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7 Steps to Survive a Long Haul Flight

7 Steps to Survive a Long Haul Flight

In reality after a long haul flight we look tired, bloated and dull. But not any-more! Here are my 7 steps to survive a long haul flight, staying glamorous in-flight, and looking great when you step off that plane!

Step One – Hydration

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration is the first step to surviving a long haul flight. Our bodies are not designed to travel at 30,000 feet in the air and our bodies relate this experience to being in a dry desert! The first step is to consistently drink lots of water and take electrolytes on-board to help replace lost minerals in your body.

Step Two – Moisturise

Moisturises don’t work well on planes! Moisturisers need water to attach too the skin but when our skin is dry it makes this process impossible. Use a hyaluronic acid serum which is a water based serum that absorbs completely into the skin and will keep your skin hydrated. Keep your eyes and lips hydrated by consistently applying a natural lip balm to your lips and use moisturising eye drops to avoid dry, red itchy eyes.

Step Three – Take Sunscreen

Take sunscreen on-board. The UV rays are much more intense at higher altitudes as its thinner air and less screening of harmful UV rays. If your flying during the day and don’t want to close your sun shade down put on some sunscreen especially on your face.

Step Four – Avoid Alcohol

Try to avoid alcohol, soft drinks and salty snacks on-board. This can cause water retention which can show up as facial puffiness or bloat. When arriving at your destination go for a brisk walk to reduce the bloating effect.

Step Five – Get Moving

Remember your travelling at the height of Mt Everest so there is less blood flow in your body. Get up and move around the cabin (if the seat belt sign is off), this will help with the blood circulation after sitting down for so long.

Step Six – Adjust time

As soon as you step on-board your flight, change your watch to your destinations local time and start adjusting to your new time straight away. If its daytime at your destination stay awake, if its night-time have dinner, watch a movie and then try and get some sleep.

Step Seven – Go for a walk

When arriving at your destination, if its in the morning make sure you have that first day planned. Go for a long walk or even book into an afternoon sightseeing tour. Don’t go back to your hotel room as you will start to feel tired and go to sleep too early.

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Drinking Water Overseas

Drinking Water Overseas

In Australia we don’t think twice about drinking water from the tap. But drinking tap water overseas can be very unsafe.

You of course need to drink water when travelling overseas and plenty of it! But drinking water overseas in certain parts of the world can put in you risk of developing diseases such as typhoid, cholera, hepatitis and travellers diarrhoea among other illness. So its imperative you know the best ways to ensure you are putting safe filtered water into your body on your overseas holiday!

Its just not what you drink its what you eat, where you swim and evening taking a shower!

Swimming

Check the natural bodies of water are safe before you swim. Places like the Amazon rainforest where you can swim are very high in minerals. Its too much for our western bodies to take in and can result in feeling very ill. Keep your mouth shut when swimming and check with your guide its safe to swim.

Brushing your Teeth

Use bottled water when brushing your teeth. If you use tap water you are still putting in the potentially contaminated water into your body. Good hotels will usually provide free bottled water for brushing your teeth.

Say No to Ice

In countries with poor water ratings the ice is usually made from the tap water. Never ask for ice as you do not know the source from where it came from.

Say No to Salads!

As much as we all want to be healthy eaters overseas, in undeveloped countries having a healthy salad could be dangerous. Salad ingredients are washed down with unfiltered tap water so avoid any types of food that need to be washed in water and raw foods. Always have cooked foods or fruits that can be peeled.

In the shower

Keep your mouth shut in the shower, a strange thing to say but so many of us open our mouths in the shower. But again you do not know where the water is coming from.

Ask Hotel Staff

Don’t assume because you are in a nice hotel the water is safe to use. Ask the hotel staff about the water. Usually if the water is unsafe in the hotels they will provide free filtered bottles of water to use to drink/brush your teeth.

Bottled Water

When travelling sealed bottled water can be your savior. However plastic bottles are a huge burden on our environment so please dispose of your plastic bottles responsibly.

