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Four Jandals visits Turkey



If you have been joining in with the rest of our community on Facebook (and if not then you should like us there now) then you will know that we are off to Turkey today. We wanted to share a little bit about what we have planned for our two weeks of relaxation.


Our weekend unfortunately starts with ridiculous flights to Turkey at 7am so hopefully we are not going to be too tired to enjoy our first few days in Istanbul. But to rejuvenate ourselves we are going to be stuffing our faces with some of the best food in the world. We have huge hopes for Turkish food, especially since kebabs are one of our favourite foods!

Luckily Istanbul is well known for not only it’s street food but also it’s culture and diversity. Sitting on the border between Asia and Europe there is a crazy mix of people that has created this amazing city. Well so we have been told. We really hope that it lives up to expectations. And we hope that 3 days is going to be enough time to take it all in.

After Istanbul we will be taking part in what I believe will probably be one of the best events I will ever take part in.


Two little words that mean so much to so many people.


What is ANZAC Day?

It is one day when Kiwi’s and Aussies can come together on the 25th April every year to celebrate and honour the thousands of lives lost from the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Or better known as ANZAC’s.

During World War I there were 8,709 Australians and 2,721 New Zealanders that fought and died at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire. While the brave ANZAC’s had to withdraw after sustaining such heavy losses they did manage to cement a legacy that has lasted 97 years.

It is a legacy that will never die and that all Kiwi’s and Australians are proud to celebrate.

We will travel to ANZAC Cove and sleep overnight there before taking part in the dawn ceremony which we usually attend back home. It is going to be incredibly moving and we hope to share a lot of videos and photos with you afterwards.

Sail Turkey

After such an emotional rollercoaster it will be great to get away from the crowds and relax. We have booked a Sail Turkey cruise with Busabout. 8 Days of pure bliss lying back on the decks as we cruise the crystal clear waters on a traditional Turkish Gulet Sail Boat.

Turkish Gulet

Some of the highlights include Kekova’s sunken city, Kas which is the pearl of the Mediterranean, Kalkan and their famous tailors, Butterfly Valley and Smugglers Cove pirate island.

Fingers crossed that the water is warm enough for us to snorkel and swim in!

So we hope we have not made you too jealous. Hopefully we will have the internet to keep you all updated with our travels and will be chucking up photos the entire time. If you haven’t already then sign up to our weekly newsletter here for all the updates.

And if you want to join us then check out these flights to Dalaman in Turkey.

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  1. bronwen burmester

    April 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Have a great trip. Never been to Turkey but Greece is one of my favourite countries and I imagine it will be abit alike. The yacht looks gorgeous, enjoy the snorkelling. Watch out for snake charmers again????!!!!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      We will definitely be looking out for snake charmers Mum! Had a great day today but exhausted after our flight was cancelled so spent extra 10 hours travelling!!! Oh well it happens from time to time. Hope the water is warm enough for swimming 🙂

  2. Natalie

    April 23, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Enjoy the sailing – So Jealous.It is on my list of things to do this summer, in among other things.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 23, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      We are going with Busabout so definitely check them out. Will have a full rundown/review when we get back so will let you know how it is 🙂

  3. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    May 5, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    Oh my gosh — “Sail Turkey” — that’s going to be so incredible. Moderately jealous 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      May 6, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      You might get jealous of my photos I put up tomorrow then sorry Ellen 😉

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Overlooked and Underrated Euro Vacations




Here’s a quick list of places to possibly include in your next European itinerary. 2018 is the year of the underrated vacation spot in our humble opinions, and we want to honor it.

Basque Country:

This place is in this author’s humble opinion easily and hands-down the most underrated little corner of Europe.

And honestly, between the two, the Spanish side of Basque country is going to cost you probably around 50% what the French side will, and most people in the know will agree that the Spanish side is at least 100% more fun!


Canary Islands:

There are two ways to do the Canaries: simply fly in and enjoy them, or treat yourself and a loved one to a romantic Canary Island cruise.

Best time to visit is definitely either spring or fall, as it does get quite cold in the winter and quite hot in the summer. If you are a beach bum, on the other hand, summer is best (but there will be a lot more tourists in the summer).


Siena, Italy:

This city is often overshadowed by Rome, Florence, and Venice, but it actually is arguably the best-preserved city in Italy and has the best historic city center. The cuisine here is absolutely to die for, and you won’t have to pay inflated tourist prices like you will in the aforementioned places either!

If you can, try to make it for the famous Palio, a horse race that has been going on literally for centuries.



Just as Siena is overshadowed by other bigger Italian cities, Brussels tends to stand forgotten next to London and Paris. But Brussels has key elements of the two metropolises, as well as its own unique and delicious cuisine, its own beer (considered by more than a few experts to be the worlds best), and easily the worlds best chocolate, both in solid and drinkable form. Belgian chocolate will seriously change your life forever.


