The name might throw you off if you’re not a big surfer but don’t let that hold you back. Catch the shopping wave in one of the Gold Coast’s best districts, about 40 km north of Brisbane City. Open 7 days a week, including late nights, Surfers Paradise combines long stretches of beautiful beaches with some of the best shopping in Australia. What can you expect to find? Just about everything and more is available to fill your shopping bags.
When exploring Australia, people tend to think of outdoorsy nature related activities such as snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef or camping by Ayers Rock. You may not believe Australia has much to offer the shopaholic. Oh how wrong you are! Australian cities, Sydney in particular, has some of the best shopping on planet earth. Begin your Sydney shopping odyssey by checking out our favourite locations.
I love nothing more than when an abandoned but beautiful industrial building is transformed into a retail and arts precinct. Brisbane’s Powerhouse was once the source of electricity for the city’s tram network, but is now a cultural hotspot, where you’ll find free live music, comedy concerts, an atmospheric bar and (on the Sunday of my visit) the Suitcase Rummage street market.
You know it’s in there somewhere. You’re trying hard not to panic as the other passengers waiting at the gate sigh impatiently at you, the lady rummaging frantically through her oversized tote in a bid to locate her boarding pass. You saw it just a second ago as you handed it to the sales clerk when you bought your usual swag at duty free. But now the troublesome little slip of paper has disappeared somewhere between your flight socks, toothbrush, duty free shopping and the crumpled pages of your latest book.
The BagPod is the answer to this typical travel dilemma (it’s not just me is it?) and more. Created by Swedish-born Marianne Sparrenius-Waters (who clearly understands the needs of stylish women when they travel) the BagPod is a sleek leather pouch containing practical pockets and zipped compartments for all your important items. Passport, boarding pass, keys, credit cards and more, all have a safe place in the BagPod and can be easily found when slipped inside your gorgeous (but often impractical) oversized tote.
You can sightsee as you shop in these stylish neighbourhoods of Singapore.
I’ve said many times on this site that every travelling shopaholic needs a Longchamp Le Pilage tote bag in their life. These foldable, chic bags can be easily slipped into your luggage and used as a shopper, beach bag or hand luggage depending on where you are in the world. So I am very excited to announce that thanks to our friends at Southall Travel we have a large Longchamp Le Pilage tote to giveaway.
Southall Travel are one of the largest travel agencies in the UK and they’re online and ready to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We asked what destination they would recommend for a travelling shopaholic and they said you can’t miss the malls and stylish hotels of Dubai. (We agree!)
So to win this awesome prize simply tell us which of these amazing hotels in Dubai you would like to stay in by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post. Once you’ve left your comment, please enter your name and email address in the form below so that we have a way to contact you should you be lucky enough to win.
Aerial view of Dubai
For extra chances to win you can share this contest on twitter or follow @travelandshop and @southalltravel. (See instructions below – every entry helps!)
The contest is open to UK residents aged 18 and over and will close on the 15th December 2014. A winner be picked at random and notified via email within 7 days – just in time for Christmas! (For full terms and conditions please refer to the entry form below.)
The winner will be able to pick the colour of their Longchamp Le Pilage large shopper. You can find the options here.
Thanks again to Southall Travel for providing this perfect prize for our readers. Good luck to all who enter!
Every now and then I discover a stylish hotel that goes above and beyond when it comes to customer service. Singapore’s boutique Quincy Hotel is one such property. Situated a stone’s throw from the Orchard Road shopping strip (over 20 malls and counting); it’s everything that is included with a room at the Quincy that makes this place stand out.
I’ve been living in Sydney for the last few months and it’s been so long since I used my UK bank card that I completely forgot the pin. Within 5 minutes of arriving in London I had managed to block my card and had no access to the cash I planned to spend during my time in the country.
Luckily I had a back up plan. Also in my purse was a my Travel Cash Prepaid Mastercard. The my Travel Cash multiple currency card lets you add funds in UK pounds and spend them anywhere around the world that displays the Mastercard sign. You can easily order the card online (no credit checks) and it arrives at your door in around 5-10 working days (if you select normal delivery) or in only 1-3 days if you take the Express Delivery option. After a short call to an 0845 number my card was activated and I had a pin (which I wrote somewhere safe in case of another mind blank!)
Since moving to Sydney from London I’ve had to reassess the way I dress. Everything I knew about dressing for the seasons has been flipped on its head. As Summer approaches here I’m having to discover the art of covering up whilst staying cool and how to look glam in intense heat.