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Stay In The Barossa Valley During Your Trip Through South Australia

The continent of Australia offers visitors almost a limitless array of things to do and see from unique wildlife to incredible scenery. The vast country is often overwhelming when trying to choose where to go and what to do and the decision is often made on the key interest of the visitor. If your key interest is relaxing in the sun enjoying a glass of award winning wine then a visit to the South Australian region of the Barossa Valley should be your first port of call.

The Barossa Valley is located 60 kilometres northeast of the states capital, Adelaide. A city in itself well worth a day or two of exploring and experiencing. However, the Barossa is the must do for wine buffs and foodies alike.

The region is home to the Barossa Ranges named by Colonel William Light in 1837, a clerical error saw the correct spelling of Barrosa transcribed to the name we use today. The region has a relatively small population of just 20,000 with the majority of residents in the three main towns of Angaston, Nuriootpa, and Tanunda.

The Barossa Valley is most well known for it’s Shiraz wine variety with some of this variety being used in the famous Penfolds Grange. Despite this key variety the region also yields many other wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Riesling as a nod to it’s strong German history, and Semillon.

There are two major events that are held to celebrate the regions wonderful industry – the Barossa Valley Vintage Festival which is held every two years on odd numbered years and includes competitions, concerts, a large street parade, and of course food and wine tasting. The second event is the Barossa Valley Gourmet Weekend held towards the end of winter. A wonderful weekend of food and wine as well as musical events and other entertainment.

Foodies can also indulge with the wonderful array of locally grown produce and you can enjoy these at the many wonderful cafes and restaurants, or if you prefer you can visit the local farmers market to meet the producers of the food. You’ll learn about the fascinating food history of region with the many Europeans settlers add their own personality and style to the food that is produced as well as offering great wine matching advice. The farmers market is set up in the historic Vintners Sheds offering you a chance to experience the history as well as learn about it.

The Barossa Valley offers visitors stunning scenery, a rich history, fresh contemporary cuisine, and award winning wine. Add to that beautiful weather and warm hospitable people and your trip to the Barossa Valley will be one you won’t forget.

How to Save and See More During Your Trip

So you like to travel but do not have the money for it?! Do not worry you are not the only one. Actually, you are the majority; most of the people do not have enough money to travel as much as they would want to or at all.

So what can you do? Travel very little or give up on travel at all?! Lucky for you there many ways in which you can travel, see the world and save money doing it.

The trick is to learn different ways for discount travel and then apply them each time you travel.

Most people travel only a few times in their lives, and when they do they want to see it all, especially if visiting a foreign, exotic country. What this means is that you are actually traveling all the time during your travel and that can be expensive.

It does not matter what country you visit, some things like train tickets, boat tickets, car or bike rentals, etc. are always going to cost you a lot of money. You can cut your expenses in half by deciding on your priorities and stay in one place for some time.

This will allow you to both save money and really discover the essence of the place you are visiting. If you agree to stay in one place, you will discover many alternative, discount ways to travel around.

For example, you can always rent an apartment in the city you wish to visit, not even the cheapest hotels can compete with this.

Another good thing about it is that little by little, you will develop relationship with natives and they can help you find where the best bargains are. What are good but cheap eating places, where to buy cheap clothes, etc.

Lots of people travel exactly on schedule, not wanting to miss anything and wanting to see everything. They use itineraries, and spend all of their vacation time constantly on the move and never really stopping to enjoy themselves. One of my favorite movies is National Lampoons European Vacation, if you did not all ready, rent it to see what I mean.

Traveling all day on a cramped bus, hoping from train to train and sleeping in cheap hotels only to repeat it all in the morning does not sound fun to me. No doubt, you will see many things traveling like that, but it will cost you a lot of money and you might just miss the best, hidden places worth seeing.

When you start planning your trip, be sure to distinguish between experiencing new things and just seeing them. By staying longer, renting a place to live, you might discover that not only will you save money but also you will immerse yourself with the culture and that experience can be more valuable then anything else.

For a modern day generation like mine, I suggest you read the book The Beach by Alex Garland, just stay off the drugs, it does not improve the experience.

If you start, thinking and planning your trips in this way, you will get more out of your trips and have more of them.