Not all those who wander are lost…

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Most of us would now recognize those words from J.R.R Tolkein, and now more than ever we tend to wonder the world in search of new sights and new experiences.

When travelling abroad some of us travel to experience things for the first time, we head off with no preconceived notions, and nothing more than an agents recommendation on what to see – personally I think these travellers get some of the most rewarding experiences out there as they have nothing built up that needs to meet expectations therefore everything will be new and exciting.

Others have been travelling for years, or have just started and are looking to tick items off their bucket list. These include trips such as the Rocky Mountaineer , which winds its way through the Canadian Rocky Mountains between Banff and Vancouver and takes in some incredible scenery. It also includes Safaris through East Africa taking in some of the most diverse wildlife seen on the planet, and some of the most incredible landscapes from the Great Rift Valley to Mount Kilimanjaro. It also includes what for many are once in a lifetime experiences – such as a cruise down the Danube on a luxury river ship.

Some of us travel to live the dream of seeing places of our fantasies – the Aqueduct and Railways that featured in Harry Potter, the Canyons and Farmstead from the original Star Wars Movie, Hobbiton from Lord of the Rings, the haunts of Carey and friends from Sex in the City, the shoot locations of Game of Thrones, Salzburg to bring your own version of the Sound of Music to life, or maybe Skathios in Greece if your a Mamma Mia fan, the possibilities are endless.

Then we have those that are perhaps a bit more prosaic, travelling abroad to visit family and friends and doing a bit of local touring whilst spending time with relatives and those close to them.

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While travelling abroad is hugely entertaining and a massive learning experience, he truth is that you can start your overseas experiences very close to home. Simple things like a dish of Cerviche (a Peruvian fish dish that cooks the fish through the use of limes and chiles), a night out experiencing Korean Barbecue or even a visit to the local wineries to see how they prepare their product and perhaps sample some of it, begins an experience of taste or flavours  that can propel the mind around the globe. Inspiring you to take the plunge to travel to a destination those flavours put you in mind of, or perhaps if you have already been there a visit to these places locally will remind your of the grand experiences of your past.

In the same vein there are also a number of local experiences that will help you prepare or give you an idea of what can be done when travelling beyond the local region and abroad. PADI lessons will prepare you for Scuba diving in places anywhere from the Great Barrier Reef, to the Carribean to Egypt. A visit to the Illawarra Fly will give you a first taste of raised walkways that inhabit locations such as the forests of Borneo of between mountain peaks in Canada. Some of our luxury local getaways – like the Paperbark Camp – will also give you a taste of the luxury safaris available in places like Cape York or Africa. Events like Vivid in Sydney can also inspire to visit events further afield such as the Field of Lights in Uluru, Into Raymi on Peru, Nadaam in Mongolia or even Anzac Day on the beaches of Gallipoli. A visit to a local gallery can bring forth the urge to visit locations like the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay.  Even something as simple as walking some of our incredible local hiking trails can inspire you to look for further adventures such as some of the famous outback tracks, the Himalayan foothills or Patagonia. The world has a plethora of experiences available to us and the best way to start sampling them is to experience those close by to give us a fee for what lies beyond.

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Which is what in essence is what My Travel Festival is all about – discovering the world, through travel, through food and through local experience. So if you have ever dreamt of going abroad, wondered what you can get out and do locally, or love the flavours of world wide cuisine and beverages – then we suggest that you come and attend My Travel Festival on the 11th August 2019.

If you have been considering attending My Travel Festival then don’t hesitate, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE, we will get an entry ticket straight out to you and a reminder the day before the event happens so you don’t forget it is occurring!

If you have any questions or queries about  My Travel Festival or any of the Exhibitors please call us on (02) 4421 5577

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