Last night we finally got the chance to check out the annual Vivid Festival in Sydney. Of course, one night was not enough to see everything, especially since the festival is spread out over multiple locations, but we did manage to see the displays in Martin place and a bit of Circular Quay. Here are some highlights from the festival that we saw:
The name: “Sydney“, invokes images of sunny days by the harbour, white sandy beaches and hiking through lush terrain – there’s no denying, most people only want to see Sydney in summer. But, as the typical tourists start packing up and leaving, this is the best time to get off the beaten track and see Sydney like a local.
Winter in Sydney falls between June and August with minimum temperatures averaging at around 9 degrees celsius and maximum temperatures averaging at around 16 degrees celsius. Pack a light jacket and an umbrella and you are ready to tackle a day out.
This year we were fortunate enough to be invited to experience the Sydney Royal Easter Show on the second day of opening. It was the Friday before public school holidays, which meant the show was not crowded at all. In fact a lot of people we saw walking around seemed to be filming and taking photos for media purposes, much like us.
We spent a good 6 hours at the show wandering around, exploring and, of course, eating lots of food!
Here’s how we tackled this year’s Easter show and a few tips on how to make the best of your day. Of course, we couldn’t possibly see, do and eat everything at the show, so use our experience as a bit of inspiration, but make sure to check out the official website to see what else is on offer.
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is celebrated at the turn of the traditional Lunisolar calendar. This New Year is not only celebrated by the Chinese, it is also celebrated by many other Asian countries like Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Laos and Singapore, therefore in this post I will refer to it as Lunar New Year.
This year, Lunar New Year’s Day falls on Saturday 28th January.
The Lunar calendar is based on the movement of the moon so, unlike the Gregorian calendar (which is globally used), there are a different number of days per month and a different number of days per year in comparison. Hence, if we go by the Gregorian calendar, Lunar New Year falls on a different date every year. This year, Lunar New Year’s Day falls on Saturday 28th January.
It’s almost Australia Day 2017 – The first public holiday of 2017 after New Year’s Day for Australians. We should all be very thankful that in 1788 the First Fleet arrived on the 26th January in Port Jackson, NSW. This means, every year we get to celebrate our national day on a beautiful Summer’s day lounging by the beach or “throwing another shrimp on the barbie” (So they say. I barely BBQ shrimp TBH).
This year, Australia Day falls on a Thursday, which means unfortunately, you may need to hold back on a few beers OR you could always “chuck a sickie” (check out the Aussie Slang Dictionary for some laughs or test your knowledge of Aussie slang here).
There’s heaps happening all around Sydney, with many local councils celebrating by hosting their own big breakfast, live entertainment and even fireworks. You can do a search for your local area here to see what’s happening nearby.
Here are some of the main events happening in and around Sydney:
There’s only a few days left in 2016, and for many, it is the end of another year and possibly the end of many other things. I have friends that have decided 2016 will be the last time they take any big trips overseas, I have a few cousins that completed their degrees in 2016 marking the end of their studies and for me personally, I quit my job in 2016 and decided that was the end of a lifetime career being stuck in an office. But, it’s not all about endings…
As we head into 2017, let’s start planning the beginning. The beginning of a new hobby that you always wanted to pursue, the beginning of a healthier lifestyle or, my favourite, the beginning of more adventures around the world. To get you started, here are 10 countries you must visit in 2017:
So, there’s 12 days til’ Christmas and you have yet to get a gift. You’ve narrowed the gift hunt down to one factor; travel! Your friend loves to travel, he/she practically lives and breathes travel! Well, here are some last minute gift ideas you can order from the comfort of your own home. Click that order button today and receive it in time for Christmas! Or, if you have a store near you, get out there and grab it before it’s all gone.