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Flights To Australia

Flights To Australia

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If you want to visit Australia and you live in the USA, you are going to have a long flight ahead of you.
Flights to Australia are long, usually averaging around fourteen hours if you take off from the west coast of the US. Add the travel time to get to the west cost, and your flights to Australia can take up an entire day of your life. If you really want to go there, it is well worth it of course, but there are some things you should know about flying to Australia before you go.

Because flights to Australia are long, you have to keep yourself and your children (if you have any) busy. There will most likely be in-flight movies, but these may not work for the whole flight. Make sure you have activities for your children to do, and also make sure you have books or puzzles to occupy your mind. If you are going to spend the whole day in a plane, remember that you won’t have any of the benefits of home. You have to take something to do on flights to Australia, or you may end up going stir crazy.

Also remember that on flights to Australia that sitting for too long can cause problems in your legs. You have to get up and move around at least every two hours in order to prevent blood clots or even painful leg cramps. If you have kids, make sure they move around as well; though try to keep them under control so they don’t bother the other passengers too much. Most people will understand that young children need to get up and run around, but just try to make sure they aren’t bothering people who are sleeping or reading.

Flights to Australia are long, and you may find that even though you have brought plenty to do, you will still be board. This is when you should consider your sleep schedule. On your way to Australia, try to sleep when it will be nighttime in Australia so you can reset your internal clocks somewhat. If you take flights to Australia all the time, you may already know how to do this. The same applies to your return flight. If it is nighttime at home, try to sleep, even if the sun is out and your body thinks it is noon. Drink plenty of water as well, and you may be able to take the edge off of the extreme time change.

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Aruba Tourism – Taking the World by Storm

Aruba Tourism – Taking the World by Storm

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Aruba tourism has catapulted the island of Aruba in its present enviable status of being among the top Caribbean tourist destinations, outdistancing its other Caribbean neighbors.
Having put Aruba on the world map as a premier vacation site, Aruba tourism has been relied upon by the island as its major industry, dislodging the oil refining business which has been the island’s main business.

Rows of world-class hotels and casinos along the shores of Aruba, posh beach resorts and a selection of classy and casual restaurants for the ultimate dining experience – all these and more are tell-tale signs of a flourishing Aruba tourism. The scenic island of Aruba has indeed come a long way. It has shown the world that it is deserving of the independence it has gained in 1986, after a long period of being under the occupation of the Spanish, British and Dutch regime, paving the way for its emergence as a tourism leader in the Dutch Caribbean.

The success of Aruba tourism can be traced to its continuous efforts to assure its visitors of the chance to experience and enjoy the best of Aruba with its richness in history and diversity of culture. The goal is not just to showcase its beaches which are already renowned worldwide but to highlight the many facets of the island which make up the unique charm of Aruba. Consistent with this thrust, Aruba tourism makes sure that the visitors be acquainted with Aruba through programs or vacation packages which include not just a visit to its beaches but a tour around the island to visit natural wonders and famous places such as the Arikok Natural Park, Natural Pool, the Natural Bridge which collapsed in 2005, the Gold Mill Ruins, the California Lighthouse, to name a few. Safari rides through its rugged terrain with sand dunes and a variety of tropical flora and fauna in sight will reveal the secret of Aruba’s wild, desert-like beauty. A lesser – known but equally attractive side of the island.

In Aruba tourism, there is a conscious effort to create an awareness of the beautiful, mysterious caves in the islands. The more popular ones are the Fontein cave, which arrests the attention with the Indian drawings on its ceiling, and the Quadirikiri cave, famous for its two chambers where sunlight filters in, bathing the cave in a soft, beautiful glow. A visit at Oranjestad will have shoppers raving at the sight of local arts and artifacts in abundance, truly a shopper’s haven. It is also the venue for summer festivals and parades designed to dramatize the various cultures and influences of different countries in Aruba, giving one a real sense of its history.

Words will never truly describe the magic that is Aruba. One has to feel it, sense , taste and experience it before he can begin to comprehend its mystery. And Aruba tourism is only happy to comply and give you the best of Aruba.

