Melbourne has been described as a city in which fashion, sports and fine dining converge together to offer both tourist and locals a spectacular experience while within the city’s precincts. From the Southbank vibrant riverside to the Federation square which boasts of a collection of some of the most renowned and exclusive cafes and restaurants in Melbourne, the city has indeed a lot to offer for both visitors and tourists.
Perhaps the most effective approach of what to see in Melbourne’ should be a place by place analysis and to start us off, let us begin with the heart of the city which is Melbourne’s CBD.
While within the CBD, you can start off by checking out the famous Queen Victoria market , check out the huge Casino located in Southbank which is indeed one of the city’s key landmarks and even check out the large collection of hotels, restaurants, bistros and pubs.
For the discerning art lovers, a visit to the city of Melbourne will not be complete without a visit to that unique and amazing museums and galleries that line up the Federation Square. Here, you will get to see various artifacts and other works of art that define the city’s cultural and artistic heritage. While still within the CBD, you can opt to see the amazing Royal Botanic gardens and be awed by the huge collection of plant species within the garden. Perhaps the most amazing manner to wind up the CBD’s tour would be a visit to the Yarra River and for those who really want to enhance their Melbourne experience, a Kayak ride in the river might not be such a bad idea.
A short flight away and you can be in Sydney, Adelaide or Port Lincoln, all equally as beautiful!
In addition to the key attraction sites within the CBD, there are other major attraction sites outside the CBD that would serve to enhance your experience in Melbourne. Of particular interest is the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula is a perfect place to witness unique blending of nature and humans. The articulate combination of the vineyards and the olive groves offers one with an amazing view of the peninsula. A visit to the historic village of Sorrento might also be a good way of enhancing your current and past knowledge of the city. A visit and a swim in the ocean will offer you an exhilarating experience whereby you get to see some of the most beautiful ocean features and creatures such as the dolphins.
All in all, whether within you are within the CBD or outside the heart of the city, the city of Melbourne has a lot to offer in terms of scenic beauty.
Today’s post is from a mortgage broker in Melbourne about his experiences with flying business class
Anyone that frequently travels can tell you that a business-class seat cannot guarantee you a better flight: An airline that upgrades its products might have a few differences, and charge the same price for each whether it is new or old. When you’re planning a business flight you should research before the flight to find out more about what you’ll be experiencing.
Even on domestic routes – I fly business class.
Why – you may ask? Because once you go business class, you never go back!
Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your business flight, from one frequent traveler to another:
Think about the new seating and Arrangement
Business class seats can be different forms, sizes and arrangements. Fully lie-flat seats, angled lie-flat seats, older-styled business seats and standard economy seating with extra leg space. Even business class rows in the same plane may have different spaces. From one airline to the next, you’ll experience a difference business class seating set up, so do not get too carried away in the details.
In terms of domestic travel, Virgin Australia is my number one pick when it comes to business class seating.
Many other airlines have business class seating that is different depending on the destination routes and aircraft, so it is important to research. You will only find fully lie flat seating in first class cabins, which are non existent on domestic flights.
The best option in business class is 1-2-1 it gives you aisle access and provides well for single passengers and couples. When you decide the airline and aircraft that you want to take then check the seating arrangement map so that you can figure out where you would like to sit. Most airlines will let you choose a seat at the time you are booking your flight.
You CAN afford it
If your company only allows certain people to fly in a given class, you can get an upgrade by checking for advance-purchase and nonrefundable coach fares. Using frequent flyer miles to upgrade to a better class can be tough and you might pay more fees.
You can sign up for alerts on a few different websites that can track business-class specials and find promotions in the summer when business travel is slower. Fares are usually based on things like demand and competition, instead of the actual products.
Here are my top 3 tips for business class affordability:
If you own your business (like me) do not even worry about the cost as you can write it off as a tax expense.
Last minute business class bookings can mean a bargain.
Its a cliche, but always ask if you can “be upgraded”, especially on domestic routes. Instead of simply asking a flight attendant last minute, be prepared and read this tips for being upgraded.
I found this video amusing (although it does have some great strategies!)
Before your flight you should check the reviews for the airline that you are using. There are websites available that offer trip reports with photos of business and first class airlines.
When you arrive at the airport, a business class passenger can use the business check-in desks which will help keep your waiting time to a minimum. Most airports will have a fast-track security lane that is designated for premium passengers. Look into your lounge access opportunities, the airline’s best lounges are usually at home airports or major hubs. Some airlines have spas for their business class passengers in certain airports.
This is the biggest mistake I see first time business class colleagues make – wasting in the domestic lines, and wasting time when you’ve paid for convenience!
Most airlines have a priority boarding section for premium passengers so that you can board at your own convenience. When you board the plane and find your seat then you can get familiar with your seat controls and the entertainment systems. Noise cancelling headphones usually come standard inside the business class cabins. You can expect excellent service in larger airlines but try not to overdo it on caffeine, snacks or alcohol.
Free Chauffeur Services
Another thing you may not realize – did you know that in your ticket price (most of the time) a chauffeur service is provided? Don’t worry, this was news to me after about 2 years of flying business class!
