Your chance to win travel prizes this June

Here’s something that might interest Aussie travellers:


Stay at Melbourne’s Hotel Discovery in June and be in the chance to win over $5000 worth of travel products and other great prizes!  Hotel Discovery has teamed up with some of Australia and NZ’s best operators to launch their first Jump into June campaign which also gives guests exclusive and unbeatable travel specials for the entire month of June! 

Hotel Discovery is a large hostel located in the heart of Melbourne CBD and right next to one of Melbourne’s premier attractions, the Queen Victoria Markets. With rates from $22, free Wi-Fi, daily events and breakfast you should jump on this offer and book now!


Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There will be a blog 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

Travel competition: fly me to visit someone

This might be of interest to some of you travel addicts out there:

Nymgo is heating up its social media efforts by celebrating and honoring the hard work of expats and all kinds people living all over the globe by launching the “Nymgo, fly me to visit someone” contest on its regional Facebook pages – Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. A total of 5 competitions and 5 round trip airplane tickets , Nymgo is awarding one person on each of these Facebook pages the chance to fly anywhere in the world, by simply choosing a friend they would like to visit. The contestant simply uploads a picture along with a required caption (maximum 500 words) explaining why they should win the trip to see that person.

Enter contest here:

If you haven’t heard of Nymgo before, they offer low priced international calls from PCs to any phone in the world.


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

Adventure Travel and Backpackers Expo comes to Melbourne

Put 18-19 February in your diary for the annual backpacker expo to be held in Melbourne. Featuring over 100 travel industry experts this is the perfect place to get travel ideas and deals for 2012. Here are some more details:

18 – 19 February 2012 at the Royal Exhibition Building, (Carlton).12noon – 6pm daily
Talk to over 100 exhibitors at Melbourne’s ONLY Adventure Travel Expo!
There is no better way to go than talking to the experts before planning the trip of a lifetime. Our exhibitors come from all over the world and are there to give you the low-down on all that’s happening out there.
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VIP Backpackers travel picks for 2012

Okay so it’s that time of year when you need to start planning out your travel for the new year.

There’s no excuse really to get out your diary and start thinking about where you should go. So with that in mind here’s five locations we think would be worth a stop over in 2012.

Here are three destinations featured from the top picks in the January 2012 newsletter.


Okay so Tokyo might be off limits still at present but that doesn’t mean you can’t go to Kyoto. It’s almost 400 kilometres away and one of the most interesting cities in Japan, thanks to a rich history in which it was once the imperial capital. It is of course replete with Geisha, renowned for its beauty in Autumn when the trees turn to gold and crimson and filled with various UNESCO World Heritage listed treasures. So get on over to Japan, enjoy Kyoto and help the people and economy get on their feet in 2012.

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