We’ve rounded up some of our top insider tips from destinations our team of Deal Experts have visited in the last 12 months.
HONG KONG -- Micah Chua, producer
What I loved: The food, the atmosphere and the way they celebrate Chinese New Year
My top tip: Visit the small seaside town called Sai Kung (just a little over an hour from Central). Restaurant owners will brandish live lobsters around to show you how fresh their food is and fishermen will be docking in and out with boatfuls of their catches.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD -- Nella Scott, producer
What I loved: The scenery was spectacular. It was great fun for a road trip holiday.
My top tip: Visit Melba Gully after dark and see glow worms. Don’t forget your torch but don’t shine it directly at the glow worms or they will ‘turn out the lights’. Want to visit the Great Ocean Road yourself? Check out this Otway Ranges deal on our website.
HOBART -- Brad Gurrie, managing director
What I loved: Great restaurants and lots of things to do with the kids.
My top tip: Try Tasmanian scallops from a floating fish and chip shop at Constitution Dock -- head for the one furthest from the road.
USA WEST COAST -- Jodie Humphries, assistant producer
What I loved: San Diego Comic-Con and star spotting at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
My top tip: Try some local restaurants, you may be used to a lot of the US fast food chains, but look out for a family-run treasure or something new.
AMALFI COAST -- Ruth McCallum, customer service specialist
What I loved: The postcard-perfect coastal scenery and the laid-back locals
My top tip: Save on pricey hotel accommodation by staying in a B&B in Salerno. It’s a fairly big city on the southern tip of the Amalfi coast -- from here you can easily explore the coast.
PARIS -- Niamh Walsh, assistant publisher
What I loved: The food
My top tip: Instead of waiting in line for the hotel breakfast buffet, go for a morning wander and find a neighbourhood “boulangerie” (fresh bakery) to stock up on tasty local pastries. Want to visit yourself? Check out our Paris deal from this week's Top 20.
BARCELONA -- Robin Shields, business development manager
What I loved: The culture and nightlife
My top tip: Visit Mount Tibidabo which overlooks Barcelona. You can choose to take the sky train or just walk to the summit.
FIJI -- Anthony Valeriano, sales director
What I loved: The remote areas of the Islands
My top tip: Don’t just stay in the resort. Hire a car or book a local driver to take you around so you can experience the true Fijian way of life, food and natural beauty. Want to visit yourself? Check out our Fiji deal from this week's Top 20.
NEW YORK CITY -- Kalo Fainu, photo editor
What I loved: The colourful, laid-back, creative vibe
My top tip: If you are only in NYC for a short trip -- as I was -- don’t feel the need to visit the “usual” touristy landmarks (eg. Empire State Building, Times Square), for a more local experience, head to the hipster suburb of Williamsburg and enjoy the artsy vibe, a variety of good eats and bars a great selection of vintage and recycled stores for one-of-a-kind fashion finds. Visiting New York City yourself? Check out our round-up of summer activities in this week's Top 20.
BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA -- Sarah Neate, associate publisher
What I loved: The super cheap food and wine – we found a lovely red wine for less than a Euro per glass.
My top tip: Hire a bike and cycle along the Danube to the Austrian border (only about 5km) for great views of the city and the castle.