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My Travel Expo, 21 September 2017

26 Exhibitors, Representing Dozens Of Suppliers
5 Film Sessions & Product Seminars
PLUS the chance to Win A Trip To Fiji!

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To our Shoalhaven Solo Sister Members, on the off chance that you have yet to hear – we are holding a travel expo on the 21st September at the Shoalhaven Ex-Serviceman’s Sports Club at Worrigee from 4pm til 8pm.

We have 26 travel industry experts attending representing dozens of companies, including several that have specials for Solo Travellers, and others that regularly have fantastic offers for Solo Travellers including Coral Expeditions, Wendy Wu Tours, Avalon Waterways, Cosmos and Peregrine Adventures.

We have 5 film sessions highlighting not just our upcoming tours but some of the incredible destinations and product that is on offer at this Expo. At 4:30pm we have Coral Expeditions hosting a session to tell us about their fantastic expedition cruises. At 5:00pm we have APT & Travelmarvel hosting a session on their incredible product. At 5:30pm Kirra Tours are going to tell us about all things New Zealand. At 6:00pm We have the Globus Family of Brands in to tell us about their incredible range of product and at 6:30pm the South America Tourism Office will fill us in on everything South America.

At 7:00pm, we will be doing our door prize draws which will include a range of smaller prizes, a mystery prize for those that have pre-registered and of course our major prize – a trip for 2 to Fiji including Flights, Accommodation, a day Cruise with Captain Cook Cruises and return airport transfers in Nadi.

To pre-register simply click here and apply!
or Call Us on (02) 4421 5577
We Hope To See You There!

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Images used courtesy of FIJI AIRWAYS and CORAL EXPEDITIONS

 

Canada Presale Ends! Book Now Save 7%

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Whether travelling on your own or in pairs, there is nothing like a Scenic Tour to explore the wondrous scenery of Canada. At the moment with My Canada Experience, you can book aboard one of their premier journeys that includes transfers to and from the South Coast with a night in Sydney so you don’t have an early morning when heading out. This tour will also be escorted from the South Coast and will visit the highlights of Vancouver and Victoria, of the Rocky Mountains and the Inside Passage.

Right now this tour is available to book on pre-sale which is coming to an end on the 31st May,  for the price and itinerary Click Here! So if you wanted to join us on this luxury trip through Canada, staying in Castles, talking with Mounties then NOW is the time to sign aboard, as prices for bookings made after the 31st May are due to rise up to 7% or more.

For More details or to book aboard Contact Us Now!

Or call us on (02 4421 5577

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Oh Canada! Film Night Update

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My Apologies to Everyone whom received the last blog post with the Canada Invite via E-mail, a slight detail escaped my usual sharp eyes – the date for the film night is 11 May 2017, the tour itself is in may 2018! So there is still a limited time to accept if you want to attend – again my apologies on any confusion. –  Regards Daniel

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On the 11th May 2017 we are hosting an evening at our office with the always entertaining Cathy from Scenic and would like to invite you to come down and see exactly what it is that we have planned for 2018!

When: 5:30 pm, 11th May 2017
Where: My Travel Expert
RSVP: ASAP

Just Call on (02) 4421 5577 or email nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

Discovering Joadja

Join Us On 2 September As We Discover
Joadja Ghost Town & Distilley

Joadja valley and town is a region of significant cultural heritage.  The community at its peak was home to more than 1200 people, mostly Scottish immigrants who lived in tough conditions in an isolated valley. The mine closed and the people that lived here moved away to start somewhere new. The town, the mine and its equipment were left behind, and now stand as a testament to what took place here all that time ago. Nature is slowly but surely taking Joadja back, climbing over the buildings and working its way into the foundations. Come and enjoy the beauty of this stunning valley, hear the stories and feel the history behind it all!

