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Discover the World’s Most Beautiful Castles

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel

Castles hold a certain sense of allure for many people. Whether you’re wanting to live out a fairytale fantasy, have a fascination with the history, art and culture found within their walls, or want to explore some of the most innovative architectural structures in the world, a castle visit is sure to be a highlight on any holiday. From Japanese fortresses to geometric castles shrouded in mystery, discover our favourite castles below.

Learn the Japanese ‘Art of Welcoming’ and the Ways of the Ryokan with the Ryokan Collection

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel

Japanese people are known across the globe for their omotenashi. In its simplest form, omotenashi means Japanese hospitality. However, it goes much further than that. Omotenashi is an art form, something derived from the art of tea ceremony, known as sado. It is the way Japanese people strive look after their guests or customers and anticipate their every need. Each of the 32 ryokan members of the Ryokan Collection have mastered this art from, ensuring guests will experience a stay like no other.

The Ryokan Collection offer the perfect balance of luxury and deeply personal experiences. Most ryokans are found outside the cities, among nature, where guests can experience the rich culture and practices of Japan that have been nurtured for centuries. Even in these cultural experiences, the art of omotenashi can be felt.

Image courtesy of Hakone Ginyu

Top Five Romantic Holiday Experiences

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel, TravelManagers

Treating yourselves to a luxurious escape or adding a special romantic experience as a highlight to your holiday is a great way to create meaningful memories together. TravelManagers’ Elyse Palmer shares her favourite luxury holiday ideas that will leave you weak at the knees for all the right reasons.

Five Must-Do February Festivals in Italy

Festivals, Inspiration, Travel

Nothing should stand in the way of a holiday to Italy. Not even cool weather. Although February isn’t Italy’s peak travel season, it is one of the best months to visit. Why? The festivals. From epic singing festivals to the Battle of the Oranges and the Venice Carnival, Italy brings its A-game to the festival scene.

20 Incredible Destinations for 2020

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel

With the new year, brings new travel destinations. And 2020 could be the best year in travel to date. Discover UNESCO listed sites like Petra, meet gorillas in Rwanda, learn the fine art of the tea ceremony in Japan, indulge your vegan needs in Mexico, and get to know the traditional people of Namibia. A world of opportunity awaits travellers, adventurers and luxury-seekers in 2020.

Check out our top 20 destinations below.

Five New Year Destinations You May Not Have Considered

Inspiration, Travel

Let’s face it. New Year is the world biggest party. And like any big celebration, it’s exciting. The kind of exciting that will have you lie awake at night waiting for the moment you can start celebrating. But deciding where to celebrate the New Year can be tough. With so many countries, cities and parties to chose from, where do you start? For many jetsetters, high profile locations like New York, Sydney, Paris and London are the go to New Year destinations. Why not bring in the New Year somewhere different with our top five New Year destinations you’ve never thought of.

Jetstar Review: Sydney to Osaka via Cairns return

Fly, Lifestyle, Travel

Japan is the hottest destination for travellers from Australia. Research shows that there’s been a 170 percent growth over the past five years with travel agents saying Japan has overtaken Bali  as our favourite holiday destination and it’s only going to get hotter with the 2020 Olympic Games.

Australians love a bargain but we also like our comfort being the second highest yield traveller in the world after the Saudi Arabians. Jetstar’s business class is ideal for those who want comfort but like the idea of being luxury value shoppers.

18 of the Most Charming Towns in Europe to Visit in Summer

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel

When it comes to charming small towns, Europe has more to offer than most. Explore the colours of Europe, from vibrant pastels to the traditional blue and white of Greece, learn the history behind the towns, and try the local delicacies. Leave the main cities and tourist destinations behind and discover a different side to Europe with our top 18 most charming small towns.

Melbourne’s North Star: Adina Northbank

CITY, STAY, Travel

Northbank is the place to be. There’s plenty happening in this funky end of the city once home to Melbourne Fish Markets. Whilst it it’s not the luxury end of town, it is developing an inner city chic and it’s the perfect place to stay if you would like some comfort without a hefty price tag.

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