Quirky Paris attractions you must visit

By Europe / Paris /

You know of all the most famous Paris attractions. There’s the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and The Louvre, to name a few. But did you know there are so many unconventional things to see and do.

Find a cheap car hire deal at Paris Airport so you can travel off the well-worn path to experience these quirky Paris attractions.

Explore the Catacombes de Paris

Authorities believe more than 300 km of tunnels exist underneath the streets of Paris. This maze of tunnels are full of mystery and some areas are open to public tours. It includes a section that has the skeletal remains of millions of Parisians, dating back to the 18th Century when cemeteries were getting full.

Go souvenir shopping at the Saint-Ouen Flea Market

Love shopping? Then the Saint-Ouen Flea Market is definitely worth including on your list of things to do in Paris. It’s not far from the Sacre Coeur Basilica in North Paris. It was once one of the world’s largest flea markets and today continues to amaze buyers. You could easily spend hours here hunting for books, vintage clothes, furniture or antique jewellery.

Visit the Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures

This museum will surely send chills up your spine. Plastic bats and human remains greet you as you enter. Eccentric scholar Jacques Sirgent gathered his lifetime of research into vampirism and demonology, among other folklores. Learn about the superstitions that have haunted Parisians over the centuries.

Gaze upon one of the most unusual Paris attractions: 59 Rivoli

It’s a sight that you shouldn’t miss! This mid-1800s Haussmann era building is perhaps the quirkiest building you’ll see in all of Paris and maybe even Europe. It’s one of a kind thanks to its emergence as an artist squat for many years. An artist group KGB claimed the building in 1999 and began hosting popular exhibitions and performances.


Mornington Peninsula in winter and where to stay and play

By Victoria /

The beautiful Mornington Peninsula is an incredible destination at any time of year, even during winter. When the mercury drops the beaches become quieter and the towns have more of a country charm.

Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and drive an hour and a half south west of the city. You’ll discover a stretch of magnificent coast and countryside that you won’t take for granted.

Here are five places where you can stay or have fun on the Mornington Peninsula.

Peninsula Hot Springs

The famous Peninsula Hot Springs will help you slow right down and relax. These naturally heated geothermal hot springs make for the number one attraction along the Mornington Peninsula. Indulge with massages, facials and other body treatments. There’s also a gorgeous hill top pool where you panoramic views of the countryside. After a couple of hours here you’ll feel a million bucks.

Enchanted Adventure Garden

Grab the kids and head to this exciting outdoor wonderland. You’ll need at least a couple of hours to explore this place. It’s great for thrill seekers, especially those who are up for a challenge. Bush obstacle courses await, ready to test you at every turn. There’s also an intricate maze to navigate your way through. It’s definitely no easy feat. Not to mention the fun to be had while tree surfing.

McCrae Homestead

Victoria’s oldest and original house was built in 1844. It belonged to the McCrae family, which was one of the six pioneer families on the Mornington Peninsular. There’s a lot of history to explore here as you step back in time. Take a guided tour to explore the historic furniture and artwork on site as you also learn about the hardships the first residents faced. Comfortable and stylish accommodation is also available for those seeking a unique experience.

Morning Star Estate

Stay in one the Guest House’s charming but affordable rooms or spa suite. This hidden gem boasts impressive architecture and beautiful views of Port Phillip Bay. The gardens are kept in an impeccable condition, with more than 75,000 roses. The heritage building also has a cellar where you can sample and buy some of the finest local wines in the region.

Mornington Peninsula’s Glass Blowers

Venice may be world-famous for glass blowing. But this little hot glass studio in county Victoria is also something to talk about. The gallery is home to the work of two of Australia’s most talented glassblowers, Eileen Gordon and Grant Donaldson. The husband and wife team create colourful artwork in a variety of different shapes. They put on demonstrations every day so you can watch them action. Afterwards you can purchase their fabulous creations.



New York events: the 6 big ticket events you can’t miss

By New York / United States /

Most people know of New York as the city of love. People travel from all over the world to begin their adventures in the Big Apple. But it’s also worth nothing New York events are so spectacular that you’ll probably come across a festival no matter what time of year you visit.

Hire a car from JFK Airport and start ticking off these New York events.

(Here’s a tip, plan parking for your New York events in NYC in advance!)

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving is the most important holiday of the year. In Manhattan, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been tradition for nearly a century. Millions of people pack the streets to watch famous singers, Broadway performers, floats and marching bands.

The US Open

It’s the country’s biggest tennis tournament and as far as New York events go, it’s should be high on your list. The Grand Slam event sees the world’s best players converge on New York between August and September. At the same time you’ll also find the globe’s maddest tennis fans.