Includes Transfer to and from  the Shoalhaven (from designated pick up points), Morning Tea, 90 Minute Guided Ghost Town Walk, BBQ Lunch & Distillery Tour

Joadja Ghost Town & Distillery Tour
$110 Per Person
2nd September 2017
 

Reserve your space today simply call My Travel Expert on
(02) 4421 5577 or email nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

Finding Floriade

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1 Night / 2 Days,  30 Sep – 1 Oct

Nowra – Canberra- Nowra
$390 Per Person Share Twin Or Double
$530 Per Person In Single

Australia’s biggest celebration of spring – returns to Canberra for the 30th year in 2017
Developed in 1988 as a grand, one off floral tribute to mark Australia’s Bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th anniversary, Floriade has become Canberra’s most iconic annual tourism event and Australia’s premier spring festival. The floral display of more than a million bulbs and annuals planted across 8,000 square metres of inner city parkland is more than just a flower show.
If one million bulbs and annuals weren’t impressive enough, Floriade presented its popular after-dark experience NightFest across five illuminated nights in 2016 and is excited to do so again in 2017. Visitors explored amazing outdoor lighting design and production, curated and constructed by the expert team at Mandylights. They designed a parkland-full of impressive lighting installations which excited and delighted. Complementing the bazillion LED lights incorporated into inspired lighting designs, NightFest hosted a swathe of roving entertainment delighting those wandering through the wonderland.
Nightfest includes:
  • Illuminated wonderland – Explore the whimsy and the beauty in outdoor lighting design and production, as curated and constructed by the expert team at Mandylights. They’ve designed a parkland – full of impressive lighting installations which will excite and delight the fairy light lover in anyone.
  • Roving Entertainment – Be amused and entertained by talented musicians, quirky roving entertainers and circus acts, who will bring the park to life each night. Giant lady bugs, flame twirlers and many many more…
  • The Marketplace – To indulge your inner foodie (and food critic), we’ve created the Marketplace; a food, wine and beer bazaar hosted in the The Kitchen Company Tasting Plate, during NightFest. Explore the food and beverage crafts of Bentspoke Brewery, Pialligo estate, Mount Majura vineyard and more, in a melting pot of top local and regional talent.

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This 2 day package includes transport to Canberra and Return from the Shoalhaven, time on the Saturday afternoon and Sunday Morning to visit Floriade, a Standard Nightfest Entry Ticket, and One Night Accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Canberra.   Costs for upgraded Nightfest Tickets and Breakfast available on request. Spaces are limited

Costs for upgraded Nightfest Tickets, Breakfast and more available on enquiry.

Call My Travel Expert on (02) 4421 5577  or e-mail nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au to reserve your space today or

 

A Vivid Start To 2017!

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Welcome to 2017! We all hope that you had a fantastic Christmas and and incredible New Years.

Seeking Travel Companions.

Just a brief update to start the new year, we are still searching for travellers to join others in Japan this April for a Rail Tour, in Canada for a combination East Coast & West Coast Tour in September, and a fantastic Trip to Borneo. New Zealand –  We also have a lady looking for a travelling companion, looking to do the South Island over a period of around 10 Days. If this Sounds of Interest please let us know.

Upcoming Group Tours

In the next month we will have our 2017 and 2018 Major Group Departures online – these will include a fantastic Italian Journey this September and an incredible Japan Tour in April 2018 to cover the Cherry Blossom Season. If you would like further information then let is know !

Vivid 2017

We now have our 2017 Vivid Day Trips available, these include coach from Worrigee, Nowra and Berry to Sydney, and a 3 Course Dinner Cruise that includes free wine, beer and soft drinks. With Departures on 31 May and 07 June 2017 , you can join for only AU$139 ! For more details or to book aboard call us today.

My Travel Expert & Shoalhaven Solo Sisters
(02) 4421 5577 or nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

Exhibitor Exposé: Norwegian Cruise Lines

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My Travel Expo. 22 September, 4pm til 7pm
@ Shoalhaven Ex-Serviceman’s Sports Club at Worrigee

Appearing for the first time at one of our Expos will be the incredible Norwegian Cruise Lines. For years Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) have been awing passengers in the Mediterranean, Hawaii, the Inside Passage, the Carribbean and more, and in 2016 they will be sailing our way and will hopefully “wow”more than a few people whilst here in Australian waters.

