Australian Road Trip Tips
January 22, 2014 7:21 PM



Where epic road trips are concerned, Australia is difficult to top. Long open roads await, with spectacular cities and scenery to admire along the way, from vast red desert to deserted idyllic beaches of white sand and azure-blue water, and international cosmopolitan cities to traditional Outback towns.


Australia is an enormous country, so the options for road trips are endless. There’s advice on the official Australia tourism website here, and to help those completely lost by all the choice, here are four of the best:

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

This self-drive route is perfect for those who don’t have much time, as it’s very close to Melbourne, one of the country’s major travel hubs. This route follows the incredible road that winds its way around the dramatic cliffs of Victoria’s coast, with rugged rock formations like the 12 Apostles and London Bridge en route. The road can be covered in a couple of days, depending on how long you want to stay in the pleasant seaside towns along the way.

Uluru, Northern Territory

The ultimate Aussie icon, Uluru – formerly Ayer’s Rock – is a sacred site to the native Aboriginals and is a truly awesome visual. Driving from King’s Canyon to Uluru will afford travellers with a sense of the wilderness of the Australian Outback without being too far from Australia’s most central city Alice Springs. A 4x4 is a necessity.   

Indian Ocean Drive, Western Australia

The west coast is one of the most beautiful stretches of shore in the country, so well-worth the extra travel time. The new Indian Ocean Drive makes a day-trip up the coast from Perth, Western Australia’s main city, an easy journey – those with more time can continue up the coast for a real adventure.  

Grand Pacific Drive, New South Wales

Another coastal route, this road features the amazing 665-metre cantilever bridge that reaches 50 metres out to sea from the steep cliffs. Along the route there are seaside towns, surfing beaches and the Royal National Park, meaning travellers can make as many stops as they like along the way.
Of course there are countless other driving routes, including off-the-beaten-track journeys in the north of tropical Queensland, and fertile scenery along the roads of the southernmost state of Tasmania. Whatever journey you choose to undertake, there are practicalities to consider:

Tips
  • Choose your vehicle: Be sensible when it comes to selecting your means of transport – many areas of Australia demand a 4x4, so do your research before you go. For shorter road trips along well-maintained roads, an iconic vehicle could make it a journey to remember – for example, if you have your biker’s license, check out Harley Davidson sales that might just convince you to unleash your inner Hell’s Angel!

  • Be safe: Many road trippers who are unfamiliar with Australian terrain forget to take the necessary precautions. If heading into the Outback, carry lots of water and extra fuel – it’s possible to drive for hours without spotting any signs of life. Those long, empty stretches of road make for tiring driving conditions, so you’ll need at least a couple of insured drivers in the car. If you’re alone, make sure you pull over in a safe place for some rest if you feel your eyelids begin to droop.

  • Climate change: If heading into the mountains in Victoria or New South Wales, remember that the temperature can drop dramatically, so bring a few extra layers.

  • Cover yourself: Insurance is a must on any road trip, so read the small print and make sure you’re fully covered for all eventualities. 

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Sunrise And Charming Puddles In Lyckeby, Sweden
January 12, 2014 2:05 PM



This morning my beloved doggy Lisen and I took a lovely walk in company of the beautiful sunrise here in Lyckeby, Sweden. Along our stroll we encountered several charming, and quite intriguing according to Lisen, little puddles. Hehe. :-) Below are some photos.

Sunrise And Charming Puddles In Lyckeby, Sweden
Upside Down.

Sunrise And Charming Puddles In Lyckeby, Sweden
Wet.

Sunrise And Charming Puddles In Lyckeby, Sweden
Confusing.

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Hello there?

Sunrise And Charming Puddles In Lyckeby, Sweden
Heeellooo?

Sunrise And Charming Puddles In Lyckeby, Sweden
Hmm..?

Sunrise And Charming Puddles In Lyckeby, Sweden
Meanwhile, while Lisen pondered over that puddle, the sun rose over Lyckeby. :-)

Sunrise And Charming Puddles In Lyckeby, Sweden
Good Morning.

Sunrise And Charming Puddles In Lyckeby, Sweden
Sunshine. :-)

/A.L


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Seven Fun Things To Do When You Are Snowed In
January 6, 2014 5:42 PM



The temperature has dropped below freezing, you can barely open the door, and when you look out the front window the world is covered in a blanket of white. Your first reaction may be to panic; you feel that first wave of cabin fever roll in and you’re asking yourself what is there to do. The great news is that this is the ideal time to relax and warm-up in the comfort of your own home.

After days of running around and meeting deadlines, being wrapped in a cocoon of snow is a gift… it’s time to be creative! The following seven ideas can help you get started. 

Seven Fun Things To Do When You Are Snowed In Seven Fun Things To Do When You Are Snowed In

One - Bake cookies and listen to music: Whether it’s Enya or heavy metal, baking to music is a great way to warm up the heart and the home.  For a couple of days, don’t worry about calories; bake delicious homemade cookies, muffins, and simmer a big pot of soup. If you find yourself at home with little ones, they can join in the fun. Alternatively, plan a romantic candle-lit dinner for two: serve homemade bread, stew, a bottle of wine, and hot pastries for dessert.  

Two - Play a game or watch a series: How long has it been since you’ve had the time to sit and watch season reruns of your favorite show or great movie sequels? “Star Wars”, “The Godfather”, and the “Lord of the Rings” are just a few possibilities. Board games and online casino-games also provide hours of entertainment. Cozy up with a quilt, a bowl of popcorn, play instant casino games, and enjoy your time off. Time will fly while you’re having fun playing games!

Three - Express your gratitude: Research shows that the happiest people are those who express gratitude. Spend a few hours on the phone calling loved ones; let them know just how much you appreciate them. Write emails, thank-you notes, and old-fashioned letters. Don’t be afraid to express your heartfelt feelings. And while you’re at it, this is a good time to delete toxic people from your contact list and… move on! 

Four: Get organized: Speaking of clearing out. What better time to organize shelves, drawers, and cabinets.  Use the snow days to clear closet of clothing that just isn’t right for you anymore, then bring in something new.  

Five: Explore your creative side: Get out that favorite hobby, or start learning a brand new craft. Why not knit, sketch, or paint? If you aren’t the artistic type, how about pulling out that great novel you’ve been longing to start, or finish. Snuggle up in bed with a hot-water bottle, a cup of tea, and get into a really good book.   

Six: Feel healthy: Dance, meditate, or do some yoga… if you feel like exercising but can’t venture outside, put on your workout clothes and start moving. This may also be the right time to set some health goals for the New Year.  

Seven Fun Things To Do When You Are Snowed In

Seven: Pamper yourself: Give yourself a spa treatment. Linger in a hot bathtub, use those bath salts and creams that normally get pushed to the back shelf, light a candle, and relish the warmth of a steam filled room. Use a masque, shave your legs, highlight your hair… then enjoy a “professional” manicure.  

Being snowed in is the perfect time to relax and have fun. Whether you’re alone, with your loved one, or managing a house full of small children, there’s something for everyone to do. You’ll find yourself happy, relaxed, feeling and looking great… and ready to take on that next blizzard!  

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