New Year’s Eve at Times Square

There’s nothing like NYE, when people all over the world come together to celebrate the same thing; a fresh beginning. Why not celebrate it at one of America’s most iconic sites? There are dazzling lights, music and an incredible atmosphere as the crowd waits for the clock to strike midnight.

NYC Marathon

It’s not like other marathons. Nearly 50,000 people begin their run at Staten Island and cross the finish line in Central Park. No other marathon takes you past so many iconic attractions, with millions tuning in to watch runners take over New York.

Rockefeller Centre Tree Lighting

This is a worldwide symbol of the beginning of the Christmas holidays. Be among the thousands of people who watch the a mammoth Christmas tree be lit in late November. Live performances at Rockefeller Plaza follow, while the glorious tree remains on display until early January.

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Every June sees people from all walks of life come together, unified by their love for jazz. Drive five and a half hours north west of NYC to see the city’s main road transform into “Jazz Street”. Some truly amazing talent make this festival an incredible event.



Campervan favourites in Byron Bay and surrounds

By Australia / New South Wales /

Byron Bay is world-famous for its stunning surf beaches and outdoor activities. Whether you want to relax by the beach, dine in front of a gorgeous sunset backdrop, or go on a family adventure, Bryon Bay has it all.

Are you travelling with a family and trying to keep your holiday on the cheaper side? The best way to do it is to hire a campervan from Brisbane Airport and drive two hours south to get there.

Here are five great places to stay if you’re looking for campervan accommodation in Byron.

BIG4 Byron Holiday Park

Imagine parking your campervan right next to one of the area’s most gorgeous beaches. This BIG4 park is spacious, has direct access to Tallow Beach and is just five minutes from the Heart of Byron Bay. It’s a great family atmosphere here. Better yet, there are private ensuite bathrooms available if your campervan doesn’t have those facilities.

Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park

Suffolk is one of the region’s most popular holiday parks. You only need to spend a few minutes here to understand why. The location is the first advantage – it’s another great park right next to the beach. Being 10 minutes out of town, it’s also close enough to the centre of town while allowing you to avoid the hustle and bustle. You can even bring your pets along to stay here.

Byron Bay’s Glen Villa Resort

Less than half a kilometre from Byron’s CBD is the lovely Glen Villa Resort. It has powered and unpowered caravanning sites as is within walking distance to Belongil Beach. The resort also has an outdoor saltwater pool and hot tub. Not to mention all the other amenities you’d expect such as BBQs, kitchen and laundry facilities. This resort has everything you need plus more!

North Coast Holiday Parks Terrace Reserve

On the banks of the peaceful Simpsons Creek you’ll discover a blissful paradise, otherwise known as North Coast Holiday Parks Terrace Reserve. This multi award-winning holiday park is surrounded by natural bush and wildlife. The lovely Clarkes Beach is only a short stroll away, while you have modern facilities, like camp kitchens, at your fingertips. You’ll also have access to free WiFi.



Athens: 5 things to do in Greece’s capital and surrounds

By Europe /

Athens has one of the longest histories in the world. Over the centuries, different conquerors have taken control of Greece’s capital, with each leaving their own impression on the city.

Today it’s one of Europe’s prime tourist destinations, which reels in 4.5 million tourists every year. The best way to explore this vibrant place starts with finding a hire car from Athens Airport. Once you have that, get set for an ultimate adventure and check out these attractions!

The jewel of Athens: the Acropolis

Marvel at what’s considered to be Greece’s crowning glory. The “high city” dominates the Athens skyline and is an absolute masterpiece. Ancient structures like the Temple of Athena Nike and the fifth century BC temple ruins of the Parthenon make for a true reminder of the country’s Golden Age. But most of all the views from the summit are well worth a steep climb to the top.

Lake Vouliagmeni

If you’re feeling up for a drive then detour about 45 minutes south of Athens. You’ll discover the magnificent Lake Vouliagmeni, which sits beneath the remains of a limestone cavern. The water temperature is usually around 25 degrees Celsius, making it a great place to swim year-round. Find your little slice of heaven by the tranquil water.

Plaka district

It’s touted as one of the city’s most attractive districts. Plaka is also right under the slopes of the magnificent Acropolis and Greek literature references it as “the neighbourhood of the Gods”. There are neoclassical mansions to admire, small winding roads, quaint balconies and gorgeous flowers. It’s a special place where you can enjoy a bite to eat and also pick up souvenirs.

