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Travelling solo down under

By on August 31, 2012

Heading south of the equator offers some of the most exciting travel destinations on earth. From Australia’s cosmopolitan cities to Papua New Guineas’ tropical paradise and the Philippines’ vibrant local culture – there’s no shortage of things to see and do down under.

Journeying to these destinations solo can be a fun and rewarding travel style. Yet like all parts of the globe, there are a few things to consider which will ensure your trip is safe and comfortable.

With this in mind, here’s a guide to help you navigate some of the southern hemisphere’s best holiday destinations by yourself.

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Planning your trip

Impromptu and spontaneous decisions are often some of the most rewarding parts of a trip abroad, but some solid planning on the basics is always worthwhile. If you’re travelling solo, there are some travel destinations that might be worth avoiding. This could include areas that have an unsafe reputation, or even just popular couples retreats and honeymoon destinations.

If you’re booking your accommodation and transport in advance, choose to stay away from public transport areas like train stations as these often attract crime, and always arrive in a new city during the daytime.

Blending in with the locals

Respecting local customs is such an important part of travelling. Things like table manners, fashion and body language all shape how well you fit in with the local culture. Be sure to do your research in advance ─ particularly women, when deciding which items of clothing to pack.

Journey to the Philippines

The contrast between pristine natural surroundings and bustling megacities makes the Philippines a vibrant and exciting travel destination.

It’s a great location for solo travellers, with welcoming locals, affordable accommodation and best of all, hardly any of the tourist crowds drawn to places like Bali and Fiji.

Get lost in the rugged beauty of Samar, check out the hectic pace of Luzon and relax beachside on the Visayas.

Visiting New Guinea

If you’re looking to step off the beaten track, Papua New Guinea is just the location for you. With little established tourist infrastructure, you’re sure to find an authentic snapshot of local life.

From the historic Kokoda Track, to the stunning marine coastlines and the diverse rainforests, there’s no shortage of things to do and see.

If you’re a first time traveller, why not consider a guided tour? If you’re more seasoned and plan to travel solo, be sure to check government travel warnings to ensure the area is safe before departing.

The Aussie night life

Australia has its fair share of natural beauty, but if it’s a party you’re after, you can’t beat the coastal cities and towns.

Sydney is renowned for chic and modern nightlife, with destinations like the Opera Bar, The Ivy Bar and the hedonistic Kings Cross strip. For a more laid-back approach, head to the country’s alternative heartland, Byron Bay or the more chilled Perth coastline.

Australia is a safe city for the most part, but it pays to be cautious. Ladies should always watch their drinks, and be sure to catch a taxi back to your accommodation at the end of the night.

Heading on a night out is often more enjoyable if you go in a group. If you’re looking to meet other single travellers in the same city as you, dating websites like http://www.eharmony.com.au are a great place to start.

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Manila Twilight 3, please?

By on July 14, 2012

October 26th of  the year 2011, Owl City visited the Philippines to promote his latest album then — All Things Bright and Beautiful. The ATBAB Tour was attended my such passionate Owl City fans from all over the Philippines and I am proud to say that I am one of them. I was there. I attended the second concert of Owl City here in the Philippines with excitement in my heart and an Owl City tattoo on my face.

That night was the greatest night of my life. Really. If I can relive one moment in my entire life, I would go back to that day when I hugged the man who I always stalk in Twitter and Tumblr, the origin of my desire to create such social networking accounts. Yes, I forgot to mention I won a Meet and Greet Pass from MCA Music and that converted my dreams to reality.

And now, Twitter updates surprised Owl City fans all over the world when he announced that he’s shooting for a music video. Music video equals new single and new single means new album. A spark was lit, new album may lead to promo tours and concerts. This is the moment! The chance to relive what happened on October 26, 2011.

I prayed and prayed that Philippines will be included in the tour. I joined trending parties and bought his newest singles in the hope of getting those in the charts which will encourage Adam to see us again, his PH HootOwls.

The Tour dates were announced. I scrolled to see the bottom part which the Asian countries were usually scheduled but to my dismay, no Manila or Philippines was listed. I desperately searched for a next page button but failed to see one. I almost gave up but then, fellow fans were very encouraging and full of hope so I held my grip on hope tighter. This is just another challenge to prove that we deserve to be visited by Adam and I am willing to support OwlCityPh’s ways on promoting his music so he can see us again.

More effort, much more prayers!

Go Owl City Philippines! We can do this! 🙂

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