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Posted on Aug 22, 2013 in Australia, Tips and Tricks |

Planning Your Wedding In Melbourne

Melbourne is well known for its industrial design and blend of classic architecture with unique urban spaces. So what could be more perfect than utilizing this appeal for your big day? There is more to Melbourne that just the urban landscape – it has history that you can feel around every corner and of course there is the fabulous harbour. What you can expect from a wedding in Melbourne is a day filled with romance, design and historical value. The Venues Weddings in Melbourne are as diverse as the city is, from industrial blank canvases, to urban rooftops. Each will hold their own appeal to couples and as with every decision you will make when planning your big day, they really do need to be 100% a personal choice. To lend a helping hand, here are some of the most unusual venues Melbourne has to offer. Starting with The Substation. The Substation is located to the west of the city. It is historically important and with its arched ceilings and huge windows, it is light, airy and stunningly beautiful. A blank canvas for any couple that loves historical architecture and old fashioned romance. Next on the list of must see venues in Melbourne is The Willows. The Willows is one of those venues where you can blend the city with the countryside – a perfect pairing. This beautiful venue is situated within the cities prestigious Boulevard and offers you a European flavour, whilst incorporating good, old fashioned, Australian hospitality. This is the perfect sport for lovers of chic, urban living and great design. If you’re looking for a more classic and elegant venue for your wedding, then look no further than Rydges. Conveniently located close to the city, the stunning venue will not disappoint. Choose between celebrating in the elegant ‘Bell City Ballroom’ or if you’re after something a bit more relaxed, then go for the ‘outdoor wedding’ in the breathtaking resort style gardens. Whatever you choose, you will be guaranteed a day/night you will never forget Bring the Urban Out With a city wedding, your colour choices for...

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Posted on Aug 22, 2013 in Guest Posts, Tips and Tricks |

Considering Medical Tourism? Here’s What You Should Know

Medical tourism is on the rise as more and more Americans are finding that they can get the medical procedures they need at a fraction of the cost charged by U.S. hospitals. A non-elective surgery, like a hip replacement, can be had abroad for around $13,000 — compared to the $100,000 or more that the procedure might cost in an American hospital. Many patients who’ve taken advantage of lower medical costs abroad find that the quality is comparable to that found in good American hospitals. Rising health care costs at home have driven more and more Americans abroad in search of care. In fact, by some estimates, as many as 500,000 Americans travel abroad each year to have surgical procedures ranging from Botox and dentistry to heart surgery, joint replacement and spinal repair. If you’re considering medical tourism, here’s what you should know. You May Lack Support If Something Goes Wrong If you receive surgery or other medical care in a hospital abroad and something goes wrong, it can be hard to hold that hospital accountable. The boom in medical tourism is very new, and no one is quite sure yet who you might sue if a hospital botches your procedure. What is certain is that hospitals abroad aren’t subject to the same regulations and oversight as hospitals in the U.S. What’s more, if you need postoperative care after you return home, you may not be able to get it. The burden of making your medical journey successful will fall squarely on you, and it can be hard to get the data you need to make an educated decision about whether or not to receive care at a foreign hospital. Remember, these hospitals aren’t being monitored by the state and federal agencies that protect health care consumers domestically. They may refuse to answer your questions about success rates, mortality rates, or a particular doctor’s credentials and surgical statistics. Or, they may give you false information. If you do choose to receive care at a hospital abroad, choose one that’s accredited by the Joint Commission International. This is the global...

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Posted on Aug 15, 2013 in Tips and Tricks, Travel |

9 Practical Tips for Making Your Holiday Money Go Further When Abroad

It is all well and good comparing prices and booking a cheap package deal before you leave for your holiday but the reality is that the most expensive part in most cases is once you have actually reached your destination. With a bit of healthy frugality, you can continue the money saving effort abroad and make your money go further. All you need to do is follow these simple steps: Inform your bank: Many banks will issue you with a hefty charge if you use your credit or debit card abroad without first informing them you intend to do so. There is also the risk of being cut off, as they may suspect the foreign usage means your card has been stolen. Let them know before you go to avoid any such problems. Exchange your money beforehand: You should never wait to exchange your money at the airport once you arrive as they often have higher exchange rates because they know they are your last resort if you have yet to change your currency. The Bureaux de Change will also charge a ‘cash withdrawal fee’ for using a card to convert money, so take cash and use that instead to avoid the fee. Pay in cash: Almost anywhere – especially in mainland Europe – is open to a bit of friendly haggling if you are paying in cash. From market stalls to retail outlets and even some restaurants; it is worth trying to barter to get a discount. Carry your ID: Many places will recognise your student ID or European passport as suitable identification that may well entitle you to a discount. Many of the world’s top tourist attractions accept them and so it never hurts to carry them with you. Pay in local currency: Many places now offer what is known as ‘Dynamic Currency Conversion’ where they will charge your card using your own currency. If you are offered this, you should decline it and opt to use the local currency instead to make the most of the exchange rate, saving yourself some money in the process. Carry...

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