Monastiraki Flea Market

Athens is home to many markets but Monastiraki Flea Market should be the one at the top of your list. It’s a traditional market, with modern souvenir stalls, antique shops and collectables stores. Locals will also gladly entice you to buy their jewellery, crafts and other unique goods.

Mount Lycabettus

At 277 metres high, the Mount Lycabettus summit is the highest in the city. Its mighty limestone peaks rise from a pine tree forest in a fairly flat cityscape. From the top you can gaze upon the ancient temples and the gorgeous Aegean Sea. If you start your climb from Aristippou Street, take the zigzagging paths for around 20 minutes to get to the top. However, for those wanting a more relaxing option, it’s probably better to take the cable railway.



London calling: 5 restaurants to warm you up

By UK /

Good food is the right way to anyone’s soul. In London you can savour almost every flavour known to mankind. It’s one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, with cafes and restaurants that show off the best tastes from every culture.

All you need to do is find the time to pick up a cheap car hire deal from London and travel to some of these fantastic restaurants.

Barrafina (pictured)

One of the most popular Spanish diner-style tapas bars in London is Barrafina. You’ll find three Barrafinas in London – on Adelaide Street, Drury Lane and the original is on Soho’s Frith Street. These cosy spaces offer authentic tapas from many different regions across Spain. Barrafina is also a great spot for after work drinks with the dishes served with sine Spanish sherries, wines and Cavas.

The Ledbury

Few restaurants have the friendly and welcoming vibe that you’ll get at the Ledbury. This restaurant in Notting Hill takes it to a whole new level. Chef Brett Graham serves up innovative dishes, combining British ingredients, such as Cumbrian lamb alongside delicacies from across the world, including Tokyo turnips and black truffle. Combine with great Aussie and US beers and we have a winner!

The Princess of Shoreditch

This iconic pub-restaurant is tucked away not far from Old Street on the border of the city and Shoreditch. Managers at the multi-award winning venue also proudly proclaim they offer good value for money for the charming British food. There’s a lively downstairs bar for diners and drinkers who arrive on a ‘first come’ basis. But it’s worth making a booking for the cosy dining room, which is located just upstairs.


At almost any time of day Kaffeine is a popular spot among young foodies. But they don’t seek out the café for its décor. Instead it’s all about the food and the coffee full of flavour. In fact, ask the regulars and they’ll tell you it’s among the best in London. It’s also a favourite lunch spot, with delicious sandwiches and salads sure to fill you up. If you’re feeling peckish, then why not go for the tarts or a pecan pie to finish off the experience?

City Social

After dining at City Social you’ll be convinced that great food should always come with a view like this one! Take one look at the restaurant’s menu and you’ll probably struggle to pick just one meal to enjoy. There’s the incredible cheese trolley, which allows you to choose up to five gourmet cheeses. The scrumptious Côte de bœuf is also bound to please. Take in the flavours as you soak up the views of one of the world’s most beautiful cities.



5 reasons to visit Stoke-on-Trent

By UK /

Hire a car to best explore Stoke-on-Trent. The Staffordshire city, which is widely known as ‘Stoke’, is the much-loved home of England’s pottery industry. Tick these five things off your list when you visit Stoke-on-Trent.

Gladstone Pottery Museum (pictured)
As mentioned, the city is famous for its pottery. Therefore, how could you possibly visit the city without exploring the industry’s unique history in the area? At this museum you’ll learn how ceramics have been created over the years, and what conditions were like for the workers. There are daily demonstrations before you’re offered the opportunity to have a go yourself. Even more special, this is the last complete Victorian pottery factory left in England.

Churnet Valley Railway
This rural line traverses stunning countryside, which has become known as Staffordshire’s “Little Switzerland”. The Churnet Valley Railway allows you to step back in time with this 11 mile return journey through valleys and forests. You’ll also stop at towns such as Cheddleton, which is the railway’s base of operations and motive power.

Trentham Monkey Forest
Step into a forest with more than 140 monkeys. They roam the park in complete freedom, so you’ll see them swinging from trees and walking in your path. Guides take you through the area, explaining the history of the park as well as information about how these animals live in the wild. it’s an educational and enjoyable day out, and is situated inside the Trentham Estate.

Trentham Shopping Village
This cute area is perfect for a day of shopping. With 60 timber lodges which house not only shops, but some of the best cafes and restaurants around, Trentham Shopping Village has something for everyone. We highly recommend heading into the hear of the village to try out the famous Welsh ice cream at Cadwaladers, or dine alfresco by the river. Then there are plenty of independent shops with unique gifts.

