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The Best Places to Visit in Hobart

Hobart

Australia has got to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. People flock to the different states of this country for various festivals, events, and must-see spots. But there is nothing like the unique vibe that Hobart offers its visitors.

Hobart is a picturesque destination dominated by Mount Wellington. If you want to be in a place where you can forget about the worries brought by city-stress, the cool climate of Hobart and its spectacular views will definitely be up to the challenge. There are a lot of tour packages and offerings for travel because of this. For instance, a car hire in Hobart offered by DriveNow is one of the go-to services out there because you can easily book a car you can use for laid-back road trips without the hassle and without breaking bank. Other rental companies also offer competitive rates that encourages tourists to have an epic road trip around Hobart. These car hire companies mirror the ease and comfort you will feel once you are on Hobart.

If you are already planning a trip to Hobart, here are some of the places you can go to so you can maximise your visit in this one-of-a-kind destination.

Salamanca Place

Being Salamanca Place will give you a glimpse of the bustling industrial life in the 1830’s. It is still very much the heart of art, culture, food, and shopping in Hobart. You will see the Georgian warehouses lining Salamanca place where they stored grain, wool, and other goods. Visit the Salamanca Market to shop for unique and artistic items, and of course, the fresh produce.

Museum of Old and New Art

Never miss an opportunity to visit Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) when you are in Hobart. Located at the banks of the Derwent River, it is a museum that looks somewhat like a fortress and it houses some of the most interesting and possibly controversial art in the world. Additionally, after going in its almost labyrinthine like museum, you can buy refreshments at the al fresco cafe and wine bar called The Source restaurant.

Pilgrim Coffee

There is nothing like a good cup of joe and delectable meal to go with it. Visit the Pilgrim Coffee and experience the most delightful cup of java. They get their coffee beans from all over the world and turns them into the best you will ever get to taste in Australia.

Battery Point

Get to feel more of the old-world vibe in Battery Point. See how Hobart is able to perfectly preserve the culture and heritage through its architecture with the modern and unique luxuries they offer to people.

The State Cinema

A historic place with a focus on entertainment, the Hobart State Cinema is an iconic venue that has been one of the locals’ favourite spots to frequent. They offer arthouse films and those which you will not get to see in your typical cinema houses.

There are still lots of reasons to visit Hobart. However, the best thing about Hobart is the general sense of calm and comfort that seems to exude in every place and in every corner.

Top 4 European Locations for Boutique Hotels

Boutique hotels are some of the coolest places to stay when you go away, these niche hotels are designed with style in mind and often have themes to suit the discerning traveler. Some of the best boutique hotels in the World exist in Europe and each time I go away the only place I want to stay is in these fabulous hotels.

During my trips around Europe I have looked for stylish hotels like these and I want to share with you my favorite cities with the best boutique hotels.

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Paris

I love Paris, it oozes with class and style and I try to visit as much as I can, the last time I went, I stayed in a beautiful place called the Coq hotel. The hotel was one of the most affordable that I have found in Paris and the standard was brilliant. Whilst it is a hotel, it is also a members club that holds regular arty gatherings with craftspeople and also lots of wine tasting evenings, right up my street. The rooms are beautiful, mixtures of wood and brass, classic art and natural colors, a great boutique hotel.

Berlin

Boutique hotels really suit Berlin, a city with one of the coolest art scenes around and a city that should be on everyone’s list to visit. I stayed in a super cool hotel called the Oderberger, the location used to be public baths and the building is still the same, albeit with a far smarter interior. The hotel utilizes small features from its past life for things like coat hooks, stair rails and tiled walls. The rooms are full of Earth colors, wooden features and still has those beautiful wooden beams, a beautiful hotel in a brilliant city.

Zurich

I absolutely love Zurich, I’d like to get back there more often and I plan to this year, the city is beautiful and if you use a car rental service like I did then getting around is an absolute synch. I stayed in the Hotel Helmaus, a hotel that is very central with amazing service and incredibly cozy. The food here was delicious, and the rooms were small but super comfortable and beautifully designed, if you are heading to Zurich then I absolutely recommend this delightful hotel.

London

London is absolutely packed with boutique hotels, they range from classic beauty to underground, grungy style and everything in between, you can find all sorts of cool hotels here and I love to sample them. Most recently I stayed in the Haymarket Hotel, a hotel that is very close to the theatre scene in London so if you’re heading to a show then definitely check this place out. The hotel itself has a spa that offers all treatments, perfect when you want a break from the busy city. All of the rooms have flat screen TVs, i-Pod docks and are beautifully designed with floral furnishings and modern lay out, I really loved this hotel and the afternoon tea here was very British and very tasty!

