WALK OF LIFE # 6: THE ULTIMATE TWO-DAY PERISHER VALLEY TRIP VIA CANBERRA

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Since the news announcement by the authorities in NSW (New South Wales, a state of Australia), was made for lifting holiday travel restrictions within NSW, we’re looking forward to a much-needed break. It’s relatively positive to see Australia coming back to life, and people planning their long-pending travels. As exciting for everyone else, we’re too pretty excited about our next trip, and that’s why we dedicated this week to Travelling and Tourism.

In today’s Walk of Life, we’d like to share one of our trips to Perisher Valley, Kosciuszko National Park in NSW (New South Wales, Australia). Yes, you read it correctly: One of our trips. Because we’ve been to the Snowy Mountains once every year. Why? We’ll answer you later in this post, but let’s first know a bit about Perisher Valley.

REPOPENING OF THE VALLEY

Perisher Valley is reopening for skiing and snowboarding on 24th June 2020 for NSW residents. If you’re planning for a snow-covered adventurous holiday, knock off your bucket list with this place! Perisher Ski Resort is famous for its tourism because there’s a lot to offer. From skiing and boarding to chairlift, the tourists never get disappointed with their exploration.

TRAVEL TIME

We previously visited Perisher Valley in 2018. Our trip was super-fun, exciting for kids, and entertaining. Our total travel time by car (from Sydney West to Perisher Valley) was 6 hours. What comes along the way is the National Capital of Australia, Canberra. We stayed there overnight before continuing our way towards the valley, since the travel was long enough to exhaust ourselves and the kids.

WHAT TO PACK?

A single day trip to Perisher Valley is usually enough to explore the sightseeing. We packed a few clothes and snacks for the kids. The essential garments to take along were the Jackets, Sweaters, Mufflers, Gloves (the ski equipment is available on site for hire).

We woke up early, at 5 AM, and transiting towards Canberra by 7 AM. We rented a Mazda CX9, a super-smooth car, and perfect for the family since it allows ample space inside.

DRIVE TO PERISHER VIA CANBERRA

We saw Kangaroos, horses, and other farm animals on the way. The road trip was splendid. On the roads of Canberra, we enjoyed the nightlife and food (we’ll write a separate post on our tour to Canberra).

The next morning, we left Canberra early to arrive at the Perisher car park (As always; we continued to wake up early in the morning for a trip) to explore the place thoroughly. We arrived at 9 AM, while the kids were still asleep in the SUV!

Parliament House, Canberra

THE WEATHER

Given the time of the year, it was quite surprising to experience relatively warmer temperatures (15 degrees if we remember it correctly). We brought sweaters and jackets with us, but eventually had to keep them in the car’s boot, since a single layer of clothes was enough!

THE ACTIVITIES

We heard that Perisher is great for newbies for learning to ski, since the slopes across all four resorts are suitable for beginners. We traveled in July, typically considering a desirable season for skiing. We didn’t opt to learn to ski so far as there were a lot more incredible things to do beyond skiing at Perisher Valley. We enjoyed building a snowman and rode on the chairlift.

TOTAL TRIP COST

The trip to Perisher Valley is generally expensive if you choose to hire ski and snow gear. But since we didn’t ski, the entire two-day trip added up a little under $1000 for our family of four. That included meals, car rental (you can travel by your car too), chair lift tickets and accommodation (Finding how to travel with a low budget is easy, here is our post to guide you).

WRAPPING UP

Traveling is a lifetime experience, and quite frankly, you’ll regret the missed opportunity to pay a visit to Perisher Valley on your tour to Australia. Our latest trip to the Perisher Valley was both exciting and thrilling. People covered in round helmets, neck warmer, and reflective goggles are also the kindest from inside. The culture and spirit of Perisher inspires us on every visit.

We hope you loved reading Walk of life today.

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8 TIPS FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE TRIP

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Have you been planning to visit a new country and add another tour to your world of memories? We know that the lockdown brought many of you in a difficult situation as you’ve had to put your precious traveling plans on hold. 

While you’re waiting for the re-opening of the airports, flights, and various attractions, begin planning for your next tour. We’ve often seen people traveling to many beautiful destinations in the world and still feeling unsatisfied about their experience. We’re not pointing towards any unpleasant experience they had during flights or at the hotel, instead relating to failing to create an unforgettable event of their life.

Breath-taking views at the Blue Mountain Three Sisters, Blue Mountains NSW

Each travel of your life should be unique and memorable so that you gain the peace of mind and the confidence you’re wanting to achieve. Whether you’re traveling for a change of atmosphere or exploring new places, you’ll probably want to keep the unique memories alive when feeling nostalgic.

In this post, we’re so excited to share how we’ve been making our trips valuable and memorable without spending big bucks. Also, please read our post here to learn the ways to travel with a low budget.

1. Immerse into the locals

When you experience an authentic travel experience, you’re placing a high value on your trip. Perhaps you’ve planned to visit the major attractions, it’s a good idea to meet the locals to make your trip unforgettable.

