Embark on new adventures

In today’s interconnected global age, people are traveling all over the world to locations that were reserved for the elite class years ago. With so many destinations to choose from, tourists may sometimes struggle to decide where they’ll go for their next vacation. It takes a team of professional marketing and publishing experts to convince people to explore certain destinations around the world.

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Advertising a popular tourist site requires proper multimedia presentation in today’s digital world. A marketing campaign should feature high quality video material that briefly highlights all of the attractions about a specific destination in a limited air time. In the age of social media and social networking, great advertising videos can go viral and attract millions of views worldwide. Boosting the tourism of any place in the world has never been easier, thanks to the internet.

Professional marketing experts also need to publish detailed information in the traveler sections of popular magazines, newspapers and even blogs. A one page description should be sufficient enough to entice new tourists to a particular destination. Such articles need to include topics of interest such as food, culture, music, night-life, shopping, historic sites and more. Of course, a popular tourist destination needs to be linked to good lodging. After all, what’s a tourist hot spot without good accommodations that would be acceptable by western standards. The National Geographic Traveler is an example of a publication that invites people to embark on new adventures in the hidden tourist gems of the world.

5 Safety Checks to Complete on Your Car before Setting off on Holiday

It’s always a good idea to check your car thoroughly before taking off on a long trip. Nothing will take the fun and excitement out of a holiday adventure faster than a broken down car. As distances between towns and cities are often extensive in Australia, having a well running car is even more imperative. Sitting on the side of the road in the midday heat trying to flag down help can be pretty harrowing.

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Here are some car safety checks that will help make for smooth sailing, (driving).

Repairs and Maintenance

Check that your car is not in need of major repair or maintenance. If there are problems with your vehicle, get them fixed before you leave. It is Murphy’s Law that if you don’t, the problem you have been have been putting off fixing will suddenly escalate into a major repair scenario on the road, so if your car is due for a service make sure you have it done before you leave home.

Give it a Check Up

There are a few things you need to check before your trip. Firstly, check the air filter. A clogged air filter will give you poor fuel economy. The air filter is easy to check and change. Checking your water coolant is vital, especially if you are venturing into weather conditions that differ from home.


Check that all tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. Low pressure can cause heat to build up that may result in a blowout on the highway. Check your owner’s manual to ascertain the correct pressure. Take a look at the tread on your tyres too and don’t forget to check the spare.

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What to Do Before Your Family Beach Holiday

If you are planning a beach holiday with your family, there are a number of important things to consider doing before you leave. The more organised you are in advance, the more you will be able to relax when your holiday comes around.

Check the Expiry Date on All of Your Passports

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Take a look at the passports of all your family members – are they in date? Many countries require you to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months before you enter. If you haven’t been away in a while, you might have forgotten when your passport is due to expire.

Also, if you are traveling with babies they will usually need to have their own passport as well. To find out more, contact your passport office for more information.

Book Your Transport to the Airport

Figure out in advance how you are getting to the airport – this isn’t something you want to be doing at the last minute. If you’re driving, you will need to figure out where you can park your car during your holiday and look up the route on your GPS. Alternatively, you could choose to take a taxi to the airport to make things easier. For example, if you booked an taxi to Stanstead, it would pick you up at your house and take you and your family right to the gate.

Pack Some Entertainment for the Plane

Children can get bored and cranky during long plane journeys, so it is important to bring plenty of fun things to keep them entertained. This can include colouring books, picture books, comics, magazines, small toys, handheld video games, teddy bears and much more.

Here’s a helpful tip to keep in mind – dole out the entertainment one by one, only presenting your child with something new when they get bored with the last item. This way, they will have several little surprises to look forward to and you can maintain their interest throughout the entire flight.

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Cities You Simply Must Visit in South Africa

South Africa has become one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, with millions of tourists flocking there during the summer months. With so many natural attractions, from spectacular beaches and glorious coastlines to beautiful landscapes and vibrant cities, there’s no doubt that you’ll have the time of your life here, no matter how long you’re holidaying for! Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your loved one, or a family adventure to keep the kids entertained, South Africa’s cities have it all, so let’s take a look at some of the top destinations you can’t miss out on!

Cape Town

Established in 1652 by the Dutch East India Trading Company, Cape Town the oldest city in South Africa, and also the most popular when it comes to tourism. Originally, it was used as a resting place for spice traders – a halfway point on their long sailing voyages around the African ports. As trading became a bigger business, the area was colonised to provide hotels and places to eat, and thousands of slaves were brought in from the east to help with this transition.

