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.
Traveling to exotic locales often means contending with unusual weather. Americans tend to enjoy a fairly moderate climate, which means your body doesn’t always adapt when you head to places like Africa or South America. So, how do you keep yourself from sweating and stinking up a new city? Try these tips.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
I arrived in Dallas on a cloudy afternoon and, luckily, traffic was light as I drove my rental car into the city in just less than 30 minutes. The Hotel Joule was built in the 1920s in the Neo-Gothic style and is a city landmark in the heart of the business district.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella (or “Old City”) is often packed with tourists who wander up and down Las Ramblas spending way too many euros on overpriced paella and sangria. But the border neighborhood of El Raval is just a few steps from the bustle, but worlds away from the exorbitant prices.