Wednesday 31 August 2016

THAI's 7-Day Flash Sale is on Now! Thailand, Asia or Europe, Travel to 30 Jun '17

THAI's 7-Day Flash Sale is on Now! Thailand, Asia or Europe, travel to 30 Jun '17.

Fares start from $748 return to Thailand ($677 from Perth) or from $1,137 return to Europe ($1,071 from Perth).

Deals are available for travel in Economy or Royal Silk Business Class.

Choose from over 60 destinations on the Thai Airways International network or explore more of Thailand and Asia via partnerships with Bangkok Airways; reach over 38 destinations in Europe and Scandinavia via partnerships with Lufthansa and Scandinavian Airlines or take advantage of Virgin Australia flights within Australia in conjunction with these great deals.

Find a deal to : Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Hong Kong and China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka and across Europe and the Middle East.

This short, sharp network-wide sale offers great savings for travellers planning a last minute trip before the end of 2016 or for those planning ahead for an escape in 2017.

THAI is a full-service carrier offering main meal choices, full beverage service, personal entertainment systems (all flights from Australia and to Europe), generous luggage allowances, frequent flyer mileage accrual, seat selection, special meal menu selection - all included in the cost of the airfares ticketed on this special fare promotion.

THAI is currently flying the following aircraft to/from Australia and Thailand:

Melbourne : Boeing 777 (the Airbus A350 is expected to commence flying in Sep '16 to be confirmed)
Brisbane : Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Sydney : Boeing 747
Perth : Boeing 787 Dreamliner

For more information, contact travel agents or visit

*Conditions apply. Fares quoted are based on travel from Melbourne or Perth to Bangkok or Stockholm, travel return in low season including taxes, Economy or Business Class. Fares are also available fro travel from Sydney and Brisbane. Departures are not permitted 01 Dec to 15 Jan '17 for Economy Class travellers.

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Dads Entice Kids with Overseas Trips for Quality Time

G Adventures, the world's largest adventure travel company, has found more fathers are paying for their son or daughter to come overseas with them in a bid to spend more time with their increasingly independent children.

The number of fathers booking overseas adventures with their adult children increased 17% between 2013 and 2015 and continues to grow as parents find they are spending less time with their millennial children.

But the duos are not looking for a typical fly-and-flop holiday, with fathers more likely to book an active adventure, explained Adrian Piotto, Managing Director G Adventures Australia and New Zealand.

“Our most popular trip for fathers and their adult children is definitely the Inca Trail in Peru. Travellers on this adventure often find that the extra support from a family member not only makes it easier to get to the top, but also makes the experience much more special.”

Adventures in Morocco and Antarctica are also popular among father-son and father-daughter travellers with G Adventures and the company has enjoyed overwhelming positive feedback from the pairs in all destinations.

“My dad found reaching the highest peak of the Inca Trail, Dead Woman's Pass, hard, and he took longer than the rest of the group. But, as he finished the last 50 metres he was cheered on the whole way by our G adventure group - all ages and nationalities. There were tears of joy from our younger Norwegian companions, and nearly from my Dad himself when he made it! The moment truly encapsulated the genuine feeling of community and togetherness of the group, and is one that I know I will never forget. A priceless experience,” Australian traveller Adam said who travelled on Amazon to the Andes with his dad.

“Reaching Machu Picchu and finishing the trek was one of the most emotional and rewarding experiences of my life. An added bonus was to spend two weeks with my son and share the excitement and thrills with him. The views where mind blowing,” Adam's father, Alan said.

Adventurers of all ages are catered for with G Adventures who offer Family style trips as well as Active and Classic trips and National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures which are proving very popular with all travellers.

For more information or to book a trip with G Adventures call 1300 796 618 or visit

Monday 29 August 2016

Picture Kangaroo Island like never before on new Photographic Tour

In a budding photographers dream, Kangaroo Island Odysseys has partnered with professional photographer, Andy Rasheed from EyeFood Photography, to offer an amazing three day, all inclusive, Kangaroo Island Photographic Tour. Tours are limited to only seven places and depart Saturday September 17th and 22nd October, 2016.

Over three days photography enthusiasts will visit popular and iconic locations such as Remarkable Rocks and Seal Bay Conservation Park, see amazing wildlife and stunning landscapes, as well as discovering some of Kangaroo Island's hidden gems all while learning to take better photographs and enjoying the beauty of South Australia's Kangaroo Island.

Andy will be on location with the intimate group to help mentor and develop photography skills with hands-on photographic tuition. Andy will also run various workshops over the three days focussing on philosophy and approach, using natural light, composition and night photography.

According to Donna Gauci, General Manager of SeaLink South Australia, "Andy was the perfect choice of photographer for this tour, as not only is he a specialist location photographer, but nature has been his constant theme throughout his career."

