Top 3 Excursions Around Sydney

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There are so many things that Australia’s Sydney has to offer. In the midst of all the possibilities and excitement, it can get a bit tricky to organize your time well and actually decide on your itinerary. If you ever happen to be in such situation, you can save yourself a lot of trouble by booking some of the most popular excursion tours around Sydney. The following three are the best of the best and you should definitely try to squeeze them in your schedule.

Hunter Valley Wine Tasting

Enjoying some of the best wines in the country is undoubtedly something most people would enjoy. There are many ways for you to get to the Hunter Valley. You can go by train that leaves from Sydney’s Central Station; by coaches and tours that depart from Sydney regularly; by car or take a bus. It will take you about 2 hours to get there by car, while the bus or train takes longer (around 4.5 hours). Leogate Estate Wines should be your first place to visit in Hunter Valley where you can taste some of their award-winning wines. Afterwards, you can relax and have a delicious lunch at the Hunter Valley Resort. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you eat your meal and sip on some wine. Afterwards, make sure to check out McGuigan Wines because they are one of the best in the world. Nothing can complete your day here as much as Hunter Valley Gardens. You’ll be able to shop, spend time in great cafés, taste amazing food and liquor and admire the view altogether.

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Snowy Valleys Way

The beauty of Snowy Valleys Way is only matched in fairy tales. Taking a trip here is absolutely wonderful and pleasant all year round. It will take you almost 4 hours to get there by car if you go on the M31, or around 6 hours via Great Western Highway. Bus rides usually take longer, around 8 hours. Still, even though Snowy Valleys Way is a bit far from Sydney, it is well worth the experience. There are always some cool outdoor activities as well as seasonal events to keep you entertained. From the picturesque Gundagai, your next stop should definitely be at Tumut, which is known for its spectacular autumn colors. Continue to Batlow and Tumbarumba. All through Corryong to Tallangatta and even further, you’ll enjoy some amazing sights and sceneries as well as the rural charm of this region.

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Poachers Way

A three hour drive to Canberra, or almost 5 hour trip if you take the bus, will provide you with the impeccable start to your excursion and exploration of Poachers Way. There are several places that you should visit in this region. Since there will be a lot of important stops during the excursion, it might be better to book a bus charter than to drive yourself. The differences in the travel time are minimal. Murrumbateman, which is around 45 minutes from Canberra is definitely a place to start. Horseback rides, tasty chocolate and numerous cellar doors are just part of the fun. Half an hour further and you’ll reach Gundaroo, where you can soak up on the wine culture and get incredible historical insights. Another half an hour and you’ll reach Bungendore, where you’ll get the chance to visit incredible cellar doors liquor stores, but amazing village antiques and wood works gallery as well. Wrap up this journey with Hall, which is about an hour away. Make sure to try Pankhurst Wines and check out the One Tree Hill Lookout Walk. Finally, end your journey in Yass, that’s only half an hour away, and get a complete picture of the amazing culture that Poachers Way has to offer.

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Be sure to catch the weather forecast before visiting all the mentioned places. Since most of these tours include wine tasting, forget about your diet restrictions and eat proper meals whenever you have the chance.

 

This article was written by Roxana Oliver, a travel enthusiast and an occasional blogger from Sydney, Australia.

Travel Tips – Internet Travel Safety

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2017 is the year for top travel tips on Mark’s Travel Journal. My goal is to provide countless tips for making the most out of your travelling in 2017 and beyond. So here is the first in the series – Internet Travel Safety.

There really is no such thing as total internet security while travelling (or not travelling for that matter). When you are travelling, and your connectivity options are limited to public networks, you are at even more risk. Smart travellers know that the small investment in a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service is the best way to keep their identities and private information protected, not to mention the added benefits of accessing blocked sites (U.S. NetFlix, etc.) and online shopping with minimal risk.

Not all VPNs are created equal! The team at reviews.com has looked into over 100 service optins for the fastest, most reliable, affordable and compatible across multiple devices. Check out their complete study and findings here: http://www.reviews.com/vpn/

Happy travels!

The Best and Worst Foods to Try in Japan

Japanese culture has become a global phenomenon in recent years, with the western world striving to learn more about their cousins in the orient. Part of the impact Japan has had on this corner of the globe has come in the form of the introduction of several new foods. However, not all of them are as mouth-watering as others.

Today we’re going to take a look at some of the best and worst cuisines which have come out of the Asian nation.

Best: Sushi

Kicking things off with a well-known classic, sushi has become one of the most popular dishes the world over – with London alone playing host to literally hundreds of restaurants dedicated to the craft.

I’m sure we don’t need to tell you the dish is usually comprised of raw fish, which has been wrapped up in a bed of cooked rice. It’s often garnished with the likes of cucumber and other vegetables.

Worst: Basashi Ice

Brace yourself for this one – Basashi Ice is quite literally ice cream which has been flavoured to taste like raw horse meat (which is itself oddly considered a delicacy in Japan – named Sashimi).

I don’t know about you, but frozen dead horse certainly isn’t our idea of a delicious post-meal treat. That said, you’re unlikely to ever find such a unique flavour combination anywhere else in the world, so it might be worth a try.

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Best: Soba

Soba is effectively the Japanese answer to China’s Chow Mein – with this offering comprising of long buckwheat noodles which have become a staple of most people’s diets in mountainous regions.

The noodles are often accompanied by Soy sauce and are at times served up in a type of broth – although this version of the cuisine is considered by many to be untraditional and inferior to the original.

Worst: Shirako

It’s fairly commonplace to enjoy the delights of fish roe in a lot of cultures, but the Japanese take that one step further by serving up a meal which quite literally consists of male sperm which is still encased inside its natural membrane.

Yes, you read that correctly. We’re not sure who the bright spark was that came up with the idea for this dish originally, but we’d suggest they seek professional help. Worryingly, it seems to have taken off with the Japanese people, regardless.

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Best: Okonomiyaki

This delicious delight takes the likes of pork or cabbage and sees them wrapped inside a scrumptious savoury pancake – with Okonomiyaki serving as the ultimate in Japanese comfort food.

Some restaurants have even been known to allow their customers to grill their own pancakes, such is the simplicity of the dish. While it might not be the classiest item on a menu, Okonomiyaki is well worth trying out at some point.

Worst: Gizzard Soup

Finishing off our list is a dish which sees a hotpot made from the intestines and stomach lining of things like cows, goats and sheep. Sounds lovely, right?

The sloppy goo which accompanies the broth isn’t to everyone’s tastes, but it does apparently go down a treat with a bevy of Japanese diners after a hard day’s work.

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Interested in trying any of these dishes (perhaps even the disgusting ones) for yourself? Why not give one of them a go the next time you’re over there?