WIN the ultimate vacation for your mum!

WIN the ultimate vacation for your mum!

If you’re lucky enough to have a caring, generous and self-sacrificing mother (or mother-figure) who raised you amid your unforgettable teenage antics, you might be wondering what you can do to show her just how grateful you are that she put up with you for all these years.  Fear not - Soul Boardwalk has come to the rescue! While in previous years a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates might have done the trick, this year that’s just not going to cut it.  This year, we are giving away the ultimate vacation for your mum for Mother's Day! WIN a holiday accomodation package + spending money for Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise, valued at $1,500!

To enter:

Simply sign up to the Soul Boardwalk database before 10 May.  Click here to enter! Prize breakdown:
  • $1,000 Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise accomodation voucher
  • $500 Soul Boardwalk gift voucher
T&C's apply.  To view to full terms and conditions, click here. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for Mother's Day specials and foodie picks that will leave your mouth watering!
Soul Boardwalk Easter

Easter Trading Hours

Celebrate with us this Easter long weekend, 19-22 April + Anzac Day, 25 April. For those who aren’t planning on kicking back at home, the Easter long weekend is a popular time to pack the bags and visit Surfers Paradise. After all, it’s the last long weekend for a while, so you may as well take advantage of the time off with an exotic mini-break – all without leaving the comfort of being too far from home. Four-day weekend? Check.  Permission to eat chocolate?  Granted.  Social calendar?  Sorted, once you check out the dining and shopping options below. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more specials and foodie picks that will leave your mouth watering!   Easter Trading Hours Easter & Anzac Day trading hours may vary, please contact specialty retailers for individual trading hours.    69 Slam Friday 19 April: 8:00am - 9:00pm Saturday 20 April: 8:00am - 9:00pm Sunday 21 April: 8:00am - 9:00pm Monday 22 April: 8:00am - 9:00pm Thursday 25 April: 8:00am - 9:00pm Elston Bar & Restaurant Friday 19 April: 6:30am - 12:00am Saturday 20 April: 6:30am - 12:00am Sunday 21 April: 6:30am - 12:00am Monday 22 April: 6:30am - 12:00am Thursday 25 April: 6:30am - 12:00am Foot Locker Friday 19 April: 9:00am - 10:00pm Saturday 20 April: 9:00am - 10:00pm Sunday 21 April: 9:00am - 9:00pm Monday 22 April: 9:00am - 9:00pm Thursday 25 April: 1:00pm - 9:00pm Hog's Breath Unwind at Hog's Breath and enjoy on your surcharge-free food and drink on public holidays. Friday 19 April: 10:30am - 9:30pm Saturday 20 April: 10:30am - 9:30pm Sunday 21 April: 10:30am - 9:00pm Monday 22 April: 10:30am - 9:00pm Thursday 25 April: 10:30pm - 9:00pm Pancakes on The Rocks Friday 19 April: 7:00am - 10:30pm Saturday 20 April: 7:00am - 10:30pm Sunday 21 April: 7:00am - 10:30pm Monday 22 April: 7:00am - 10:30pm Thursday 25 April: 7:00am - 10:30pm Rip Curl Friday 19 April: 9:00am - 9:00pm Saturday 20 April: 9:00am - 9:00pm Sunday 21 April: 9:00am - 9:00pm Monday 22 April: 9:00am - 9:00pm Thursday 25 April: 1:00pm - 9:00pm Ripley's Believe It or Not! Friday 19 April: 9:00am - 10:00pm Saturday 20 April: 9:00am - 10:00pm Sunday 21 April: 9:00am - 10:00pm Monday 22 April: 9:00am - 10:00pm Thursday 25 April: 1:30pm - 10pm Seascape Restaurant & Bar Friday 19 April: Open Saturday 20 April: Open Sunday 21 April: Open Monday 22 April: Open Thursday 25 April: Open Surfers Paradise Beach Cafe Friday 19 April: 6:30am - 9:00pm Saturday 20 April: 6:30am - 9:00pm Sunday 21 April: 6:30am - 9:00pm Monday 22 April: 6:30am - 9:00pm Thursday 25 April: 6:30am - 9:00pm Vapiano Friday 19 April: 11:00am - 12:00am Saturday 20 April: 11:00am - 12:00am Sunday 21 April: 11:00am - 11:00pm Monday 22 April: 11:00am - 111:00pm Thursday 25 April: 11:00am - 11pm   Tables will book out over the Easter long weekend and Anzac Day public holiday.  Book in advance to secure your spot at Surfers Paradise's best dining & entertainment venue!

WIN A TRIP FOR 2 TO BALI

    HOW TO ENTER? For your chance to Win a return trip for 2 to Bali (departing from your nearest capital city) please sign up to our Newsletter by clicking HERE TERMS & CONDITIONS For full Terms and Conditions on this competition, view HERE Thanks to our partners Ifly.net.au

THE TOP EUROPEAN HOT SPOTS 2018

The Top European Hot Spots for 2018

Going beyond ‘over tourism’ to emerging destinations

Looking for the top European Hot Spots in 2018?? Then look no further than Europe Holidays...

