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Looking For a Travel Agent That Knows Where You are Going?
Going Expert have just launched a new website connecting travellers with ‘been-there’ travel agents. They don’t sell travel and don’t compare prices, they put the Traveller in touch with Travel Agents who have been to that destination.
Going.Expert is a new travel platform allowing travellers to connect with travel agents who have actually been to the destination they are planning a trip to. This gives the traveller the booking experience and dollar savings of an industry expert with the destinational local knowledge of a seasoned traveller.
Last year (7/2015-6/16), outbound travel departures by Australian residents reached 9.6 million, with 60% of those being for a holiday. The majority of those traveller holidays (77%) were between 2 weeks and 2 months. That’s a lot of travellers and a lot of holidays to the four corners of the globe. Given the proliferation of online booking platforms, it is interesting to note that almost 53% booked with a travel agent, a growth of 4.3% from the previous year.
There has been a definite downturn in using an online booking platform since 2010 due to traveller frustration brought on by lack of planning flexibility, definite lack of local knowledge and wasted hours, if not days spent researching. The online booking platforms are aggregating available flight, hotel and packaged holiday data from multiple sources; they aren’t planning a vacation for the individual.
In-line with the decrease in booking directly online is an increase of booking through a travel agent. By booking with a travel agent, travellers are realising that all of the planning work is being done for them, and the travel agent has the efficient booking systems at hand to find the right deal at the right time, saving them valuable time and money.
So the traveller is certainly doing the right thing booking through a travel agent, tapping into their wealth of experience, but how does the traveller find a travel agent who knows the local knowledge of the destination really well, in order to maximize the destination experience for the traveller.
“If you want to pick up a quick inflexible, impersonal packaged holiday then go ahead and use the online booking platforms, and pray that nothing goes wrong during your trip. But if you want a holiday that will be memorable for every last organised detail, and have someone to back you up even when you’re away, then you better use a travel agent who has been there”, says Mr Rogan Carroll, creator of a new connection tool for travellers. “That’s where Going.Expert works for the traveller.”
By connecting with a Travel Agent through Going Expert the traveller is getting the local knowledge of a travel specialist, someone who has actually been there. They know the restaurants, the culture, the tours, where to go, and where not to go, they will probably even know which side of the hotel to stay on.
GoingExpert was developed by Mr Carroll out of frustration from wasting hours and days researching a holiday, then getting frustrated even more when sitting with travel agents who refer to a brochure on their rack, or research online information to find out about the destination while sitting there with them. Travellers are time poor these days and want instant results and they want the real “been-there” knowledge on the destination they are travelling to.
“This is not a platform for someone who just needs a flight or hotel, there are plenty of aggregators doing that, this site is for the Traveller who wants to get the most out of their trip. If you want to turn your trip from a good holiday to a memorable lifetime experience, then use www.Going.Expert ,” explains the CEO and Founder of this new and unique travel platform.
Going Expert doesn’t sell travel and doesn’t compare prices, they put the Traveller in touch with Travel Agents who have been to that destination. And it’s not putting them in-touch with the travel agency office either, this is about one-to-one connections with the actual travel agent who has been there. Backing up the database are destination travel agents currently covering 102 countries, including the United Kingdon and growing daily, ready for travellers to match with.
So for the traveller, know where they are going, and are ready to book with someone who knows the destination intimately then visit www.Going.Expert and find a travel agent who has “been-there”. Going Expert is Free to use with no annoying backend advertising – just a pure tool to connect the traveller with the travel agent who knows all about the destination(s) being travelled to.
