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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Top 2013 travel destinations

A new year is all about planning exciting new things. Consider some of these amazing destinations for your travels in 2013 and enjoy the savings of a VIP Backpackers membership card in all these locations.

To see the full list, click here to see the January newsletter.

HOBART, TASMANIA

Salamanca markets, Hobart - www.visitedplanet.comThe harbour city of Tasmania has become one of the hippest towns to visit downunder. Not only does it lie along a lovely waterfront but there’s the famed Salamanca Market with the best of Tassie produce, plenty of good restaurants and cafes and now the world class MONA museum that should impress and shock. Those into more outdoor pursuits can climb nearby Mt Wellington, enjoy bike and walking tracks around the harbour or sail the Derwent River.

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KANDY, SRI LANKA

Elephants bathing, near Kandy - www.visitedplanet.comWith the civil war an increasingly distant memory, there’s been no better time to visit Sri Lanka in the last 20 years than now. Prices are still affordable in Sri Lanka too. Kandy is a great place to visit in the highlands for a real experience of local culture – there are plenty of orange cloaked monks, the amazing Kandyan dancers, a tooth relic of the Buddha at the UNESCO listed Temple of the Tooth, wonderful mountain vistas and even elephant orphanages nearby. It’s also a lot cooler up here than along the coast, making it the perfect place to escape the Asian heat.

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PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA

This region in the far south of Southern America is one of the most rugged and isolated on earth but don’t let that stop you. We have hostels and tour packages to keep you safe, busy and absolutely enthralled with what you’ll see. There are glaciers, ice falls, treks and even the end of the world to explore in this part of the globe. Don’t miss it.

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PARIS, FRANCE

Notre Dame, Paris - www.visitedplanet.comOoh la la! If you haven’t visited the French capital it’s time you went to this old favourite. It’s also a good chance to consume as much croissant, pain au chocolat, crème brûlée, crepes, fromage (cheese) and baguette you can stomach. There’s also a few famous sights to see too – make sure you get your photo taken by the Eiffel Tower, the gargoyles of Notre Dame, the River Seine and the Moulin Rouge in the Latin quarter. Then sip on champagne and snack on cheese platters at any of the fine bars and cafes around the city. Très bien!

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NZ's thermal activity - www.visitedplanet.comROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND

If you can handle the sulphurous air of Rotorua on the North Island you’re in for a treat. Hot springs, geysers and mud pools are the order of the day in this area that boasts thermal activity. But relaxing in a spa is not the only thing to do. There are plenty of adventure activities in Rotorua from excellent mountain biking to fabulous white water rafting on grade 5 rapids. The other attraction are the Maori cultural events including their incredible hangi dinners guaranteed to fill even the hungriest traveller’s stomach.

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Add your own recommendations here or click to see the full list in the January newsletter.

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Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact Jo at viplounge@vipbackpackers.com

10 hot New Year’s Eve party spots

Want some inspiration for a New Year’s Eve location this year?

Look no further than our December newsletter, out now and packed with details about the places, traditions and fun that takes place in 10 locations around the year come December 31.

Here’s an excerpt:

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Pic: AP.

For perhaps the best firework show come New Years Eve, head to Sydney!  It’s summer time in Australia meaning you can actually enjoy being outside, without freezing, into the wee hours of the night! Sydney is a great party city and knows how to enjoy itself. Stake out a good spot by the harbour for your fireworks viewing and have a great time.

The alternative to the harbour is of course the action down at Bondi Beach where big name DJs consistently turn up for all the action on the beach.

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For highlights of places like New York, Cardiff, London, Vancouver and more check out the complete list here… then pack your party shoes and dresses and celebrate!

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Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact Jo at viplounge@vipbackpackers.com

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.

Check it out now!

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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