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6 Top Travel Trends

Regardless of whether you’re an adventurous traveller or prefer to keep the pace slow, there’s an abundance of travel trends you can get on board with.

We’ve compiled a list with 6 of the hottest travel trends right now, with a little help from some of our digital friends Kayla Manoe, founder of Kelana by Kayla; Stephen and Jess; Co-Founders of Flying the Nest; Scott Purcell, Co-founder of Man of Many and James Banham, editor at The-F.

    1. Go where the good food is

“If the millions of travellers around the world have told us one thing through their pictures and stories, it’s this; food is where it’s at,” says Co-Founder of Man of Many, Scott Purcell.

There are countless anecdotes, guide listings and tasty memories from travellers about the food markets in Hong Kong and Singapore, the raging brunch trend in Australia, the hearty and meaty dishes of southern America and the cultural explosion that is European cuisine. All put food right at the top of the pile when it comes to ‘reason to travel’.

“Search ‘#food’ on Instagram and be bombarded with millions of images of some seriously sumptuous sights that are as good enough a reason to book a ticket to essentially anywhere as soon as you can muster!” Scott says. We couldn’t agree more.

    2. Active retreats   

Health, wellness and fitness retreats are the new beach holiday! There are loads of options out there, aimed at getting you moving, unwinding from the stresses of everyday life and nurturing your mind and body. These might include hikes and boot camp style breaks or something more gentle (but no less challenging in their own right) such as yoga and meditation retreats.

    3. Working holidays

Travelling for work? Make the most of your work-expensed flights by extending your stay for a few extra days or using the trip as a launching pad for a longer break. If you’re short on time and don’t have flexible flights, make the most of your spare hours (however limited) and discover the sights and sounds of your destination after you switch off for the day. Explore the streets with your camera in hand, grab a bite at a notable restaurant or maybe, just maybe, squeeze in a visit to one of the landmarks if you can get in before closing time.

    4. Live as the locals do

Getting off the beaten path is an experience that more and more explorers seek out on their travels abroad. Do your research to find local events and hangout spots, ask friends and family who may have been to the destination before for their hot tips or just wing it and see what you can find. Need a helping hand? Airbnb have recently launched an ‘Experiences’ tab which allows you to get a sneak peek into the lives of a local, as your host guides you around town or takes you through a workshop with a local flair to it.

    5. Volunteering and sustainable travel

Travel is a rewarding experience in itself, but you can take it to the next level by giving back to the community you’re visiting by volunteering and engaging in sustainable travel practices. Stephen and Jess, Co-Founders of Flying the Nest say “Volunteering abroad is quickly growing to be a popular alternative to someone’s gap year and it’s not just for the new explorers, we see plenty of families and people having a mid-life or mid-job crisis.”

There are many credible organisations out there that specialise in coordinating volunteer holidays. Think anything from conservation projects working with native animals and wildlife preservation to building and infrastructure development or teaching a language or specialist skill.

While volunteering abroad and being a sustainable traveller isn’t always the cheapest way to go, your actions certainly go a long way! Kayla Manoe, Founder of Kelana by Kayla shares a few ideas for incorporating responsible practices into your trip:

  • Opting for train and bus travel
  • Boycotting cruel animal attractions
  • Reducing waste
  • Shopping fair trade

These activities “are all incredibly important in sustaining the environment and providing a more positive and rewarding experience for all involved” she says.

    6. Staycations

Sometimes you don’t need to go far to have a good time. “One of the most popular travel trends on the rise is the oft-underrated staycation,” says James Banham, Editor at The-F.

“Instead of spending time and money on expensive flights, stick close to home and spend the extra dollars on wine, cheese, an award-winning restaurant or a zippy convertible for the weekend.

It’s also a great opportunity to discover more about your own backyard, and by supporting local businesses you’ll be putting the dollars back into your local economy. We’re spoilt for choice in Australia – there’s no excuse not to see it all.”

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Dad’s not getting socks this year

Do you want to get your dad something a little more exciting than foot warmers for Christmas?

Buying gifts for your family is hard enough, but buying on a budget can be a little bit tougher. And now that we’re into September (really? Already?!) you might want to start thinking about spreading your Christmas cheer.

We’ve come up with some simple pre-Christmas strategies to make sure your family gives you extra servings of Christmas ham after they open their pressies:

Put a little money aside each week (or each time you get paid) into a separate account and use that to pay in bulk for presents for your loved ones. Even if it’s only $10 a week, you’re still taking a proactive approach to saving!

Buy your presents intermittently throughout the year leading up to Christmas. Not only do you miss out on the crazy pre-Christmas shopping hype and massive crowds, but you can also shop for presents when sales are on (plus, who doesn’t love being super organised?!).

Have a plan of attack for when you do eventually hit the shops. There’s nothing worse than wandering aimlessly through the millions of people Christmas shopping. Make a list and only buy exactly what’s on there. Put a maximum price next to the gift so you don’t blow your whole budget on one present.

