Top 10 best countries to visit and why

Let’s take a look at 10 of the best countries you can visit and why you’d want to invest the time money and effort to get there.

Where: Australia

Why: Food, scenery, unique wildlife, beautiful beaches

Australia is one of the most visited countries as people from across the globe flock to explore the rural countryside, spending days on the white sandy beaches looking out across the vivid blue waters. Many come to see unique wildlife that is not only indigenous to Australia, but exists nowhere else. For those looking to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the cities there are a range of activities, delicious cuisine to sample and nightlife to enjoy. It is a country that has something to please everyone.

Where: United Arab Emirates

Why: Luxury

Burj Al Arab HotelA relatively recent destination on the tourism trail, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers visitors a stay of almost unrivaled opulence. One of the most popular areas within the country is the city of Dubai, which is home to the 7 star luxury hotel Burj Al Arab. If you enjoy a having a flutter when on holiday then you might be a bit disappointed as the UAE has some pretty tight gambling laws but there’s nothing stopping you from accessing online games from the comfort of your luxury hotel room.


Where: England

Why: Heritage, culture, scenery, The Royal Family

Across the other side of the world in the UK, England has just about everything a tourist could wish for. There are beaches in the south, stunning scenery in the north and plenty of culture in between. However, this prosperous country is perhaps best known for its heritage, and the Royal Family – visiting Buckingham Palace, in London, is a must for tourists.

Where: Antarctica

Why: Unique experience

Although actually a continent rather than a country, the otherworldliness of Antarctica makes it a must see for anyone interested in traveling. It’s certainly the experience of a lifetime and not one many people get the opportunity to try. Add it to your bucket list!

Where: Brazil

Why: Nightlife, beaches, carnival

Brazilian CarnivalThe happy-go-lucky culture for which Brazil is famed may not be quite accurate, however, when it comes to parties few other nations can compete.

The carnival season is the epicentre of the fun and runs throughout February. It is a spectacle you have to witness at least once in your life.


Where: Uganda

Why: Wildlife, scenery

It’s for good reason that Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa. The country has an abundance of lush vegetation and spectacular landscapes, such as the thrilling Murchison Falls. It is also home to exciting wildlife, including lions, elephants and gorillas.

Where: Germany

Why: Heritage, culture

Both good and bad, Germany has a fascinating history. The country’s past can be explored through a multitude of cultural hotspots, including the aptly named Museum Island in Berlin, an island dedicated to museums… Who knew?

Where: Uruguay

Why: Beaches, relaxation

In Punta del Este, Uruguay has some of the most popular beaches in the whole of South America, while in the northwest of the liberal nation are the relaxing hot springs of Dayman in Salto. It’s also worth noting that Uruguay is one of the most ethical travel destinations on the planet, while its head of state, president Jose Mujica, lives on a farm and donates around 90% of his monthly salary to charities.

Where: Cuba

Why: Culture, beaches

Even within the country itself, there is not complete agreement with the way that Cuba is run; however, the dictatorial regime that rules over the nation makes it an intriguing place to visit for any world traveller. Havana is a charming city, famous for its music, food… and rum!

Where: Thailand

Why: Beaches, fun

Even in the fun loving region of Southeast Asia, few places can match Thailand when it comes to having a good time. The country has plenty of picturesque beaches, it’s cheap and it’s home to the infamous Full Moon Parties of Koh Phangan.

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Australian Blog Of The Month – June 2014

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The Most Romantic Australian Holiday Destinations

What spells out romance to you? For some, it’s dinner by candlelight overlooking a tranquil ocean view, while for others it’s enjoying a spa getaway with massages for two. Whether you want to spend your days lazing in the sun with your loved one or cycling through picturesque countryside, Australia offers no shortage of romantic destinations. For honeymoons or a weekend getaway, try exploring the following destinations.

Barossa Valley, South Australia

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Wine-tasting is one of the top romantic experiences in Australia, and you can enjoy plenty of rural regions known for their wine production scattered throughout the country. One of the most romantic is in South Australia, which is filled to the brim with gorgeous wineries and excellent gourmet cuisine. The Barossa Valley is quaint and rustic, home to many famous wineries including Wolf Blass and Penfolds. Take a tour of a winery to sample the goods and stroll through the valley admiring the local churches and architecture. With beautiful views, a serene atmosphere, and plenty of quaint boutique hotels to stay in, you’ll find this to be a relaxing getaway for two.

