Often overlooked when planning long haul journeys, these cool city stopovers should be added to your travel list next time you are heading abroad. There is so much more to see than just the inside of an airport or hotel walls. These stopovers are amazing destinations in their own right. You may even be tempted to stay longer!
The Garden City of Singapore just keeps getting better and better. It was once considered a quick stopover on route to Europe but now it firmly holds its own as one of Asia’s most exciting destinations. From its sophisticated shopping centres and vibrant cocktail bars. There is also no shortage of impressive eating establishments, new and exciting eating houses are popping up everywhere to keep the most discerning foodie well fed. Once you have had enough time in the flashing lights then it’s time to head to the lush gardens and mesmerising parkways. A trip to Singapore Zoo is also a great way to spend the day. Singapore is home to many amazing hotels. Travel Therapy’s handpicked recommendation is the Novotel Clarke Quay. You can book it here https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=-73635&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA
Auckland, New Zealand
The City of Sails is a beautiful harbour city in the North Island of New Zealand. Home to many unique experiences which makes it a great place to stop for a day or 2. Exploring the harbour by boat is highly recommended or even catch a ferry to Waiheke Island and have lunch at one of the Island’s beautiful wineries. New Zealand is famed for its adventurous lifestyle so why not embrace it with a Sky Jump from the city’s 328m high Sky Tour. The Viaduct precinct on the edge of the CBD has been home to America’s cup, it is a spectacular place to enjoy a seafood dinner at one of the many restaurants. Travel Therapy’s top pick is The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour – Book here https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=-1506909&nflt=ht_id%253D204&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=auckland
Los Angeles, USA
The City of Angels. So many things come to mind when we think of LA. Why not check out a baseball game at the LA Dodgers Stadium and tuck into a hot dog in the iconic stands. Or Spend an afternoon down at one of the classic beaches of Malibu, Santa Monica or check out the beach gym at Venice Beach, it truly is a great place to people watch. If you like to live large, a stroll down the iconic Rodeo Drive should be in order. Disneyland is only 40 minutes down the road, worth a visit if you are travelling with the family or you are just a big kid at heart. And who can forget the excitement and the movie magic of tinsel town. Stroll down the walk of Fame, wander around the entrance of the Chinese Theatre and the Dolby Theatre. Our Hotel Pick is Loews Hollywood Hotel it is only a stone’s throw from the excitement of Hollywood. You can book it here https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=20014181&nflt=ht_id%253D204&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=Losangeles
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The city of Dubai needs to be seen to be believed. It is home to some of the most impressive man made structures in the world. From the Worlds Tallest Building, the Burj Khalifa and not to mention the highest hotel in the world, JW Marriott Marquis. A visit to The Dubai Mall – biggest shopping complex in the world is not complete without checking out its very own Aquarium and underwater Zoo. It is hard to believe this oasis is in fact built on a desert. To experience everything Dubai has to offer you can’t go past a Desert Safari 4WD Adventure in the dunes followed with a traditional Emirate meal and belly dancing. Travel Therapy recommends the Conrad Dubai - Book here https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=-782831&nflt=ht_id%253D204&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=dubai
This City is a true bustling hotspot, where east meets west. The Island is around 1,100 Square Kilometres and is home is over 7 Million people. If you add to that number the amount of visitors they get annually it gives you some idea how impressive this island city is. It is also home to the most amount of sky scrapers in the world! Why not hit the streets and find a food venue and experience Hong Kong’s best street food. Travel Therapy’s pick is the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers it is located in the heart of the shopping district of Nathan Road . Book here https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=-1353149&nflt=ht_id%253D204&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=hongkong
The island of the Gods. The Balinese are very welcoming of visitors to their island home. It is a tropical paradise, from its world famous surf breaks, down to its lush volcanic centre. The hustle and bustle of the tourist hubs of Kuta – Seminyak are in stark contrast to the quiet villages in the North and Eastern stretches of the Island where the local people tend to terraced rice fields. The rich Balinese culture strongly influences day to day life on the island, Bali is home to many breathtaking temples and beautiful architecture. Travel Therapy recommends Bali Dynasty Resort as a good spot to start your adventure – You can Book here https://www.booking.com/hotel/id/bali-dynasty-resort.en-gb.html?aid=1805195;label=bali;sid=74144e0c46e874b8ee0f9b763ad344a3;all_sr_blocks=4553702_189649878_0_1_0;checkin=2019-11-05;checkout=2019-11-06;dest_id=-2683839;dest_type=city;dist=0;group_adults=2;hapos=1;highlighted_blocks=4553702_189649878_0_1_0;hpos=1;room1=A%2CA;sb_price_type=total;sr_order=popularity;srepoch=1563422731;srpvid=2e7e1cc59dd402d0;type=total;ucfs=1&
Johannesburg, South Africa
The perfect place to begin your African Adventure. Many of South Africa’s game parks are within driving distance of Johannesburg. You can experience the best of nature. Many amazing animals call this part of the world home. From Leopards, Lions, Elephants, Zebra, Hippopotamus, Rhinoceros and the playful Meerkats. The UNESCO World Heritage site, the Wonder Cave is only 1 hour from Johannesburg and is situated inside the Rhino and Lion Nature reserve in Kromdraai, It is an amazing experience to stand in a 2.2 Billion year old Cave and get a true feel of how ancient the continent is. While staying in Johannesburg Travel Therapy recommends the Monarch Hotel https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=-1240261&nflt=ht_id%253D204&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=johannesburg
Bali is a firm favourite with Aussie travellers, and even more so for those travelling with kids - and for so many good reasons. There are so many kid and family-friendly activities to do while on holiday in Bali, from animal safaris and butterfly parks, to river rafting and flying foxes. Add tropical beaches, family-friendly resorts and cosy dining spots with kid menus and you've got the perfect combination for a fantastic family holiday.
But if you've never been to Bali before, of if this is your first time there with kids in tow, you may be a little stumped as to what activities you should put on your must-do list! So, to help you out, here are our top 10 recommendations of essential things to do with kids in Bali.
#1. WATERBOM BALI
Who doesn't love a good water park?
Waterbom is one of the best water parks in SE Asia, and is the premier spot for water fun in Bali. With 17 exciting waterslides and games for all ages, spread across 3.8 hectares of topical gardens and pools, a splashing good time awaits kids and parents!