"We also wanted to keep these tours intimate so guests would really take away valuable photography lessons and receive that one-on-one mentoring from Andy. With only seven places available on each tour I think we will achieve this." Continues Donna.

As with all Kangaroo Island Odysseys tours, the group will be led by an experienced local guide who is passionate about Australia's native flora and fauna and knowledgeable about Kangaroo Island's wildlife and ecosystem.

The Photographic Tour will be transported around the island in a 4X4 modern luxurious vehicle exclusively designed to allow the group access to restricted areas of Kangaroo Island's national parks and private properties where native animals roam freely in their natural habitat.

The tour includes all meals and choice of accommodation at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat in an Eco Lodge room or Courtyard suite.

The three day, all-inclusive Kangaroo Island Photographic Tour departs Saturday September 17th and 22nd October, 2016 and prices start from $1,959 per person, twin/double and from $2,159 per person in a single room.

Prices include return travel to Kangaroo Island with SeaLink (flight options available), travel in a luxury air-conditioned 4x4 Mercedes Benz Sprinter, 2 night's accommodation at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat, nightly 2 course dinner, daily continental breakfast and lunches (with wine), refreshments, 3 days of photographic tuition and workshops on location, take photographs of iconic Kangaroo Island locations and supervised landscape and wildlife photography.

For bookings or further information visit


Wednesday 24 August 2016

Luxury Travel Magazine Spring Issue Out Now

On sale from 22 August, 2016

In the 67th issue of Luxury Travel magazine, we showcase the best scuba diving and snorkelling hot spots across the globe – locations where travellers can set out from a luxurious home base for truly remarkable underwater exploration and diving adventures.

We introduce a new regular section, Luxe for Less, this issue featuring luxury deals from around Australia. The new issue also includes our Annual Travel Planner Ski Calendar, outlining the best times to visit and places to stay at must-visit ski slopes in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, North America and Europe.

Also inserted in this issue is a 24-page supplement, South Africa Luxe For Less, outlining great value travel experiences and accommodation throughout South Africa. This Luxury Travel supplement showcases the best of South Africa, including the buzzing city of Johannesburg, beautiful Cape Town, action and adventure in and around Durban, the scenic Garden Route, rugged beauty in the Northern Cape, and includes an guide on how to plan an unforgettable safari.

In addition, we cover more luxury travel experiences, dining and accommodation in our regular sections including Suite Life, for the best suites in town; City Guide; Dispatches, for the latest luxury hotel openings, trends and refurbishments; Creative Traveller; High Flyer, for the latest flight news and business class reviews; and Epicurean Travels.

Luxury Travel magazine is a quarterly print publication now in its 16th year. It is produced in Sydney by Magnesium Media.

Silk Air makes Laos a little bit more accessible for Australians

Silk Air makes Laos a little bit more accessible for Australians

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, recently announced it will launch services from Singapore to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos, from November 2016.

According to Asia travel specialists Insider Journeys, which have been operating regular tours in Laos since 1996, the services will positively impact visitor numbers to the country, which has traditionally been more difficult to access than its neighbours.

Unlike Vietnam and Cambodia, both of which have seen strong tourism arrivals in the last 10 years, aided by iconic tourist drawcards such as UNESCO-listed Halong Bay and Angkor Wat, Laos has remained somewhat of an intrepid destination for travellers seeking an 'off the beaten path' experience. This is despite having two UNESCO listings of its own: Luang Prabang town set on the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers and Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape.

"Without a doubt, the majority of our clients who have travelled to Laos with us rave about the place after they've been there," says Paul Hole, Managing Director of Insider Journeys.

"Luang Prabang is the country's standout destination, which is not surprising given its numerous attractions such as the atmospheric night-market, the fantastic dining options, and the many Buddhist temples filled with saffron-robed monks. Travellers are particularly entranced witnessing the monks make their pilgrimage through the village streets each morning to collect alms from devotees in the ancient ceremony called takbat."

The low number of Australian visitors, compared with Vietnam and Cambodia, can be partly attributed to the fact there are no direct flights from Australia to Laos.

"We've noticed that access has historically made it harder for Australians wanting to visit Laos," says Mark Lee, Laos Product Manager at Insider Journeys.

"The absence of direct flights or same-day connections by major airlines, especially to Luang Prabang, has been a deterrent for Australian travellers.

"While we encourage our clients to visit Indochina in one trip whenever possible to experience the diversity and beauty of Indochina, the logistics of flying in and out of Laos, and the need to sometimes backtrack overnight to Hanoi or Vientiane has discouraged travellers who are time-poor. We're really excited about this agreement between Silk Air and Lao Airlines, and think it will definitely strengthen the country's tourism arrival numbers."