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Broome – The Pearl Capital of Australia

Broome – The Pearl Capital of Australia

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Broome is a remote outback town situated on the Indian Ocean in northwest Australia.
It is the largest town in the vast Kimberley region to the north of Western Australia, and has become a very popular travel destination in recent years. This popularity is due to Broome’s unique history, unique blend of cultural influences, it’s magnificent beaches and landscapes and it’s fantastic tropical climate.

Broome is situated between the vast Great Sandy Desert and the azure blue Indian Ocean, along the pure white sands of Cable Beach. Often referred to as the gateway to the Kimberley, Broome owes its existence to the discovery in Roebuck Bay in 1861 of the Pinctada Maxima, largest pearl oyster shell in the world. News of the giant oyster shells spread rapidly and pearl divers of all nationalities flocked to Broome to make their fortune, including Malays, Japanese and Chinese, who joined local Aboriginal pearl divers in the sometimes dangerous but rewarding quest for high quality pearls. Broome’s pearling industry still produces the worlds finest pearls today.

Broome has a tropical climate with hot summers and warm winters. Like other tropical areas of Australia, Broome’s year has two distinct seasons, the Wet and the Dry. Broome’s wet season officially commences in October but rain is rare before before December. Most of Broome’s annual rainfall occurs from January to March and is sometimes accompanied by thunderstorms and tropical lows or cyclones. Daytime temperatures during the Wet average 33 C with the overnight temperatures averaging 25 C. Being located on a peninsula, Broome’s tropical climate is moderated by reliable afternoon sea breezes during the warmer months. The Dry commences in April, when temperatures in Broome average 25 C to 30 C with overnight temperatures of around 12C. Rainfall is rare in Broome at this time of the year.

Broome provides enjoyable outdoor activities for all ages and tastes. Start exploring with a leisurely stroll along Cable Beach, a 22 kilometre stretch of pristine white sand overlooking the Indian Ocean. While there, you may have a chance to witness Broome’s large tidal movement, often over 10 metres. At the end of the day, relax with a cool drink on Cable Beach and witness a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset.

The more adventurous can experience the adventure of a lifetime with an extended cruise along the rugged and spectacular Kimberley Coast north of Broome, or with a 4WD Safari inland into the rugged and majestic Kimberley Gorges. Broome also offers excellent fishing, so take boat and go catch yourself a tasty meal off the shores of Roebuck Bay or Cable Beach, or from the Deep Water Jetty in the Port of Broome.

Enjoy the quiet serenity of Buddha’s Sanctuary, where you can reflect, meditate and enjoy the ornamental gardens and visit the pavilion which is home to a magnificent 4 metre crystal Buddha. At the Japanese Cemetery, final resting-place for more than 900 pearl divers, you can learn more about Broome’s fascinating history and the dangers of the early days of pearl diving.

Other attractions include Gantheaume Point, where vibrant red sandstone cliffs spill into the sea and 130 million year old dinosaur footprints are visible at low tide. Chinatown, which was once a busy hub of pearl shell dealers, billiard saloons, entertainment houses and Chinese eateries, remains a colourful and fascinating quarter of Broome where the finest pearl showrooms, shops, restaurants and cafes can be found. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about the often dramatic history of pearling in Broome, including a visit to a working pearl farm.

If your goal is relaxation, Broome is an ideal holiday desination offering unique experiences like no other. But be careful … the colours, moods and enchanting tropical ambience of Broome may captivate you so much that you’ll never want to leave!

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Prime Ministers of Australia

Prime Ministers of Australia

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Prime Ministers of Australia are chosen from the party in the House of Representative that has the most number of members. This electoral party acts as the governing body and one of its functions is to select among their ranks the next Prime Ministers of Australia.

The functions of the elected Prime Ministers of Australia include the delegation of work portfolios among the chosen ministers. They also chair the cabinet of Australia government. They also represent the country in world gathering of leaders discussing multilateral and bilateral talks among countries that it has diplomatic ties with.

There are already twenty-five Prime Ministers of Australia since it became a federation 105 years ago that have carved a niche in Australia politics during their incumbency. The Prime Minister of Australia was Sir Edmund Barton (1901-1903). Being the judge that he was, he also founded the High Court of Australia. Barton is mostly remembered by his line, “For the first time we have a nation for a continent, and a continent for a nation”, during a speech which he delivered in Ashfield, Sydney. He is revered by his simplicity of stature.