To learn more about GoingExpert’s travel platform that connects international travellers with “been-there” Travel Agents; maximizing their travel experience by using a travel agent who has real local knowledge, visit their website here: https://www.going.expert or call +61 (02) 8310 4065
By the time the British arrived in Sydney in January 1788, there were more than 1500 Aboriginal people belonging to many clans living in the area from Botany Bay to Broken Bay and as far west as Parramatta. Before the arrival of Europeans, New South Wales had been inhabited for many thousands of years by Aboriginal people. Aboriginal Australia comprises up to 300 Aboriginal nation-states, speaking more than 250 languages and many more dialects. As hunter-gatherers, Aboriginal people developed a profound relationship with the land they inhabited, and a unique knowledge of its plants and animals.
Europeans settled after Sydney was chosen as a penal colony for prisoners shipped out from the overflowing jails of England. Two decades later, Governor Lachlan Macquarie charted a new course for New South Wales, the first state of Australia, as a society of free men and women. At about the same time, it was discovered that the broad plains of New South Wales were eminently suitable for the production of fine merino wool, and the country’s economic future was assured. Over the past half century, Sydney’s character has been transformed from a predominantly Anglo-Irish population to one of the world’s most ethnically diverse cities with more than 180 nationalities calling Sydney home.
Geographical area: 12,144.50 sq. km
Total population: 4,575,532
Total national population living in the city: 20.5 %
Education level – with degree level or higher: 35 %
GDP per capita in 2008 (PPP): US$ 48,900
Creative industries employment: 5.3 %
Sydney has an advanced market economy with strengths in finance, manufacturing and tourism. Its gross regional product was $337 billion in 2013, the largest in Australia. There is a significant concentration of foreign banks and multinational corporations in Sydney and the city is promoted as Asia Pacific’s leading financial hub. In addition to hosting events such as the 2000 Summer Olympics, millions of tourists come to Sydney each year to see the city’s landmarks. Sydney is also a gateway to Australia for many international visitors. Its natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park,Bondi Beach, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Man-made attractions such as theSydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are also well known to international visitors. The Sydney area has been inhabited by indigenous Australians since the Upper Paleolithic period. The first British settlers arrived in 1788 to found Sydney as apenal colony, the first European settlement in Australia. Since convict transportation ended in the mid-19th century, the city has transformed from a colonial outpost into a major global cultural and economic centre.
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The population of Sydney at the time of the 2011 census was 4.39 million, 1.5 million of which were born overseas, representing many different nationalities and making Sydney one of the most multicultural cities in the world. There are more than 250 different languages spoken in Sydney and about one-third of residents speak a language other than English at home. Sydney has a disproportionately large concentration of many of Australia’s migrant communities, making it one of the world’s most multicultural cities. Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia’s east coast, the metropolis surrounds the world’s largest natural harbour, and sprawls towards the Blue Mountains to the west. Residents of Sydney are known as “Sydneysiders”. Sydney is the second official seat, and second official residence, of the Governor-General of Australia, the Prime Minister of Australia and the Cabinet of Australia.
The Sydney area has been inhabited by indigenous Australians since the Upper Paleolithic period. The first British settlers arrived in 1788 to found Sydney as apenal colony, the first European settlement in Australia. Since convict transportation ended in the mid-19th century, the city has transformed from a colonial outpost into a major global cultural and economic centre. en.wikipedia.org
Weather in Sydney
Sydney enjoys a sunny, Mediterranean-style climate all year round with more than 340 sunny days per year. Summers are warm to hot and winters are mild, with rainfall spread fairly evenly throughout the year. In summer (December – February), average maximum temperatures are around 26°C. It can also be humid at this time with an average humidity of 65 per cent. Average maximum temperatures in the winter months (June-August) are around 16°C. Sydney’s rainfall is highest between March and June. Here you will find some information on temperature, rainfall and seasonal activities to help you plan your holiday in Sydney.
Summer (December – February) in Sydney means enjoying the great outdoors. January is usually the warmest month in Sydney with an average temperature range of 18.6 – 25.8 °C. It is the time when Australia is on holiday with many heading to the nearby golden beaches such as Manly Beach, Palm Beach and Bondi Beach. It’s the perfect time of year to explore the harbour on a kayak, luxury boat charter or yacht. Summer is the time to visit for the fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge at the New Year’s Eve Festival; the start of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race; and the Australia Day festivities on Sydney Harbour. There’s an abundance of world-championship sporting events to attend including golf, tennis, cricket and surfing.