Ways to Filter Your Own Water

Another way to save on plastic bottles in the environment is to filter your own water when overseas. This can be done a few ways listed below;

Steripen, this tool uses a UV lamp to kill the bugs and bacteria.

Pros – Inexpensive, easy to use, simply put in water for a few minutes then drink

Cons – No filter so the water is still cloudy, relies on batteries.

The Grayl, this tool is very effective and will give you clean and virus free water by using a pumping mechanism. You will one part up with water, attach the top and press down.

Pros – Very easy to use and gives you clean water

Cons – The filter can be expensive and only treats approx 150 liters of water before needs replacing. Pending on your trip I would purchase 2-3 liters just in case.

Below is a Map of the Countries with unsafe drinking water

Blue – Safe to drink tap water

Brown – Not safe

   

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Best Way to Buy Overseas Money – Made Easy

Best Way to Buy Overseas Money– Made Easy!

With so many options and stores to purchase currency its hard to understand or find the best ways to buy overseas money. Below I have listed three easy and affordable ways to obtain your overseas currency;

1. Buying Currency Online

The most popular and best way to buy overseas money is online. Online has better exchange rates and more pick up locations. Generally an online currency store has a better rate than in store to encourage you to go online. You simply order your currency online, pay and then pick up your currency at your closest pick up location. This is great if you are wanting a substantial amount of money or seeking more exotic currency which can take a week to arrange.

However the downside for this option is, if you are paying for your currency with your credit card be careful of credit card fees, try to pay via bPay to avoid any of those nasty credit card fees. Plus make sure you give yourself plenty of time to order your currency, especially if its not a popular currency it can take a few days for the money to arrive.

If purchasing money online – I recommend buying at least 2-3weeks prior to departure.

Where to buy from – Travelex are one of Australis largest and fastest growing currency exchange and has thousands of pick up locations in every state and International.

2. From your Bank

Believe it or not but sometimes your bank can offer you a better exchange rate than online or a specialty currency store. Your bank is the second best way to buy money overseas. If wanting to purchase popular currencies like U.S Dollars or the Euro your bank might not be a good option. However less popular currencies like the Chinese Yen your bank could offer you a better rate than other competitors.

3. Overseas

Sometimes its far cheaper to buy your currency in the country you are visiting when you get there. Places like Peru, Poland and lesser known countries are very hard to find currency outside these countries because its illegal for their currency to leave the country. I recommend if travelling to lesser known countries to take U.S Dollar currency in small domination’s. The U.S Dollar is widely accepted worldwide for exchanging money. Do not rely on your Australian Dollar as most countries will not accept our currency or will offer you a very bad exchange rate.

Take Home Points on the best ways to purchase overseas money:

  • Purchase your currency well in advance prior to your holiday, this way you can purchase online and get the best possible exchange rate.
  • Do not rely on the Australian Dollar currency when overseas. Most countries not close to Australia will not accept our currency or will give you a terrible exchange rate. Exchange some currency into the U.S Dollar for emergencies.
  • Take a few different methods of payment when travelling overseas such as
  • Currency (in the countries currency + U.S Dollar)
  • Credit card (dont forget to tell your bank your travelling overseas so they do not cancel your card!)
  • Currency card or Eftpos card as a third back up.
  • Do not wait until you get the airport (I am guilty of this!), if you leave it to the airport you are stuck with that exchange rate and the airport currency exchange may not even have your desired currency or not enough of it.

The best way to buy your overseas money is time! Give yourself plenty of time to organise your currency, do not leave it to the last minute. Try to organise your currency 2-3 weeks prior to your departure its just one more item ticked off your travel check list!

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The Great Suitcase Debate

Best Suitcases – What is better Soft or Hard Shell ?

For many travelers a suitcase is an investment and needs to be carefully selected to suit its owner and travelling style. Listed below are key points to consider when deciding on a soft or hard cover suitcase.