Istria, Croatia:

This is one of the world’s best summer beach destinations. It’s incredibly beautiful, and by Western European standards, almost outrageously cheap.

Hipster tourists are starting to come in and drive prices up, but it still remains a great bargain by any standards, and most importantly, it’s a bargain without really having to give up any of our beloved amenities.



Budapest could be called the poor man’s Prague, but in reality that name isn’t very fair. For one thing, Hungarian culture and Czech culture are actually extremely different (for one thing, the Hungarian language isn’t in the same family as the rest of Europe, it’s its own thing completely, like the Basque language).

Prague is gorgeous, but it’s getting almost as expensive as the rest of Europe too, and honestly Budapest’s history and culture is much more interesting, especially for the seasoned traveller.


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Top Things to Do When Visiting Frankfurt




Frankfurt is the financial heart of Germany, located in the state of Hesse, and on the banks of the river Main. The city is known as a gateway to Europe, with the large Frankfurt International Airport being a popular hub for both commercial and private jets. However, the city itself offers plenty for visitors and makes a great place for a vacation.


Main Tower 

Frankfurt is known for its modern skyline and the best place to take in the view is from Main Tower. Named for the river that runs through the city, you can take an elevator up to the 650-foot high viewing platform to see some amazing views across the city.

There is also a bar and restaurant there offering an international menu.


Goethe House

One of the most famous people from Frankfurt is the writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who is one of Germany’s most important authors. His original home was destroyed during World War II but has been carefully restored including original furniture, paintings, and family books. It is now a museum where you can even see the desk where he wrote ‘The Sorrows of Young Werther’.




The Romerberg or ‘Roman Mountain’ is the original heart of the city, where the first trade fairs were held back in the 13th century. It has been restored to look as it did when it was first built so there are many stunning buildings there. Most notable is the Rathaus, or City Hall, which dates from 1405 and is surrounded by half-timbered houses.


St Paul’s Church 

St Paul’s Church, or Paulskirche, was built in the early 1800s but is notable not for its history as a church but as the cradle of German democracy. It was here that the first freely elected German parliament met in 1848 and held political meetings. It is now used for exhibitions and special events.



Museum Embankment

Museumsufer, or Museum Embankment, is the location for many of the best museums in Frankfurt including the German Film Museum and the Städel Museum which is home to many works of art from the old masters. The largest flea market in Frankfurt is also held here and takes place every Saturday.




Zeil is a pedestrianized zone in the center of Frankfurt and a popular shopping destination,  known as the Fifth Avenue of Germany. Zeil features modern shops, a 10-storey shopping center, and plenty of small, independent stores where you can find something unique.

Want to explore Frankfurt and visit its most famous sights? Then charter a private jet so you can travel to the city in luxury. Contact Air Charter Service to get a quote for your private jet charter today and kick off your vacation to Frankfurt in style.


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Gambling Around The World





Gambling in 2017 has many different facets, some of them new, some of them going back literally thousands of years.

Some of us like to just stay home and play online, look for the best casino bonuses and have a great time from the comfort of our home sweet homes. And there is certainly nothing wrong with that.

But maybe you are travelling and you would like to check out the local casinos. We are going to include a quick list of the world’s hot spots for gambling in case you come near one of these places, or just get the brick and mortar casino bug and want to check them out.


Monte Carlo:

This is perfect for people who want to combine the classic gaming experience with spectacular views of the Mediterranean. Definitely you have a history and a tradition here not to be felt anywhere else. This place is not cheap, but it’s worth every penny.



This one may surprise you, as people don’t think of it as a gambling destination, but it’s one of the world’s best, with 24 world-class facilities, and of course, everything else to cater to tourists to a T.

It’s also worth mentioning that most of these destinations are also beach destinations, but out of all of them, Aruba’s beaches are hands-down the best.



Once owned by the Portuguese, in today’s world, Macau is part of China, but considered a special administrative district, in the same fashion as Hong Kong. Since a long time ago, it has been a famous destination for gamblers, and gambling and tourism make up a whopping 50% of its economy.


Las Vegas:

Las Vegas is all about big! It has the biggest concentration of casinos (over 75 next to each other on the strip), some of the world’s biggest casinos, and biggest hotels. There is no doubt that this still remains the premier destination for people who are serious gamblers, no matter where in the world they may come from. No self-respecting high roller lives his or her life without at least one stop in Vegas.


Atlantic City:

This is the smallest of the destinations in this list, but not to be easily discounted. Many people prefer the relaxed vibe of Atlantic City compared to other destinations, and if you live anywhere between New York and DC, the proximity is a huge draw. And of course, the famous boardwalk is still there, and still as nice as ever in season.

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...