Where are our expats?

When it comes to living the expat lifestyle the British are up there with the best of them. With approximately 7% of the population of the UK living abroad where are all these Brits living? One company that deals with expats transferring money abroad have crunched the numbers to find out where Britons have settled around the world. Check out this interesting graphic on the where and why of British expatriation.

Where are our expats?

Top 5 destinations for Australian students studying abroad

If you are an Australian looking to go to university then perhaps you should be considering studying abroad.

Travelex have put together an illuminating infographic on just how many Australians are students abroad. And if you do decide to go to another country to further your education your family can send money overseas to support your education.

Here are the top five destinations for Australians studying abroad.

10 Ideas To Plan A Trip To Paris

And if are looking to visit Australia, you need to have Australia visa.

10 Ideas To Plan A Trip To Paris

Ah, Paris, the city of love. Every year people flock to one of the world’s favourite cities to explore this beautiful and magical city.There are many things to do and see, as well as eat and drink. Paris has so much to do that one could stay a year and not run out of places to see.

Here are 10 ideas to plan a trip to Paris and get you started.

10 Ideas To Plan A Trip To Paris
[Source: The apartment rental website Localnomad.]

1. Enjoy A Panoramic View

The Eiffel Tower, located on the Champ de Mars, is one of the most well known structures in the entire world. It was originally constructed as an entrance arch in 1889 for the World’s Fair and is named after Gustave Eiffel. Coming in at 320 metres tall or 1,050 feet, the Tower is made of iron and weighs ten thousand tons. Enjoy the spectacular views and have fun taking photos!

2. Discover Paris By Bike

Biking through Paris allows you to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of Paris and really see what the city has to offer. Take a bike tour that offer a tour by day or night, or even through Monet’s Garden and Versailles. These guided tours give you information about the sights and more. Or rent a bike and freestyle it through the city for an unexpected adventure!

3. Try A Michelin Starred Restaurant

Paris has over 70 Michelin-starred restaurants in what is already one of the most exquisite food capitals in the world. There’s a long list with many restaurants that have fancy food with fancy list prices, but the price can be cut down by dining at lunch time. From Le Meurice to Pierre Gagnaire to Lasserre and La Tour d’Argent, the possibilities are endless.

4. Go To A Jazz Concert

Paris has many great bars, cafes and clubs that feature wonderful jazz. The city is known for its hip venues and smooth jazz clubs where it’s possible to grab a drink and relax, including the Au Duc des Lombards and the Salle Pleyel, home to the Orchestre de Paris as well as the Orchestre Philharmonique Radio France.

5. Rent An Apartment Instead Of A Hotel

10 Ideas To Plan A Trip To Paris
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Renting an apartment in place of a hotel can give you that true sense of being in the city instead of being just a visitor. Plus, you get all the charm of a real life apartment with all its furnishings and decor that a sterile hotel designed to be the same for each guest lacks, here you can check out nice Paris apartments from Localnomad.

6. Explore By Foot

Paris is beautiful on foot. The great thing about walking through the city is you can meet people, go in the shops, grab a bite to eat or sit down at a cafe, and much more. You can explore the city and take it all in. Go on foot for a sensory experience you won’t soon forget.

7. Visit La Defense District

The modern office tower and high rise district of Paris is the location of the Grande Arche de La Denfense, an interesting and famous France landmark that resembles a hollow cube. It is a business district that was created in part by Charles de Gaulle in the 60s who wanted to concentrate skyscrapers in a single business district to save changing the character of downtown Paris.

8. Sample French Wine

French wine is renowned for its quality and taste. After all, French wine has been produced since the sixth century B.C., and many of its regions have made wine since the Roman times. France is also where many grape varieties such as Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon have originated. Sample French wine in Paris by going to some of the great wine bars, such as Le Baron Rouge, or a wine tasting class at Ô Château, offering classes for beginners and connoisseurs alike.

9. Visit The Street Markets

The street markets of Paris offer a real sampling of the food and wares of the city as well as the flavor and liveliness. Whether it’s books, antiques, food, or various treasures, there’s a market in Paris for everyone, every day of the week.

10. Lose yourself in Saint Germain

Saint Germain has a youthful energy and interesting atmosphere as a university district. There are many eateries, bars, gift shops, and more being passed by and visited by students and tourists as well as locals. Saint Germain has design shops, churches, bookstores, art galleries, hotels, cafes and restaurants. It is impossible to be bored in Saint Germain. Let yourself be swept up in the energy and the sights of Saint Germain.