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View of Cape Town’s “city bowl” from Table Mountain. Image (cc) Andres de Wet/Wikimedia

In 1834, slavery was abolished in Cape Town, however laws were then passes in 1948 declaring enforced segregation – or the apartheid. Finally in 1994, South Africa won its democracy, and Cape Town continues to be the thriving hub of this diverse, cultured and historic nation. Bars and clubs light up the city centre streets, with luxury hotels and jewellers providing bespoke services and products to tourists. On the other side of town, the leafy suburbs house the vineyards and university, as well as a number of parks perfect for long evening walks and picnics.


Durban is one of South Africa’s up and coming cities, with a vibrant population of young and hip scenesters, spearheading new fashions, music and cuisine. For over 150 years, three main cultures in Durban have coexisted – the Zulus, Indians and surfers – and they each offer their own way of life, culture and religious beliefs. Durban is also one of the county’s business hot spots, not least due to the diamond mining in the surrounding quarries and hills.

Skyline of Durban, South Africa, in the morning. View from Vetchies pier. The red building on the left side is Addington Hospital, followed by the beachfront. Image (cc) Wikimedia

One of the best things about this city, is that it is home to the biggest population of Indians outside of India! This means there’s a wealth of amazing cuisine just waiting to be experienced, from spectacular restaurants to amazing food vendors out in the streets and markets. To save money on your airfare to this fantastic nation this year, be sure to search for Cheapflights South Africa for the best deals online.


You can’t talk about South Africa’s greatest cities without mentioning Johannesburg, and this wonderful and diverse landscape offers everything a tourist would need! Big, bold and bustling with adventure, Johannesburg is a metropolitan and culture centre, home to huge business, pleasure and hospitality. It’s also known as the city of gold, due to the styles of its inhabitants, hell bent on wearing as much bling as they can! However the poor outweigh the rich in Johannesburg, and for every pocket of luxury suburb, you’ll find ten more slums in the city.

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Early morning sunrise over the city of Johannesburg, shot looking East with the M1 Highway in the foreground. Image (cc) Dylan Harbour/Wikimedia

5 Car Races Not To Miss in Australia

Car racing enjoys a thriving cult following in Australia; from the motorbikes to the V8’s, to the Formula One, there’s something about the sharp thump of a car engine that brings out the passions in enthusiasts and first-time attendees. If you’re a lover of the chequered flag, the rip-cord sounds of pit-lane and the unequivocal thrill of watching the best precision drivers in the world tear around the track at impossibly high speeds, these are five races not to miss as 2014 approaches. Get your calendar ready, mark your dates and save spare change for tickets to the next race-day!

Clipsal 500 – Adelaide

Fly south and kick off March with eight cylinders of power, as Clipsal 500 kicks off in town, exhibiting the best talent locally and internationally. A four day event that features everything from glitzy lunches, stunts, air-shows, surprising displays and a permeating sense of family. There is truly something for everybody, including historic motorcycles and the bewitching tunes of Australia’s musical talent. Motorsport event, it is not; cultural experience? Definitely.

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Formula One Grand Prix – Melbourne

Melbourne attracts a diversity of events, from glamorous fashion festivals to cuisine conventions. Take a break in Australia’s cosmopolitan capital and join the flocks of revellers lining up for the four day Formula-One-a-thon. The Grand Prix kicks off at Albert Park every year, to the deafening rumble of automotive excellence. Not to be eclipsed by the Clipsal 500, the Melbourne Grand Prix lights up the sky with expert aerial displays supplied by the RAAF, intricate exhibitions and super car demonstrations.

Quit Forest Rally – Western Australia

The Australian Rally Championships is an eight round series of rough, tumble and plenty of dirt, challenging drivers and navigators with some of the most challenging terrains in the world. The Quit Forest Rally is the second round in the line-up, combining back to back action with motorbikes and other caveats of the motorsport world.

Australiasian Safari – Western Australia

This is not a circuit race, a lap around the park or a relaxing buzz, squeezed into stages. The Australasian Safari spans from Perth to Kalgoorlie. Even the most resilient outback rides and motorbikes struggle to conquer the 4,000 kilometre tour across Australia’s most forbidding regions, some succumbing to the heat and pressure long before the half way point. The Safari is one of the only races where you can physically follow the action, stalking the racers across the stages and exploring the colours of the western wilderness.

V8 Supercars – Bathurst

Aussies love their endurance races. Mount Panorama plays host to a 1,000 kilometres of motorsport history, as Australian and international racers navigate the gruelling track, playing homage of 50 years of victors and contenders. Revel in the expertise of pit-lane, from quick wheel changes to emergency diff lapping; and cheer for your favourites as they vie for the title of King of the Mountain.

Try something different and forget the football fanaticisms of the last few years; the motorsport bandwagon is diverse and ever growing to be one of the worlds most loved cultural experiences.