Weird Food in Australia That Will Make You Want To Travel

Weird Food in AustraliaThere’s a lot of strange things that have been around us recently. Still, nothing beats what we’ve been thrown at in the past. From crazy happenstances and food, we can say that we’ve had our fair share of the mysterious.

Speaking of weird, we know that there are a lot of weird food going on in our neighbour’s borders.

One of the most known weird street food in the Philippines is the Balut—a developing duck that has been boiled alive in its shell. It’s even known as an aphrodisiac, though that is up for a debate. In Mexico, they have Tequila worms. China eat starfish and a lot of other, um, unusual things while in Cambodia, thy eat fried spiders. That last one could be a solution to end all the deadly arachnids in Australia but we’ll have to research on that first.

Weird Food in Australia

We might have been a wee bit influenced by our brothers and sisters and so, without further talk, here are four weird food in Australia that will make you want to travel! (Just for the thills!)

Vegemite or Marmite

We know, we know. It’s one of our staple favourites so how can it be weird? You see, other people (the weaklings) have never tried it while those who dared just never want to taste the yeast extract that we so love.

Witchetty Grub

This one’s a famous bushmeat food from the indigenous and was eaten whilst they were in the deserts. The grub can be eaten in two ways. When taken raw, it is said to taste like almonds, meanwhile, when lightly cooked and put to crisp, it can taste like chicken with the consistency of eggs.

Crocodiles

Crocodiles have become a large part of Australia’s delicacies although they are not quite common. While they are protected in many countries, some restaurants in the serve them and the taste is said to be a cross between chicken and crab!

Kangaroo

This marsupial is a true Australian icon. Once you see even just a silhouette, you’ll know that we’re talking about Land Down Under. What you probably didn’t know is that due to the immense population, they’re also a delicacy in the country. Kangaroo meat is low in fat and high in protein and its flavours is gamey.

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10 Road Trip Songs You Need To Add On Your Playlist

Road Trip SongsThere’s no denying that long drives can get boring even with the best company. It’s either the scenic roads are just not interesting enough to drive by or everyone’s just tired on the way home.

In case you forget, sometimes, all you need is music to change your mood. You need a boost of energy that food can never provide (but if you needed that, we have it for you too). Consider yourselves lucky because we’ve got some new road trip songs to perk up your long drives!

Without further ado, here are the new top songs you should add to your road trip playlist:

Road Trip Songs

Magic

Coldplay

We’re starting off a little bit slowly. This track from Coldplay is pure magic (pun intended). Magic starts your road trip with something atmospheric and relaxing, just the right kind of music to kick off this adventure. And well, who could resist a little bit of our guilty pleasures, right? And yes, we could all use a little bit of magic for our adventures.

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Top of the World

Imagine Dragons

There was a time when I dared to volunteer and take charge of the playlist. With much success, when this song played, my friend said he felt like he was in a commercial or movie. We both definitely felt we were living a scene from our favorite music videos and films! I would love to add more Imagine Dragons to this list but I’m afraid I might just be selling you the entire album so go ahead and start listening!

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All Of The People

Panama Wedding

When the drive becomes frustrating, that’s when you know you need something relaxing. Panama Wedding’s All Of The People gives you that chill vibe, like you don’t have a care in the world but with the right dose of energy. There’s something bout the song that also hits you with some nostalgia. Do you need more of their cool vocals in your life? Try, Feels Like Summertime, Uma, and Trust.

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Dog Days Are Over

Florence and The Machine

This song from 2010 starts with a soft, soothing voice that will give you the chills. It soon picks up some more haunting vocals and beats that just make you want to do something. It’s guaranteed to motivate, even when you aren’t sure what you will produce. When you think you’ve lost all hope for music, Florence and The Machine is here to save you.

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Safe and Sound

Capital Cities

And here we have the perfect adventure song! This is the kind of music that you use for a video montage about your recent travel. But of course, it would also sound great whether it’s a background song for when you’re driving or if you want to belt out the lyrics with all your heart! When you’re not driving, Safe and Sound also make for the perfect mellow dance music.