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In 2017, for the first time NCL  will be bringing the Norwegian Star to Asia and Australian waters with three cruises departures that will tie in Sydney:  21 Days Hong Kong to Sydney Cruise 16th January 2017), 12 Day Sydney to Auckland Cruise (6th February 2017) and
31 Day Sydney to Singapore Cruise (6th February 2017).  This is the perfect chance to get aboard the Norwegian Star and get a taste of cruising with NCL.

Why? Well first off if the cruises are popular, NCL may be tempted to bring ships down here on a more regular basis, secondly because NCL is one of the premier lines doing cruises around the world and so this is a great opportunity to preview something you may want to experience in these destinations.

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The other reason that NCL should be in your mind is that they present one of the best ways to visit the Hawaiian Islands with their vessel “Pride Of America”which sails round the islands on a yearly basis giving you the opportunity to see the best that all the islands have to offer – without the need to take too many inter island flights, or spend over a month cruising to get to Hawaii and back.

They also have a fantastic array of Mediterranean Cruises, mostly around the two week duration, many covering the French Riviera, the incredible coastal locations of Italy, the Dalmatian Coast and the Greek Islands. This is the perfect way to wind down that frantic tour of Central Europe, or to start a larger European Cruising Experience, or just a great trip on its own!

 So why not join us at My Travel Expo and see if NCL has something for you!

Register Here For Quick Entry!

My Travel Expo. 4pm til 7pm, 22 September, at Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemans Club Worrigree.

Call (02) 4421 5577 for more information

My Travel Expo – Coming 22 September

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On the 22nd September 2016, at the Shoalhaven Ex-Serviceman’s Sports Club at Worrigee you can, from 4pm til 7pm visit My Travel Expo! For three hours we will have over 20 industry partners representing dozens of products available for you to meet and talk with about the possible trips you may like to take in the future. There will also be plenty of specials and deals available with the suppliers to take advantage of, and even booking stations available on the day.

This September we will have (to date) APT, Adventureworld, Insight Vacations, Sunlover Holidays, Trafalgar, Uniworld, AAT Kings, G-Adventures, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Qantas Holidays, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Globus, South America Tourism Office, Sundowners Overland, Peregrine Tours, Beyond Travel, Back-Roads Touring Co, The Africa Safari Co, Wendy Wu Tours, Princess Cruises, Covermore and all their associated products and programmes.

Suppliers

Over the next month as we lead up to the Travel Expo we will have a number of quick exposés on the suppliers coming down. Some are here for the first time and having an idea of what they have on offer may be a good reason to come and speak with them in person – such as G Adventures or Beyond Travel. Some are regular Expo attendees and will have fantastic expo only specials – like APT & Scenic – that will make our letting you know what they have on offer a way to sort out what you may want to talk with them about during the Expo.

Finally, because we do in general have hundreds of people visit the Expo when they are on we have an option available for you to streamline your entry to the event, rather than queuing up and filling in forms as you enter the fastest way is to simply click on the below registration link, sign up , get an entry ticket and whisk through entry by simply having your name checked off a list.

Register Here For Quick Entry!

My Travel Expo. 4pm til 7pm, 22 September, at Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemans Club Worrigree.

Call (02) 4421 5577 for more information

Encounter Singapore – Limited Spaces Left!

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Spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore, the Gardens by the Bay is part of a strategy by the Government of Singapore to transform Singapore from a “Garden City”to a “City in a Garden”. A Mixture of Classic Gardens, artificial Environment and Artistic Gardens the Gardens by the Bay are fast becoming one of the more incredible sights for travellers to see whilst visiting Singapore – with the Supertrees, the Cloud Forest and the Flower Dome being some of the more popular highlights.