Making Connections the Enjoyable Way

Making Connections the Enjoyable Way
[Image by Michael Kappel]

Connecting flights can be a nuisance, can’t they? If you are looking for a cheap flight to somewhere in Asia, for example, the chances are that you will be offered two connecting flights. Sometimes the connection really is a connection, taken care of by the airline. Sometimes you get off one plane, you have half an hour to walk around the airport, look at the duty free goods or have a meal, and then you get on the connecting flight and away you go. Sometimes it turns out to be several hours because of a delay, and in a busy, noisy or dirty airport that is not much fun. It might be just long enough to stretch your legs and look around, and the inconvenience might be insignificant. Or it might turn into a nightmare, literally if you have to spend a whole night there. So connecting flights are not necessarily to be avoided, but you should try to ensure that the connection is within an hour or two. If you do have to spend a night and the airline is responsible, then they will have to provide you with a hotel room. Make sure that they do so. If, on the other hand, it is less than an hour in a well-designed airport, you might even wish it had been a bit longer.

Make the Most of It
After the plane has hit the deck, the captain should inform his passengers of any complications or problems regarding connecting flights. Listen carefully. There might be a map of the airport in one of the magazines provided by the airline, and it surely is not difficult to find such a thing online. So make yourself reasonably familiar with the layout of an airport before you get there if you have a connection to make. It saves time and probably some frustration when you get there. As you leave the plane, there is often another opportunity to ask whether there is any problem or change regarding your connection. As you get to the end of the tube connecting the plane to the port, look out for the smiling and good-looking models who welcome passengers to the airport. They ought to know about such things. Failing that, anyone who works for the airline that you are leaving with, unless it’s Gulf Air, will do their upmost best to help you. After all that is their job.

Choose a Good Airport If You Can, In the Far East there are several:
Kansai, Osaka
Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok
Changi, Singapore

And in Europe there are more:
Schiphol, Amsterdam
Vantaa, Helsinki
Eleftherios Venizelos, Athens

Not all airports are bright, cheerful and friendly, but many are. Some are interesting and are well decorated, whilst some are architectural marvels. Depending on personal interests, some people spend a long time admiring the design and construction of big, international airports. Chep Lap Kok in Hong Kong, Kansai in Osaka and, slightly closer to home, Stansted airport in Essex have all been designed by Norman Foster and Partners. They may be controversial in their own ways, but each is surely worth some aesthetic consideration at least.

Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, all on or very close to the Malay Peninsula, are all rather new and also impressive. The first and last of those three are particularly amazing, having been described in print as awesome, cool and spectacular. If you see the fountains and botanical gardens of Changi you will understand why, and Bangkok’s new airport, despite its unpronounceable name, may be what the future looks like. Jumping back to the west, Marrakech Menara is not large by international standards but surprisingly modern and interesting in design.

If going even further west, consider Washington Dulles, which was built in 1962. Its concrete roof hangs down in the middle like a canvas between rows of angled pillars and has been the inspiration of several more recent designs. It is easy to understand why. Madrid, for example, has a similarly swooping roof, but the ceiling is lined with bamboo which gives it a different feeling. Steel struts are painted in all colours of the rainbow from red, to violet, all along the length of the building. Also in Spain, the wonderfully spacious Barcelona airport is refreshing after hours in a plane as it feels like you are outside even if you do not leave.

The airport which looks like it’s on a raft, floating just off the coast at Rio, is something to behold on final approach, and not uninteresting after you land. The great, futuristic concrete cylinder of Charles de Gaulle in Paris and the sheer indifference to the conventions of airport design at Banjul in Gambia are just a couple more randomly chosen airports worth visiting. Having to wait a while for a connecting flight at any of these airports would hardly be a pain.

Author Bio:
Ariana Louis has written this article after recently finding special deals at holidayshoppers.co.uk to the South East of Asia. Ariana likes to share her experiences in her blogs and articles and would recommend Travel Republic services to anyone who is looking to book a holiday abroad.