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Naran Kaghan valley in Northern Pakistan, since we shed the tourist skin and immersed ourselves in the local culture during travel.

Here’s what you should do:

  • Research before you travel about local’s greeting styles, gestures, and clothing (as some cultures can be susceptible to what you wear!)
  • Learn a few words (if it’s a foreign language): Simple words such as ‘Hello,’ ‘Thank you,’ ‘Sorry,’ ‘Please,’ and ‘Goodbye.’
  • Visit historic and culturally significant places of the area to explore their values and traditions in the past.
  • Try local food to discover their taste and the spices that inspire the locals. For example, we saw the culture of street food in Murree, Pakistan.
Naran Kaghan Valley Trip: Cultural dress and hat

2. Write your experiences in a journal

Writing anything can make you remember the precise details. It helps you organize your ideas, improve your writing skills, and store memories simultaneously. So, why not keep a journal of your next trip?

Journal writing was a great pastime for both of us since we waited 6 hours at the airport for our flight from Gold Coast to Sydney. Later, the journal inspired us to start this blog! (We’ll share each tour in ‘Walk of life‘ posts).

You can use travel apps to create a digital travel journal. Or keep it hand-written, just like us. In a travel journal, you can include:

  • Maps
  • Itinerary
  • Unique interaction with the locals
  • Food culture
  • Photos
  • Unique jewelery, coins, etc

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3. Be adventurous

Do you want to create an unforgettable memory without getting out of your comfort zone? If your answer is ‘yes’, then most likely you’ll miss it. Because when you experience something special and unknown to you, you’re learning the uncertainty of life.

An adventure trip doesn’t have to be fearful, though something you’ve never experienced or something that generates adrenaline.

β€œThe biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”

Oprah Winfrey

Our Gold Coast trip was quite courageous since we took thrill rides in the Movie World (we both have always scared with the roller coasters and never experienced one before this trip). Quite frankly, we were terrified at the beginning, though later, we couldn’t keep ourselves from taking one ride after another! (and that made our trip to Gold Coast most memorable).

4. Collect coins and souvenirs

Foreign coin collecting has been a historic custom for decades. And yet, collecting souvenirs is as appealing for creating a long-term memory too!

Collecting items that represent your travels and adventures is the best part of your trip. You can find inexpensive souvenirs anywhere in the local tourist area.

Some forms of souvenirs you can find at local shops are:

  • Magazines in foreign language
  • Postcards
  • Stickers
  • Fridge Magnets
  • Key Chains
  • Shirts and Hats

Once you have a collection of souvenirs upon returning from your trip, organize them in your travel journal for your memory and reveal to your friends.

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5. Keep the trip short and slow

As a traveler, it’s unnecessary to visit many cities all at once because you’ll end up tiring and stressing yourself for each visit.

Slow and short trip can allow you to understand the culture, live each moment of your journey at fullest, and save money. When traveling with kids, you should always plan your travel slow due to the extent of uncertainty in their routine.

Melbourne City

Two years back, we’ve planned to explore all the Melbourne city on the same day, in the excitement of exploring the entire city. Our trip was not too bad to visit scenic spots, though exploring the city in just one day was relatively tough to manage and we ended up getting cranky and tired after spending an entire day in the city.

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6. Wake up early

Getting up early in the morning while exploring the world is crucial for you to keep the trip short and slow. If you’re planning to wake up after 9 am every day on your trip, you’ll lose a great deal of time, the exclusive hotel breakfast buffet, and the memories to create.

By visiting the tourist places early, you’ll beat the queue, escape from the heatspend more time to explore local culture and maintain a well-balanced routine. 

You can plan to rise early in the morning during your trip by:

  • Avoiding late night outs.
  • Setting an alarm that has a high enough sound to wake you up forcefully.
  • Make your bedtime routine, such as reading a book.
  • Avoid using a mobile phone until late.
  • Avoid intake of caffeine in the late evening.
  • Take a hot shower to soothe your muscles.

7. Get a GoPro

We rarely advocate spending additional money on your vacation, but believe it or not, a GoPro is worth for your bucks as long as you want to create lifelong memories of your adventures.

Go Pro is great for carrying along with you at various places compared to the large professional camera (it’s heavy, so great for shooting on festivals and occasions). The video quality is excellent provided the price, size and features it offers. They’re waterproof and tiny. But it’s primarily for non-professional use.

So, if you’re planning for hiking, skydiving, scuba diving, or some sports, GoPro is excellent in capturing your moments.

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8. Share your videos with friends and family

We’re talking about creating wonderful travel memories in this post, and we assume that you’re probably capturing all those memories not only for yourself but also for showing it off to your loved ones.

Sharing videos, photos, time-lapses, slo-mo, audios, a journal, or a compilation book will refresh the moments you’ve experienced being a wanderer. Again, you’ll be amused by your experience when you show it to your family and friends, as sharing gathers immense appreciation and confidence for yourself.