Palm Cove, Queensland

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North Queensland is home to the Sunshine Coast, with its sun splashed beaches and perfect weather. In the far north you’ll find the luxurious Palm Cove, known for its picturesque seaside cafes, posh boutiques, and beautiful unspoilt beaches. It offers couples a taste of paradise with spectacular sunset views to boot. If you have the time, it’s worth hopping in the car to explore some of the other attractions in the region on a day trip, including Noosa beach and the Eumundi Markets. Check out the latest updates on Carsales to find a suitable vehicle with style to spare.

Pacific Palms, New South Wales

If you’re looking for a prime secluded spot to enjoy with your loved one, escape to Pacific Palms on the coast of Smith’s Lake. With white sandy beaches and lush palm forests, the town is quaint and quiet. It provides proximity to Booti Booti National Park, along with some of the region’s top surfing beaches. A particularly picturesque spot popular for weddings is the Green Cathedral, which is nestled into the forest overlooking the lake.

Leura, New South Wales

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Nestled into the fragrant Blue Mountains just a couple of hours away from Sydney, Leura is a town known for its sandstone architecture and abundant public gardens. Take a wander through the town and bring your bicycles for a day trip into the surrounding natural park. Be sure to pack a picnic basket with a selection of gourmet nibbles and wine to soak up the sunshine at a mountain beauty spot, where you can enjoy panoramic views.



Daylesford, Victoria

Known as one of Australia’s top spa getaways, the charming setting of Daylesford in Victoria is the perfect place to relax and be pampered. It offers elite spa facilities throughout the town, set amidst rolling hills and verdant countryside. Book a couples’ massage and calming body wraps to feel ultimate relaxation, before sitting on a sunny terrace with a glass of locally produced wine. There are plenty of elegantly landscaped gardens, art galleries, and stunning architecture to enjoy as you walk around town, which invokes a European feeling.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

If you and your partner like to enjoy an active holiday with a dash of adventure, try heading out into the wilds of the Northern Territory to visit Kakadu National Park. This magnificent and remote environment is World Heritage listed for its pristine wilderness and sheer scope of wildlife. Encompassing 20,000 square kilometres in size, there’s an amazing degree of ecological diversity and beauty to explore hand in hand. Take a wander through the bush or hire a canoe to explore the inner reaches of the park by boat. You’re guaranteed solitude and spectacular scenery along the way as you commune with nature and each other.

From posh wine tasting getaways to rugged adventures, Australia offers plenty of options for a romantic weekend away.

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Unique Australian Activities

Australia has been characterised by a laid back yet tough Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee, a pioneering optimism of the old frontiermen and even in sentimental 80s pop sensations such as ‘Land Down Under’ by Men at Work. The writer Bill Bryson correctly observed that it has earned a legendary reputation and yet relatively little is known about it. The upside down land; Down Under – the nicknames attributed to Australia are more to do with its isolation, size, variable landscape, environment and history more than just its geography. All of which have made Australia a truly unique place in the world.

It is a land of extremes, of rain forests and deserts, of cuddly and killer animals, of fiercely competitive yet immensely friendly people and it is a Westernised island on the southern edge of Southeast Asia. It has two histories, one of which is amongst the oldest in human history and is manifested by the Aboriginal communities who have been in Australia for 40,000 years. The latter, the European history, has seen huge cities spread far and wide in a short couple of hundred years or so. Regardless of a sense of familiarity for foreigners used to city life in a global capitalist world, so much of what you can do and see is uniquely Australian.

In line with the nation’s love of competition and sporting prowess, the fondness for a flutter here and there is close behind. Whether an online game on sites like OCBB AU is your preference, or you tend to go for the green velvet of the blackjack table, a greyhound track, horse races or merely just like to throw into the Aussie Rules sweep stake down at the local pub, there is plenty to satisfy the idle sports fan who enjoys putting their money where the mouth should be.

What other Australian adventures can I pursue away from sport?

Australia’s climate, wildlife and landscapes are perhaps its biggest attributes. There are over 1,000 mammal and bird species, 4,000 fish species and around 500 reptile and marine mammal species combined. Over 80% of these are native to Australia and so are totally unique, from the iconic kangaroo to the koala bear. Do not be put off by the scare mongering on the topic of dangerous animals either. Going for a swim or a hike is not equal to gambling with your life, no matter how much you like a chance or two.

There are dozens of wildlife parks, zoos, open treks and thousands of miles of untamed country to be experienced. A visit to the Great Barrier Reef is a popular choice as it is the largest reef environment on Earth. In Australia the cliché of life being about the journey is as accurate as ever. It may be enormous but its internal network of roads and railways makes it one of the most uniquely diverse landscapes on earth to travel across.

