Australian Dollar hits 7 year lows!
The start of 2016 hasn’t been good for the Australian Dollar against the US Dollar. Ok, lets be honest, 2015 wasn’t so good either. The little Aussie Battler is in for a battle as our dollar is heavily linked to the economic fluctuations of our biggest trading partner, China…And their outlook isn’t so crash hot. (Ed: Don’t use the term “crash” when talking about currencies)
Its perfectly fine to skip this section of the newspaper (Ed: Are you sure people still read newspapers?) or glaze over when watching the news when this topic come up, but the danger is only looking at the headline or listening to the lead in comment and thinking its all of a sudden too expensive to travel anywhere.
In the majority of the cases, the headline is about the Australian Dollar’s value to the US Dollar, and yes, over the the last 12 months the $AUD has fallen in value by 17% against the $USD. (Ed: I remember the good old days when the dollar dropped below $.50).
To the traveller this means that when you arrive in the United States everything is automatically 17% more expensive than it was 12 months ago. The $4.00 coffee at Starbucks will now cost your $4.68 and that $100 pair of jeans will now cost you $117. Obviously this means that you either need more money to do all the things that you want, or cut back in some areas. But it doesn’t mean that you have to cross the US off your list completely.
Source: http://www.XE.com comparison of AUD 15 Jan 2015 vs 15 Jan 2016
There a few shining destinations to think about if you want good value for your Australian Dollar. If you are a skier, or love nature, or you just love going to a really nice place, then head north to Canada or south to New Zealand. The Australian Dollar is slightly up against these two currencies so it wont hurt your hip pocket. (Ed: what if they fall skiing and land on their hip?, I guess the burgeoning wallet full of cash will cushion the fall).
The United State’s southern neighbour, Mexico, also offers better value for money this year.
If you really want to drive your dollar further (Ed: I think Budget own this tag line) then grab that plane ticket and head to South American countries like Argentina and Brazil (Ed: you need to warn the reader that Brazil wont be cheap during the Olympic Games). Another destination to put on the list is South Africa. South Africa was relatively cheap before, but with the $AUD’s value increasing by over 20% against the Rand, it is now “a must”. (Ed: If you need me, I will be in Cape Town).
Its not all doom and gloom.
There a a lot of little gems and this may give you an opportunity to visit a place that you may not have had at the top of your list. Don’t let the headline stop you from getting out there and discovering the world.
For those that dont like to read, here’s the info in an infographic form…..
The Dont Forget Travel Group
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Put letters together to make words. Put words together to form sentences. Put sentences together to produce chapters. Put chapters together to tell stories.
There is an order to letters and to keep the letters in order there is the alphabet. To bring each letter to life is a picture that represents that letter, either physically, metaphorically or graphically.
If a picture is worth 1,000 words here is my 26,000 word essay!
A for apples in Abu Dhabi
B is for Beach
C is for the shape of the clouds at Agistri
D is for Dim Sum in Shanghai
E is for escargot in Paris
F is for Foo Fighters
The changing of the guards
H is the shape of the upright supports of the Shanghai Bridge
I is the sculpture in Bulchart Gardens, Victoria BC
J is the shape of the stairs in Santorini
K is for the King of the Jungle South Africa
L is the shape of Nelson’s Column in London
M is the shape of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore
N is the shape of the Arc de Triumph, Paris
O is the O at California Park
P is the pong at Rotarua in New Zealand
Q is for the queues waiting to climb the Eiffel Tower
S is for snow in Banff, Canada
T is the shape of the Inukshuk in Churchill Canada
U is the shape of half of the London Eye
V is for Vegas
W is for the windmills of Mykonos
X for Xtreme ride in Las Vegas
Y is the shape of the FIFA World Cup supporter
Z is for Zebra at Singapore Zoo
The Don’t Forget Travel Group is taking part in the weekly photo challenge, but with the added twist that every photo has to have a travel element to it. Enjoy! #postaday
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I love getting high!