How To Build Your Own Motorhome

If you are looking to combine your love of DIY and travel then what better way to do it than by building your very own motorhome. This may sound like a daunting task at first but once you start the planning process you’ll see that if you keep things simple then you could be heading off on the open road in no time at all. This project is by no means simple and you will have to spend a lot of time both during the planning and the construction stages. Without further ado here is how you need to go about building your very own motorhome.

The Motor

First and foremost, you will need to buy the vehicle, the best thing to look out for here is a van with a good wheel base, similar to the ones that plumbers, construction workers and electricians use, these have plenty of space for you to play with, excellent stability and sufficient horsepower for carrying your home. Keep your eyes peeled at auctions and second hand traders for the best bargain and you should try to buy one that is no more than 6 years old.

Simplicity

When it comes to designing your home, simplicity is key, if you overcomplicate the build then it could leave you frustrated at not being able to get it finished, it could end up costing far more than you bargained for and it also allows more things to possibly go wrong. Measure your space in the back of the van and draw out a plan for the bed, the sink/kitchen area and any seating or cupboards that you wish to install.

Warmth

The first key to turning your van into a motorhome is insulating it and protecting it from the weather, to do this you need to do exactly the same as you would do in a house, prepare your frame for your false walls to sit in and use insulation behind each wall board. Once this is complete then you should look to seal any holes or crevices from the outside. Now that you have your walls in and your insulation sorted, you can begin to plan out the rest of your home.

Stability

It is important that whatever cabinets, attachments, beds or seats that you place in the rear of your motorhome are full stable, remember that you will be driving your motorhome on bumpy roads and round bends, the last thing you need is unstable furniture bouncing around. Fold away items are perfect to use in the back of the motorhome such as beds and seats, these can provide space when you need it and can pull out when it is time to sleep, if using these then ensure that they have excellent fixings that will keep them from opening out during your travels.

Water and Electric

If you are building your own motorhome then the best thing you can do is to buy an electric generator to power the sockets in the van, an electrician will be able to install wiring in your dry walls before you commence the rest of the build. For water and bathroom facilities, the sensible option is to forego these and stick to using campsites, you can make your own motorhome fully plumbed but the cost and the effort of doing so doesn’t prove worthwhile.

Family Travel Guide To San Francisco

San Francisco is a perfect city to travel to with your kids if you are looking for a family-friendly big city experience. Last year I took my little crew with me (husband, son 9 and daughter 7,) down to Frisco for a 4 day break, having deliberated over which city to go to for some days. We choose San Francisco as despite being a huge city it appeared to have a more outdoorsy vibe about it and we weren’t wrong. There is so much to do here for the whole family and here is a quick guide for you on what you can expect from San Francisco.

Accommodation

As with any big U.S. city there is numerous hotels and motels for you to stay in that offer rooms for the entire range of budgets that you may have. The question in San Fran isn’t which hotel to stay in, but where, we only had 4 days and didn’t want to spend them driving from location to location, a central hotel was necessary. We stayed in Presidio which is just a few miles away from the bay, it was a perfect location for our activities and an area surrounded by hiking trails and wooded areas with views of both the Bay and the famous Golden Gate Bridge, it was hard to believe we were still in the city.

Family Activities

There is an incredible array of things to do in San Francisco for families, many of which are absolutely free leaving you with more cash to spend on treats. Here is a list of free activities that you and the family can do in Frisco.

  • Asian art museum
  • San Francisco museum of modern art
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Exploratorium (An exciting view of science and wonder in a fully interactive center)
  • Wells Fargo history museum
  • Center for the Book (All things literary with a huge children’s learning center)
  • Golden Gate Park (Huge park with botanical areas, children’s playground and open spaces)
  • San Francisco Zoo ( Free entry, additional costs for tours and transport available)
  • Beaches and Parks

As you can see, having fun in this great city doesn’t have to cost the Earth and there is plenty of fun to be had for all the family.

Landmarks

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is without doubt one of the World’s most iconic landmarks, this 3 mile long and 1 mile wide suspension bridge spans the Golden Gate Strait and must be visited on a trip to San Francisco. You can cross the bridge by car, sail under it on a ferry or simply pull up beside it for a photo opportunity, there are also tours available that gives you all the important details about this landmark. Another icon in San Francisco is the famous Lombard Street which features a steep hill with 8 hairpin turns on it, the street as been popularized by many movies in which it has featured and if you have time then make sure you take a drive down this crazy road.