Latest newsletter now online: Christmas destinations

It’s Christmas and that means holidays! With that in mind we designed our latest newsletter featuring some of the very best destinations you could consider for your holidays this year, utilising all the best of the savings with VIP Backpackers on hostels, tours and other products. Here are some highlights from the newsletter to wet your appetite featuring some of the destinations, hostels, events and products you could use this Christmas:

DESTINATION FEATURE

AUCKLAND (NZ)
Pic: aucklandnz.comAuckland made the Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities list this year and for good reason. It’s funky, it’s fun, there’s good food, the climate is brilliant and there’s plenty to do. While it’s a great place to visit any time of the year, Christmas brings fabulous weather to the capital. Of course you can take in all the major sights such as the harbours, the off shore islands, Mt Victoria, North Head, Sky Tower, the museums, galleries or even travel to the Coromandel Peninsula, but there are also plenty of Christmas events such as Christmas in the Park at the Auckland Domain (14 December), the Christmas Parade (24 November), the Queen Street Christmas Lights, live performances in Aotea Square (7-21 December) and markets (14-16 December), Silo Park’s Night Market (Fridays in December) followed by the outdoor cinema, and the Christmas Tree in Victoria Park. Continue reading

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Upcoming events this summer

Pic: sydneynewyearseve.com

It’s not just the weather that’s warming up across Australia. Here are some amazing events that will be heating up the skies, the cities, the rivers, beaches and locations across the nation soon.

December

New Year’s Eve 2012, Sydney, December 31
The ultimate firework show in the world happens in Sydney every year. Find your spot early and enjoy a show unlike any you’ll have ever seen as the harbour comes to life with fireworks. See www.sydneynewyearseve.com

Woodford Folk Festival, December 27 – January 1

Billed as the world’s best folk festival, Woodford brings much colour to the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland every year from December 27 to January 1. See www.woodfordfolkfestival.com

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Top 10 Christmas locations Down Under

Our latest newsletter is now out!! Here’s a snippet and two of the 10 locations we recommend:

With Christmas fast approaching we give you a list of ten places down under in Australia and New Zealand that you can sip wines, sit on a beach, enjoy the views and the festivities. All these locations are the perfect place to wile away a few lazy summer days and a good sojourn for the Christmas period.

WHITSUNDAYS, QUEENSLAND

There is no bad time of year to visit the gorgeous central Queensland but Christmas is particularly wonderful. Think wonderful warm days, golden sands, aquamarine waters and a plethora of wildlife to see above and below the sea. Highlights include a visit to world famous Whitehaven Beach with its gorgeous silica white sands, sailing trips and tours around the islands, all the night life at Airlie Beach and tropical island getaways.

A highlight for many VIP Backpackers is staying on the Adventure Island resort on South Molle island where you can snorkel, dive, paddle board or bush walk to your hearts content in eco splendour. But we also have accommodation in Airlie Beach.

THE GRAMPIANS, VICTORIA

Just 235km from Melbourne, the Grampians National Park is a fantastic way to get back to nature this Christmas and a good way to escape the crowds either in Melbourne or Adelaide or along the Great Ocean Road. Heritage listed for its rich natural beauty, visitors can enjoy rock art sites, striking sandstone mountain ranges, notable wildflowers and fabulous walking tracks.

VIP Backpackers has accommodation in Halls Gap – one of the best locations in this spectacular wilderness.

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Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com

20 travel moments of 2010 in review

Sydney, Australia. Pic: http://www.visitedplanet.com

Here are some travel moments that shaped 2010. Enjoy this walk down memory lane:

January
1. We got the year going with our Top 10 destinations list for 2010 – did you get to any? Sydney, Queenstown, Dublin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town etc?
2. Our newsletter took you to the Abel Tasman in NZ for some of the nation’s best beaches, kayaking, wine country and walks. If you haven’t been add it to your 2011 travel wishlist.

February
3. We visited Dunedin to see the famous wildlife on the Otago Peninsula: penguins, seals and albatross. A real platter of wildlife!
4. February 12–28 – The 2010 Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver and Whistler and we gave you a taste of the ski action in Europe

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5 places to ham it up on New Year’s Eve

Fireworks and confetti signal the New Year in Times Square, New York. Pic: AP.

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, it’s time to make some serious plans about what you’re going to do. It’s not too late to plan out an end of year bash to remember. So pack your confetti and consider these five locations … and remember they are all cities where we have VIP accommodation!

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and New Year from the VIP Backpackers Blog!

1. New York City, USA
There’s plenty going on in the Big Apple come New Year’s Eve – you could do the midnight run through Central Park or see the classic Ball Drop in Time’s Square with a million other revelers. Simply being in New York at this time is party enough so get over there now while there’s still time!
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