The Gardens By The Bay is just one of the many highlights our special departure to Singapore this October will cover. Led by Leonie this tour will start by giving you a look at the modern highlights of Singapore, the mixture of Buddhist and Hindi traditions and a Visit to Little India. We retrace the footsteps of Sir Stamford Raffles and his influence on the island nation, ending a bust day with a Singapore Sling at the renowned Raffles Hotel. We explore the Conservation Parks that Singapore has become renowned for – Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, The Night Safari and the new River Safari. We also take time out to visit some of the cities thriving and bustling nightspots from Suntec City to Bugis Street, and enjoy all the cultural and commercial highlights of a night out in China Town. We also visit the Singapore Fly – the local take on London’s Eye – and the popular Alive Museum.

Its not all a rush though, and we combine in balance the time we spend sightseeing with the time we leave for you to do some self exploring – whether its enjoying retail therapy on Orchard Road, visiting the Heritage Walks of Fort Canning Park, taking a pilgrimage to Changi Chapel or enjoying the some time in the pool or at the spa.

Available from AU$2899 per person in share twin, this one off departure leaves from Sydney on the 12th of October and flies off to Singapore where you will be set up in a fantastic centrally located four star property for the trips duration before returning back home to Sydney where the programme ends on the 20th October.

So if you have a desire to really see Singapore rather than just transiting, or want to travel in some excellent company – then call us today for further details or to Reserve your Place aboard our Singapore Experience.

My Travel Expert & Shoalhaven Solo Sisters
Tel: (02) 4421 5577 Email: nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

 

 

A Documentary Showing WHY Travel Insurance Is Important!

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Everyone who books through My Travel Expert and the Shoalhaven Solo Sisters has heard us ask “Would you like us to help organise your Travel Insurance?”and would have heard the stories on why we – along with the Australian Government and the Travel Industry in General – truly believe that everyone should have travel insurance whenever they travel.

A little while ago, the statement “If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel”started to become a standard in the Travel Industry here in Australia, and while a bit crass in its delivery its message is sound. Travel Insurance Policy – more importantly a comprehensive coverage, will be there when you need it should you lose your luggage, fall ill whilst cruising, damage a rental car or more! A small investment in a travel insurance policy at the start of your booking arrangements can help save you a lot in the long run should something go wrong.

One of the suppliers whom we are able to issue policies with, Cover-More, go beyond the standard service, not only providing travellers with a fantastic policy and world-wide assistance, but simcards for telephones and an amazing emergency assistance team.

When the earthquakes devastated Nepal, Cover-More pulled out all the stops and did what no-one else thought to do, and now, in a documentary highlighting those actions you can see for yourself why obtaining a travel insurance policy when travelling is so important.

Top let you know what the documentary is about here are a few words from Covermore ..

“It’s just over 12 months since the devastating earthquakes struck Nepal and just over 12 months since one of our proudest moments in Cover-More’s 30 year history.

Cover-More was the only travel insurance company in the world to send an assistance team and an aircraft into Kathmandu to bring customers home.

Now the observational documentary we made about the crisis and Cover-More’s response will be shown in prime time on Foxtel’s National Geographic Channel Shortly, in Australia and New Zealand.

Our Story will go to air at 6.30pm AEST on Monday 16 May 2016 and repeats will follow during the subsequent 7 days.

Our commitment to the safety and protection of our clients is stronger than ever – and the effort you witnessed with our response in Nepal is what we offer to our clients, every day from every single part of our business.”

Take A Quick Preview By Clicking Here!

So we would encourage you all to take a few moments and watch this documentary when it goes to air – screening times are as follows:

Monday 16 May 2016, 6.30pm
Thursday 19 May 2016, 11.30am
Sunday 22 May 2016, 8.30am
Friday 27 May 2016, 2.30pm
Saturday 28 May 2016, 7.30am

If you are planning to travel don’t forget to ask us about Travel Insurance, with Cover-More or the other providers we are able to sell. For information on Travel Insurance please feel free to contact us any time on (02) 4421 5577 or nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au