You can share your experience by following ways:

  • Invite friends and family for a travel show (a PowerPoint presentation, or a slide show)
  • Writing a travel blog
  • Recording the Facebook live sessions during your trip
  • Checking-in to the popular attraction on Facebook.
  • Making an impressive travel video and upload on YouTube.
Local culture, local food

Final words

Being a tourist offers a remarkable deal of exposure and explorationopens your mind, and builds stronger bonds. Keeping your memories alive after your dream is over will bring lifetime joy and pleasure to your ultimate travel journey. Share your thoughts about your tour with your loved ones, create memories by photos and coins collections, dive deep into the cultural heritage and keep the trip comprehensive. We hope that you enjoy your next trip! (once the lockdown lifts).

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

Saint Augustine

Share your thoughts to let us know what you would prefer? A GoPro or a Smart Phone to keep memories for your next tour?

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5 TIPS TO TRAVEL WITH A LOW BUDGET

Do you often daydream about travelling and discovering far lands? Or have you been thinking of a life-changing adventure from a long time but your bank balance haunts you and straight away your mind says, ‘Nah, just forget about this!’

For a bit, carrying limited budget hindered us from discovering this fascinating planet. We admire travelling and exploring new places. We love experiencing unique cultures and road trips. We travelled to Naran Kaghan Valley, Islamabad, Lahore and Murree in Pakistan. Further along, we explored Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra in Australia.

Here’s how last year this family of four travelled from Sydney to Melbourne in a little over $900!

1. Plan your trip in advance

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Travelling on a budget can’t happen swiftly, though planning before-hand is the way to enjoy fully! With lack of a plan, you’ll end up wasting time and money after you reach your destination.

We’ve been travelling with a controlled budget from a while since the foremost work we do is to grab a pen, notebook and MacBook.

First, we decide where we should go. Since we travel with the kids, we plan our trip accordingly. Depending on attractions, the next step is to figure out the number of days we plan to stay. Given our budget, usually, a three to four-day domestic trip is enough for us to cover most attractions in the city. Here is a guide which we often used before travelling and is both genius and helpful.

2. Look for different airport options

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Wondering what does mixing and matching the airports mean? Let us explain you.

After planning our trip to Melbourne last year, we looked at the then-current flight rates. It annoyed us after figuring out that the prices were touching the skies, and while we discovered the total travel time by car from Avalon Airport to Melbourne is just 40 minutes. We arrived at Avalon, rented a car there and saved over 50% on flight tickets alone. Crazy fact!

3. Book the accommodation wisely

Did you know that lodging often holds a major part of the expense in your trip? When you’re planning to travel with a small budget, finding the cheapest accommodation without compromising on the hotel services is the best bet for you.

For example, we found cheaper deals by booking our hotel on a weekday instead of a weekend. We’re not sure of the reason behind this difference, though it always happened with us. And we observed that the hotel rates are most expensive on a Sunday.

For our trip to Geelong (nearby Melbourne), we booked Airbnb for the first time. Initially, we were slightly hesitant, though we had an amazing experience at our host’s accommodation. The house was tidy, and all the services we asked for were present in the accommodation. As a first-time customer, the most satisfying part was receiving a 50% off from Airbnb.

4. Explore latest deals

Another generous way to travel with limited bank balance is to explore the present deals. There are various websites where you can quickly find impressive deals for many attractions, hotels and accommodations, though we’ll recommend you a few we’ve experienced so far.

We saved over 50% on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel since we bought the tickets through ‘Experience Oz‘. Undoubtedly, their customer service was excellent, clear and concise, and the whole process from payment to delivery was hassle-free. ‘Groupon’ is another great app to find cheap deals, as we booked The Wheel of Brisbane through this site. You can find more deals Here.

Similarly, we booked Sea World Resort in Gold Coast through Booking.com. The deal involved 4 theme parks, resort accommodation and breakfast. We saved over 50% on this deal compared to the actual price.

5. Get hotel breakfast buffet

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Ever thought how inexpensive it would be to get a breakfast buffet rather than having one outside? We’re sure there’s nothing fancier for you than getting ready for an unlimited breakfast buffet!

If you’re travelling with family or friends, getting a breakfast buffet will add value to your trip. We experienced both, since in Melbourne we didn’t grab the breakfast buffet deal at the hotel we stayed, and ended up spending big bucks on different snacks to fill our tummy for the rest of the day!

In contrast, our morning breakfast buffet in Sea World Resort Gold Coast was super tempting and fine. We’d feel full and satisfied for the rest of the day after having one. It surely added value to our trip.

Final thoughts

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

John Lennon

So, you shouldn’t hold your dreams to live a life-changing experience and plan from now. The earlier you book for a trip, the better and cheaper deals you’ll get. Choose your destination according to your budget and follow our valuable tips to endure your travel dream.

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