Your Top 10 Travel Blogs of February 2017

6 March 2017

Psssst! Want to know the places Flight Centre readers have been hankering for? Here’s a clue: Disney is right up there, along with France. Add a sprinkle of the US and Canada, and some quirky finds in our own back yard, and you’re on the right travel track. It’s all detailed in our top 10 most-read blogs of February. Read on to find out more.

1. How to do Disney on a Budget

The statue of Walt and Mickey at Disney. Perhaps one of the most famous spots in the park, make sure you stop off for a photo with Walt and Mickey.

Disney is the ultimate family holiday, offering the young and young-at-heart a magical time amid vibrant lands worthy of the most vivid imaginations. Here’s how you can save a few bucks when you go.

2. Touchdown: Auckland Arrival Kicks Off World’s Longest Flight

A Qatar Airways Boeing 777 makes its descent over Auckland. Image: Qatar Airways The Qatar Airways Boeing 777 makes its descent over Auckland. Image: Qatar Airways

The world’s longest commercial non-stop flight touched down in Auckland, New Zealand, 16 hours and 23 minutes after taking off from Doha, Qatar. The two cities are the furthest apart of any route and the return leg of the Qatar airways flight takes 17 hours and 30 minutes because of headwinds.

3. What’s New For Disney in 2017?

Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World. Walt Disney World will welcome the world of Pandora in 2017.

Disney never rests on its laurels, with its parks around the world continuing to innovate the family experience by incorporate new developments that span the spectrum from attractions to events. Here’s a look at what you can expect to see across Disney parks around the world in 2017.

4. Top 10 Free Things to Do in Paris

Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, France. You'll find plenty of celebrities buried at Pere Lachaise.

From its art, history, churches and parks, Paris offers plenty to see and do, without spending a cent. Here are 10 free must-sees in the French capital.

5. Taste of Japan Yummy Fun Truck Tempts Melbourne This Weekend

The Taste of Japan Yummy Fun Truck is part ice cream van, part game show. Image: JNTO The Taste of Japan Yummy Fun Truck is part ice cream van, part game show. Image: JNTO

Free wasabi sorbet is on the menu at the Taste of Japan Yummy Fun Truck roaming around Melbourne to celebrate the launch of direct Qantas flights from Melbourne to Tokyo. You can still catch the truck and seven other flavours created by Gelato Messina until March 12.

6. 4 Ways to Fatten up in Honolulu

The Hula pie at Dukes Waikiki in Hawaii. The Hula pie at Dukes Waikiki is an iconic local dish. Image: Scott Podmore

Oahu is Hawaii’s foodie heaven but the bulk of the action is in its main hub, Honolulu. Want to know where to go for all the taste sensations, from Hula pie to morning mash-ups? Loosen your belts and read on. 

7. A Visual Guide to Sydney’s Ocean Baths

Bronte bath in Sydney. Bronte bath is one of the most popular swimming pools in Sydney. Image: Jacques Van As @sharkbite_aus

From Malabar at the southern end of the Eastern Suburbs to Mona Vale on the Northern Beaches, Sydney's rock pools provide protected swimming for everyone. Australian photographer Jacques Van As of Sharkbite Photography shares some of his favourites.

8. Get Off the Beaten Track in Britain

The beautiful landscape of Snowdonia in Wales. If adventure sports aren't your thing, Snowdonia in northern Wales is also a hiking paradise. Image: Getty

Britain is the home of amazing moments. Once you've taken a selfie with Big Ben, seen Stonehenge and dipped a toe in Loch Ness, here's a fresh batch of #OMGB sightseeing inspiration along Britain's roads less travelled.

9. A French Foodie Tour: Region by Region

Cheeses lined up on a table. The French Alps are famous for a variety of Cow, Sheep and Goat milk cheese. Image: Getty

While you can rightly enjoy a meal of almost every French dish you please in a Parisian bistro, there’s nothing quite like sampling a dish in the town from which it hails, where the produce is local and fresh, the flavours refined and the passion unbridled.

10. Key Phrases To Get You Around Canada

Poutine. Chips with cheese and gravy? That's Poutine in Canada! Image: Getty

So you’re heading to Canada, eh? Well it’s time you learn how to speak Canadian. I’m not talking about the official languages, English and French – I’m talking about the charmingly obscure, often hilarious linguistic prowess Canadians gift many ordinary words and phrases. Here’s what you’ll need to know.

 


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Renae Spinks

Travel for me is about conversations and connections. There’s nothing like setting foot in a new land and meeting people a world apart. From talking to North Sea fishermen in Norway’s Lofoten Islands to breakfast chat at a B&B in my own back yard, there’s always a story to share and a tale to tell.