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:


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

Festival fun from around the world this Christmas season

Another great reason to check out our monthly newsletter, is the three month window of profiled upcoming events.

Here’s the latest list from the December 2012 newsletter.


1273037268-979.jpg> Glasgow on ice (24 Nov – 6 Jan)
> Winter Wonders, Brussels (30 Nov – 6 Jan)
> Christmas Day (25)
> Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland (27 – Jan 1)
> Leopardstown Christmas Festival, Dublin (26-29)
> New Years Eve (31)

> New Years Day (1)
> Sydney Festival (5-27)
flag bearers.jpg> Harbin Snow and Ice Festival, China (5th onwards)
> CountryLink Parkes Elvis Festival, Parkes, New South Wales(9-13)
> Flickerfest, Bondi Beach, Sydney (11-20)
> Australian Open, Melbourne (14-27)
> Big Day Out (Sydney 18th, Gold Coast 20th, Adelaide 25th, Melbourne 26th, Perth 28th)
> Tamworth Country Music Festival, New South Wales (18-27)
> Chinese New Year, Sydney (20 – Feb 5)
carnevale masqueraders.jpg> Australia Day (26)
> Carnival of Venice (26 – Feb 12)


> Quebec Winter Carnival (1-17)
> Mardi Gras, New Orleans (12)
> Tropfest, Sydney (17)
> Adventure Travel Expo, Melbourne (23-24)

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5 merry Christmas ideas

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Pic: Chod HoundOkay

Ho ho ho, happy Christmas!

The silly season is well and truly upon us. VIP Backpackers has embraced the mood with a newsletter packed with destination ideas. Here’s a preview:

So we know some of you definitely seek the cold climes at Christmas so you can ski and snowboard yourselves silly. Banff is the place to do all of that with big skies, big slopes and big fun. It also has one of the longest snow seasons in North America. If that doesn’t have you sweating to get your ticket, although perhaps that should be shivering given temperatures here tary on the cool side in winter, the mix of slopes and off-piste action will. Click to read more …
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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.


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.


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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Best five ways to spend Christmas down under

Christmas is fast approaching and with it comes a summer of fun activities for those of us down under. Unlike other parts of the world it’s not cold or white on Christmas Day, in fact there are usually blazing blue skies and even the odd electrical storm, flood, hailstorm, cyclone or bushfire. You’ll get anything but snow!

Still we know how to enjoy ourselves none the less. Here’s five fantastic ways to spend Christmas in this part of the world:

1. On the beach

Bondi Beach in Sydney is where all the action happens on Christmas Day. And actually if you’re anywhere near a beach it’s a place to go if you’re at Coolangatta, Noosa, Broome, Mission Beach or Cable Beach. Families and friends will be meeting for BBQs and picnics, playing games, having a swim and generally hanging out near the water. You might catch Santa in his board shorts, you can surf or swim and get a tan.
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