When you’re planning on going away, packing can be the most stressful part of preparation.
Packing the right travel essentials can make or break a getaway, but what would it be like to travel like an A-lister? And how can you get the same look for less?
We’ve had a lot of fun this past week playing with the Cashlady travel pack, a handy free online tool that makes it easy to budget and plan the things you need to bring with you.
You set your budget, set your gender, and the tool makes a set of product recommendations for all of the carry-on essentials you’ll need to pack.
And while I’m always traveling on a budget, if you want a glimpse into the lives of the rich & famous, just select ‘Blow The Budget’ and discover a world of eye-watering, diamond-encrusted opulence!read more
I’d be willing to bet that most of us like to test our luck from time to time. Whether it’s tossing some spare change in a slot machine or placing a wager on your favourite sports team, the thrill of walking away with some unexpected cash is enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face.
You’ll find gambling opportunities on every continent including Antarctica. Yes, even Antarctica in all its harshness offers up a modest little casino at the Argentinean Esperanza Research Base!!
All up, there are roughly 10,000 casinos worldwide and plenty of other ways to gamble such as with horse racing and betting on world-class sporting matchups.
And now with the internet and online gambling available right on your smartphone or laptop in many countries, gambling has never been easier. If you’re looking for the top countries to enjoy your own bit of gambling, you’re in luck!
I’ve rounded up my top lucky 7 gambling destinations in the world.read more
Restricted to Tasmania during the pandemic, Mike and I have made an effort to explore our home state. Though being ‘confined’ to such a naturally beautiful island with a number of world famous wilderness destinations free of crowds and chaos is far from limiting!
Our experience in the Huon Valley was the perfect balance of wild exploration, while still being able to relax in luxury after days full of dramatic adventure; a balance made possible by checking into the ultra modern Cygnet Retreat.
Nestled in Southern Tasmania just a short drive from Hobart, Cygnet is now known as the place to escape the fast-paced stresses of our modern day to day.read more
It only occurred to me recently that I could travel with a portable massage gun. I had always worked the cost of a spa treatment into my budget, knowing I would definitely be in need after adventures like Machu Picchu and Kilimanjaro.
Though I’m starting to crave massage treatments more and more nowadays, even during fairly chilled out styles of travel; whether it’s from exhausted feet after walking a city all day, or pain and soreness during road-trips from driving long distances.
Maybe I’ve finally gotten soft, or maybe it’s the effects of old age (I swear I’m 32 going on 60!), but either way, I’m starting to really value the physical benefits of massage for making the most of my travels.
To date, I’ve just sucked up the high cost and been paying. Though it’s always a tough internal battle when you look at a spa menu and compare that cost to a flight, or a train!
And while there might not be anything which can completely replace a trained professional, why I didn’t realize I could spend the cost of one treatment to buy my own hand-held massage device is beyond me!read more
While Las Vegas may be the most visited casino destination on the planet, why place yourself in the middle of the desert when there are luxurious beach resorts offering up just as much fun gambling action!
Whether you’re into roulette, poker, or slots, you’ll find great beach casinos scattered around America, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and even Australia.
All-inclusive beach resorts with casinos are a winning combination for many travellers; you can enjoy lounging beneath palm trees and swimming with friendly reef sharks by day and then take in non-stop night-time action to compete with poker sharks by night.
If you’re thinking about taking a gambling beach holiday, here are my top five lucky recommendations for beachside casinos. You may just end up winning back your vacation travel costs if you play your cards right, or at the very least, come away with a few sand dollars!read more
There’s no denying the allure of casinos. They can be found on six of the world’s seven continents and the only reason they aren’t in Antarctica is because no one wants to gamble with upsetting its precious ecosystem!
Casinos attract people from all walks of life and for many more reasons than simply gambling. From being pampered in luxury hotels, enjoying elegant dining, shopping, and getting more than your fill of world-class entertainment, casinos often have a lot to offer.
But there’s no need to take a gamble on these top 5 casino destinations in the world, as I’d be willing to bet each will provide you with an exceptional travel experience.read more
People travel for many different reasons; for food, for history, for adventure; and while some people’s idea of adventure might be rafting down the Amazon, many people find their thrills in casino tourism.
In fact, reports into modern travel trends have recently suggested that gambling and casino gaming has become travels most popular sector!
Millions of people love to play casino games at home, but just as many more travel for the gambling experience in other countries; Las Vegas and Macau immediately spring to mind, but casino gaming is also strong in countries like France, the UK, and Australia.
(Fun fact: Australia’s most popular casinos attract more visitors than the Sydney Opera House!)
From dicing in the streets of Greece and Rome, to card games in China, and Baccarat in France, this is a beginner’s guide to casino tourism – an introduction with things about the industry to know.read more
Of all the addictions of modern society, I never fell into any seriously bad vices. Though I am addicted to power. Not the type that ‘goes to your head’, but the type that powers your devices, keeps your light on, and your fridge active!
I’m talking about electricity. I cannot go without it! I want it when I’m camping, when living the RV life, and I want it during a power outage, like when you’re visiting a region with recurrent blackouts, or caught in a natural disaster.
Portable power stations have become my best friend – especially those with clean solar recharge. And my favorite brand MAXOAK has just announced their highest capacity portable power station yet.
Eco-friendly, reliable, cost-effective, and with a continuous 2000W AC Output / 1700Wh capacity, this portable solar powered generator can power 17 devices simultaneously, and is powerful enough to charge a Tesla!read more
Reports into modern travel trends have recently suggested that one form of tourism is booming well above the rest. There are many markets within travel experiencing growth; solo female travel is increasingly popular, and responsible travel is going viral. But there’s one particular form of tourism that every country is trying to cash in on: casino tourism.
The world’s obsession with gambling dates back centuries to Mesopotamia (historical region of Western Asia), where the earliest six-sided dice was invented in 3000 BC.
Since then, there has been dicing in the streets of Ancient Greece and Rome, card games having been invented in China, Baccarat in France, and we have Italy to thank for the creation of the world’s first gambling houses – the first form of casino.
Gambling has continually fallen in and out of favor with countries throughout the ages, though as one of the biggest modern industries across the globe, it’s now very much legal throughout most of the world. And it has become the most popular tourism sector.read more
When it comes to casino tourism, the UK might not share the same popularity as the likes of Vegas or Macau, but it does have a very rich gambling history (pun intended), and its gambling industry today is worth £14.5 billion.
Many tourists looking for an exciting evening take in the theater, as well as local bars and nightclubs (London is particular famous for its gin dens), though for gambling fans, there are also many fantastic casinos.
Casino culture in the UK has had a rocky history; it’s come in and out of favor (most notably having been banned by King Henry XII because he believed that it distracted soldiers from their duties), though the industry remains strong today.
And it’s likely to stay that way – besides the sheer amount of tax revenue that gambling generates for the Government, we all know how Queen Elizabeth II loves a good horse race!
If you’re keen on gambling, and consider yourself more James I than Henry VIII, here are a few things to know about casino tourism, and gambling in cities throughout the UK.read more