Autumn (March – May)is still mild time of year in Sydney and one of the most pleasant times of the year to visit as the humidity is lower. It’s a fine time of year to soak in the natural beauty of the national parks that fringe the city such as Sydney Harbour National Park; Royal National Park; and Kuring-Gai Chase National Park. It’s a good time of year to walk the seven-day Sydney Coastal Walk from Palm Beach to Cronulla. The Sydney Royal Easter Show is held in March-April. The colourful Sydney Festival and Sydney Mardi Gras Parade are also held in March.
Winter (June – August) is still a perfect time of year for getting out and enjoying Sydney’s many natural attractions. The coolest months are June to August when daytime temperatures rarely fall below 7 °C. The coldest month is July. The whale-watching season along NSW’s east coast runs from May to November. If you’re visiting Sydney in winter make sure you join a whale-watching cruise departing from Circular Quay. Go for a sceniccoastal walk from Bondi to Coogee, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Don’t miss a National Rugby League (NRL) match played between March and September.
Spring (September – November) in Sydney comes alive. The days are warmer but the humidity is not as high as summer. Mean daily temperatures range from 11 – 23°C. Spend the night at ‘Roar and Snore’ at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and hear the animals at their most active. Take a walking tour to discover Sydney’s Aboriginal heritage, or head out on the harbour to discover the history of Sydney Harbour’s islands. Catch a seaplane and take in the whole panorama. australia.com
Sydney is one of the world’s most loved cities and it has a lively and vibrant buzz that makes it the ultimate summer destination. There are always plenty of things to do in Sydney during the warmer months – from sightseeing and world-class dining, to great walks and fun in the sand at one of Sydney’s idyllic beaches. sydney.com
Things To Do In Sydney
- Go Wild in the Blue Mountains
- Camp on Sydney Harbour’s Cockatoo Island
- Explore Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens
- Sail on Sydney’s Beautiful Harbour
- Discover a Convict Past at The Rocks in Sydney
- Dine at Sydney’s Finest Restaurants
- Walk Sydney’s Magnificent Bondi to Coogee Trail
- Climb the Iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Go backstage at the Sydney Opera House
- Talk to the Animals at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo
Sydney’s combination of surf beaches, a sparkling natural harbour and the Sydney Opera House is irresistible. In addition to its man-made wonders, Sydney is blessed with many natural assets, such as beautiful public gardens, harbour islands and unspoilt foreshores. An excellent transport system and tailor-made tours make Sydney a joy to explore.
You can choose to use a professional Sydney tour guide such as Your Sydney Guide. The owner, Scott Ricketts is passionate about giving visitors to Sydney, the adventure of finding hidden secrets tucked away in the New South Wales region. He also loves exploring it and believes there is nothing better than the delights of The Blue Mountain Region for example. The close proximity to the Sydney CBD makes it one of the easier day trips from Sydney that they offer. A short drive time allows a full day of off beat eco touring of the region.
- For more information on Your Sydney Guide and the tour options offered, visit the website here:http://www.yoursydneyguide.com.au
The Wonders of Sydney by Night!
There is so much to see and do in Sydney at night. First stop, Darling Harbour. Darling Park is just fantastic – it was recently transformed into a children’s playground and family picnic area; and yes, even in the twilight hours (and in cold weather as well) you will see children on the swings, people watching street theatre or watching sporting events in tandem with other events that happen quite frequently at Darling Harbour. There is always an abundance of signage around Darling Harbour telling you what is on for any given calendar month – for example firework displays and salsa dancing and other artistic performances. There is also a free salsa dancing night every week at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Cockle Bay Wharf at Night
Darling Harbour is also a great destination to enjoy a few cocktails (well, Sydney is the cocktail city after all) and a cheap feed, at establishments such as Blackbird Cafe, where you can enjoy the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour, views of the marina, The Star Casino and Harbourside. Excellent outdoor heating makes it possible to sit outside at this establishment at night Thai Foon is another great restaurant to eat out at night, where stunning views of Darling Harbour and the city skyline can also be enjoyed.
