bagel, there are plenty of options for every time of the day or night, including cream cheese, salmon, peanut butter, and avocado.

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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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Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - August 22, 2017


During the 1990s, the famous American writer David Foster Wallace found the cruise industry guilty of having ‘nearly lethal comforts’. Travellers around the world have been writing off cruises for being ‘too mainstream’ and the epitome of crass tourism. However, the modern cruise industry has changed a lot and emerged as one of the most luxurious yet culturally enriching vacation experiences. The 21st century cruises are much more than only buffets, silly pool games and beaches. Nowadays, whether you are travelling cross country on a mega cruise or sailing off into the sea on a yacht, you will surely have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself into the unique, local cultures of the places you are visiting. Here are 5 reasons why you must try going on a cruise holiday for your next trip. Continue Reading

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