Darwin is the largest city in Australia’s Northern Territory and something of a waypoint between Asia and the outback. Far too many travelers breeze through the city on to bigger things, missing out on the unique atmosphere it has to offer.
Start with breakfast at Alley Cats Patisserie. The charming little café boasts some of the best croissants in Australia along with plenty of delicious coffee options. Set aside $15 for a meal.
Darwin played a major role in World War II, when air raids decimated the city. Head over to the Darwin Military Museum for the “Defense of Darwin Experience” and learn about the history of the city. Entrance will run you $20.
Next, make your way over to Darwin Botanic Gardens. The 100-acre area is one of only a few in the world where both marine and estuarine plants grow naturally. From there take a stroll along the city’s beautiful and historic Stokes Hill Wharf. The waterfront offers great views and plenty of shopping for trinkets.
For lunch, seek out Darwin Laska at Mindil Beach. It’s widely considered the best laska in town, so be prepared for a wait. A meal will cost you $15.
It wouldn’t be the Northern Territory without crocodiles, so head over to Crocosaurus Cove to check out the fearsome and majestic beasts. Entrance is steep at $36, but well worth if for the “Cage of Death” experience.
Kill some time in the afternoon at Charles Darwin National Park, a great spot to do a little bushwalking within city limits. There are also WWII bunkers scattered about to explore.
Finally, end the day with a stroll through the Mindil Sunset Market. The evening market supports more than 300 local small businesses and is a great place to buy keepsakes to take home. You’re probably short on cash at this point, so set aside $10 to grab a quick bit from one of the stalls for dinner.
Asian countries are known for street food. From pad Thai in Bangkok to pho and dumplings in Vietnam, it wouldn’t be a trip to Asia without sampling some of the food cooked right outside your hotel’s doors. Before sampling this world-famous style of cuisine, brush up on the following tips to ensure you don’t commit a culinary faux pas.
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.
Celebrated as a rich, historical and cultural center, Rome attracts scores of visitors every year. However, the capital of Italy isn’t known for its cheap price tag and budget accommodations. Luxury accommodations and upscale boutique hotels are the norm, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find your own secret budget stays in and around the city. Here’s where to start your search.
My husband and I arrived to Kenwood Inn & Spa about an hour before check-in time and luckily our room was ready. The front desk attendant asked if we need assistance with our luggage, then escorted us to our room. Along the way, she pointed out the rooms past the lobby where the daily complimentary breakfast is served, as well as complimentary wine tastings. I enjoyed a glass of welcome Champagne as we made our way to the room.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
TritonWear is an innovative IoT product that’s bringing elite sport analytics to everyday swimmers. The affordable and user-friendly technology was created by a Toronto startup and is aimed at swimmers looking to increase their speed and overall skill. The TritonWear platform, which includes both the wearable and the app, helps swimmers pinpoint weaknesses and reduce injury risk.