Alfred Deakin is second Prime Minister of Australia and perhaps one of the only two so far in Australia history, to have served three succeeding terms. He served in 1903 to 1904, got to serve back in 1905 to 1908 and served for the last time in 1909 to 1910. Aside from politics, writing is his passion. He wrote numerous articles for local newspaper with topics on federal politics.

The Prime Minister with the shortest stay in office was John Watson who was elected in 1904. He only got to serve three months or so, nevertheless under his leadership a new electoral party was born, the Labor Party. After his term he dedicated most of his time in the private sector being the director of many different companies.

During the last decade Paul Keating became Australia’s 24th Prime Minister. He was elected in 1991 until 1996. Keating was dubbed as one of the youngest leaders in Australia history. He started his career in politics at the age of 25. It was during his time that the Republican Advisory Committee was formed. Moreover, the legislation of indigenous land rights and vocation education and training reform were both passed. More than anything else Keating became famous throughout Australia when the native Title Act was passed during his term.

The 25th Prime Minister of Australia and is still serving today is John Howard who for the longest time in 22 years served as either a Minister or a Dummy Minister. Under the tutelage of Howard, the country’s telecommunication delivery service, Telstra was sold publicly. He also espoused for the passing of the bill that engenders firearms-control in the whole country. Today Howard still is serving Australians amidst difficulties of political life.

Prime Ministers of Australia have truly done their share of making the country what it now—dynamic and progressive– surely a feat worthy of emulation.

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A Guide to Taking Your Dream Bahamas Cruise!

A Guide to Taking Your Dream Bahamas Cruise!

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The Bahamas is arguably the most popular cruise destination for U.S. travelers, and is especially popular with first-time cruisers from the U.S. Only 75kms from mainland USA, the outer islands that make up the group can be reached within a matter of hours. This makes the Bahamas an excellent choice of location for a short Bahamas cruise break of two, three or four nights away from home.
Some 700 islands make up the archipelago of the Bahamas, of which only around 50 are inhabited. Cruise lines generally focus on just two Bahaman ports – Nassau and Freeport.
Nassau is Bahamas’ capital, and is located on the island of New Providence. It is a beautiful compact city that is easy to explore inside a day’s shore excursion. The city’s charm is in its architecture – and of course its people. Late 18th century and early 19th century colonial buildings stand as reminders of Bahamas’ British past. Parliament Square in downtown Nassau offers a unique perspective on the city’s architecture, watched over, as always, by a grandiose marble statue of Queen Victoria.
But Nassau is not just about history. It has a vibrant modern side too. Quality shops, fine restaurants and golden beaches, up onto which the inviting warm transparent waters of the Caribbean lap, are all there to be sampled. Activities such as snorkeling, diving and passenger submarine rides make for an exciting time in this tropical paradise. The nightlife in Nassau is buzzing too, with casinos and nightclubs offering the best of Bahamian life.
A Bahamas cruise to Freeport on the island of Grand Bahama offers tropical paradise that is very close to home. Easily accessible on a two-night Bahamas cruise, Freeport is a city that welcomes cruisers and tourists with open arms. Duty-free shopping is one of the biggest draws of Freeport, and the city itself features a 10-acre international bazaar – a real shopping paradise in the tropics!
The nightlife in Freeport is world-renowned. Casinos, nightclubs and live entertainment in Freeport are amongst the best in the Caribbean, and make for a great night out when you’re on a Bahamas cruise.
For travelers looking for a Bahamas cruise of a longer duration than four nights, some cruise lines offer special extended cruises, several of which incorporate a port call at a private island owned by the cruise company.
Bahamas cruises generally depart from ports in Florida. Port Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale and Miami port are the big three which offer cruises to the Bahamas. So, if you’re looking to take a short romantic break, or just fancy a change of scenery for the weekend, why not get yourself down to Florida and book a Bahamas cruise. Bahamas cruises are reasonably priced, and I guarantee you that the experience will be one that lives long in the memory…