Hard Cover Suitcase Pros:

  • Strong construction and lightweight
  • Better security
  • More packing space in bag as its only a thin plastic shell
  • More protection of belongings in bag as will adsorb knocks

Hard Cover Suitcase Cons:

  • Both side of suitcase must be opened so you will need more room in your hotel room
  • Most are 4 wheels, not ideal if dragging a suitcase on cobblestone or uneven terrain
  • Harder to put in taxis/cars as they are a fixed size and cannot push in
  • They are not indestructible, the hard covers can still break

Soft Cover Suitcase Pros:

  • They take up less space when open (can put one side up against a wall)
  • Most soft cover suitcases have expander zips for extra luggage space
  • Easy to store when not travelling
  • Easier to pack in taxi’s/car’s
  • Most are on two wheels

Soft Cover Suitcase Cons:

  • Less security, a fabric suitcase can be cut into
  • Water can get inside and more prone to wear and tear
  • If you have fragile items in your bag the soft cover suitcase might not be able to protect them, a hard cover will absorb the bumps/knocks

Conclusion

Personally I prefer the soft cover suitcase’s as they suit my style of travel where I am always in and out of taxi’s, walking on uneven surfaces and its much easier to store away when at home and in hotel rooms.

You do however need to make the investment in your chosen suitcase, if you purchase a cheap suitcase with a soft or hard cover it may be completely unreliable and break mid holiday. Take the time to go to luggage stores and pay that little bit extra to ensure you are purchasing a reliable and durable suitcase that will last for many years.

Tip – Don’t get a big suitcase, remember on most flights the checked luggage restriction is 23kgs. You can always find a launderette to do your washing no matter where you are. Pack for 1-2weeks and plan in advance so by the time you are running out of clean clothing you are in a town to do laundry.

Tip – Most travellers at the luggage carousel will have a plane black suitcase, mix it up a bit. Why not purchase a coloured suitcase and put some ribbon on it so its easy to identify when at the luggage carousel.

Suitcase brands to consider include Samsonite, Victorinox, Antler and American Tourister

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Ladies Overseas Winery Tour – Argentina

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Ladies Overseas Winery Tour – Argentina

Conveying an unforgettable experience for adventurous ladies who love the idea of indulging in wine, travel and luxury, the Ladies Overseas Winery Tour of Argentina ticks all the boxes. Offering small group opportunities women can gather some friends to discover Argentinian gems – from the urban vibrancy of Buenos Aires to the beautifully landscaped vineyards in Mendoza.

Highlights of the Ladies Overseas Winery Tour in Argentina

This 10-day winery tour of Argentina is designed as a relaxed way to experience the indulgences of Mendoza, while visiting awe-inspiring surrounding regions before ending every night in chic city hotels or exquisite wine resorts. Some of the highlights of the winery tour include:

  • Sightseeing in Buenos Aires, a city known for its vibrant tango, night life, historical significance and colonial-inspired alleyways – with a dinner and tango show to end the night.
  • Flight to the most famous wine region in South America – Mendoza, known for its art deco and leafy streets.
  • Wine tasting tour in the heart of the very best wineries Mendoza has to offer – travelling through the Uco Valley for wine tasting and a classic lunch at an exquisite winery.
  • Exploring the iconic Casa de Uco vineyard for wine tasting and indulgent relaxation.
  • Taking on a cooking class to learn some of the classic foods prepared in Argentina.
  • Travelling to the most famous waterfalls in South America – Iguazu Falls to enjoy the picturesque landscapes and scenery whilst staying at the Famous Belmond Hotel.

What to Expect on this 10-Day Argentinian Winery Tour

Ladies choosing to indulge in this exciting Argentinian winery tour can expect to stay in some of the finest hotels and wineries of the country – with the option for free amenities for early bird bookers.