5 parks around the world that you must see

Interested in exploring most beautiful green parks of the world? Planning to visit a world famous park that is famous for their exotic sceneries and colorful flowers decorations? We are here to come up with best parks in the world that are natural and have no artificial ecosystems to attract people. Natural beauty is something exhilarating and people always wanted to view natural scenes. They are not interested in artificial parks and arrangements made in parks. Check below the real and natural parks that you must see.

Best parks of the world:

This world is filled with exciting natural landmarks, waterfalls, landscapes and parks. Gear up your holiday trip to best destination.

Hyde Park London – London has a popular royal park that is famous for its exciting beauty and it is the major attraction for London tourists. They love to run rampant in this park. It has a deer park in old times, but now it is famous due to the Holocaust memorial, Princess of Wales memorial and Crystal Palace and Diana.

Stanley Park Vancouver – Vancouver is a popular city for its outdoor recreations for locals as well as tourist. Stanley Park is a major outdoor recreation park that has breathtaking views and captivating beauty to attract the visitors. You should visit this park as it has 8 million visitors every year. Popular attractions of the park include seawall paths, massive trees that add beauty to the landscape, lounge on the beach and the gaps between the poles in the parks.

Golden Gate Park – San Francisco has a famous Golden gate bridge that is attracting worldwide tourists. The same named park has been popular among millions of tourists. People come from different parts of the world to enjoy their holidays in this park. Flowers, gardens and enriched colors of the park attractions are making it fascinating. Popular attractions include conservatory of flowers, Botanical gardens, De young museum and a memorial for AIDS.

Lincoln Park – Chicago has an exhilarating park for its worldwide tourist. The lush green synthetic grass space is the major attraction for the tourists with an overall area of 1200 acres covered with these attractions. The parks not only have a garden but it also offers the best space for golf courses, tennis, basketball, and volleyball and baseball courts.

Flagstaff Gardens – If you are looking to explore the natural beauty in Melbourne, then Flagstaff Gardens is here for you. The area is famous from the time it was opened for visitors. The park has beautiful eucalyptus trees with fascinating flower gardens and the most thrilling wildlife is seen here. Enjoy your trip to Melbourne by must visiting this place.

World parks are famous for their gardens, flower arrangements and massive trees in the large space. The places offer a new sense of relaxation and a recreation for all visitors and local citizen. Your visit to the world popular cities is incomplete if you do not visit these parks.

Robert Cruz is an expert blogger and has expertise to write customer grabbing website content for SMC NY and has an experience in this fields from more than 10 years. His hobbies include gardening and interior designing. He uses artificial grass to decorate his gardens and yards.

European Travel Quiz

In Europe you find so many great cities to visit – some with great historical background like Rome, some in which you can spent hours in museums like in Paris, and some cities are just gorgeous like Bruges. In case you are looking for inspiration which city to visit next, or which monuments you shouldn’t miss, try the Superbreak Travel Quiz to find out which European cities are worth putting on your travel to-visit list.


A Journey Around Europe Travel Quiz

Airport Lounges Are Awesome

When you first book your holiday, all you are looking forward to is reaching your destination. If only all the packing, travelling and airport hassle was taken out of the question. Don’t you wish it was as simple as clicking your fingers and you arriving on a beach somewhere? Well, unfortunately I am not a magician and I cannot help you in the packing and travelling. However, what I can do is ensure your few hours at the airport run smoothly and are relaxing by suggesting that you book an airport lounge. I have teamed up with the professionals (in relaxation) at FHR. Offering a wide range of national and international choices in airport lounges, FHR know exactly what their customers are looking for when they search for tranquil and peaceful solutions at an airport and as a result, offer some of the most satisfying surroundings.

Before I suggest a few of my favourite airport lounges and attempt to convince you with this genius idea, here are just a few reasons as to why it’s a great idea to book one!

– Relaxing and comfy surroundings
– Great getaway from a crowded terminal
– Avoid the duty free shoppers
– Avoid hyped up children whizzing around
– TV and other entertainment facilities
– Complementary food and drink
– Free Wi-Fi facilities
– Shower and spa facilities

Check out some of my favourite lounges

Servisair Styal Lounge, Manchester Airport
This lounge is great for escaping the hustle and bustle at Manchester Airport. With access to complimentary snacks, hot drinks and for the adventurous, there is even a range of spirits, beers and wines on offer. You can also enjoy free Wi-Fi and entertainment as well as ready a newspaper or glossy magazine. The best thing, this lounge is open to all regardless of which class or airline you are travelling with.

