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  • yTravelBlog's Tips to Taking a Short Break | Expedia.com.au
    you won t care about getting to the destination you ll only care about the burning why you need to satisfy Find that burning desire and run with it Why not Here are a few ideas we use I must go away because I want to feel refreshed I want to leave the responsibilities behind for a weekend and do whatever I want I want to spend time with my family I want to let go and dance at that festival 2 Start small Go on a short break an hour from home An hour is very do able You ll have such a great time you ll be ready to do it the next month But next month choose somewhere 2 hours away then 3 hours Soon you ll be going away every weekend because you re well aware of how wonderful you ll feel after it and how many precious memories you re making You re making your life count On average Aussies take short breaks that are usually 2 4 nights long Unless you re smack bang in the outback there s plenty of destinations within range of the major cities you could escape to 3 Keep it simple Don t try to do it all focus on just one interest What do you need most What type of experience do you desire Do you crave a beach and a book Go to Fiji Feeling unhealthy and run down Go to a health retreat in Byron Bay Want to indulge in food Go to Melbourne for a foodie weekend Want to go hiking Go to Tasmania Want to go skiing Fly to New Zealand Want to taste wine Go to the Hunter Valley If you re looking for ideas check out Expedia s Short Breaks 4 Don

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  • A Foodie Guide to Taking Short Breaks | Expedia.com.au
    for breakfast try the omelette of the day Drink Love Tilly Devine for afternoon vino order a cheese board Book In The Right Area You ve only got a few days so you need to maximise your time Choose a hotel that s central to the restaurants and bars you want to explore You ll not only save money on taxis and public transport but the staff will no doubt have some good tips on where to get the best coffee mid afternoon snack or late night drink Having a plan is great but don t be afraid to deviate should you get an awesome foodie tip from a local Plan Your Day Some people will plan their short break around shopping others art galleries and for some historical landmarks For a foodie it s all about breakfast lunch and dinner Try to plan these meals within walking distance from one another You can call this tip the food and booze trail a day of eating and drinking your way to new adventures It s usually while walking to your next foodie destination that you ll discover more fun things to do along the way Don t be afraid to step off the beaten track either Down little laneways and around leafy corners is usually where you find boutique shops cool art galleries and fun cafes With all that walking you won t have to feel guilty about indulging in your next meal Try Something New It s so easy to order the same old thing off the menu when you re dining out so anytime I take a short break I try to order something different If possible try the region s signature dishes Ask to try the chef s signature dish Perusing a drinks menus is fun but

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  • Finding Zen Fast on a Short Break | Expedia.com.au
    a short break head to Expedia s Short Breaks Here are my tips on how to get the most Zen out of your next short break Think about what you want Do you want pampering relaxation adventure romance the opportunity to learn something new a kickstart or to cleanse Once you ve sorted that out ask yourself who you d like to be with you or if you d rather be alone If you decide to take a partner make sure they have the same intention for the break as you If you re going on your own are you happy to go with the flow and find a chill zone or will you need planned activities Be one with nature Traditional retreats are conducted in remote rural or coastal locations and there s a reason for it We live such busy hectic lives that being in nature helps us disconnect from everything we need to get away from Nature also feeds our soul like nothing else can Unplug literally Leave your gadgets at home If you absolutely have to bring your mobile switch it off To really reconnect with yourself or your companion you need to leave the world and everyone else in it behind It s the biggest sanity break you can get That means no Facebook no Twitter no Instagram and no email Try checking into The Golden Door Health Retreat on a hill in the Hunter Valley bush where there s a no phone laptop alcohol caffeine or sugar policy if you want to go totally offline Spend some time on your own Even if you re travelling with other people try to find time where you can be alone in whatever form that means for you It might be listening to music going for a

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  • Top Destinations – April | Expedia.com.au
    Ms Darlinghurst Expedia About Listopedia Nha Trang Vietnam Vinpearl Luxury Da Nang Overlooking mountains beaches and cultural centres What more do you need Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Tajmasago Castle Bringing new meaning to the term palatial Ask for a room with a giant hot tub Byron Bay NSW Australia Beach Suites Byron Bay Boutique luxury in this beautiful beachside town New Caledonia Les Meridien Hotel Iles des Pins Enjoy