It may not have the cult status of hitting the road as in the United States but trips between Melbourne and Adelaide on the Great Ocean Drive, for example, will show you this island at its most beautiful. Incidentally this is a popular cycling route too. There is a vibrant music, art and surfing scene in each of Australia’s major cities as its population becomes increasingly multi-cultural. There are also examples of art works that are up to 30,000 years old in the form of cave paintings by ancient Aboriginal tribes. A by-product of more and more foreign integration is the growing choice of delicious foods that go beyond the famous Australian barbeque. Look beyond and see the depth behind the iconic stereotypes for a place unlike any other.


Woofs Of Wisdom

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Australian Blog Of The Month – May 2014

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Australian Blog Of The Month – April 2014

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Australian Blog Of The Month – March 2014

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Australian Blog Of The Month – February 2014

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Inspire Fitness Blog

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Noah Today

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A Billion…

The next time you hear a politician use the word ‘billion’ in a casual manner, think about whether you want that politician spending YOUR tax money.


A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective.

A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were Living in the Stone Age.

D. A billion days ago no one on the earth walked on two feet.

E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate the US government is spending it.

While this thought is still fresh in our brain …

Let’s take a look at New Orleans …

It’s amazing what you can learn with some simple division.

Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D) was asking Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans …

Interesting number … What does it mean?

A. If you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, and child) You would each get $516,528.

B. Or… If you have one of the 188,251 homes, your home would get $1,329,787.

C. Or… If you are a family of four.. Your family would get $2,066,012.

Now, imagine  $700 billion bailing out banks in the US.  That’s enough to fund complete medical care for every man, woman and child currently alive in the US for 11 years!

Kinda puts things into perspective doesn’t it?



The Things Everyone Needs to Know When Travelling Around Australia

Kangaroo - BeachAustralia is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, attracting backpackers, campers and those seeking the ultimate adventure. No matter what you want from your travels in Australia, it will be one of the most memorable trips of your life.

Here are just some of the things you need to know before coming to the land down under:

Where to Go

Where to start; Australia is vast and filled with iconic landmarks, beautiful landscapes and amazing wildlife. Choose Sydney for its vibrant culture, stunning beaches and famous landmarks. Pick Melbourne for its sophisticated café and bar culture. Perth for its sunshine and laid-back lifestyle or Brisbane for its lush green spaces and lively social scene. Drive the Great Ocean Road, surf the Gold Coast, take a hike in Tasmania or dive the Great Barrier Reef. Make sure you take time out to relax on some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Sit back, soak up the sun and scenery and check out some of the best surfing spots in the world.  If you are a creature of the night and parties and gambling are more your scene, then check out for inspiration.

When to Go

Australia’s climate varies enormously, from hot in the far North to cool in the South. Many travellers choose to arrive in Australia between December and February, when it is summer for most of the country. March to May is autumn, June to August is winter and September to November is spring, so really it’s up to you to choose the time of year you want to arrive. The northern states of Australia tend to have warmer weather much of the time, whilst the southern states experience cooler winters. Remember in the peak summer season, accommodation prices will be more expensive and will be a little busier.

How to Get Around

One of the best ways to city hop in Australia is to fly. No traveller wants to be spending all their time getting from A to B and flying is the best way to cover large distances in a short space of time. Australia’s domestic airlines are affordable and serve all cities. If you’re not in a hurry and wish to take in some of Australia’s most beautiful scenery, rent a car and drive the Great Ocean Road. Stretching 151 miles along the south-eastern coast, the famous road winds its way through some stunning sights, including the famous limestone cliffs of the 12 Apostles. You’ll find car rental companies at all major airports and in city locations. Getting around each city itself is also easy with a wide selection of public transport including trains, buses, monorail and trams.

Entry Requirements

All travellers visiting Australia need a visa, except New Zealanders who receive a ‘special category’ visa on arrival. The majority of applications can be made online from Australian diplomatic missions, travel agents or the Australian government website for the Department of Immigration & Border Protection. There are many different types of visa so it is important to do your research and apply for the correct one.

One of the best things about vacationing in Australia is that you won’t get attacked by a bear – unlike what might happen if you vacation in Alaska!


Temporal distortion

Have you ever noticed how time warps when you’re on vacation?

Vacation Time Warp

The concept is called temporal distortion – one of many perceptual distortions we create – it’s a fascinating experience to have as our brain slows down or accelerates time as it sees fit.

If only we could control it… How cool would that be?!?!


Australian Blog Of The Month – January 2014

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Money is No Object: Dream Travelling Experiences and Destinations

If you could travel anywhere in the world with money being no object, where would you go?

Would you choose a paradise island with footprint free beaches? Or maybe a luxury safari holiday deep in the African bush with comfortable beds, gourmet cuisine and your own private pool? Perhaps you’d prefer to travel to Disneyland or see the world on a luxury cruise ship?

