Napier

Travel: Susan eats her way around Napier, New Zealand

Ever been to Napier in the North Island of New Zealand? Me neither, but luckily for me, I am surrounded by friends who love to travel as much as me! My friend Susan, travelled recently to Napier, and discovered that not only is it spectacularly beautiful, but it is a town filled with Art Deco charm, and amazing, food, wine and beer. What more could you ask for in a holiday destination?

Napier:

Things to do in Napier

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  • Visit MTG Hawke’s Bay for local art and craft
  • Grab a bike and cycle to Ahuriri and Westshore for fish and chips on the beach
  • Visit the wineries or craft breweries of the region.

Susan visited Mission Estate Winery (Hawkes Bay), which was established in 1851 by French missionaries and is New Zealand’s oldest winery. She also went to Hawkes Bay Brewery for some craft beer and ciders. Susan’s favourite was the Black Duck dark ale, which has “bold flavours of toffee, burnt caramel, coffee and chocolate characterise this dark ale. Brewed with 5 malts in 18th century London style, it has an extended maturation process to develop complex and robust flavours.”

Art Deco:

Napier’s art deco style is the result of the town being rebuilt after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake destroyed the city in 1931. There are 140 original Art Deco buildings managed by the Art Deco Trust.

“Napier’s decorative and colourful buildings which speak of the optimism and confidence of the early 20th century and of a small kiwi town as it tackled the task of recreating itself during the Great Depression”.

How to get there:

  • Napier is a 5 hour drive from Auckland.
  • Air New Zealand flies to Hawke’s Bay daily from Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch and Jetstar operates daily flights from Auckland.

Please note that as at 2019, neither Katische or Susan are associated with DreamTrips, and recommend that you make your own travel arrangements via booking.com or your favourite travel provider. We still think Napier is a fantastic place to holiday though!

The map below links to Booking.com. Should you book accommodation or travel via this map, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no cost to you.
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Bali

Travel: Exploring Bali: Nusa Dua

When you think of Bali, do you think “been there done that”? It seems like a destination that everyone travelled to in the 90’s, especially Australians.  I travelled to Bali in 1995 and stayed at the all inclusive Club Med in Nusa Dua. It was one of our last “big” family holidays, before we became too involved in our own lives in our twenties.

 

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My Bali braids…

After watching Brad’s travels there over the past week, I think it’s time for a revisit. So I invited Brad, who recently travelled to Bali with his business partner Di, to share with us his holiday in Bali and some of his travel tips.

Bali with Brad and Di

Brad and Di’s Holiday Itinerary

 

Hotel Details:

Brad and Di chose to stay at the INAYA Putri Bali resort which is located along the Nusa Dua beachfront within a short distance of the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment.

Enjoy access to an outdoor pool, golf course, private beach, spa and more.

  • Deluxe Accommodations with king or twin beds
  • Maximum occupancy is 2 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child.
  • Children ages 12 or older are charged the adult rate.
  • Private Balcony
  • Marble Bathrooms
  • Separate deep-soaking bathtub and rain shower

Travel Tips: Uber

Ever used Uber instead of a tax? It’s a disruptive business model which is gaining popularity now. What we love about it, is it enables individuals to earn money without a million dollar license, and the majority of the profits go back to the actual driver, not some corporation or rich business consortium who own the taxi license. It can be a little tricky in Nusa Dua, but in this video Brad explains how to organise an Uber.

Live Videos shared by Brad whilst on the trip:

Visiting the temples, beaches and dinner

Dinner and Dancing and day trip to the coffee plantation for Luwak Coffee

Inaya Putri Nusa Dua

 

Chinese video from the travel group

Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa

 

Final Verdict:

I’ve been to Bali many many times. Doing this trip was my first time with my travel club. To be honest I didn’t know what to expect and didn’t imagine it would be that good for some weird reason in comparison to other trips I’ve done. Dare I say it’s been my favourite so far! 5-star opulence, amazing restaurants, and tours included and super friendly people. Awesome surf out the front of the hotel for my water addiction and enough Bintang to sink a ship!