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  • Meet the Neighbours - Melbourne’s Food and Drink Hot Spots | Expedia.com.au
    chic aesthetic Chapel St Spanning the suburbs of Windsor Prahran South Yarra and Toorak this seemingly never ending street is fantastic if you are up for a spot of retail therapy Catering for all budgets you ll find bargains galore at the thrift shops while trendy boutiques and designer labels pop up the further north you head If you can t continue on foot under the weight of all your bags simply hop on a tram and trundle your way to the next stop For a hit of caffeine to get your day started make for Dukes This welcoming cafe roasts its beans onsite so if you are having trouble finding it simply follow the aroma You ll find great local produce at Prahran Market and the food court is the perfect place to sample it Fitzroy Channelling a laid back bohemian vibe Fitzroy s main drag Brunswick Street is a visual feast with vibrant street art and inspiring galleries at every turn Brunswick Street is also brimming with cheap eats Start your crawl with a boutique Australian beer or cider at Little Creatures Dining Room and make your way to hotdog heaven at Phat Brats Or just a block away on Smith Street the meat and seafood sandwiches buttermilk fried chicken and beer battered onion rings served at Rockwell Sons are hard to resist CBD Here s a hint Melbourne is famous for its laneways so whenever you spy a graffiti covered alley take that route instead of sticking to the main thoroughfares You ll be rewarded with unique cafes and quirky boutiques Centre Place and Degraves Street are particular popular with coffee drinking locals while Myer Place and Crossley Street boast some awesome late night drinking holes Nearby Little Bourke Street is Chinatown central and some of the

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  • Expedia Expert 10 Tips to South America | Expedia.com.au
    overpack It may be a less developed country than where you re from but you can pretty much buy anything you need They do sell shampoo Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Columbia Expedia Experts Mexico Santiago Tips 4 Don t fall into tourist traps I had some of my best experiences in the less iconic locations Sometimes when you get a little more off the beaten track you can have a really great time We had the worst experience in Cusco the Inca Trail was closed and we both got horrible food poisoning We then went to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon We barely encountered another tourist on the trek and incredibly we came up close to the near extinct Andean Condors For me it was amazing Strike a balance between finding your own beautiful places and adventures and still seeing the iconic destinations There s the key things you do and then there s the unexpected Have a good combination of both 5 Ask for advice Everyone has the same guidebook Things are changing now because of the Internet but if you stay in the No 1 hostel or hotel in the guidebook pretty much everyone else will be staying there too Recommendations from people that you trust are far more valuable Talk to locals and other travellers 6 What to eat Don t eat in bus stations That s where I got really sick Never ever eat somewhere that s empty Crowds and locals will always show you the way to a good meal Eat local if you re somewhere by the sea find a fish restaurant Find vegetables in cities I m a vegetable craver and out of the major urban areas I sometimes found it difficult to find vegetables So whilst I was able to stock up on veggies in big cities I had to go with the flow elsewhere Related Articles Adventure awaits in Turquoise waters white sandy beaches coconut groves and sunset Expedia Expert The Expedia s Australia and New Zealand Marketing Manager Bec embraces Top Trending Hotels from some of Expedia s top trending destinations for 7 Be aware of local customs Be aware of local customs especially in regards to when and how you eat Try and fit in with that The time varies form place to place in some cities like Buenos Aires nothing opens until 10pm but in a lot of El Salvador s smaller towns they traditionally don t eat a substantial dinner so set yourself up with a three course lunch just like the locals do 8 Get involved in local celebrations We arrived in Mexico on the Day of the Dead but didn t realise We thought Mexico

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  • Unique Sleeps RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas | Exxpedia.co.nz
    Darlinghurst Expedia About Listopedia RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas A pool with a view The hotel sits on the edge of the Baja Peninsula RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas Watch the cruise ships sail past from your all inclusive hotel RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas Go kayaking surfing swimming and snorkelling straight from the hotel RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas There s plenty of pools to choose from if you

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  • Unique Sleeps Ilum Experience Home Hotel Buenos Aires | Expedia.com.au
    Kris McIntyre yTravelBlog Ms Darlinghurst Expedia About Listopedia Ilum Experience Home Hotel Sit out on the terrace Ilum Experience Home Hotel Enjoy city views from the roof top hot tub Ilum Experience Home Hotel Stay in stylish hotel rooms Ilum Experience Home Hotel Quality design and stunning interiors Ilum Experience Home Hotel Enjoy a drink in the sleek bar Ilum Experience Home Hotel Modern design at its best Ilum Experience

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