Cheviot Lounge, Newcastle Airport
With a maximum stay of 3 hours for ticketed passengers, this lounge is the perfect place to start your holiday. A non-smoking and spacious area, the lounge offers a variety of refreshments, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, disabled access, Wi-Fi, newspapers and magazines as well as up to date flight information.

Skylounge, Glasgow Airport
Located on the second floor of the International Pier, the Skylounge welcomes children and infants offering a children’s zone where the young ones can enjoy a range of entertainment including DVDs, consoles and toys. There is also a business section for professionals to catch up on their work.

The majority of lounges have similar offerings. A few of my other favourites include;

– The Bollin Lounge, Terminal 1 at Manchester Airport
– The No1 Lounge and Aspire Lounge at Gatwick in the North terminal of Gatwick Airport and,
– The No.1 Lounge in Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport

Many have said airport lounges are too expensive and unnecessary. Well, you cannot judge until you have tried! Just remember, some of the lounges are so reasonably priced that once you have added the cost of your food, drink, newspapers and clothes in the duty free terminal, it could turn out that the lounge is a cheaper option!

About the author: This article was written by Nishma Shah for FHR Airport Hotels and Parking.

Tips for Travel to New Zealand

New Zealand 2007
[New Zealand 2007 by Szymon Stoma, on Flickr]

Kia ora! This Māori greeting, “be healthy”, is the informal “Hi!” from the friendly, down-to-earth people of New Zealand. A small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan, New Zealand is described as “gloriously uncrowded” with a population of four million. Three-quarters live in the North Island, with one-third of the total population living in the North’s largest city, Auckland.

Maori and Europeans settled New Zealand and you are sure to feel the influence of both upon this nation’s culture. Some said they were finding containers for hire. As their national motto and greeting hint at, New Zealand is a place to get outdoors and be active, and if you are traveling from the US, remember, the seasons are reversed!

100% Pure!

Isolated geographically, New Zealand has many unique plants and wildlife. Kiwis designated 20 percent of their nation to parks, forests, and marine reserves. Over 80% of plants are native within many large evergreen forests. When you visit the North Island, you’ll see the pohutukawa tree with its bright red flowers blooming in December, giving it the title of New Zealand’s Christmas tree. Citizens get their nickname from their national symbol, a nocturnal flightless bird, cute, but fiercely territorial, with nostrils on the end of its large beak, and you can visit “kiwi houses” at zoos and wildlife parks. And sheep. No missing this nation’s sheep. There are more sheep than people in New Zealand! Wool, knitted up into sweaters and cloth, or in skeins of yarn, should definitely be in your suitcase when heading home.

North Island

The geography of New Zealand varies greatly and one extreme is the Franz Josef Glacier. Visitors are permitted to walk on the planet’s only glacier not receding.

In the island’s largest coastal city, Auckland, you’ll want to visit Māori historic taonga (treasures), including Te Hana Te Ao Marama for a glimpse into pre-European New Zealand through traditional song and dance. Another must-see is Tamaki Hikoi, where tours take you to Maungawhau (Mount Eden) and the Auckland Domain, home of the Auckland Museum.

On the East side of the island, the limestone Waitomo Caves should not be skipped! Glow-worm grottos and caverns first explored in 1887 with black-water rafting for adrenaline junkies.

South Island

New Zealand’s second-largest city Christchurch has a statue of Queen Victoria in the center of its town square and you can take a gondola ride on the River Thames. Christchurch is said to be more British than England!

For another taste of New Zealand’s famously varied geography, visit Fjordlands National Park, the nation’s largest, and see the natural beauty Rudyard Kipling named “The Eighth Wonder of the World.” If you’re a fan of Middle Earth, you’ll love the boat ride in the fjords where ‘The Lord of the Rings’ was filmed.

For adventure seekers, visit Queenstown, home of bungy jumping, for a bus tour that takes you over Kawarau Bridge and the Skyline Gondola which takes you to a mountaintop restaurant.

So, North or South? Both!


Steve Chamley trades products from South America like footwear and bags. He supplies them unbranded to different shops in Australia and New Zealand.

