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9 top travel destinations for Victorians looking for the perfect vacation


Already feeling a bit of the summer’s end blues?

Planning the perfect vacation can sometimes be a daunting ask – there’s lists to make, bags to pack, and of course choosing the ideal destination!

Luckily, agencies like Vision Travel are out there to help – even better, events like the Ultimate Travel Show are a wealth of information for exactly that!

The Ultimate World Travel Show is being held at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre on Saturday, September 28th and presented by Vision Travel – a Virtuoso travel agency where you can get exclusive offers, amenities, upgrades and extras that you can’t get anywhere else.

Not only is it the Island’s largest travel show, but with over 30 preferred travel partners in attendance, 24 informative travel presentations throughout the day and experienced travel advisors from Vision on hand to answer any questions, it will be easier than ever to plan the perfect getaway – like to one of the destinations below!

Check out these 9 top travel destinations for Victorians looking to get off the rock:

Las Vegas, Nevada

Wild in popularity and the most-populated city in Nevada, Las Vegas is a bucket-list for just about everyone! There is more to Vegas than just casinos, though – it’s a kaleidoscope of bright lights and high energy. The list of incredible hotels need to be seen to be believed, and some of the world’s top entertainment will leave you spellbound. This is on top of world-class dining, shopping and spas make you feel like the million bucks you could possibly win!

Phoenix, Arizona

Known for its year-round sun and warm temperatures, Phoenix anchors a sprawling, multi-city metropolitan area known as the Valley of the Sun. It’s known for high-end spa resorts, expertly-designed golf courses and vibrant nightclubs. Other highlights include the Desert Botanical Garden, displaying cacti and numerous native plants.

New Orleans, Louisiana 

Along the Mississippi River and near the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans is fondly nicknamed the “Big Easy”. Well-known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine the vibrant city reflects its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Topping the festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties.

Los Angeles, California

This sprawling Southern California city is most famous as being the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Close to the iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand- and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars’ homes.

Portland, Oregon

Oregon’s largest city, Portland sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, beneath Mount Hood. Popular for its all-around eco-friendliness, the city is also known for its parks, bridges and bicycle paths, as well as microbreweries and coffeehouses. Iconic Washington Park encompasses sites from the formal Japanese Garden to Oregon Zoo and its railway. The city hosts thriving art, theater and music scenes.

Austin, Texas 

Austin is probably most prominently known for its eclectic live-music scene centered around country, blues and rock. Its many parks and lakes are popular for hiking, biking, swimming and boating. South of the city, Formula One’s Circuit of the Americas raceway has hosted the United States Grand Prix.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque sits in the high desert. Its modern Downtown core contrasts with Old Town Albuquerque, dating to the city’s 1706 founding as a Spanish colony. Old Town is filled with historic adobe buildings, such as San Felipe de Neri Church, 5 museums, and shops selling Native American handicrafts. Nearby, The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center traces the area’s tribal history.

Maui, Hawaii

Maui is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago. Sprawling Haleakala National Park encompasses the island’s highest peak, volcanic Haleakala, as well as the pools and waterfalls of Ohe’o Gulch, accessed via scenic, winding Hana Highway. The island’s 30 miles of beaches include golden-crescent Kapalua, with white sands and dreamy waters.

Denver, Colorado

The state’s capital, Denver is an American metropolis dating to the Old West era. Larimer Square, the city’s oldest block, features landmark 19th-century buildings. Museums include the Denver Art Museum, an ultramodern complex known for its collection of indigenous works, and the mansion of famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown. Denver is also a jumping-off point for ski resorts in the nearby Rocky Mountains.

Mexico City, Mexico

Tourist hotspot Mexico City is the densely populated, high-altitude capital of Mexico. It’s known for its Templo Mayor (a 13th-century Aztec temple), the baroque Catedral Metropolitana de México of the Spanish conquistadors and the Palacio Nacional, which houses historic murals by Diego Rivera. All of these are situated in and around the Plaza de la Constitución, the massive main square also known as the Zócalo.

The Ultimate World Travel Show has FREE admission and parking, and with dozens of travel providers on hand and available, the options for adventure are practically limitless.

Guests who pre-register for this event will be entered to win a an exclusive gift basket from Visit Barbados, valued at $450.

And as if that’s not exciting enough, attendees of the show will also receive exclusive travel offers, and are entered for amazing prizes such as a trip for two to Belize from Intrepid Travel!

Ultimate World Travel Show

  • Where: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue W, Sidney
  • When: Saturday, September 28th – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
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