As we approach the final week of our 'Win A Trip for 2 to Singapore' competition, as advertised in Issue 2 The Vibe, thanks to our partners ifly.net.au and Qantas, it's never been a better time to get into holiday mode and await the arrival of 2018. Europe specialists Europe Holidays are predicting that savvy travellers wanting to avoid the summer crowds in Europe will be opting for a range of increasingly ‘on trend’ destinations, with 2018 European hot spots to watch including:
  • Seville: As the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region, Seville is famous for its unique blend of character and scenery, with a mix of Gothic, baroque and medieval, amidst its vibrant traditions of tapas and flamenco.
  • Stockholm: Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, this atmospheric city’s neighbourhoods each have their own distinct characteristics, against a backdrop of being spread across 14 islands.
  • St Petersburg: Known as the ‘Venice of the north’, with its 100 islands linked by more than 600 bridges, St Petersburg is virtually unmatched in its grace, and impressive monuments, cathedrals and fortresses.
  • Berlin: A cultural city that never sleeps, Berlin is a centre of contrasts, of rich history mixed with glitzy modern and an energetic vibe. It’s also a powerful symbol of reunification.
Managing Director Chip Popescu says the recent hype about over tourism highlights that it is worth finding lesser visited – but equally worthy – destinations to consider for the next trip to Europe. “For those wishing to avoid the worst of the inevitable summer crowds, we recommend visiting some of Europe’s other truly magnificent cities and sceneries,” says Popescu. “As spectacular as it is, Venice is not the only European city with a foundation of canals and water. As the ‘Venice of the north’, St Petersburg is a magnificent alternative, while Seville can capture some of the interest of Barcelona. “Around every corner in Europe, virtually, there is something to see. A little creativity in an itinerary can deliver huge rewards in experience.” Other up and coming destinations Popescu adds to the list include Sicily, Romania, Albania and Montenegro. “The Balkan region in particular is really opening to tourism, and delivers a multitude of delights for visitors. It’s well worth the effort in my books.”
  • Romania: Romania is not only home to the legendary region of Transylvania (which inspired Dracula and countless other spooky fables), but also the dynamic capital city of Bucharest, where communism and capitalism collide.
  • Albania: A recent newcomer to welcoming tourists, Albania has a unique array of attractions, including sleepy villages, beautiful beaches and its trendy capital Tirana that is a haven for pedestrians.
  • Montenegro: With rugged national parks with bears and wolves, through to medieval villages and an Adriatic coastline, the tiny nation of Montenegro is a fascinating blend of east and west that has just recently reached the realms of tourist destination.
  • Sicily: Known for its rich history, this gorgeous Mediterranean island is home to a rustic countryside, diverse landscapes and inspiring cultural heritage.
Sicily
Hermitage Museum St Petersburg // Alina Badretdinova
Montenegro
St Petersburg Garden // Alina Badretdinova
About Europe Holidays
Europe Holidays is part of Magic Tours International Group, an Australian family owned company established 25 years ago, which includes Select World Travel & Cruise and iFly.net.au
Europe Holidays offers a simple reservations platform that gives travellers easy access to hundreds of escorted tours, cruises, island hopping packages throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East.  Supported by an expert team 24/7 to assist with enquiries, Europe Holidays’ tour have been meticulously curated to offer the best product and value.
To find out more about Europe Holidays’ journeys, visit http://europeholidays.com.au/ or call 1800 242 373.
Follow Europe Holidays on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+

WIN A TRIP FOR 2 TO SINGAPORE

HOW TO ENTER?

For your chance to Win a return trip for 2 to Singapore (departing from your nearest capital city) please sign up to our Newsletter by clicking HERE

TERMS & CONDITIONS

For full Terms and Conditions on this competition, view HERE Thanks to our partners Ifly.net.au

GREEK ISLAND HOPPING - YOUR NEXT TRAVEL HOTSPOT

Greek Island Hopping Insights

With picture-perfect scenery, its warm welcoming climate and rich cultural traditions, it’s little wonder Greece is a favourite island destination. The country boasts over 6,000 islands and islets scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas, over 220 of which are inhabited, spread across eight groupings. With so many islands to choose from, tour specialist Europe Holidays recommends starting with two of the most well-loved and well-known islands – Santorini and Mykonos – as the basis for exploring Greek life. Even amidst the hustle and bustle of these two glamorous islands popular with the jet-setting crowd, there are secluded beaches, quiet towns and architectural gems to discover. Europe Holiday’s Managing Director, Chip Popescu, says Santorini and Mykonos embody the beauty of the Greek islands. “Santorini is sometimes called the ‘supermodel’, or most beautiful Greek island, while Mykonos is portrayed as the ‘glamour’ island,” says Popescu. “Greek islands are more than just playgrounds for the rich and famous. The reality is they are both beautiful and full of beautiful people, but there is so much more to these two jewels in the crown. “Without much effort, it is possible to get away from the throngs, and see the true local traditions come to life. And what better way to see these islands than by the trademark of Greek summer, via the ferries plying its waterways.”

