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Journeys : Feb March 2012
Here, there, everywhere with RACT Travelworld RACT Trave lw orld Travel Sales Manag er Christine Benb ow Apply online at ract.com.au or call 13 27 22 Make your dream holiday come true with an RACT Personal Loan RACT Finance is subject to R ACV lending criteria. Conditions, fees and charges apply. R.A .C .V. Finance Limited ABN 82 004 292 291 Australian Credit Licence No. 391488. I n our busy lives, the short break holiday could be the answer we are all looking for. With the Australian dollar still strong against overseas currencies and the ready availability of more affordable airline seats from lower cost airlines, there is no reason why you should not treat yourself and your family to a shor t holiday. Five days away from the normal routine of life can make a huge difference to your health and well-being. Traditional destinations for family short breaks such as Fiji, Bali and Phuket are more affordable and easier to get to than ever before. Vanuatu and Hawaii are also great options with Tahiti and the Cook Islands generally better suited for couples and honeymoons. Short cruises are also popular with P & O cruises offering a 7 night cruise ex Sydney to the South Pacific priced from *$774.00 per person for a family of four. There are some fabulous new resorts opening up just begging for you to visit them. Take the new Hawaii Disney Aulani Resort and Spa for example. Nestled between the green mountains and the blue ocean waters in Ko Olina, on the leeward side of the island of Oahu, it offers a location far enough from Honolulu crowds but close enough to make day tripping easy. It is built on a white sand beach offering sw imming, snorkelling, sports fishing and championship golf course. There are 819 rooms including suites and club villas with four restaurants, two lounges, spa and fitness centre, kids club and teen spa and the fabulous Waikolohe Valley pools and waterslides. Along with the uniqueness of Disney, this resort will thrill adults and children alike. Prices start from *$234 per adult per night and kids under 12 stay free. Do yourself and your well-being a favour – come and see your local RACT Travelworld Office or the Cruise Travel Centre and get your shor t break holiday happening today. It will make the world of difference to you and those around you! Need a short break? Family travelling tips • Attitude – travel problems can range from long lines at check-in to missing luggage. Just go with the flow – if you are stressed, the kids will be stressed. Treat your journey like an adventure – ask them ‘What would Indiana Jones do?’ • Things to bring – kids of all ages need to be occupied on f lights. Take age-appropr iate activities. (Small toys are not the best option.) Activity pack s with paper and markers, books, iPods, Gameboys or hand-held PSP are good options. • Pre-plan – many airlines let you pre-select your seating. Where would you like your family on the plane? Is it best for everyone to sit on the same row, or better on separate rows? On airlines that serve food, most have children’s meals and they are usually served first. 52 February / March 2012
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