Monterey

Monterey: Our latest vacation travel guide video

Welcome to the latest stop on our big world adventure. Brimming with fresh seafood, literary history, and endless Californian coastline, Monterey sure looks like a delight.


Our Los Cabos Travel Guide Video is Here!

Calling all sun-lovers! Los Cabos brings the heat for holiday-makers. Explore the two towns that make up Los Cabos: Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Between them, you’ll find an abundance of gorgeous beaches waiting for you.

This region in the Baja California Sur captures the meeting point between desert and ocean in a spectacular fashion. The shores here bring swimmers and sunbakers by day and partiers by night, so you can keep the good times rolling in Los Cabos.

Step off the warm sand and take in the Spanish colonial architecture, beautiful art and world-class food. Discover more on why Los Cabos is a hotspot for paradise seekers on the Expedia page.


Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park Travel Video is Live Today!

Welcome to two million acres of Mother Nature in all her glory! From geothermal wonders to ever-thundering rivers, Yellowstone National Park is a safe haven for great American flora and fauna and answers the call of nature lovers everywhere.

Yellowstone was founded in 1872 making this national park a world first. Explore the hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, valleys, mountains, canyons and geysers – and say hello to the wildlife walking among them.

Heralded the grandfather of all national parks, Yellowstone can trace its ancestry well beyond: to creation itself. Follow the adventure in our Yellowstone National Park Vacation Travel Guide Video below.

Don’t miss this treasure trove of nature on your North American travels. You can see all the breathtaking beauty of Yellowstone at Expedia.


Anchorage - Our latest Vacation Travel Guide

Sit back. Relax and enjoy our latest Vacation Travel Guide … Anchorage


Matt’s latest Shots from Perth!

We all know how far away Perth is from the rest of Australia. So, is it worth the trip? The latest photos from Matt Officen would suggest that this destination should definitely be on your bucket list.

From Perth’s finest food and breathtaking scenery to its futuristic architecture and friendly locals, Matt documented it all. We’re glad he did too, because he came home with some stunners!

Matt’s Perth highlights were the food and sunsets. His favourite from the trip was a sunset shot, captured through the ocean-facing windows of Indiana Restaurant, Cottesloe Beach.

Along with taking some tantalising images of this restaurant’s renowned dishes, he tried more of the region’s best offerings at other fine dining establishments. You really can’t look at these shots without starting to drool.

Matt is a sucker for sparkling ocean horizons, and the postcard-worthy seascapes in Western Australia are pretty hard to beat. He just couldn’t leave without taking some shots of Perth’s white sands and vivid blue shores.

We’re all extremely glad to have Matt on the Tourism Media team. If you’d like to see more of his fantastic work, check out his website at mattofficen.com.


Check out some of the latest photos from Adelaide

South Australia’s capital is fast becoming a hub of great food, even better drink and a whole lot of inspiring sights.

One of our favourite TM photographers, Matt Officen, recently went to Adelaide to capture some of the best bits of this fantastic city. He came back with these stunning shots.

It’s not a bad gig, getting paid to snap some of the best food in the region and then eat it. But Matt has a very particular process, and it isn’t all self-indulgence and a camera.

Tourism Media’s photographers are sent out into the field with strict shoot notes telling them where to go and what to photograph. Unfortunately, they only get a limited amount of time to get a whole lot done, so they can’t always enjoy the trips as much as they would like. That said, they always come home with a couple of highlights.

Matt particularly enjoyed capturing the fiery concoctions at the hidden cocktail lounge, Maybe Mae. He also mentioned that the photos of the age-old books stored in Adelaide State Library were among his favourite shots from the trip.

“I was surprised at the amount of street art there,” he added. “The sort of quality and creativity was something I expected more from cities like Melbourne and Sydney.”

Adelaide’s unique and ever-changing style combined with its long history of outstanding food and wine make it a city meant to be photographed, and Matt did a stellar job.

He continues to add a whole lot of value to the team here at Tourism Media. If you want to check out more of his great work, visit his website at mattofficen.com.


Long-Haul Travel Tips to Take to the Sky

Here at Tourism Media, we write a lot about destinations, but doesn’t the saying go that it’s the journey that counts? Over the past 5 years, our writers and photographers have visited thousands of places around the planet from Moscow to Cape Town and from Bundaberg to Baton Rouge.

