Coolangatta is a small surf town just a two-hour plane ride north of Sydney. It’s known for its white-sand beaches, regular surf competitions and as one of the most relaxing vacation getaways in Surfer’s Paradise. It’s the place to go to lose all track of time with no guilt.
For a cheap place to stay ron the beach, check out Coolangatta Sands Hostel. You’ll meet international travelers and backpackers from all over the globe and get to hang with the locals in the bar just downstairs. The wrap-around balcony is the perfect place to settle and read a book. And, if it’s on your bucket list to be in two places at once, you’ll be just walking distance away from the border between New South Wales and Queensland.
After a couple days of complete relaxation, check out the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for one of the most natural experiences on the east coast. You can hang out and feed the kangaroos, pet the emus and hold baby crocodiles. Take a walk through the zoo and you’ll see koalas, dingos and alligators all up close and personal, but still at a safe distance.
You can also take on the zipline obstacle course through the jungle. It all comes at an incredibly affordable price and lets you see and experience all of the nature and adventure of the Australian way of life.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
As airlines start nickel and dime-ing their way into the world’s wallets, travelers have had to get crafty in order to get around newly enacted add-on fees, especially when it comes to in-flight meals. Since this luxury is no longer guaranteed on some flights, particularly on low-cost, long-haul vessels, and because airport food is notoriously overpriced, passengers pack their own food to bring on these long flights. But what types of food are allowed to pass through security and also last multiple hours on a plane in varying temperatures?
I lived in San Francisco during college so coming to visit the city and see all the changes was exciting. The Hotel Zeppelin was built in a once slightly shabby area that has since come alive with new hotels and restaurants for travelers looking for something different. We arrived at noon on a Friday afternoon and were immediately greeted by the hotel staff at the front desk. They were able to accommodate an early check-in, completed in just a few minutes. The lobby is as hip as the hotel name sounds, but it also offered a cozy atmosphere, with a roaring fire and comfy couches and chairs in the lounge area. Unique wall art, statues and lighting remind you of the cool factor.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
There are few things as adult-ish as a well-designed living space. When you stop strewing your Ikea coffee table with old magazines and straw wrappers, and start creating a “lewk” that’s more your style, it’s time to invest in a coffee table book. Sometimes pricey, these are not the tomes you curl up with in your cozy chair. They’re often hefty, artistic and fun and, if chosen correctly, a true representation of your own sense of style and interests.