Ready, Set,…Learn!

After a day of exploring and discovering the beautiful city of Perth, it is now time to roll up the sleeves and let the workshops begin!

Days that start at 6:30 a.m. and end by 9:00 pm might not be for the faint of heart, but armed with a good pair of comfortable shoes, a notebook and a big smile, a Travel Adviser like Pauline can surely get the job done.

Today Pauline met with 36 of the top travel specialists in Australia from luxury resorts, tour and safaris to cruise lines. Here are some, to name a few:

  • Ocean Rafting & Ocean Safari
  • Daydream Island Resort

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  • Pacific Hotel Cairns
  • Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

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  • Destination Gold Coast
  • WAITOC Aboriginal Tours & Experiences
  •  Australia’s Golden Outback
  • Down Under Tours Australia
  • Mackerel Island & Onslow Beach Resort
  • Caversham Wildlife Park
  • Kimberly Wild Expeditions
  • Karijini Eco Retreat
  • Willie Creek Pearls
  • Australia Coral Coast
  • and many more…

Learning can be SO MUCH FUN!

 

 

 

 

Australia is calling!

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Perth, Australia

koalaOnce again, Skyland World Travel’s Aussie Specialist, Pauline will be one of the 300 specially selected cutting edge travel advisors from the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada and New Zealand at Tourism Australia’s Corroboree West trade event in Perth from 8 to 11 October 2019, followed by five days in  Tasmania for a Tasmanian Wilderness-Wildlife experience and we couldn’t be more excited.

Tourism Australia hosts Corroboree West every other year and includes a combination of training workshops and experiences exclusively for Aussie Specialists like Pauline. This year’s event will be in Perth which will provide the perfect opportunity to showcase the changing face of the city to key travel industry specialists from around the world.

If you missed Pauline’s last visit, here are some of the highlights of Corroboree West 2017:

  • A visit to d’Arenberg Wines to meet with Rachel Whitrow, Cellar Door and Tourism Manager, for the Blending Beach Experience.

 

 

Family owned and purchased in 1912, this understated winery is on top of a hill overlooking the district. The d’Arenberg label is well known with its distinctively flavored wines reflecting much of the history of the area. With Chester Osborn, fourth generation family winemaker, d’Arenberg offers a unique wine tasting experience with over 60 wines made from more than 25 grape varieties. 

  • A tour to Port Willunga Beach Rides for afternoon activities

 

 

A boutique, family owned and run business offering boutique experiences on horseback along the world-famous Port Willunga Beach. We were able to enjoy the many colors of the cliff faces, the sparkling sand and the turquoise ocean paired with world famous view of the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula. 

  • Visit to Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tour and Seal Bay Conservation Park

 

 

Minutes from the mainland but a million miles away, Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary for wildlife and natural, rugged beauty. Kangaroo Island’s scenery is breathtaking and the home to plenty native animals including birds, tammar wallabies, short-beaked echidnas and koalas. The Sea Bay Conservation Park is home to about 1,000 Australia sea lions, or five per cent of the world total.

  • No Kangaroo Island would be complete without a trek to one of the Island’s signature landmarks, Remarkable Rocks.

 

 

It took 500 million years for rain, wind and pounding waves to create these aptly named granite boulders which are part of the Flinders Chase National Park.

  • Departure to Barossa, the heart of Australia’s wine industry, the home to gourmet delights and an area blessed with a rich cultural heritage.

 

 

A tour and wine tasting experience at Fino Seppeltsfield, First Drop a d Jacob’s Creek Vineyeard.

  • Arrival at Gorge Wildlife Park for a chance to explore the wildlife park and a koala hold experience.

 

 

The Gorge Wildlife Park opened in 1965 and is still operated by the same family. Situated on 14 acres of land, under shaded trees, paths meander among one of the largest privately-owned collection of Australian and exotic animals, birds, and reptiles in the country. Talking about a close and personal experience!

  • Meet with our Destination Gold Coast Host

 

 

Visit to Burleigh Heads National Park where ancient volcanic columns meet the sea. We were welcomed to Jellurgal, the Dreaming Mountain with a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony and ochre anointment. 

There’s nothing like Australia – its aquatic and coastal landscapes, its magnificent food and wine and welcoming and friendly people and much more…. SO, follow Pauline on this year’s Corroboree West 2019 adventure, and experience all Australia has to offer.

 

 

“I Can Do This On My Own”????

You’re planning this summer’s European vacation and undecided as to whether you should call your travel agent or not.  “I can do this all on my own.  I don’t need a travel agent or a tour company.  How hard could it be??”  Tell us what you think after you see this video . . .

Need we say more???? This video hits the nail directly on the head, especially when it comes to traveling to a country you’ve never been to!  Let your travel professionals take the stress out of planning (and traveling) to all those places on your bucket list.  You’ll be so glad you did!

 

 

Making Roman Footsteps

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”.  Did you ever wonder what that truly means?

When I visited Rome a few years ago, it was my first trip to Europe and I was very excited to see what everyone was always talking about! My first experience was stepping out of the hotel with my husband and walking to the Spanish Steps nearby.  We were at the top and looking down, I was amazed at all the people, mostly, sitting on the steps, having lunch, meeting friends or loved ones, laughing and talking.  Just taking in the beautiful sunshine.  No rushing around.  No hustle and bustle.  We walked down the steps into the neighborhood to grab a slice of pizza. Rounding the corner, the smell of fresh garlic being sautéed and fresh bread baking.  I closed my eyes and drank it all in.  I was in Rome!  And we’re going back there October 9th!

Imagine exploring ancient Rome through the Circus Maximus Palatine hill with a stop at the Colosseum. If you close your eyes, you can hear the roar of the chariots and conjure up Roman soldiers sparring with lions.  Standing at the top of the Colosseum, you’ll get a tingle up your spine as the reality of the history that happened below begins to hit your senses.  It’s truly amazing. . .

Enjoy your first afternoon on your own exploring or we can arrange an optional tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel so that you skip the long entry line and discover the artistic masterpieces inside, including Michelangelo’s famed ceiling. When I saw the Sistine Chapel for the first time, I stood in awe trying to capture all of into my memory.  You CANNOT take any pictures of it as the flash from your cameras has been causing the deterioration of it over time.  The Security Guards are on their game in guarding this beautiful artistic buffet, so don’t even try to sneak it in.  They become quite offended.  This is their history and heritage and you need to respect it.

In the evening, we begin our culinary adventure on a walking tour of Campo dei Fiori, Trastevere, the historical Jewish Ghetto, and Piazza Navona. During tonight’s tour you will meet vendors, taste local specialties and live the ambiance just like a Roman.  Rounding out the night’s fun, a stop at a famous local Gelateria for delicious artisanal gelato.  And I can assure that what you thought was gelato in the United States is nothing like true gelato in Italy  So many flavors and combinations and so little time!

This is the first of the culinary “footsteps” we’ll be taking beginning on October 9th of this year . . . stay tuned for our next stop on this 10 day tour! Ciao!