Let’s pretend for a moment your lottery numbers have come up or more likely, you’re successful with, why not embark on one of these dream, travelling experiences:

Enjoy a Luxury African Safari

When most people think of an African safari, they immediately conjure up images of ‘roughing it’ out in the African bush but this couldn’t be further away from the truth. Today, the safari holiday oozes luxury with exquisite camps and lodges complete with king sized beds, en-suite bathrooms, swimming pools and fine cuisine. Forget about viewing wildlife in a cramped minibus with a bunch of strangers too. Today you can enjoy a safari on land, in the air and on the water, just with the company of your friends and family. Africa is a land like no other; teeming with some of the world’s greatest wildlife, home to iconic landmarks and breath taking scenery, it really is an unforgettable trip.

This has become so popular, a new travel terms has emerged – glamping (stands for glamour camping).

Glamping - Africa

Seeing the Northern Lights

According to a new survey, seeing the Northern Lights is at the top of the typical Briton’s bucket list. The Northern Lights, otherwise known as Aurora Borealis, can be seen between the months of September to April in various parts of the world including Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Canada. Each destination offers a unique experience of this remarkable natural phenomenon.

Of course you could opt for the Southern hemisphere version, our very own – Aurora Australis

Sample a Taste of Paradise

Everyone wants to sample a bit of paradise and luckily there are many beautiful islands around the world that offer just that. Picture yourself sipping cocktails on a white powdery beach, diving in crystal blue waters and indulging in gourmet cuisine from the comfort of your spectacular hotel resort. The list is endless when it comes to exotic beach holidays like this; the Maldives, Fiji, Zanzibar, the Seychelles, Bora Bora, the Caribbean or The Bahamas, the choice is yours.

Cruise Around the World

Cruising has become extremely popular over the years, so much so that it is now one of the best ways to see the world. Renowned for their luxurious offerings in terms of world-class facilities and comfort, cruise ships offer the best in food, entertainment, accommodation and hospitality. Whether you want to cruise around the Mediterranean, Caribbean or Antarctica, or spend 100+ days on an around-the-world adventure, there’s a dream voyage waiting for you.

Head to Walt Disney World in Florida

No matter your age, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida offers one of the most exciting travel experiences in the world. This magical place will take you back to your childhood with four huge theme parks, two impressive water parks, back-to-back shows, plus plenty of shops, restaurants, hotels and recreation activities. There’s no other place on earth quite like this.

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Australian Public Holidays 2014

Ever look for a list of public holidays and school holidays to plan your activities and events?

Look no further, here is a complete list of Australian Public Holidays for 2014.

If you are technically oriented, here is a list of Australian technical Events for 2014.

You’re welcome!


How to get more visitors to your blog

There are many strategies, but one not used by many are focusing on one commemorative day or awareness day per week or per month, to draw attention to that particular event, cause or theme and draw a targeted audience to your blog.

Sometimes, the quickest, easiest solutions are the most elegant and effective.



Top Blog Posts Of 2013

Top 10 Blog Posts 20132013 has been quite a year. Below is a list of the top 10 blog posts of the year. Enjoy a quick review and use the tips and techniques to make 2014 your best year ever!

  1. Willpower is like a battery – How to stick to your goals like New Year’s Resolutions.
  2. Hyperbolic Discounting – How to remain committed to long-term goals to achieve the success that might have been eluding you.
  3. Why Smart Business People Fail – Success is not the inverse of failure. In other words, not failing does not make you successful…
  4. From Motivation To Momentum – A must read if you slip and sabotage your goals and dreams (knowingly or unknowingly).
  5. Google Search Tips - These tips are priceless to get the most from Google, otherwise you’ll never quite get what you’re looking for.
  6. The Epic Split – This is simply AMAZING. The power of human focus and concentration combined with incredible athleticism.
  7. Good And Bad Habits Of Smart People - Success is not about how smart you are, but much more dependent on WHAT you do with what you know and HOW you do (or don’t do) certain things…
  8. Bobby McFerrin – Amazing Presentation – Every once in a while someone creates a magical moment. This is one such moment. Enjoy!
  9. Positive Twist On Negative Thinking – Attention small business owners… Don’t hire this type of person!
  10. The Power Of Why – The better the questions you ask yourself, the better the answers you’ll come up with.

Happy Holidays*

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Graffiti Removal Video

I’ve blogged about graffiti statistics In Australia, the dangers of graffiti, the costs of graffiti in Australia and whether or not Graffiti is art or vandalism. But today it’s about a really cool video from The Graffiti Eaters who remove graffiti quickly and effectively – enjoy!