Exploring Perth with a Car Hire

Experience Perth like never before when you opt to hire a car during your travels. This Western Australia city provides locals and tourists with lots to see and enjoy, spread out throughout the region. Rather than relying solely on public transportation which may not always be available to take you to your desired destination on time, hiring a car is a much more convenient option. This gives you the freedom to roam as you would like and to visit all of the different area attractions whenever you would like to. The following options are just a few things that you may want to check out with the freedom to explore during your Western Australia adventure.

Kings Park & Botanic Garden

Kings Park & Botanic Garden is one of the most popular attractions in Perth. When you choose to hire a car, you can easily visit this destination as well as many others that are fun for the whole family. Kings Park is filled with a wide range of beautiful gardens, fun planned events throughout the year, amazing views of the Swan River, bushwalks, playgrounds and cafes for your ultimate enjoyment. Experience the beautiful outdoors when you opt to travel to Kings Park & Botanic Garden in Perth, Australia.

Cottesloe Beach

If you have come to Perth to enjoy a beach holiday, look no further than Cottesloe Beach. Hop in your car rental and head to the urban Cottesloe Beach where you will find clean sand, crystal blue water, shops, hotels and restaurants located right along the coast for your convenience. Whether you have come to swim, lay out on the beach or to simply enjoy amazing ocean views, car hires give you the ability to roam and visit Cottesloe Beach during your holiday in Perth, Australia.

Fraser Avenue Lookout

For some of the most amazing views of Perth, be sure to visit the Fraser Avenue Lookout. These spectacular views of the city are ones that you will not find anywhere else. Roam around the grounds for a peaceful, stress-free walk, see the outstanding skyline and take in views of the rolling Perth hills in the background. While public transportation can be unreliable in getting to Fraser Avenue with ease, when you choose to hire a car you can visit this top destination whenever you would like to during your visit.

Penguin Island

A trip to Perth would not be complete without a visit to Penguin Island. Penguin Island is located in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park which is easily accessible by car and just a 45 minute drive from the city. This amazing unspoiled nature reserve is home to the largest colony of penguins in Western Australia. In addition to penguins, visitors can also enjoy encounters with dolphins, sting rays, sea lions, pelicans and more.

All in all, there is no better way to explore the city of Perth than with your very own car hire. Visit top destinations on your own schedule and truly make the most out of your trip to Australia.

Escape the winter to Tenerife

Brits will have already noticed a chill in the air at the beginning of September, with the weather taking a serious downturn. We’ve got the rain, we’ve got the cold – and it’s all just a taster of what’s in store come November and onwards. All this talk of Britain’s weather system – unpredictable at best, unfair at worst – will undoubtedly have people longing for warmer temperatures. Book now for some winter sun this year in Tenerife, the ideal place for an impromptu holiday.

Why Tenerife?
Aside from having the one thing completely necessary for a good winter sun holiday (ie: the winter sun), Tenerife has a plethora of attractions to keep you entertained and a more than agreeable atmosphere. Whether you like to saunter between the honey-coloured walls of the local village in search of culture, or relax on the beach with a towel and a spot of alfresco dining, the island has something to appease even the most discerning winter sun seeker.

Coming up with a complete list of things to do on Tenerife would take days and days of internet research, and even then there are places that aren’t easily found on the net you might miss until you actually get out there. But anyway – here are a few activities you can do on the island, just to whet your appetite.

Things to do
As a place to explore, Tenerife is as fascinating during the winter as it is in the summer. In fact, if you’re into trekking and walking, it’s arguably better in the winter. Temperatures are still in the 20s in November and December, making it warm, but not blisteringly so. Roam all the way up to Mount Teide if you feel like it, although bear in mind it will be much cooler as you go on up!

Failing that, hire a car and discover the secret village of Masca. Hidden on the coastline, the only way to reach it 30 years ago was by boat and then donkey ride. It still contains many traditions and objects you won’t find anywhere else.
The island doesn’t close down for the winter either – many of the bars and restaurants are open all year round, even if the clientele is a little more mature than during the height of summer. Head to Santa Cruz for its renowned shopping and clubbing scenes, or for a thrilling experience, get over to one of the island’s amusement parks.

Christmas on Tenerife
As well as the many activities you can do all year round, winter holds some very special attractions for holidaymakers looking to visit Tenerife. December is celebration time, with traditional Canarian towns such as Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz, La Laguna and La Orotava holding their own processions and Christmas markets all through the month. There are also the huge street parties of December 31st – see in the New Year in style with the locals, and drink the bar dry.