What can one dollar buy around the world?

To all our bargain hunters out there, we have scoured the globe (well parts of it) to find some great $1 bargains. It was tough…but we did it! So if you have ever wondered what $1 could buy in another country then read on…

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Leave the fork and knife at home – Eating customs around the world.

What do you normally use to eat your food – A fork and knife? Chopsticks? Your hands? Is the dinner table quiet or loud? Is the napkin placed on your lap or tucked into your clothing? There are so many different rules to consider! To avoid embarrassing yourself at the dinner table in a new country, we have put together some eating customs that can help you fit in a little better on your next trip.

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Six mind blowing bodies of water

Pools that never end, seas that let you float and lakes that change colour! Say goodbye to the ordinary beach and check out some of these mind blowing locations.

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Airlines adding some fun to their safety videos

‘Whenever the sign is on, fasten your seat belt securely. Insert the metal tag into the buckle and tighten by pulling on the loose end’ – This is something we have all probably heard too many times before. How many times have you heard exactly this and immediately switched off, much to the disdain of flight attendants?

Airline safety demonstrations are something that are likely to always be with us and to make passengers actually pay attention, many airlines have introduced light hearted videos. In the past, watching a host or hostess perform the demonstration, was more likely to induce a coma than elation.

These often weird but wonderful videos can feature celebrities or simply cartoons with culture specific humor. Not only have these videos been providing amusement for their passengers but they have also gone on to gain cult status for many of the airlines.

Air New Zealand is probably the most well-known company for this, gaining a name for its hilariously quirky safety videos. In the past, many of these have gone viral, capitalizing on major pop culture icons such as Snoop Dogg, players from the All Blacks and even Peter Jackson’s latest film, ‘The Hobbit’.

Make sure you check out these videos!

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Wacky taxis from around the world

Australia has taken a traditional non creative route with taxis – we see the regular taxi sedans, station wagons, maxi taxis and sometimes there is the occasional limo taxi sighting. Other countries have taken it a step further and use taxis to showcase their culture and in some cases their sense of humour!

Most of us know the Tuk-tuks of Asia, but have you ever heard of the Llama taxi or a taxi for your dog (bike dog taxi)? Here is a look at some interesting taxis from around the world.

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Chasing chocolate and dodging zombies: quirky races from around the world.

It’s never been about the destination, it’s about the journey. This sentiment rings true for fun runs, many of which are a day for people to have fun while raising money for a cause. I’d rather leave the marathons to the elite and sign up for runs where I’m being chased by zombies, clambering iconic buildings and even races that require entrants to eat their way throughout the race(a personal favourite of mine!) are you with me?

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6 movies that can inspire your next holiday

A movie like ‘The Hangover’ has inspired boy’s trips to Las Vegas and Thailand. ‘Sex and the City’ has turned New York into the dream destination for all young, single and fashion hungry ladies. ‘Indiana Jones’ has played on the adventurous travellers; and what kid doesn’t want to find a way to swim with Nemo and Dory after watching ‘Finding Nemo

Without even realizing it, a simple movie could be just what you need to inspire your next holiday adventure

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7 places that most people will never visit in their lifetime

We read about these places, hear stories and probably only visit them in our dreams. These are some of the most exclusive places in the world and are only open to the elite few, the super-rich or the highly adventurous.

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Your 2013 guide to Europe’s biggest and best music festivals

As summer slowly comes to an end our days of sun, beach and music will be put on hold for a few months. For those that like to keep the summer vibes going, Europe’s Summer Music festival is the perfect destination. This year’s festival line up is definitely not to be missed and should be enough to entice anyone to venture on an unscheduled escape from the Australian winter.

So here it is – your essential guide to the best times to be had in 2013!

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Tasting barbequed sheep’s head in South Africa

Whilst travelling in South Africa, I had the chance to try a local township delicacy; the Smiley. A Smiley is a whole barbequed sheep’s head with its lips bared in a sick charred grin, thus the name Smiley. Locals in the townships say it’s a good cure for a babelas, the local word for hangover.

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