Between them all, they’ve travelled many a kilometre, so who better to ask for advice than these long-haul veterans.

Some tips might seem obvious, but the simplest oversight can mean the difference between a successful flight and a miserable one.

Here are our team’s top tips:

Before you leave:

Try to squeeze in some exercise. Trust us, you’ll miss being able to move your muscles after hours of being sedentary. It needn’t be a marathon, a brisk walk will do it.

Creature Comforts and What to Wear:

Speaking of sedentary, the seat is already uncomfortable, so don’t let your clothes be too. Forget your tight jeans and remember to layer. When you travel, you’ll be moving from car to airport, to plane, to tarmac etc. and layers makes accommodating temperature change easier.

  • Pack a scarf or shawl for this reason too, and use as a pillow, or to keep out next door’s screen light.
  • Or, opt for a travel pillow and eye mask, and even noise-cancelling earphones.
  • Compression socks combat swelling.
  • Soft, thick socks keep your feet toasty.

Choose your seat wisely:

It really makes all the difference.

Window seats are perfect for world-watching and taking advantage of the wall as a headrest.
Have easy bathroom access from an aisle seat.
For the travellers that can’t stand turbulence, a seat close to the wing is said to be smoothest.

Here for a good time AND a long time:

Entertainment makes the hours slip away.

  • Charge all of your devices at home, and top up at the airport.
  • Bring backup portable chargers in case the airline ports are faulty.
  • Download movies ahead of time; those provided may not be to your fancy.
  • Don’t overlook music and books, they’re a great way to zone out and pretend you’re not in a metal tin hurtling through the air.
  • Also, BYO headphones; we’ve all spent too many a flight frustrated by a set with only one ear working.

Get productive:

You won’t want to hear this, but long-haul flights are ideal for working. When else will you have such a long stretch without distracting texts and emails? Open up your laptop and dig-in to what you’ve put off.

Sleep is key:

It’s the very best time muncher in travel. Don’t stay up the night before hoping to crash from exhaustion mid-flight, it’s been known to backfire. You’re better off minimising the nights of sleep in jeopardy.

  • If you’re taking a prescribed or natural sleeping aid, test it pre-flight.
  • Being light with your carryon luggage means you won’t be competing for legroom.

For your carry-on:

You want to be sure you have the must-haves.

  • Include protein-rich snacks if you’re prone to the munchies. There’s nothing worse than forking out more money to fund your rumblings because you can’t wait for the next served meal.
  • Chewing gum can help unblock your ears when changing altitudes.
  • Bring an empty water bottle to fill on-board. That way you can stay hydrated in what is an extremely dehydrating enterprise. Lay off the caffeine and the alcohol and boost your water intake to mitigate dry skin and headaches.

This one gets its own section:

Don’t forget toiletries. Repeat, don’t forget toiletries. Arriving fresh feels best.

  • Pack toothbrush and paste;
  • Lip balm;
  • Moisturiser;
  • Makeup if applicable;
  • A comb to tame your travel-mussed locks.
  • Remember all liquids must be in amounts of 100mL or smaller.

Miscellaneous mistakes not to make:

Let’s get down to it, shall we?

  • Feet swelling: we’ve got a lot to say here! The first thing you’ll want to do once on board is take your shoes off, but often they won’t fit at the other end. Feet can swell massively during a flight. So either leave shoes on or opt for ones that can lace up looser. Another tip is to roll your ankles a few times every hour to keep them mobile and stop puffiness.
  • If you’re struggling to sleep up against the headrest, try putting a pillow on the fold out tray and resting that way.
  • If you’re not hungry enough to finish your in-flight meal at the time, hang on to the packaged snacks for later.

Just a few more:

  • Claim your armrests as soon as you sit down. Sometimes your neighbours really like to spread out and cut into your elbow room. It’s the worst.
  • Pre-empt your need for the bathroom and go before they turn the lights off so you don’t disturb anyone.
  • Keep all your important documents safe but easily accessible to you. You’ll be getting them out a lot and don’t want to have to dig every time.
  • If you’re traveling with kids, let them entertain each other. Something as simple as a deck of cards, a crossword book, or starting a 20 questions game can cure their boredom for hours.

If all else fails, just leave your worries on the ground and let your excitement to arrive get you through.


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