From accommodation at the Alvear Art hotel in Buenos Aires and Park Hyatt Hotel in Mendoza to Casa de Uco Vineyard & Wine Resort in Uco Valley and Belmond Das Cataratas Hotel in Iguazu Falls, the only hotel in the national park – female travellers have plenty to enjoy on this intimate group tour.

Early bird bookers before 31 August 2017 can enjoy bonuses like hotel upgrades (subject to availability), complimentary dinners, complimentary Wi-Fi, US$100 (cannot redeem for cash if unutilised) to spend as spa credit and much more.

Starting from USD $4,199 per person (twin share), female travellers looking for an enjoyable time in Argentina will enjoy luxury accommodation, nine breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner as part of their tour plan, apart from included taxes, transfers, sightseeing tours and airfare to Mendoza.

For more information click on Here or contact Tanya Kellen on 0421 986 733 or tkellen@mtatravel.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ultimate Adventure Tour Ecuador – Exploits for Intrepid Travellers

Ultimate Adventure Tour Ecuador – Exploits for Intrepid Travellers

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Ultimate Adventure Tour Ecuador is built on a bedrock of daytime adventure and action injected with night-time luxury, the Ultimate Adventure Tour Ecuador has plenty to offer discerning travellers who want to experience the vest best of what Ecuador has to offer – without having to do the planning on their own.

From exploring the Avenue of Volcano’s and climbing Cayambe Volcano to horse riding, white water rafting, cooking classes and canyoning, travellers have a raft of adventures to indulge in while they experience this exhilarating 12-day luxury travel tour of Ecuador – all the while finishing each day off in the comfort of 5-star accommodation.

Highlights of the Ultimate Adventure Tour Ecuador

Never short of excitement and thrill, intrepid travellers be treated to a variety of adventures and experiences in this South American wonderland. Some highlights of this luxury travel tour include:

  • Explore the magnificence of the surrounding volcanos, local traditions, neighbouring villages and the handicraft market, while finishing off with a culinary class in Otavalo.
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Cotacachi Volcano on a hiking adventure.
  • Discover the historical and cultural heritage of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, on a walking tour of the city.
  • Acclimatise at Posochoa before climbing up to the Cayambe Volcano, Ecuador’s third highest mountain at 5790 metres above sea level.
  • Indulge in the beautiful Papallacta thermal springs where spa treatments offer marvellous relaxation after a challenging climb.
  • Experience myriad adventure activities like horse riding, white water rafting, canyon swings, mountain bike riding, zip lining, hiking and much more at Banios, Ecuador’s adventure capital.

What to Expect

Starting from USD $3,900 per person (Based on twin share)(Only valid for November 2017 departure), the Ultimate Adventure Tour Ecuador has more than its fair share of stimulating experiences, offering travellers the chance to craft unforgettable memories in South America.

The price for this luxury South America travel tour includes private transportation, bilingual guides, climbing guides, meals, national park entrance fees, horse riding (shared), white water rafting (shared), 5-star accommodation and sightseeing tours.

Travellers will enjoy a good night’s rest in some of the country’s best 5-star properties, including Hacienda Cusin in Otavalo, Hotel Boutique Le Parc in Quito, Papagayo Lodge in Machachi, Termas de Papallacta in Papallacta, Hotel Sangay in Banios or similar types of properties.

Enthusiastic explorers also have the option to explore Ecuador further with custom luxury itineraries developed for exploring the Galapagos Islands, the Andes mountain range and much more.

Those looking to explore the intimate adventures of Ecuador without having to do the planning on their own will find this luxury travel tour right up their alley. Find out more about the tour here.

Contact Tanya Kellen on +61 421 986 733 or email tkellen@mtatravel.com.au for more details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Luxury South America Travel – The Luxury Explorer’s Guide to Peru

Luxury South America Travel

The Luxury Explorer’s Guide to Peru

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Luxury South America Travel – Luxury Adventure Tour Peru “Empire”. The tour showcases all the trapping of modern exploration set against the backdrop of Peru’s rich history and culture. Explorers will take in spectacular landscapes, unforgettable adventures and indulgent experiences along the way. From Peruvian horse shows and desert safaris to remote treks and cooking classes. Every day of this luxury South America travel tour ends with accommodation in a 5-star property.

