Six Melbourne Road Trips

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A driving vacation is the perfect option for anyone that wants the freedom to create their own agenda rather than being tied to a specific routine. All you need is your belongings and a hire car and you’re be ready to go, and you’ll be in control of the sites you see. In this article, you’ll find six road trips in Melbourne that will offer you an unbelievable experience.

1. Sydney-Melbourne Coastal Drive

The Sydney to Melbourne coastal drive will take you through Batesmen Bay, Phillip Island, and a number of other seaside towns. As well as the spectacular views, there are plenty of visitor attractions and landmarks along the way. Highlights include the Croajingolong National Park, Jervis Bay, the local beaches, and the birds and wildlife. It is also a great region for seafood.

2. The Great Ocean Road Route

The route measures 243 km and is an excellent opportunity to experience the south eastern coast of Australia; it will take you through several major cities and settlements such as Apollo Bay, Anglesey and Rye River.

It is considered one of the Australia’s most picturesque drives and it highlights include The Otways and its rainforests, Bell’s Beach, the 12 Apostles and the waterfalls. You will also have plenty of opportunity to experience the wildlife, and if you love surfing and water-based activities, you’ll find plenty of beaches to explore.

3. The Great Alpine Road
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The Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island

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The Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island is picturesque during the holidays, as the inn is fully decked out with a tree and all the classic trimmings, amid several wood burning fireplaces.  The Ram’s Head Inn is high on a hill overlooking a harbor–optimal for sledding! Shelter Island has several ice skating spots, and the surrounding North Fork and Hamptons are filled with Christmas tree farms and festive vineyards. Please visit www.theramsheadinn.com or call 631-749-0811 for rates and details.

Why You Might Want to Consider a Winter Vacation

What’s so special about summer vacations? Why should summer get all the fun? If you really want to know the answer, it comes down to school scheduling. But schools have not always taken a break in the summer. Before the Civil War, school, such as it was, took place year round. Rural schools took to breaks in the spring and fall while city schools took breaks in the spring.

Now that the U.S. school system has largely agreed to take time off in the summer, it makes sense that family vacations would be scheduled during that time. The only vacation time we get in the winter is roughly the first two weeks of it, otherwise known as the holiday season. Even so, that time off is often spent preparing an elaborate staycation, or going off to see nearby relatives that are just over the river and through the woods.

There is something to be said for ditching the traditional vacation during the summer, and putting all your eggs in the winter vacation basket. Here are some reasons you might want to do that, and some places you might want to do it:

Not Everyone Has Kids

Summer vacation is all about the kids. But what if you don’t have any kids? Why should your vacation schedule be dominated by school scheduling? Even if you have kids, depending on age, going on vacation with the kids might feel a lot more like work than vacation.
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FlightHub’s Travel Tips to Marrakech

There had been debates regarding the etymology of the city name Marrakech. One side states that it was derived from the Berber word mur akush meaning “Land of God.” Historian Susan Searight claims the word was first documented in the Qarawiyyin manuscript meaning “country of the sons of kush.”

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Anyway, enough about that, the city of Marrakech in Morocco is a hot tourist destination for many reasons. The Moroccan lifestyle, handicrafts galore, amazing cuisine and story-telling museums.

The climate of Marrakech can be pretty brutal, the average temperature during summer is 32-45°C (90-100°F). Travelers are encouraged to visit the city from March to May or October to November to experience the spring and fall seasons.

Our expert team at Flighthub provides the cheapest deals possible for trips to many popular destinations, including Marrakech. We also have connections to several hotels in Marrakech like the Kenzi Farah and Dar Kantzaro at discounted rates to once again ensure that you spend less on travel accommodations and more on exploring and experiencing this magnificent city.

Now, going back to Marrakech, here are the features to look forward to upon your visit.

Jemma El Fna

The main square of the city and the most visited area by tourists is the Jemma El Fna. It has food stalls, handicraft stores, juice vendors and even snake charmers. This place has a combination of food, entertainment and commercial business.

Majorelle Garden

Majorelle Garden was established and designed by French painter Jacques Majorelle from 1886 – 1962, it’s situated in the heart of Ochre city. The variety of floral species covers the entire area and produces fresh air along the green paradise.The garden shelters water lilies, lotus flowers, palm trees and other exotic plant species. The environmental facility also takes care of different birds like house sparrows, robins, blue tits (get your mind out of the gutter), warblers and turtledoves.

Inside the garden is the Galerie Love, filled with love posters designed by Yves Saint Laurent. The garden has its own cafe, the Café Bousafsaf that serves cool and hot beverages. A perfect place for a break.

Koutoubia Mosque

The largest mosque in Marrakech with its decorative arches and unique architectural design attracts travelers daily. The mosque is fortified with sandstone, bricks and red stone. The Minaret tower made of sandstone stands at 253 ft and overlooks the city. The locals refuse to build buildings taller than the Minaret because it’s their most preserved and cherished landmark.
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The Top Eight Things to Do in NYC This Fall

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NY Fall Foliage Tour

Cross the George Washington Bridge and soak up the vibrant autumn colors of the Hudson Valley with this 4.5-hour fall foliage tour. Scenic stops include the 18th-century Fort Montgomery, Lookout Inn—the highest point of Palisades Cliffs—and West Point Academy.

