Escape to the Whitsundays this winter

Been dreaming of the perfect winter escape in Australia this August? Look no further than the Whitsundays on the Queensland coast.

The Whitsundays is the gateway to the Barrier Reef with blue skies to explore, turquoise waters to dive into, golden beaches to lie on, gorgeous islands to sail to, green forests to walk through and plenty of night entertainment to keep you occupied.

Read all the details in the August VIP Backpackers newsletter – 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

List your top 10 favourite New Zealand places

We’ve been on a bit of a NZ love fest of late. We think the Kiwis aren’t a bad mob and we’d like to support their push for tourism in the aftermath of the earthquake.

In the May newsletter, that came out today, we’ve written a top 10 list of places we think should be on an itinerary to NZ.

While the list is based a lot on my experiences in NZ, I’m hoping I’ve picked some of your favourites as well.

Here’s one sneak preview:

Go thermal in Rotorua
If you’ve been travelling for awhile there’s nothing better than sitting back in the hot pools of Rotorua and having a good soak to let those weary bones recover. For those that are more active there are plenty of good mountain biking trails, trout fishing, walking tracks and lakes to explore in this region too.

Anyway I want to hear what your favourite New Zealand places are. Please write in with any places you would recommend or even make up a top list of your own to share with fellow VIP Backpackers…

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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

10 things to fall in love with about NZ

It’s been a very love-NZ week here for me. I’ve been busy sending out posts in support of the #blog4nz campaign and even though it finished on March 23, I figure I’ve still got to do my bit on behalf of the VIP Backpackers blog. We are a huge supporter of all things Kiwi and just can’t get enough of the place and I hope you feel the same way!

Blog4NZ is a social media campaign that asked travel writers and bloggers to do their bit this week to promote NZ tourism in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake.

It was a fantastic idea and one that seemed to do pretty well out in cyberspace. Search for the hashtag #blog4nz on Twitter to read some of the responses – you may even find some I wrote for Visited Planet or Asian Correspondent.

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Australia’s most livable cities

Australia is a pretty fine place to live (and if you’re following these blogs you’ll realize I’m getting over my post travel blues). Obviously as an Australian I’m biased in saying so but heck, even the annual “Most Livable Cities” lists by Mercer, the Economist and Monocle’s think so. Who are they you might well ask, well read more about them here. I might not be as knowledgeable as the said lists but I’ve actually lived quite a few places abroad and travelled to a few more, and, I rate living here too.

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