Highlights Of The Peru Luxury Travel Tour 

This guided small group luxury tour captures some of the very best Peruvian experiences. It offers a raft of highlights for travellers to enjoy. Travellers begin the tour in Lima, the capital of Peru. Where they will experience ancient pre Inca and Inca culture and history ahead of the visit to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley. Encapsulating a truly phenomenal travel experience, some of the highlights of this luxury itinerary include:

  • A voyage into the Lurin Valley to experience a Peruvian Paso horse dance experience.
  • A 4×4 dune buggy safari in the Paracas desert meandering through towering sand dunes.
  • A joy-flight enjoying exquisite views of Nazca Lines and a journey to the Balastas Islands.
  • A breathtaking trip to the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s followed by lunch in a classic hacienda.
  • A visit to the world-famous Pisac markets and Ollantaytambo fortress. The gateway to discovering more about ancient life of the Inca civilization.
  • Train journey to Machu Picchu, Peru’s most visited and beautifully preserved Inca ruins. Followed by an informative guided tour of the area.
  • An exhilarating 2-hour hike to reach the summit of Wayna Picchu offering panoramic Machu Picchu vistas.
  • A rooftop cooking class in Cusco covering local delicacies – crafted by local culinary experts.
  • A 5-day hiking expedition to the magnificent ancient ruins of Choquequirao, exploring stunning vistas of enveloping mountains, canyons and much more along the way.

What to Expect 

Every night of this 18-day tour ends with a stay in some of Peru’s finest 5-star properties like Marriott Miraflores Hotel in Lima, Hotel Libertador Paracas in Paracas, Marriott Hotel in Cusco, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Puelbo Hotel in Machu Picchu and Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba in Sacred Valley to name a few.

At just USD $7,299 per person based on twin share (USD $6,299 per person for those who choose to remove the trek experience). This impressive luxury travel itinerary includes guided tours, airport transfers, trekking equipment, meals, entrance tickets to Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu and 5-star accommodation. There’s no better way to enjoy the very best of what Peru has to offer – get more information about this tour here.

Contact Tanya Kellen on +61 421 986 733 or tkellen@mtatravel.com.au for more details.

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Choquequirao Trek – A Great Alternative to the Inca Trail

Choquequirao Trek – A great alternative to the Inca Trail

Choquequirao Trek 

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When you think of Peru you instantly think of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. Unfortunately so does everyone else. So what do you do if you want to see Inca ruins, go on a hike and not be surrounded by everyone else doing the same thing?

Let me introduce you to the Choquequirao Trek. A 5 day spectacular hike that takes you on a journey through the jungle, along the Apurimac canyon and to the ancient Inca ruins of Choquequirao. Choquequirao is the long lost sister of Machu Picchu. These ruins are actually three times the size of Machu Picchu but only sees around a dozen tourists each day.

Now there is good reason behind why these magnificent Inca ruins are only visited by few travelers each day. That’s because of the challenging 5 day round trip hike all travelers must endure to visit these ruins. This hike is not for the faint hearted as some parts of this hike is steep and you of course are hiking at altitude. You are especially rewarded with almost having the entire Choquequirao ruins at your disposal. Its certainly an experience to explore and soak up the serenity & atmosphere of the ruins. Most of all have the sense of accomplishment of this hard yet rewarding hike.

Some of the best secrets in Peru are off the tourist track and Choquequirao is one of them. The best way to explore Choquequirao is through our 18Day Luxury Adventure Tour to Peru this September 2017.

The Deluxe version of the Choquequirao Trek –

First of all our tour has a unique combination of adventure, amazing sightseeing and staying in 5 star hotels. Most of all our tour offers the deluxe version of Choquequirao hike with deluxe tents, a full support team and an all inclusive trekking experience. Check out our 18 Day Luxury Adventure Tour to Peru to experience this amazing Choquequirao trek.