Insider Journeys offer three standalone Laos small group journey itineraries, as well as a number of Indochina cross-border trips that include Vietnam and Cambodia. The new flights into Laos by SilkAir are ideal for the 6 day Highlights of Laos, 19 day Indochina Explorer and 15 day Vietnam & Laos Explorer small group journey itineraries.


Special offer

Insider Journeys is offering 15% off any Indochina Small Group Journey booked and deposited by 30 September 2016, for travel prior to 31 December 2016.

Normally from $6,395* per person twin share, save over $1,000 AUD per person, twin share on select departures of the 19 day Indochina Explorer Small Group Journey.

For details, visit:  


* From prices per person twin share. Subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Airfares not included unless otherwise specified.


Low season apartment specials at Falls Creek

The Falls Creek Country Club has some sensational,  low season, mid-week self-contained apartment accommodation offers throughout September.

After about 45 cms of additional snowfall Victoria's most picturesque alpine resort is as good as it gets. All of its ski lifts are operating and the forthcoming spring season will be a good opportunity for skiers or snowboarders to experience the resort's array of slopes from beginner to more challenging options.

It is also a time to take advantage of some low-cost accommodation offers. A three bedroom midweek special offered by Falls Creek Country Club  (a well located apartment complex) costs only $75 per person per day – a saving of up to $465 per person.

Eight guests sharing a deluxe three bedroom, two bathroom, self-contained apartment for five nights including ski/board hire from $75 per person per day. Valid 11 September – 2 October

Direct bookings only.  Prices based on five night stay. Shorter stays available

Terms and conditions apply.

For more details call 03 5758 3391 or visit

Tuesday 23 August 2016

Europe river cruising deals

#Cruise Europe in Ultimate #Luxury

The slow travel movement might very well have its roots in river cruising. The gentle undulation of the river is an ideal way to meander through the continent, following the rich history and changing landscape of Europe at a more meaningful pace.
The famous rivers of Europe have seen empires rise and fall, and have endured through shifting borders and alliances. Seeing the continent from the water has its advantages too – small ships can traverse narrow passages and river cruising itineraries allow more frequent port stops to lesser-known locales to explore the countryside and charming towns along the way.
Not surprisingly, the romance of river cruising continues to swell the imagination of culturally curious Australian travelers. Regardless of which European region you choose, from an ever evolving range of inspired itineraries, this is sure to be a trip‑of‑a-lifetime.
Like the very rivers they cruise upon, each Europe river cruising operator has its own stories and unique character, which Travel Associates will help you discover.

Click the link below for comparisons between the companies and ask me any more specific questions, then click below for latest earlybird deals for next year, remember you don;t have to land and depart with the cruises to utilise the airfare deals.

Uniworld - Fly Business for $3,995

Saturday 20 August 2016

India Travel Specialists launches 2016-17 itinerary program

India Travel Specialists Launch 8 Special Tours 2016-17

Fabulous India tours at great prices

India Travel Specialists, the leading India group travel operator, has launched its 2016-17 program of eight unique, escorted and private touring itineraries: a romantic value-packed program to 'Experience the Living Cultures of India', which can be tailored by destination, duration and budget.

Tours and indicative pricing are detailed in an exciting 27-page full colour 2016-17 India Travel Specialists brochure available at; 1300 039 481

Tours range from the 8 day Enchanting Golden Triangle, 14 day Splendour of Rajasthan with the Golden Triangle, and fabulous Great India Wildlife tours through to the 19 day Safari through Ladakh, 15 day The Himalayan Kingdoms of Sikkim, Darjeeling and Bhutan, and the 13 day South India with Backwaters tours.

A major highlight of this year's program is 'taking tea' at magnificent palaces once the domain of imperial maharajahs, a 5 day MV Mahabaahu cruise on the breathtaking Brahmaputra River and 4-8 day Great Train Journeys of India tour.

Guest on the Golden Triangle and Rajasthan tour receive a complimentary Gold Pass entry to the Kingdom of Dreams live Bollywood show in New Delhi.

Prices begin at $1,376 for the 8 day Enchanting Golden Triangle tour and $3,685 for the 14 day Splendours of Rajasthan with the Golden Triangle tour.  All tours can be tailored to meet personal needs as well as shopping excursions and side tours including gourmet food, meditation and photography classes.

Tour guests travel in air-conditioned private vehicles and local English-speaking guides.  Accommodation ranges from budget three-star to five-star luxury hotels, luxurious palaces and heritage properties – all at excellent rates.

A 40-year travel industry veteran, Ian Norris, says India creates a lifetime of memories.

"Modern India is a vibrant country bursting with energy:  from the snow-capped Himalayas to the white sand beaches of southern Goa, and glassy waterways and banana plantations of Kerala.  It is a spectacle of senses melding people, traditions and landscapes that creates romance and a lifetime of memories."

1300 039 481


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