Spring brings out the travel bug in all of us. Something in the air, entices us to explore. The chance of romance in a far off location. An exotic encounter, spice in the islands, the mind wanders….
This strange phenomena is known as wanderlust. Exotic ports, the scent of incense burning all raise our oxytocin. It’s our need to renew, invigorate and explore. Its our instinct.
Travellers from Australia know this feeling well. It is the mood that compels us to buy tickets, search for destinations and rekindle our mojo.
Luckily here we have so much choice. Where do I go becomes perplexing, but the urge is stronger.
Asia has always been a popular source of rejuvenation for Australians. The home of sensual spices and spiritual delights, beckons us to visit her.
Asia Discovery Tours is a well-known specialist of the Far East, one of Australia’s favourites. They have a huge choice of sensational tours from a $2480 13 day Vietnam Holiday Tour to an 23 day China Silk Road Tour & Russia River Tour for $6,280. Destinations with great value packages include Sri Lanka, Mynamar, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau & fantastic water & river tours of Russia & Scandinavia. www.asiadiscoverytours.com.au
India is one of the world’s most colourful, interesting places. A land of mystery & intrigue, poetry & wonder, a very special land. You can visit the Taj Mahal, the metropolis of Delhi, the other worldly Jaipur, Mandaway, Agra & Pushkar from only $2299 for 15 days & 14 nights staying at Crowne Plaza, Four Points Sheraton & other deluxe hotels – a marvellous tour at a bargain price. Go to www.tasteandtravel.com.au for more information.
If luxury cruising through mysterious Asian pockets is more to your fancy. Why not try CH Cruise and Travels Luxury 11 night cruise between Siam Riep, Cambodia and Saigon Vietnam. This all inclusive tour covers your transfers, sightseeing, all meals with wine, beer and soft drinks & includes your return airfares all for $3,599 give them a call on 02 9369 4466.
Become your own Tarzan and Jane this spring with a romantic 16 day Safari Adventure to Kenya and Tanzania. This small group tour of only 4-10 people is intimate and invigorating. Your guide is Clive Arnold, famous wildlife filmmaker & photographer. See Nairobi, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and more. They have a Southern Africa Safari for 16 days departing on 30th Sept 16 for Kruger National Park, the Kalahari Desert, Capetown, Etosha & Windhoek, Nambia go to http://www.safarisintoafrica.com/ for details and bookings.
Australians love to travel to the USA, with opposing seasons Aussies tend to head up to the northern hemisphere as the weather starts to cool at home. The California Trail Centres is a one place of historic interest to all. Hosting 15,000 square metres of exhibit & interactive experiences, this Historic Centre follows the overland Trail Migration, the largest voluntary migration in history, to the Gold Fields & Coast of California from the East Coast.
Free Admissions means it is a must stop for Australians holidaying in the USA, & has a common relationship to our own home grown Eureka Gold Fever. Inside you will find a book shop, a wagon trial, a Native American Camp & much more.
Try panning for gold & hear Native American Tales in this unique centre 8 miles East of Elko Nevada. This state is full of wonders both manmade & natural. A taste of the true cowboy trail awaits you & Elko boasts all the creative comfort the American Experience can offer. Go to www.californiatrailcenter.org for more information or go to Elki County Visitors Authority at www.elcova.com
Cruising in American Waters has a huge appeal to the Australian traveller as the landscapes are so different to the landscape at home. Viewing mountainous coats & icy locations is not really possible at home. Nexus Holidays has an 18 day Alaska & Canadian Rockies cruise from $4899 which includes return airfare, 6 nights, hotel accommodation, 7 nights on board Explorer of the Sea, entries, tours, most meals, go to www.nexusholidays.com.au
At home here in Australia, spring is a glorious time of the year. Clear blue skies and a sunshine just right. It’s a great time to holiday on the island continent.
How about a trip to the top of the Australian Continent, the very top of Queensland, the tip of Cape York to be exact. Have you ever wanted to visit Cape York to stand at the northern most point in Australia, well now you can with the Cape York Day Tour – the world’s longest scenic flight, where you walk on top of Australia after a 4 hour 4wheel drive tour of the north end & this is after your low level scenic plane trip up from Cairns with Daintree Air Services, there is nothing like this anywhere else, go to www.daintreeair.com.au
In sunny Queensland, many of our grey explorers like to find a central location where they can base themselves with access to many attractions. A fine choice is the beautiful Sunshine Coast where you’re never far from the beaches, the inland waterways and lakes, the renowned restaurant strips and the many attractions for the action packed seniors. Caloundra Holiday Centre has a huge range of self-contained accommodation in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. You can cook at home in the finely appointment apartments or stroll to restaurants, clubs, bars, cafes and hotels for a meal or drink. Seniors can take advantage of heavily discounted weekly prices starting at just $380, so bring the family for a well-earned getaway – check www.caloundraholidaycentre.com.au
Also on the sunshine coast in Queensland is The Moorings Beach Resort has a stay 7 pay for 5 deal at $665 with 7 nights in a one bedroom, fully equipped apartment in a superb location .The Moorings Resort has heated pools, spas, steam rooms & a gym & you can walk to top restaurants & shops. www.mooringsbeachresort.com.au
Spring is the perfect time to plan a visit to Tasmania and Seniors Coach Tours have 7 different experiences to choose from. Everything from a Hobart Explorer of 7 days to Tasmanian Wonderland, a fully encompassing tour of 14 days. These tours include return airfares from your capital city. www.seniorcoachtours.com.au
If the top end of Australia is more to your fancy you can try their Kimberley, Top End & West Coast Tours ranging from a 7 day Darwin stayout, The Kimberley, Kakadu & Darwin Tour of 13 days to the might West Coast Adventure Tour over 25 days. Airfares (return) from you capital city included head to www.seniorcoachtours.com.au for more details.
For all travellers whether domestic or international, there is always the chance of something unpredictable happening. Being unprepared for hospital bills or evacuation is not good planning. With the ever present danger of accidents on the road, at sea, or delays & layovers for flights or connections, travel insurance is a necessity that must be included in all trip planning. The unwanted appointment in emergency or at the dentist overseas can cost a small fortune. For seniors you can get your cover hassle free at Seniors Insure – make sure you do www.seniorsinsure.com.au for all your needs.
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