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Bariloche – Patagonian Paradise

North Americans tend to think of South America as something between a banana republic and a third world poverty hole – nothing could be further from the truth. This is especially true when you get into Argentina and even more so when you venture into Patagonia and the Bariloche Region.

Nothing can prepare you for the wonders you will encounter – far from there being tall buildings and sophisticated European civilization as you find in Buenos Aires – in Bariloche you find more than you ever expected. The town of Bariloche acts as a home base for many travelers who want to explore Patagonia. The shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi are nothing short of stunning – this is especially true in the morning as the sun rises or when you are returning after having been away. The lake is just one of the jewels that travelers find and the recreation you discover on it.

Argentina-BarilocheHowever, when winter comes, it is the skiing that makes Bariloche famous. Called the Switzerland of South America for good reason, the architecture, the landscape, and the slopes all are reminiscent of the Swiss Alps. Actually, for those who have never been to Switzerland – it might be a better comparison to say Lake Tahoe – nice slopes, great mountain food like steak and hot chocolate, and great beer for drinking after you come off the slopes.

Bariloche also has a high tech industry and several univeristies so it’s a fun place with lots of night life and no shortage of wifi hotspots. It’s a fun place filled with people that love the outdoors, love living life to the fullest, and aren’t afraid to Tango because, after all – its still Argentina.

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There are quite a few (obviously very intelligent) students who come to Bariloche to study Spanish and while doing that explore the magnificent hiking, kite surfing, boating, skiing, tango, and trekking that can be found in the areas surrounding Bariloche.

In terms of hotels, there are plenty to choose from with a wide range of accomodations ranging from budget hostels to five star resorts with all of the luxury you can imagine. In the middle, there is something for every budget. Bariloche has attracted culinary attention as well because there are a number of top Argentine chefs who have opened restaurants in the region. You can even use gobibo coupon codes in town. Think you can’t find sushi in a South American ski town? Think again…

Bariloche is one of those places you have to go in order to really get it. You have to stand there and see what it’s all about before you can understand. So, what are you waiting for?

Great Barrier Reef

Top 5 Australia Gold Coast Adventures

The world is a big place and while I’ve been fortunate to see a lot of it – there is a lot more of it that still beckons to me. I look forward to exploring far off India, Japan, South America, and lest we forget – Australia!

One of the destinations that I’ve not yet had the pleasure of exploring is the Gold Coast of Australia. I want to experience some Gold Coast Adventures. This is a region that offers everything I could want – warm waters, great food, sunshine, and exotic wildlife. I want to go the Gold Coast and here are the top 5 adventures that I will do while I’m there…

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Diving the Great Barrier Reef
Of course, the top adventure is diving on the Great Barrier Reef. One of the world’s 7 Natural Wonders – I’ve always wanted to explore this reef wonderland and see turtles, rays, sharks, and the abundant sea life living in this spectacular living monument. I know that it can be dangerous – but there is very little in life that isn’t dangerous while being worthwhile.

Feeding Crocodiles
Don’t get me wrong – I don’t want to be the meal that they eat, but I’d love to get close enough to these incredible reptiles to see their gnashing teeth and chomping jaws. These are as close as you can get to seeing real dinosaurs and they scare the crap out of me – I’d just love to feel that primal fear but in a safe zone. Know what I mean?

4×4 Adventure Touring
Whether it will be in one of the 4×4 buses of a company like Sunset Safaris or a private vehicle – I definitely plan on getting out into the jungle and onto the remote beaches of the world’s largest island. Yes, I want to see the cities – I want to explore Brisbane and see where the people live – but a 4×4 tour of someplace like Fraser Island is all about getting away from civilization – which I think is one of the best reasons to go to Australia in the first place.
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Meet the Australian Wild Life
It wouldn’t be a trip to Australia without meeting koala’s, kangaroos, wallabies, and my favorite – the duck billed platypus! I want to hike in the Australian rainforest and check out the birds and marsupials up close and in their native habitat. Did you know that a platypus is the only egg laying mammal? It looks like a duck, has fur like a beaver, a tail like a beaver, has warm blood, and lays eggs! How odd is that?

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Exploring Cairns
Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney all have their draws – but the city I want to stay in for a while is Cairns. A tropical climate, a goldmining history, and an urban layout – this is the city for me. I want to cruise in the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and watch films on the beach – I want to surf and eat steak for dinner! This isn’t a huge capital of culture but it holds the cultural artifacts I hold most dear – warm water, great diving, rainforest hiking, abundant natural resources nearby and some great dining.

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Stag Party Travel – Taking Bachelor Parties on the Road

Once upon a time, in a tavern, not so far away, a groom-to-be sat with his closest friends, sipping  lager and laughing at the stories of yesterdays. This was what these men referred to as a stag do.

Oh, how the times have changed…

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Nowadays this tiny get together the night before the big day has evolved into something much more. It is no longer a “stag night”, but instead a “stag weekend”, a travelling celebration of your last moments together, and an adventure with all your mates before taking the plunge into the land of the married man. Your last weekend of freedom is a chance to close this chapter of your life in style, not an excuse for another night at the local – You have your whole marriage for that!

Lucky for this generation, globalization, and the ridiculous deals to be had on budget airlines, such as RyanAir, have made the idea of a stag do abroad a reality. Going abroad not only leaves the stag with lasting memories, but it is a chance for all of his mates to have a much-deserved vacation as When it comes to picking a destination, the possibilities are endless… If you are looking to sprawl out on the beach with a litre of sangria, then perhaps Barcelona is the spot. If you want to stretch your wallets, and drink pints of the best beer in the world, then Prague may seem more fitting.

Each destination has their own unique appeal, and you must decide which style best fits your group of friends, and of course, the stag – after all it is his weekend! Interviewing friends who have been on a stag do abroad (I guarantee there are a few of them!) is the best way to get first-hand knowledge on the different destinations.

Stag dos in a foreign country are not only a good way to see a different side of Europe, but they also provide an opportunity to try something new. I doubt too many members of your group have
driven communist Russian tanks, fired an AK-47, or flown in a military jet… However, it is not just the extreme that makes a stag weekend, the camaraderie amongst men, who may not have known each other so well prior to this weekend, is a priceless experience. Group bonding activities such as white water rafting, and 5-a-side football, bring everyone together, and by the end of the weekend each of you will have a handful of ‘new’ mates.

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This stag do evolution has not gone unnoticed, and an entire industry has grown out of the needs it has created. Shifts in traditional tourist agencies have followed, and there are now a number of different businesses that offer entire pre-packaged stag weekends, saving you from the stress of planning. These companies offer everything from accommodation, transportation, activities, and all that is in between. Pissup is a stag do organiser that has been in the industry since the beginning. They are one of the few companies that offer their prices up front and they also provide free consultation, so it is a good idea to see what they can offer in whichever location you may be looking at.

It can also be beneficial to check out the activities that are going on in the city on your chosen dates. Many times this can be much more memorable than any activity booked. Fest 300 offers a definitive list of the best festivals happening in Europe at any given time. From the Cannabis Cup in Holland to fighting devils with fireworks during Barcelona’s Mercè festival, these activities are a sure-fire way to make this weekend unforgettable. Keep in mind though, booking around a festival will likely increase the price of flights, and accommodations, so best book early if you are going this route.

So although the deep rooted meaning of the stag do remains the same, one last memory to share with your closest mates before the next phase of life, the method in which it is conducted has improved immensely. This is not your father’s stag party, and if he comes along I am sure he will agree – It is way better!!

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