Pumpkin Picking

Looking to get out of the city for some family friendly fun? New Yorkers can take the ferry to Staten Island, where the Historic Richmond Town Pumpkin Patch welcomes kids with a cornstalk maze, hay rides and a farmhouse tour. Other farms that offer pumpkin picking include Stuart’s Farm in Westchester County, Secor Farms in New Jersey or Elwood Pumpkin Farm in Long Island.

Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tour

When the summer heat finally subsides and the leaves begin to change color, there’s no better time to cruise around Central Park. This two-hour bike tour includes all the park highlights, from Belvedere Castle to Bethesda Terrace to Shakespeare Garden.
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How to Make Vacations to Disneyland More Affordable

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What child doesn’t dream of a trip to Disneyland? Taking a trip to the happiest place on Earth ends up being the trip of a lifetime for most families. It also ends up being one of the most expensive.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to take this dream trip with your family without having to give up taking another vacation for years after. Here are a few things you can do to make a Disneyland vacation more affordable:

Buy a Timeshare

One of the most expensive components of your Disneyland trip is lodging. Even the cheapest hotels around the area charge expensive rates thanks to their proximity to one of the hottest tourist attractions in the world. The longer you stay, the more rapidly your costs will add up.

Investing in a timeshare can help you save money while also giving you a nicer place to stay. For instance, a Welk Timeshare offers villas and suites with up to three bedrooms and 1,400 square feet. You’ll feel like you’re staying in someone’s home rather than living out of a hotel for the week. In many cases, you’ll end up paying less than you would for a hotel room for the same amount of time. Check out this Welk Timeshare review for more direct hotel information.

Invest in Annual Passes

A single, one-day ticket for Disneyland costs $99. Add another $40 and you can visit all the parks in the system. Now multiply that by the number of people in your family. It adds a hefty price tag to the cost of your vacation.
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Saybrook Point Celebrates Autumn On The Water

Guests will marvel at the beautiful colors of fall along the shores of southern New England at Connecticut’s premier resort destination in historic Old Saybrook.
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Known for its charming New England character and feel, Saybrook Point is the perfect getaway for celebrating Autumn’s vibrant colors and refreshing seasonal delights. Nestled between Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River, the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa gives guests the opportunity to experience breathtaking views and elegant dining surrounded by the finest accommodations and luxurious amenities. During the season, this award-winning resort offers a unique array of packages for guests to enjoy the perks of being on vacation without ever having to leave the joys and comforts of this well-appointed property on the shores of southern Connecticut.

To celebrate Halloween, Saybrook Point is hosting its second annual “Pumpkins on the Point” extravaganza featuring a spectacular pumpkin display on the terrace of the award-winning Fresh Salt restaurant and Saybrook Point Marina, where hundreds of locally-grown, hand-carved jack-o-lanterns will illuminate the day and night. Guests will also enjoy a Trick or Treat Trail, hayrides, carving demonstrations, music and seasonal delicacies prepared by Fresh Salt’s award-winning culinary team. For guests, 21 years-of-age or older, Saybrook Point is also hosting a lively after party at the gorgeous Waterfront Ballroom starting at 7:00 p.m. This festive “Halloween Masquerade” features live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a variety of food stations.
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Spending the Holidays in New York City

The holidays are one of New York City’s busiest seasons of the year — with an estimated 5.2 million visitors expected to stay in the city during the 2015 holiday season. According to NewYork.com, now is the best time to book your trip to the Big Apple to ensure you get the best rates and availability on hotels, attractions and Broadway shows.

Also, many of NYC’s tour companies offer seasonal versions of their tours, like the popular Gray Line City Sightseeing Holiday Lights Tour and the Hornblower Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise, that generally go on sale 2–3 months before the holidays.

NewYork.com has compiled lists of the best hotels, attractions and Broadway shows of the holiday season that are most likely to sell out over the holiday and/or are offering early access pricing:

Top Hotels

  • The New York Palace goes all out for holidays, stringing up more than 68,000 lights and hanging 32,000 ornaments on the looming Christmas tree that presides over the elegant courtyard, and is one of the most sought-after hotels over the holiday season.
  • Centrally located near Central Park and the city’s most iconic stores, from Tiffany’s to Bergdorf Goodman, and holiday window displays, AKA Central Park gets snapped up quickly.
  • This playful midtown hotel, Le Parker Meridien, is one of the city’s most coveted holiday hotels with its annual Gingerbread Extravaganza fundraiser, where local bakeries craft gingerbread houses in the shapes of New York landmarks.

 

Top Attractions

  • Top Of The Rock Observation Desk often reaches visitor capacity during the holiday season, so book now to guarantee entry on the day of your choice. For those who want to skate at Rockefeller Center ice rink after, it’s important to book tickets at the rink in advance as there are limited tickets available.
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