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Hey, Soul Sister

Train

Hey, Soul Sister is the right track to keep you on the right track of positivity. With vocals that melt hearts, lyrics that inspire and instrumental solos that give you minutes of eargasmic pleasure, you’ll want to keep it on every other playlist. Everything that Train sings is sprinkled with happy so you might want to have their album in check too for those long, uneventful drives in quiet towns.

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Dani California

Red Hot Chili Peppers

One commenter said that the Red Hot Chili Peppers don’t make music like this anymore and we quite agree. But it’s been proven that they are no one-hit wonders. They are a  legend, an icon even and Dani California will be music to everyone’s ears, no matter what your age is, and whatever genre you prefer. If you’re not entirely convinced with this track, go and check out their numerous albums that have demolished the charts.

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Don’t Dream It’s Over

Crowded House

Even if this one’s a little bit slower than the others, no one’s ever gonna feel sleepy with this track. We’ve all heard Crowded House’s Don’t Dream It’s Over and even if the lyrics are a bit weird and sometimes too fast, we like to sing along. This song is a gem and like wine, it gets better with age. If you’re up for a modern revival, Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande did an amazing cover.

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What’s Up?

4 Non Blondes

In 1992, 4 Non Blondes blessed us with this wonderful song that still has us reeling more than ten years since its release. A lot of covers have been done and a lot of renditions have been sung but nothing beats the original. The euphoric song and truly magnetic song will have you raping the replay button. By the end of your road trip, this is the one song that you’ll have on repeat mode. The song also was recently put in the scene by Sense8, a Netflix original series.

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Living in a Prayer

Bon Jovi

This might just be the best song on this list and we can’t quite explain it. Bon Jovi has quite a large amount of enigmatic charm about him and we just can’t stop listening to all the music he creates. If we had to choose on from his variety of hits for our road trip song though, we have to choose Living in a Prayer. And yes, we will be with you when you start belting out the song wildly!

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9 Best Ways to Travel On A Budget

Travel on a budgetIt only takes a moment to find a rant in the comment sections of blogs and websites complaining about the lack of truth in some money-saving travel articles. Some say that the topics discussed are already common knowledge while others just don’t find anything helpful.

We understand how looking for travel tips could be so frustrating so we went to the comment sections and scoured for the best tips the digital natives could give us. Here are the top ways on how to travel on a budget whether you’re in Australia or anywhere else in the world.

How To Travel On A Budget

Prepare meal plans

One of the prime reasons why people travel is to experience the different cultures and taste the authentic flavours the destination has to offer. While it’s imperative to try the country’s food at least once, if you’re travelling on a budget, you’ll need to create meal plans and cook your own. Buying your own ingredients and preparing them will give save you more money for activities and other things you might need while you’re on your way.

Book the campervan

There’s no denying that campervan hire prices could skyrocket easily and knock you off but if you think about the benefits, you’ll find that it’s actually more cost-effective. With a campervan or a motorhome, you’ll have accommodation just waiting behind the front seats. You even get luxurious amenities that rival hotels and you can say goodbye to waiting for your room to be ready. Plus, you also save more time on travelling because you can drive at your own pace while going through your daily itinerary.

Don’t travel on peak seasons

While on the very first stages of planning your vacation, check the destination’s peak travel months. These dates are usually found between or during festivals and events or seasons like summer and winter (depending on the place). During peak travel seasons, prices reach the peak as well. During lean seasons, meanwhile, all sorts of promos come up. So yes, take advantage of those.

Take advantage of the deals

While we’re on the subject, you might think that deals and packages are only a ploy to actually make you shell out more than getting discounts but they actually help. Travel agencies partner with companies to get lower prices and merge all the elements to provide package for a lower cost. With Salamanda Travel, meanwhile, we have deals and discounts for campervans such as early bird discounts, long hire discounts and relocation deals.

Plane rides?

There comes a time when travelling on land just doesn’t cut it and you need to go on a plane. When looking for the cheapest air fares, overnight flights (flights that depart after 9pm and arrive early in the morning) are offered at a lower price. Also, some days are more affordable than others so keep track of flights every day for a week before deciding to book one!