The area is home to many great walking tracks, which aren’t constantly filled with walkers. All you need are runners and for the weather to be on your side. Some of the best include the Biddulph Grange Country Park, which takes you through National Trust gardens. If you like flower fields, then you’ll also love walking through Consall Hall Gardens. Then there’s the Dane Valley Way, which takes you to stunning waterfalls and the gorgeous town of Buxton.



Great day trips from London

By Europe / UK /

London is one of the world’s greatest cities. With attractions like Big Ben, London Bridge and Buckingham Palace, there’s plenty to keep you pulled into the city centre. However, time never seems to stop in London, and that brings with it a whole lot of noise, tourists and journey to England isn’t complete unless you venture out into the countryside, full of rolling green hills and quaint villages.

Book a hire car from Heathrow Airport and head out on one of these five great day trips.


Drive two hours south west of London and you’ll find one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments. Many mysterious still remain about Stonehenge, which is more than 5000 years old. A visit to the site allows you to walk in the footsteps of our Neolithic ancestors and you can even step inside a Neolithic House to discover what everyday life was life. For the best pictures, try to book a Stone Circle Access tours, which occurs either very early morning or late evening.


This charming city is set in rolling countryside, about two hours west of London. Bath is most famous for its natural hot springs and 18th Century Georgian architecture. People have been visiting the city for thousands of years, and it’s no less spectacular today. The iconic attraction is the original Roman Baths, including the Great Bath, statues and a temple. Once finished, make sure you take a stroll through the vibrant Prior Park Landscape Gardens.

Blenheim Palace

England is full of beautiful palaces, but all are unique and nothing compares to Blenheim Palace. Drive about an hour and a half north west of London, where you’ll find one of the country’s largest houses. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was built between 1705 and 1722 and was designed in the rare English Baroque style. Much history has been witnessed inside these spectacular walls, including the birth of Sir Winston Churchill. From Monday to Saturday there are guided tours of the State Rooms and gardens.

Osea Island

Osea Island is about a two hour drive North East of London. It offers nearly 400 acres of beautiful countryside. It also has a stunning village, which is surrounded by four miles of beaches and coastline. This luxury island is worth staying overnight, but it still makes for a lovely day trip, with plenty of relaxing activities. The island also has a fascinating history which spans 5000 years. Here, you’ll discover the remains of Neolithin villages, Viking burial grounds and Roman occupation.

Mayfield Lavender Farm

Fields of gorgeous purple await about an hour south of London. At Mayfield Lavender Farm you have 25 acres to walk through and photograph. It’s a family-run farm, which is open from May until September.The best months of the year to visit are July and August, when the lavender is in full bloom, and an annual photo competition is held.



5 great B&Bs in Manchester and surrounds

By Manchester / UK /

When most people visit England, London is on the top of their must-see list. While there are many great things to see and do in London, it’s also worth heading three hours north to explore what cities like Manchester have to offer.

Your trip is even more enjoyable with a rental vehicle. Hire a car from Manchester Airport and begin your journey north, and stay at one of these B&Bs when you arrive.

Abbey Lodge
Set in the suburbs, this Edwardian style guesthouse is only a couple of miles from the Old Trafford Stadium and just a little bit further you’ll find the National Football Museum (a must-see for devout football fans!).  Being close to such attractions is convenient, but equally important are things such as free on-site parking, wifi and a buffet breakfast. You’ll get all these things plus more when staying at Abbey Lodge.
Luther King House
Set in a leafy, green suburb within an easy drive to Manchester City, Luther King House has everything you need including internet access and tea and coffeemaking facilities. You’ll also receive a free Continental breakfast each morning and free parking, while enjoying the peaceful and relaxing surrounds at Luther King House.

The Villas Residence
Step back in time at this Victorian villa in Rochdale in Greater Manchester. It’s only a short drive from major motorways and railway routes. The Villas Residence features five rooms which are individually decorated in themes such as Tudo and Edwardian. These incredible rooms are also filled with antiques, a free-standing bath, fire place and four-poster bed. Yet you’ll also receive modern necessities such as free wifi and a TV.

Ash Farm Country House
Cosy is the word to describe your stay at this redbrick 18th century farmhouse. Ash Farm is located only three miles from Dunham Town and it features five traditional and stylish rooms along with all the comforts you need, such as a TV, wifi and coffeemaking facilities. Enjoy a full English breakfast each morning you wake up to the beautiful countryside views surrounding you.

Brooklands Lodge
Walk only four minutes from Brooklands Metro Station and you’ll find this beautiful, classic redbrick guesthouse, fitted out with bright, modern rooms. Set in a residential street, you’re also only a short drive from central Manchester and attractions such as the Imperial War Museum. A full English breakfast is also available each morning.