Glorious Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour is also the best location in Sydney to go ten-pin bowling. Strike bowling at King Street Wharf is just great once in a while, and sometimes they run their tight-arse Tuesday nights. Otherwise Kingpin bowling at Harbourside would be my second preference when it comes to ten-pin bowling at Darling Harbour; again, the perfect location if you are in the mood to go ten-pin bowling with either one other person, or with a group of people.
These establishments are super busy on a Saturday night. Otherwise for something a bit more adventurous, opt in on a twilight sailing experience, and who knows you might end up driving the yacht along Sydney Harbour. Boating underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge is just stunning at night. Otherwise, a ferry ride on any of the Sydney ferries is just beautiful at night. Otherwise, if the recently opened Madame Tussauds takes your fancy, then go for it.
On the way to Chinatown Via Darling Park
The night-time is not only when some of Sydney’s best nightclubs and bars come alive, so does Chinatown, home to a number of cheap feeds in Sydney, such as Ramen Kan.
Circular Quay and Hyde Park are also great Sydney landmarks to visit at night. It is just bliss walking through Hyde Park on a Thursday night in particular (after late night shopping, or spending a bit of time at Pitt Street Mall) where you walk towards and then past St James train station (you start at the waterfall and you turn right towards Oxford Street) you might be lucky to see some art when that is on, or otherwise come in October, when the (as part of the Crave International Food Festival) night noodle market provides great ambience, and comfortable food to enjoy and chill out at Hyde Park. You will feel like you are in Europe when you are walking through Hyde Park with the stunning lights reflecting on the well maintained trees.
Sydney at Night…Bliss…
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is a great call if you love art, especially with their ‘Art After Hours’ series which usually falls on a Wednesday night. An appreciation night for the arts, that’s for sure. Perhaps you might be inspired to do a bit of study, then the refurbished State Library of New South Wales provides an awesome and inspiring working space.
Sydney’s Beautiful Hyde Park at night
It is great to see a film at Dendy at Opera Quays, and then immediately afterwards you are heading outside and spending a bit of time walking slowly towards the Sydney Opera House with stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Great to admire and stare at, before heading back towards where the ferries depart, and towards Circular Quay train station.
Fireworks in Sydney
Many of Sydney’s best and most popular free events provide a great reason for many Sydneysiders to ditch the couch at home for a night (at least) and come out and enjoy this beautiful harbour city. Think annual events such as Vivid Sydney. See, plenty to do to get you started on enjoying a great night out in Sydney.
Sydney’s Red Light District
Kings Cross is an infamous red light district known world wide for its array of night clubs that it has to offer in a 1 kilometre strip and the stunts that people go to for publicity.
More insights into Sydney By Night are coming …do visit again!
Australia is getting more new and refurbished ships as a reward and they have started arriving courtesy of companies including P&O, Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.
The percentage of Australians who choose to holiday doing cruises has surpassed North America, taking Australia to world No.one for cruises holidays per capita. It is forecast that by 2016 one million Australian’s will be cursing each year. 833,348 cruised in 2013 and the numbers cruising from that country have increased at circa 20% each year for the past 11 years!
If you are heading to Australia to do a cruise here are some Top things to see and do: include a visit to The Great Barrier Reef, do a tour of the Sydney Opera House, shop till you drop in Melbourne, visit the beautiful Barossa, experience The Australian Open, have a flutter on the Melbourne Cup, climb over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, experience The Great Ocean Road and so much more!
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