Never one to suffer from vertigo, I love being high….whether it be on top of a mountain after trekking for a few days, or from the Observation Deck of a skyscraper where the effort was no more strenuous than pushing the elevator button. I have always enjoyed sweeping views, particularly vistas from being “On Top” of things.
On top of the Pyramids, Giza, Egypt
Athens from on top of Lykabettus Hill
On top of Mt Norquay, Canada
On top of Santorini, Greece
On top of Shanghai, China
On top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Watching sunrise on top of Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
On top of La Paz, Bolivia
On top of the Great Wall of China
The Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas, one of the monasteries on top of the pillars at Meteora, Greece
On top of Mykonos, Greece
On top of the Marina Bay Sands overlooking Singapore
High on top of Peru in the Andes
On top of Egremni Beach on Lefkada, Greece
On top of Sugarloaf Mountain looking down on Rio, Brazil
On top of the Grand Canyon’s south rim, Arizona
At the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu, Peru
Sleeping on top of the world, Mt Kilimanjaro Tanzania
On top of Las Vegas on the Insanity ride
On top of Cairo, Egypt
On top of Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Watching the Crows from on top of the MCG in Melbourne, Australia
On top of Vancouver, Canada
On top of the hill behind the Nuweibaa beach camp on the Red Sea, Egypt
The Don’t Forget Travel Group is taking part in the Weekly Photo Challenge with the added edge of each challenge is to have a “travel twist”.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life
Many societies live their life on the streets, they eat on the streets, they conduct business on the streets, they socialise on the streets, they educate and raise their children on the streets. They embrace street life.
If you click on the photos you will see a short explanation of each photo, if you are interested.
Greece street food
Greek Hot Air
Life in the fast lane
The Don’t Forget Travel Group is taking part in the Weekly Photo Challenge with the added challenge of trying to make all photos travel related. #postaday
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Tagged Kashgar, London, Urumqi, Xiahe
The word Selfie finally makes into the Oxford Dictionary in 2013 – 21 years after I invented it!
In 1992 I embarked on my first ever solo travel adventure. While friends were starting to settle down, I was shaking it up. While friends were buying bricks and mortar, I was buying trips and memories. While friends were building their bank balances, I was building life experiences.
Being a solo traveller I quickly learnt that there wasn’t always someone to take a photo of you in front of whatever monument you had travelled half the world to see.
Although I had dubbed it the “self-portrait”, many a times the offer from a stranger to take my photo had been politely waved away as I explained that I am happy to take a Selfie, because I had, by this stage, perfected it.
The invention of the digital camera only encouraged more Selfies as the number of self-portraits increased dramatically.
Tip: Forget the duck face, jutting the chin out makes for a better self-photo!
Here are some Selfies from the digital era.
Snow thy self
Self Indiana Jones
Space Age Self
Self de Nile
Self like an Egyptian
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I grew up on a merino sheep station called Greenfields. I’ve worked on Greenhill Road. I’ve even been green with envy, but as Kermit the Frog sang, “It’s not easy being green”, but it seems that I find it easy to photograph green
The Dont Forget Travel Group is taking part in the Weekly Photo Challenge, but we’re adding an extra twist as we’re going to try and adapt the weekly theme into being “travel related” somehow! This week’s theme is: GREEN
Greenfields of France
Drinking Mojitos in Phuket
The Champs Elysees
The Paris Entranceway to Abercrombie & Fitch
The MCG during AFL Finals time
Hyde Park London
Hang gliding over Byron Bay’s scrub
The moat around the Forbidden City in Beijing
The Great Wall in China
local shrubbery in Nepal
Lone Pine, a special spot at Gallipoli for Australians
The Singapore Polo Club – a green oasis in the city
In Greece the trees make a natural drying rack for the octopus
Midsommers Night’s Dream being performed in London’s Regents Park
The green seas around Nafplio in Greece
Ballooning above Egypt’s Valley of the Kings
Beyond the Gate
You can find an umbrella and sun lounge on any beach in the Peloponnese
A dream was fulfilled when I treked to Machu Picchu
After the safari its nice to relax at Bakubung Bush Lodge
The colours of Mexico include green
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