On that top 10 places to visit before I die: Australia.
And for those of you living in Los Angeles, San Francisco or New York, there’s no time like the present. Book a Qantas flight before March 31 to take advantage of $275-$399 round-trip airfares to destinations like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Auckland.
Coupled with the hundreds of dollars you’re going to save on an Australia vacation home and the added relief of the American greenback’s value against the Australian dollar (Yes, believe it.), you do the math. You have to go. Now.
While you’re there, make sure to:
1. Explore the Great Barrier Reef.
2. Go on a cruise of Sydney Harbor to snap the obligatory picture of the Sydney Opera House.
3. Visit Ayers Rock.
4. Hang out on Bell’s Beach, Palm Beach, Surfer’s Paradise Beach and endless more stretches of sand that make Australia a surfer’s staple.
5. Learn what the heck a didgeridoo is and how to play it via a tour hosted by the Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.