Australia’s Northern Territory has the fastest-growing economy in the country, and the city of Darwin benefited immensely from the influx of businesses. Once a sleepy town in the middle of nowhere, the city has blossomed into a cultural powerhouse that’s half urban, half outback.
Rich mineral deposits, prompting an influx of foreigners looking for jobs and a place to study, surround the city. The city boasts a population of roughly 140,000, with more than 60 countries represented among the locals. The rising industries created a demand for IT, engineering and hospitality professionals and aspiring students. Darwin’s growth has created plenty of fun sporting and cultural events throughout the year, and its location in a rugged region of the country means there’s plenty to keep outdoor lovers busy.
Nearby Kakadu National Park is a 20,000-square-kilometer jungle home to some of Australia’s most incredible creatures, like crocodiles, kangaroos, wallabies and snakes. Mindil Beach provides a great place to relax after finals, or spend a few hours de-stressing in the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.
Charles Darwin University is the largest college in the city, and likely where international students will complete their studies. The university is a recognized leader in environmental studies, and part of a large system connected to nine other campuses across the Northern Territory and Sydney. Its location also puts it closer to seven major Asian cities than any Australian city, making it a great place to travel from.
My mom and I recently dined at Mazi, a Greek restaurant in West Reading, Pennsylvania. We were in town for a family event and decided to take advantage of the lovely early fall evening by enjoying dinner outside. The restaurant is popular, so we called right when they opened to make a last-minute reservation. Thankfully, they had availability for outdoor seating.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
Providence, Rhode Island, delights visitors this fall with plenty of spooky fun for the whole family. With several events canceled last year due to COVID-19, the city brings back favorite annual festivals for 2021. Those visiting this fall may also catch a glimpse of the cast filming Hocus Pocus 2 in Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley!
With more than 6,000 islands total, with 227 inhabited, in Greece, the selection is overwhelming. Which one is perfect for your next vacation?
Mercury Financial and Spirit Airlines announced the launch of Free Spirit Points Plus Mastercard, joining the Free Spirit Points Mastercard, which launched in February. Free Spirit Points Plus cardmembers will have the opportunity to earn points and status with Spirit Airlines.