Cruise Holiday Tips For Your Christmas New Year Vacation

Cruise Holiday Tips For Your Christmas New Year Vacation

Cruise Ahoy ! With the Christmas and New Year festive period upon us, it also the time for many to take a break and have a well earned holiday.  And top amongst vacation plans for many is a cruise holiday! With the stressful and busy lives that many of us lead these days, it is not surprising that cruise holidays are the fastest growing section of the travel industry. After all, the ticket price is typically inclusive of ALMOST everything – notable exceptions include alcohol, spa treatments, professional photos, guided on-shore tours, etc. The First Time Cruiser Have you booked your first ever cruise holiday during the festive and new year holidays? Are you feeling just a tad uncertain about how to make sure that your cruise holiday is smooth sailing (pardon the pun!) ? If yes, then here are some quick tips to help you have an enjoyable and stress free cruise holiday. Getting ready for theme parties All cruise ships will have a few theme nights – e.g. Mexican, Caribbean, Bath Robe, Formal black tie, etc. – in the itinerary. These parties are always a blast when you are dressed appropriately as it helps to make you feel more involved. So do give the cruise line a call to find out what are the themes beforehand so you can prepare your costume. Theme nights are always great fun and even more so when you dress up in costume. You will be pleasantly amazed as to how much effort some seasoned cruisers go into their custom-made outfits! What to pack Here are some items you might want to bring...

FREE Lonely Planet eBook for Melbourne wheelchair travellers

I was browsing around Amazon today and came across this FREE Lonely Planet ebook guide for Melbourne wheelchair bound visitors. Here’s the description from Amazon … Lonely Planet Accessible Melbourne is your free passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see, with tips and recommendations for travellers with special needs. Discover Melbourne’s best wheelchair-friendly restaurants and shops, get active with accessible sports, enjoy spectacular scenery, food and wine along the Great Ocean Road. No matter what your ability, get to the heart of Melbourne and begin your journey now Click on the link below to take you to the book’s page on Amazon … While this book is meant for disabled travellers, some of the information should also be useful for families with young children and large prams...
A few facts about the Ice Bucket Challenge and ALS/MND

A few facts about the Ice Bucket Challenge and ALS/MND

I am sure all of us would have seen the Ice Bucket Challenge videos that has totally gone viral. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t see a video on Facebook of someone pouring ice water over themselves! I did a quick straw poll among my mates and while many know roughly what is ALS / MND, almost all still didn’t know much about the disease and how its impact in Australia. So I thought I would write this quick blog post to help communicate a few facts about ALS / MND in Australia and the Ice Bucket Challenge. The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS / MND was initiated by Pete Frates, a former Boston College captain who is living with motor neurone disease (MND) in the US. Since he posted his challenge online, the Ice Bucket Challenge quickly went viral and is now spreading across Australia’s MND, sporting and entertainment communities. Facts about MND MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease There is no known cure and no effective treatment for MND Each day in Australia, two people die from MND Each day in Australia, two people are diagnosed with MND People with MND progressively lose the use of their limbs and ability to speak, swallow and breathe, whilst their mind and senses usually remain intact Average life expectancy is 27 months An estimated 1,900 people have MND in Australia For every person diagnosed with MND, it is estimated that a further 14 members of their family and their friends will live with the effect of MND forever For more information about MND or to make a personal donation, please visit MND...
Moving To Melbourne – Where To Live In Melbourne

Moving To Melbourne – Where To Live In Melbourne

Being a city spanning a very large land area, Melbourne consists of many suburbs of differing traits and character. Comparing all the various areas can be mind-boggling for anyone, let alone an immigrant moving to Melbourne. So how do you choose where to live in Melbourne ? Which suburb or area is suitable for you? Here are 3 areas of considerations that I reckon will be help to narrow down your shortlist to just a few suburbs making your choice a whole lot easier! Distance A good starting strategy to deciding where to live in Melbourne would be to draw a 15 km (vary this based on your preference) radius around either the Melbourne CBD or your place of work, and see which suburbs fit into your budget. Since you’re only just moving to Melbourne, I would recommend you start off renting first so as not to commit to a big mortgage on a house until you are more familiar with the lay of the land and eventually find the suburb of your dreams. 🙂 Education If you have children, a key driving factor for choosing where to live in Melbourne might be the location of a specific school. Many public schools (especially the popular ones) are “zoned”. What this means is that you must live within the defined neighborhood boundary in order for your child to be eligible to study there. Lifestyle If you like a specific lifestyle then that may influence your decision. For example, If you like beaches, places like St Kilda and Altona might appeal to you If you like rivers, you can’t go past the scenic locations around the...
Top 5 Things To Do In Melbourne On A Rainy Day

Top 5 Things To Do In Melbourne On A Rainy Day

With all the gloomy wet weather recently in Melbourne, I thought the perfect blog topic would be – Top 5 Things To Do In Melbourne On A Rainy Day !! The rain has been forecast to last a whole week and with the school holidays in full swing, the kids must be bored out of their mind too ! So here is a list of interesting things to do in Melbourne and hopefully stay dry in the process ! There’s a bit of something for everyone and not just the little ones. 😉 Without further ado and in no particular order … 1. Attend an exhibition or show event Melbourne is The Event Capital of Australia so there is ALWAYS something on throughout the whole year ! In fact, just this weekend alone there are the following awesome events to choose from: – Supanova The Sci-Fi and Pop culture event of the year featuring Lucy Lawless (Xena) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) among many others. A must attend event for all fans of sci-fi, anime, comics, etc. – Dreamworks Animation exhibition Produced directly by the people who brought you Shrek, Madagascar and the awesome Kung Fu Panda a world-first behind the scenes celebration of 20-years of DreamWorks Animation! It features over 400 items including rare and never-before-seen concept drawings, models and original artworks, interviews and interactive displays from DreamWorks much-loved and favourite animated classics. A bit more time to attend this one though as it will last until October. – Melbourne Home Show Building, renovating or making home improvements? Then visit Melbourne’s largest, most popular Home Show for all the latest products, services and innovations in...
Melbourne’s answer to the world famous Heart Attack Grill burger!

Melbourne’s answer to the world famous Heart Attack Grill burger!

Are you feeling HUNGRY? Anyone with a HUGE appetite out there? Here’s a BIG challenge if you are up to it! I was walking around Melbourne CBD when I came across this interesting challenge from the good people at Panned Pizza. If you can chomp down this baby, you can eat for FREE! And you’ll even win a $20 voucher to boot! Aptly named the “What The Hell” burger, this is possibly Melbourne’s closest answer to the famous American Heart Attack Grill burger. The promotion starts in May so there’s ample time for you to “practice”. P.S. Melbourne Ahoy does not condone over-eating. Eat at your own Risk !...

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