Santorini

Resting in the middle of the beautiful Aegean, Santorini covers the vast crater left by one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in history. Actually a group of islands, Santorini has an intriguing past with the fascinating Minoan site of Akrotiri and the gorgeous traditional hilltop village of Oia just two of its highlights. Simply beautiful, Santorini will take your breath away with its multi-coloured cliffs soaring over a sea-drowned caldera, as well as colourful and white Cycladic houses lining the cliff tops. On the main island of Thira, the main town is ‘Fira’. The cultural and commercial hub, Fira is a highly photogenic town, with cobbled streets and a range of retailers, restaurants, cafes and bars. Santorini’s beaches are iconic, uniquely influenced by the island’s volcanic past. Some of the best include:
  • Red Beach: 12 kilometres southwest of Fira, Red Beach acquired its name due to its black and red pebbles, and hot water. It’s one of Santorini’s most famous beaches.
Southeast of Fira:
  • Kamari Beach: Nestled at the base of the northern side of the impressive mountain, Mesa Vouno, the cosmopolitan Kamari beach has a popular beach promenade along its black sand, and offers a variety of water sports and diving.
  • Perissa and Perivolos: Located on the southern side of Mesa Vouno, collectively the two beaches are the longest on the island, with Perivolos the more upmarket of the two.
Northeast of Fira
  • Koloumbo Beach: one of the most isolated and unspoilt beaches on Santorini, Koloumbo has fine black pebbles and a striking rock overhang at one end. There are no provisions available at the beach, so visitors need to bring everything they need with them from nearby Oia.

Mykonos

With a long and colourful history dating back to 5,000 BC, Mykonos casts a spell on visitors from the moment they arrive, with its beautiful white buildings that glow in the sunlight, narrow marbled streets, hidden churches and windmills watching over the city. It’s also renowned for its extraordinary sandy beaches and buzzing nightlife. A premier destination in its own right, it also serves as a stepping stone to the ancient site of Delos, famous for its antiquities and history. Mykonos offers something for every kind of travellers. Its lively waterfront is home to fleets of fishing villages, as well as a wide range of water sports, including diving, sailing and windsurfing. It’s also appreciated for its gastronomical delights, stunning scenery, culture and history and partying. From the main city of Hora as a base, there are a range of beaches, including the party-styled Paradise Beach, the family-friendly beaches of Ornos and Psarou, and the more secluded and serene northern coast beaches such as Ayia, Anna and others. Fast facts Peak time to visit is from April – November. Europe Holidays Greek Island Hopping tour Europe Holidays offers a 8 day/7 night Greek Ferry tour from Athens – Santorini – Mykonos back to Athens from $995 per person twin share. The package includes 3 nights’ accommodation in Athens, 2 nights’ accommodation in Santorini and 2 nights’ accommodation in Mykonos, 7 breakfasts, transfers, and ferry tickets from Piraeus – Santorini, Santorini – Mykonos and Mykonos – Piraeus. For more information please contact HERE Images | Marie Delaitre
Packing Light

GUIDE TO PACKING LIGHT

12 Tips To Packing Light

Rule number one, packing light is a process not a goal. Everyone aspires to pack light. Some travellers are successful but if you’re anything like me the moment that suitcase opens you’re fighting the urge to pack everything and the kitchen sink. I’m getting better all the time at packing… Better, but still far from the ultimate travel minimalist I aspire to be. But when I get it right… It feels amazing. Organized, streamlined, liberated! So when I heard about the globetrotting National Geographic writer who travelled the world for six weeks with NO LUGGAGE I almost died. He wore a multi-pocketed vest to carry everything he needed, including T-shirts and a folding keyboard for his iPhone! Now no bags at all may be a tad extreme so here are some tips to packing light to help you get by with just a carry on.

1. One Is All You Need

Try to avoid checking a bag – get creative with your carry on! Taking a smaller bag can provide incentive to pack less. (This doesn’t mean make it squish! We’re packing light not small remember)

2. Double Up!

Every item you pack should have multiple uses or looks, or don’t bring it.

3. Something Loved

Most importantly, only pack things you actually do wear – and know will work.

4. Neutral Is Your New Favourite Colour

Neutral colours help with the versatility factor; colour and print works best in swimwear and accessories.

5. Hand Wash Only

Try and pack things that don’t need to be washed, or can easily be rinsed in a hotel sink.

6. Don’t Forget The Shopping!

Pack versatile pieces, which you can seamlessly mix with new purchases ;)

7. Bottle It Up

If like me the thought of using hotel provided liquids fills you with dread don’t bother packing full sized bottles. Fill mini travel bottles with your own beauty products.

8. Keep It Simple

Try for less with the makeup, it all adds up. All you really need is a little foundation and some mascara.

9. Drop The Act

Unless you’re a world renowned travel photographer / insta famous travel blogger there’s no need to pack a camera anymore. Just use your phone for photos.

10. Wear It

Layer it up on the plane so you don't have to carry it all in your bag.

11. Divide And Conquer

Using dividers help to organise everything so you know exactly what you have and where to find it.

12. Don't Worry

Don't pack for worst case scenario. Unless you're travelling to the middle of nowhere there's always shops for emergency supplies.   There you have it, 12 tips to packing light. Happy Travels!