Brad

Note: Brad is no longer associated with the travel club. Katische recommends using booking.com to create a similar trip. I use booking.com myself for all my holidays. Please note that if you book a holiday using the search tool below I will receive a small affiliate payment at no cost to you.

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Rescuing Children from sex slavery

We all love our children and hope that they never are hurt or abused. Could you imagine if your child was stolen from you and sold into sex slavery? For many of us this is beyond the realms of our imagination, but for many it is reality. Innocent children are stolen and kept in terrible conditions and then used a tourism prostitutes for those who want “untouched virgins” of either sex or sex with “young” children and teenagers.

One organisation, Operation Underground Railroad is helping to change this by rescuing children from sex slavery. A movie has recently been made about their efforts.

As a part of its’ charitable efforts doTERRA has decided to partner with Operation Underground Railroad. The partnership is in the following ways:

  • Providing cash donations through the Healing Hands Foundation
  • Providing “Hope” essential oil to women and children at risk. DoTERRA is donating “Hope” oil to Operation Underground Railroad, who then distributes it to children and young adults around the world with O.U.R.’s logo and the human trafficking hotline number printed on the inside of the label. It can only be found by pulling the label back.

O.U.R. Director of Corporate Partnerships, Doug Osmond, explains how the “Hope” oil uniquely aids trafficking victims. “The traffickers won’t take it away because it smells good, but it gives the victims a tool to get out,” Osmond says. “It’s amazing what a difference a simple ‘tool’ such as this can make!”

The following video show you the presentation at the doTERRA 2016 convention about the partnership. It is both inspiring and moving.

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Image from http://ourrescue.org/blog/doterra-offers-hope-to-survivors-of-sex-trafficking/

Watch the presentation from convention. It will make you feel sick, but also want to help make a change to the lives of these desperate people.

doTERRA has showed support to O.U.R. in unique and essential ways. Osmond says that the Healing Hands Foundation has raised $500,000 for O.U.R., connected with three million wellness advocates to spread awareness, and recently had employees participate in a “Day of Giving” to assemble a 1,000 kits for aftercare programs around the globe. doTERRA’s founding executive and CEO, David Sterling, even joined jump team members on an undercover domestic operation, observing from a safe distance.

doTERRA is now making a special offer to O.U.R.’s supporters.

From now until November 30th, if you make a donation to the doTerra Healing Hands Foundation on their website and choose O.U.R., they will match the donation!

This partnership allows O.U.R. to extend its reach further into the fight against child sex trafficking. “If they continue to contribute and grow with us, we will be able to fund more aftercare programs, rescue missions and get more people aware of the child trafficking issue,” Osmond says. “We are very grateful this partnership has become a reality.”

If you are interested in donating to the Healing Hands Foundation, there are four ways to do so:

  1. PayPal Donations: Donations can be made through the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation PayPal website.
  2. LRP Donations: Donations can be made by adding a recurring monthly donation to a Loyalty Rewards Order.
  3. Purchase Donations: Donation can be made when purchasing doTERRA product.
  4. Rose Oil Lotion Sales: All proceeds of Rose Oil Lotion go directly to the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation.

 

 

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Eliminate toxins from your house

Eliminate toxins from your house

Toxins: Does cleaning your house make you itchy and sneezy? I believe that we should never have to use gloves when cleaning because gloves are needed when using toxic cleaners that can harm your skin. Why use ingredients that are poisons and made from synthetics concocted in a laboratory when nature has provided us with plants that can do our cleaning for us?

Since partnering with doTERRA I have eliminated the need to purchase cleaners, air fresheners and sprays for my house. I am not a domestic goddess, and don’t enjoy cleaning, however, If I can do it, so can you. Take a few minutes to watch this simple video on how I use lemon essential oil plus On Guard essential oil to clean my house, and freshen the air of stinky areas.

 

 

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