 

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A Perfect Setting in the Sacred Valley – Peru Hotels

A perfect setting in the Sacred Valley, Peru Hotels  

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Hotel Review 

    
One of my favourite Peru hotels is the new and exciting Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley. This is a perfect hotel to stop, relax and recharge before continuing your journey to Machu Picchu.

This Peru hotels sets the scene of an old historical hacienda with a contemporary twist and a grand entrance. The hotel sits on 100acres and has 12 rooms in the main Casa Hacienda and 24 stand alone luxury casitas with unspoiled views of the magnificent surrounding snow capped mountains, plus a few ultra luxurious owners quarters and suites.

The rooms are rustic and feels like your staying with your old Peruvian family, as soon as you walk through the door you instantly feel relaxed and warm with a spacious room that has been carefully decorated in local Peruvian charm and character. The rooms range from the superior deluxe rooms which have a living room, dining area and colonial style wardrobe, to the Casitas with your own unspoiled views of the surrounding mountains and fireplace to the spacious and extravagant suites and owners quarters where you will certainly feel at home.

Another reason why this Peru hotels stands out is the contribution to sustainability in the area, the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba has its very own 10 acre organic plantation which all the restaurant food is cooked from and absolutely delicious. I highly recommend booking into the hotels restaurant for dinner as the creations they use from their local produce is mouthwatering.

Below I have put a few pros and cons to help you decide if the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is the ideal Sacred Valley Peru hotels for you;

Pros:

  • New contemporary hotel with a rustic charm
  • Stunning location
  • Spacious rooms
  • Reasonable prices for restaurant & rooms
  • Well made Pisco sour
  • Great ambiance in the lobby and bar areas
  • Perfect place for a relaxation day
  • Complimentary activities at the resort
  • Perfect for couples

Cons:

  • Not walking distance to other local restaurants
  • Must book the restaurant for dinner reservations in advance
  • Not ideal for travellers who cant walk uphill or uneven surfaces very well as the hotel is situated on a hill.

 

This hotel is also one of the unique Peru hotels we book on our 18 Day Luxury Adventure Tour in Peru this September; http://www.prestigeworldtours.com.au/tour/luxury-adventure-tour-peru

For more details on the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba and how we can use this hotel to fit in with your Peru holiday plans call Tanya @ MTA Travel on 0421 986 733 or email tkellen@mtatravel.com.au
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Amazon Rainforest

Amazon Rainforest 

      

It’s on most travellers bucket list to see the magnificent Amazon rainforest, which comprises of 1.4billion acres making it the largest rainforest in the world. With this much land coverage it’s hard to imagine there are only a few spots where tourists can go to enter the Amazon rainforest.

Brazil and Peru are the main hubs when entering the Amazon rainforest, however the most unique spot is through Ecuador. A short flight from Quito to Coco takes you directly into the Amazon Rainforest and along side the Napo River. The Amazon rainforest is by far the most accessible to reach from Ecuador.

Once in Coca board the divine Anakonda Amazon River cruise, the only luxurious vessel in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. It was built to ensure the most comprehensive and unique adventure possible with all the luxurious at arms reach. The Anakonda comes complete with a large observation deck, outdoor Jacuzzi, al fresco lounge and 18 suites featuring sitting areas and large comfortable beds.

Each day the Anakonda takes its guests along the Napo River and deep into the Amazon rainforest to experience the flora and fauna in the area. Day excursions take you onboard the Anakonda’s small canoes in search for the pink dolphins, squirrel monkeys, the infamous piranha, water monkey fish, parrots and much more.

Using Ecuador as your entry into the Amazon rainforest and experiencing the region through the Anakonda River cruise will ensure you will have the best of both worlds with the luxury of this river cruise and the sheer beauty of the Amazon Rainforest.

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