Flawless Arrangements Organized by the Aussies at Australia 2000 Travel

Adele with private chefWhen you plan a trip with the Aussie Specialists and 100% Pure New Zealand Specialists at Australia 2000 Travel we take care of your every need from start to finish.  We book international and domestic flights, all accommodations, all tours, all transfers, rental cars and motor cycles. According to your desires we also make restaurant recommendations and reservations, purchase Hendricks with Rolftickets to theatre and sports events, book spa treatments, games of golf, wine tastings, water taxis, arrange dinners in private homes and walks through private gardens. We have the ability to book your special desire from charter sail boats and airplanes to fly fishing excursions and tandem parachute jumps.  When you plan a trip with Australia 2000 Travel the sky truly is the limit!  Contact us to plan your personalized adventure today!

Explore Paradise ~ 74 Islands Floating Like Jewels in Australia’s Coral Sea

Discovering Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of life’s must-dos.

Photo Credit to Sarah_Ackerman

In the heart of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, lie the Whitsundays – 74 Islands floating like jewels in the tropical warm waters of the Coral Sea.

Sail, snorkel, dive, ski or swim in the calm blue seas or take off on a scenic flight over the reef. The weather in the Whitsunday Islands is sub tropical making it perfect for beach side holidays. The Whitsunday Islands lie on the same tropical latitude as Honolulu in the northern hemisphere and Mauritius in the south. They have a year round warm tropical climate with an average temperature of 81°F .

While exploring the Whitsunday Islands, join one of our specialist guides and set sail on a snorkel or scuba adventure to explore the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world.  Experiencing paradise is what it’s all about.  You’ll check it off of your “bucket list” and return from your adventure with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Contact us! We are Aussie Specialists drawing on our passion for the GLORIOUS South Pacific to create once in a lifetime journeys for discerning travelers.

August News from Australia 2000 Travel

A look at our August Newsletter. If you would like to sign-up to receive our newsletter, use the sign-up on the bottom right-hand column on this page.

Australia 2000 Travel Newsletter

G’day

As summer comes to a close and the days turn to cooler weather here in the U.S., we look forward to fall festivals, pumpkins, apple cider and the piling of leaves that have left their branches to scatter randomly on the ground. As much as we love the fall, it is also a reminder that winter is just around the corner with spring seemingly nowhere in sight.

Fortunately, for those of us with a heart for travel, spring has just begun to burst forth in the GLORIOUS South Pacific! From September through November, the lands Down Under enjoy the renewal of spring. Vineyards are ripe with fruit for picking, orchard trees are in bloom and major festivals showcase food and wine, flowers, as well as local and international theater, dance, arts, music and so much more.

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Perhaps the grandest event to take place in spring is the richest and more prestigious horse race that stops the nation of Australia, The Melbourne Cup. Taking place on the first Tuesday in November, The Melbourne Cup literally stops the country as all gather to witness the three minute race that covers 3200 meters and finishes with the winner awarded upwards of millions of dollars in prizes as well as the coveted cup trophy.

Not to be left out from the calling of spring, I am on my yearly journey to New Zealand meeting with representatives from our handpicked accommodations, experiencing new and exciting tours and filling my heart to bursting with the sights and sounds of the lands Down Under. Be sure to look for our September newsletter where I will share my exciting adventures.

~Karen

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Baby Boomers Seek Unique Travel Experiences

Australia: Aboriginal Culture 009

Photo credit Steve Evans

It’s finally here, the year that “baby boomers” begin to retire.  Baby boomers, defined as individuals born post World War II during the “baby boom” between the years 1946-1964, have begun to turn 65 this year and this article brings to light the many ways in which “boomers” are carefully considering their future.

“It’s no surprise that today’s boomers are planning to work longer than earlier generations of retirement age.  What’s interesting is that they’re not doing so just because they need the money. They also want to stay stimulated and engaged.”  read entire article

It’s been presumed that “boomers” grew up in an age of privilege, were the healthiest and wealthiest generation of their time and considered themselves “special” to the generations of those that had come before.  They grew up in a rising era of technology and medical accomplishments, have worked hard to provide for their families and vigilantly saved for the “retirement years”.

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Savvy Travelers Turn To Travel Specialists

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credit to Sarah Ackerman

Many travel professionals have seen a decline in business or have shut their doors altogether as travelers turn to booking their own airline tickets, tours and accommodations online but those who offer specialized service focused on taking the burden off of the traveler are leading the way in this new travel era according to this Washington Post article.

“…For years, it looked as though the travel agent had gone the way of the milkman. As online booking sites such as Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity and others soared in popularity…. The travel agents who have survived have had to change their modus operandi…. And most now have specialties.” Read article…

More than ever people are cautious of spending their hard earned money as the economy slowly rises from recession. More time is being spent at the office with the building pressures in the work arena as so many struggle to keep the jobs they have. With little time and energy left for much else, many simply do not have the time it takes to plan, research and coordinate a well deserved break. Savvy travelers are turning back to travel professionals who can take the burden off of their shoulders to plan a well organized vacation with little or no effort from the traveler.

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Should Technology Take the Place of Personal Service and Interaction?

As technology is taking over practically everything it touches perhaps it’s time to get back to basics, human contact and interaction.  This NY Times article touches on the both sides of the issue.

Some hotels have begun to expand the definition of concierge to mean more than just a knowledgeable employee. It now can also mean smart digital devices. Software companies are creating programs that offer information like restaurant tips, flight arrivals and departures and driving directions via these devices to guests at midtier hotels that do not provide traditional concierge services.

Even more upscale brands that employ human concierges are joining in, by offering location-specific information, accessible via the Internet, iPhone apps and even live chats. And all Hyatt hotels let guests send requests, via Twitter, to customer service agents who are on call 24 hours a day…read more

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