Plan ahead of time

This one goes without saying and is probably one of the reasons why people say that some tips are common knowledge. Still, we feel like we cannot reiterate it enough. Research will help you decide on which places you want to go and help you plan your budget as well as your itinerary. Look for the best places to go for food, for shopping, for leisure and more!

Then again, going back to plane tickets, some airlines give discounts for flights that weren’t filled. Yes, travelling is tricky.

Choose the free trip, always.

Yes, you don’t always have to pay to experience things. While there is a certain thrill to just winging it, this is exactly why we think research is so important. There are a lot of attractions in certain destinations where you don’t have to pay at all to enjoy. Go on coastal walks, join festivals, go to parks. Some places are also cheaper than more popular ones and, well, they give you the same exact vista.

Travel the road less taken

When a certain place goes mainstream, you might think that the rates become cheaper. However, the more tourists it attracts, the more companies will try to take advantage and sell you stuff you don’t need or blow up the prices to get the “best experience.” There are destinations that are less travelled to and are more stunning than the others. Sometimes, the only reason why they are not as popular is because there is less development. If you ask us, this is a good thing. It means that the destinations are unspoilt and untouched!

Read the comments

We’d tell you to go to check travel websites and read all the guides but you probably already know that. If you want a more human touch or reviews from real people, go to the comments section. These people, most of the time, have travelled to the same destination and have the know-how. Don’t worry, they don’t bite. You’re virtually separated after all.

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Top Things To Do in Cairns

TOP THINGS TO DO IN CAIRNSIn writing this blog post, we sought some help from digital natives who have made Twitter their home. In less than 140 characters, they have successfully snared our thrill-seeking souls, making us want to book a campervan right at this moment and travel to the adventure capital of Australia, for the top things to do in Cairns.

The city, which is located in Queensland, was once a quiet sugar-milling town. Now, it offers some of the most urbanised destinations to for recreation. Adrenaline junkies and travellers, get ready!

The Top Things to Do in Cairns:

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway

Just 25 kilometres from Cairns, the so-called “Village of the Rainforest” can be found. Kuranda is a town that is surrounded by tropical rainforest and is close to the Wet Tropics of the North and the Barron Gorge National Park, a World Heritage Listed Site. What everyone talks about though are two of its best offers. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway allows you to traverse the rainforest and see it from a bird’s eye view. The Kuranda Scenic Railway, meanwhile, gives you a scenery that will give you gasps all through your trip.

Daintree River Cruise

There’s one more way to see the World Heritage Listed Site that is the Daintree Rainforest and that is by the water. The Daintree River Cruise will give you the chance to see local wildlife such as exotic bird species, frogs, pythons, insects like butterflies and estuarine crocodiles. This you chance to see the dramatic scenery of the Daintree River. Plus, enjoy the local tea and coffee! But the best thing about this tour is that it is family-friendly.There are also tours that take you to pristine Mossman Gorge and to beachside Cape Tribulation.

Cairns Bungy Tower

Now this will make your heart drop, literally! Only 15 kilometres from the city centre, the AJ Hackett Bungy Tower is surrounded by the lusciously green rainforest but the tower will able you to see as far as the Coral Sea up to the Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef and the blue mountains. Jump the 50-metre high tower and feel the thrill unlike any other! To keep you from having a nervous breakdown from anxiety the vibe downstairs is spectacularly relaxing!

Walk the Four Mile Beach

Port Douglas provides you with a variety of things to do that it just might need its own list. It’s actually the perfect road trip destination as it is a whopping 1700 kilometres away from Brisbane. That’s less than a day away!  From there, you can start your walk in about five minutes. The Four Mile Beach indulges you with its calm waters and fine sand—perfect for relaxing walks with the family or solo treks for a little reconciliation.

White Water Rafting

If this is something that you always wanted to try, well now is your chance. Overcome the rapids today! Cairns offers a lot of ways and places for you to try White Water rafting. Get half day rafting tours ion Barron River and Russell River and a five-hour experience in Tully River. If you have more time on your hands, take the two-day tour to experience both the Tully River and the Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia’s most iconic World Heritage Sites.

Travel today and discover what our social media friends are talking about as they see the beauty of the city and its surrounds. Try all the things to do in Cairns by travelling with a campervan! Call us today at Salamanda Travel to book a campervan! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!