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Journeys : MNJ Aug Sep 2011
Here, there, everywhere with RACT Travelworld Hobart Corner Murray and Patrick Streets Phone 6232 6455 Hobart Collins Street RACT Travelworld Shop 1, 110 Collins Street Phone 6222 9222 Rosny Park Rosny Mall 2 Bayfield Street Phone 6212 6777 ‘California Dreamin’ – in LA, home of the stars RACT Travelworld sent the team from HOFM’s Breakfast with the Stars radio show to Los Angeles in May to broadcast live and have their own California Dreamin’ Experience. Accompanying Johnno and Jane was R ACT Travelworld’s Janet Bidgood, along with two lucky prize winners and their par tners. We all had a wonderfully hectic time, enjoying the sights of L A. The HOFM team broadcast their experiences back to their Tasmanian listeners from iconic locations such as Dodger Stadium, Universal Studios, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the beaches of Orange County. Now is definitely the best time to be visiting the USA. The Australian dollar against the US dollar is the strongest we can remember. Packages for September departures are from as low as *$2359 per person twin share including retur n airfares w ith Qantas airways, all taxes and fees, four nights twin-share accommodation, return airport transfers in LA and a half day movie stars home tour. Call your R ACT Travelworld consultant today to arrange your own California Dreaming holiday. *Conditions apply. Prices are correct at time of printing but are subject to alteration due to price increase, currency fluctuation, withdrawal of services. Auntie Janet’s USA travel tips Tipping – 15% - 20%. You decide – if the service is fantastic, go the 20%. Valet parking – it’s ever ywhere in Los Angeles, even at some grocer y stores – souseittoavoidalongwalkora parking fine! Valet parking is usually only a few dollars (don’t forget to tip the valet $1 or $2 when he br ings your car back). Do LA the locals’ way – drive out to Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier. Organise a rental car before you go – it is usually less expensive than when you arrive. Make sure you request a GPS – well worth a few dollars, as LA highways can be confusing. Baseball – a great summer day out for ever yone, w ith a fantastic atmosphere. Basketball – unbelievable excitement in the arena, well worth a fall or winter afternoon /night! Shopping – leave plenty of space in your suitcase to get back to Australia – better still, take my advice, it’s worth paying for an extra suitcase. Spot a celebrity Starline Tours – you usually will see someone, but no guarantee – have your camera ready. Pre-book with your RACT Travelworld consultant. West Hollywood restaurants – but be aware that many restaurants ask you not to stalk the celebs, so photos are out. TV show taping – if you join the audience when hosts like Jay Leno or Ellen DeGeneres are taping, you’re sure to see celebs. Ask at the Show Ticket Desk near the front entrance of Universal Studios. Universal Studios – I strongly recommend a Front of Line Pass to cut waiting time, especially during the busy summer months. Your RACT Travelworld consultant can help – it really is worth the few extra dollars. Disneyland – I think you need at least three days (two for Disney and one for Califor nia Adventure). Stay in Anaheim, as Disneyland is at least an hour’s drive from Los Angeles. Make sure you understand how the Fast Pass system works – this really helps dur ing the summer crowds. For more information go to http://disneyland.disney.go.com/plan/guest-services/fastp ass/?name=FastPassGSDetailPage And finally, if you don’t want Americans to think we Australians are r ude – you should say ‘You’re welcome’ after they say ‘Thank you’! 66 August / September 2011
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