There are a lot of airlines that will provide business class ticket holders a free chauffeur service at their departure and arrival. You will have to book your car in advance, online or by phone, it depends on the airline that you use but this is definitely something to take advantage of.
The thing is: airlines wont openly advertise this (as it comes out of their profits) so you have to actively ask if this service is available.
Just because you are not taking a flight for leisure does not mean that you cannot enjoy yourself and look for upgrades. Make the best of your business flight and try to relax, have fun be safe and read up on travel tips before you leave!
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Ansett Australia (Ansett) wasn’t just a hugely successful domestic and national airline company; it also had a string of ancillary business that included airport lounge services, a traveler’s rewards program company, short-distance shuttle flight services and a parts and services company.
In the 1930’s, Sir Reginald Miles Ansett was the owner of a hugely successful road transport business, RegAnsett. The company was so successful that its operations were perceived as a threat to the existence of state-owned Victorian Railways.
The State government reacted with legislation to put road transportation companies out of business, and Ansett countered by establishing Ansett Airways Pty. Ltd. in 1935 – because airlines were the purview of the national government with states having no control over them.
The inaugural route was between Hamilton and Melbourne. In 1937, Ansett was converted into a publicly traded corporation.
1940’s, 50’sand 60’s – THE HIATUS
The advent of WW II in the 1940’s saw Ansett suspend domestic commercial operations in favour of the more lucrative war-time contracts with the United States Air Force. During this hiatus, Australian National Airways (ANA) and Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) were gradually battling for market share, including Ansett’s former domain.
When ANA collapsed and filed for bankruptcy in the late 1950’s, the then Menzies Liberal government encouraged Ansett to take over its operations in a buyout worth 3.3m £. As a result, a new entity called Ansett-ANA emerged in 1957.
1970’s – THE EXPANSION
Although Ansett-ANA was not a dominant player in the Australian airline industry, it continued to expand, adding a flying boat service between Sydney’s Rose Bay and Lord Howe Island in 1970. By the mid-late 1970’s the company had also gradually started adding international routes to its roster.
In 1979 however, as the airline business started heating up, Reginald Ansett was forced to relinquish ownership of his airline company and cede control to a consortium of TNT (the world famous transportation giant) and News Corporation (NewsCorp owned by Rupert Murdoch).
1980’s to EARLY 2000’s – THE BRIEF RESURGENCE
During the 1980’s Ansett soon became a dominant player in the Australian skies, with Qantas the only other major competitor. In 2000, the company scored a bit of a PR victory by becoming the official airline for the Sydney Olympics.
In February of 2000, NewsCorp sold its stake in Ansett-ANA, thereby granting full control of the company to Air New Zealand, who already owned a 50% stake in the airline.
During the 1980’s, a number of Ansett-ANA’s investments were performing poorly. America West Airlines, the US airline in which the company had a stake, barely survived after filing for bankruptcy. The company’s Hamilton Island resort went into receivership. And analysts believe that the price paid to secure the Sydney 2000 Olympic deal wasn’t a wise investment.
It was also during this time that Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Australia (Virgin Blue) airline was rising as a fierce competitor to other Australian airlines. This added competitive challenge, coupled with an aging fleet that racked up huge maintenance costs, meant that Ansett-ANA would not survive much longer.
In 2001, the company was placed under voluntary administration with an announcement a year later that it was ceasing operations.
Traveling by air is such a strenuous endeavor for most people especially for a newbie. Beside the fright that comes with flight, there are a few things that each passenger should always remember to make their journey more comfortable and stress free.
The most essential thing to note is early planning. This will help you get the best ticket fares, flight plans, give you more time to pack properly. You also get to the airport in time unless something drastic happens. Here are some tips for traveling by air.
Always pack small carry-on bags by bringing along as little as possible which works in 2 ways. One, you will not waste time waiting for bags meaning you travel faster. Two, you can easily get around with less luggage. Roll your clothes instead of folding to fit in more!
Many people will never consider this but choosing your seat is very important. If you are traveling alone then sit away from groups and babies (I know, they are cute… until they start crying next to your ear for 2 hours non-stop). When you get caught in such a situation unknowingly then you do not have to suffer; invest in ear plugs and noise cancelling headphones. If traveling with family and you are the group with the baby then please, save everyone the agony and choose a secluded sitting arrangement.
Some flights are a bit long and sleeping can be boring therefore make sure to always carry some sort of entertainment with you A tablet, iPod, or smartphone can be a good way to pass time during a long flight. Kindles are also good but a laptop would probably give you more options if traveling with kids.
Traveling to foreign countries requires you to have the right documentation therefore it is important to check all your travel documents before leaving for the airport. Make sure you have your passport and a visa where necessary to avoid being turned back at the airport. Get acquainted with the entry regulations of your destination if it’s outside your country.
If you have a pet you would like to travel with then check with your airline to see if they allow pets on their flights. From their then it is up to you to decide whether they pet comes with you as a carry-on or as air freight. Remember to bring any documentations and certificates for your pet.
Above all, always be at the airport well before your flight. By the time you leave everything is calmly done without rush for a smoother boarding.