 

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If you’re on the lookout for some DIY and low cost fun, here’s some cool, cheap gift ideas for family (no socks in sight):

  • Experience-based presents work a treat. Shout Dad a game of golf – the benefits are endless! You get him a rad present and you get to spend some quality time with your old man.
  • Get your creative pants on and invest in a candle-making kit to melt wax in old teacups or one-off vintage cups from St Vinnies. They look and smell delicious!
  • Bake all the things! Baking someone their favourite cupcakes or cookies will show how much you know them and they might just share the treats with you (hint hint)!
  • Notebooks and pens have come a long way since high school. Decorate pages of a diary with photos, quotes and reminders of the person you’re buying for and then they’ll be enjoying your present all year long.

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Shop online! Some of the best / weirdest / most awesome presents can be found on the old world wide web. We’ve done the research and found some winners so you can shop around and save:

Whatever you do, remember Christmas is first and foremost about spending time with family and friends so don’t get too ‘wrapped up’ (Dad joke in the spirit of this article) in the money side of things.

 

The information in this blog post is general information only and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. The information in this blog post is not intended to imply any recommendation, endorsement or opinion by Nimble about any financial or non-financial product. Nimble does not recommend or advise on the suitability of a product or suggest or imply a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a particular product. This blog post is for information purposes only.

25 Ultimate Cheap Eats in Sydney

We recently teamed up with The Urban List to bring you a mouth watering list of the ultimate cheap eats around the city. You’re welcome!


Some may call it thrifty, others may call it tight-assery, but there’s something to be said about a Sydney restaurant that leaves you full, satisfied, and with some dollars in your pocket.

Whether you’re scrambling for change before payday (found a gold coin? Good on you!) or simply don’t want to spend more than $20 on a meal, we’ve found some of the best cheap eats in Sydney.

  1. Hong Ha, Mascot – Sure, you may have to wait in line but it’ll be worth it when you get your hands on one of Sydney’s best banh mis.
  2. Paul’s Famous Hamburgers, Sylvania – This is Sydney’s iconic burger joint. For under $10 you can get stuck into a burger with the works – It’s messy, so stock up on serviettes.
  3. Gyradiko, Bexley – Put fries in anything and we’re happy campers. The gyros here will give you change for a tenner, leaving you enough money for a soft drink. Win!
  4. Duy Linh, Cabramatta – This vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant has over 100 delicious menu items, most of which are under $13.
  5. Soda Factory, Surry Hills – Head into this Sydney bar on Tuesdays for $1 hot dogs. Yes, one dollar! This is Sydney cheap eats at its almost cheapest.
  6. Chubby Girl’s Bunz Shop, Ultimo – Yes, yes, it has a funny name, but it also has tasty, tasty $1.50 beef, pork and vego bunz.
  7. Sea Bay, CBD – A go-to dinner option when you want to catch up for dinner and drinks (BYO is free) but don’t want to spend a fortune. Our tip: order the fried dumplings.
  8. Lucky Pickle, Surry Hills – $10 will get you a wonderfully fresh roll filled with all manner of tasty ingredients.
  9. Old Mate, Surry Hills – A new Sydney café offering up $9 sourdough sandwiches. For $2 extra, you can get a coffee too!
  10. The Gretz, Enmore – This inner west bar serves a mean shrimp roll. Coming with a side of potato chips, this bad boy will only set you back $15.
  11. Bake Bar, Alexandria – Newly opened and already popular with the locals, grab a sandwich and a little potato and mushroom pastry for fun (only $2).
  12. Ramen Ikkyu, Haymarket – Slurp your way through one of Sydney’s best bowls of ramen in this nondescript food court.
  13. The Yeeros Shop, Marrickville – The lamb yeeros is juicy and tender and will set you back less than $10. Pro-tip: save some room for the fries!
  14. An Restaurant, Bankstown – There’s nothing like a comforting bowl of pho to make you forget you’re low on cash.
  15. Don Don, Darlinghurst – This classic cheap and cheerful Sydney Japanese restaurant serves up simple rice and noodle dishes, and their fresh made hand rolls are some of the best (and cheapest) we’ve had!
  16. Suzie Q, Surry Hills – For lunch on the go, pick up a take away sandwich from Suzie Q. They change regularly, so you won’t be stuck with the same old sambo every day.
  17. Sushi Rio, Haymarket – A favourite sushi train of The Urban List crew, most plates are a wallet friendly $3 meaning you can stuff your face with as much grilled salmon nigiri as you can afford.
  18. Out of the Blue, Clovelly – This Sydney burger joint brings you big, big burgers. You will end up messy, but that’s okay – you can just jump in the ocean afterward to wash off all that burger residue.
  19. Mr Bao’s Buns, Bondi Farmers Markets and Glebe Markets – Ohh Mr Bao, your pillowy soft buns are the kinds of things we dream of at night (get your minds out of the gutters, people).
  20. Ito’s Malaysian, CBD – For your fix of authentic Malaysian food in the city, Ito’s Malaysian do a mean laksa and Hainanese chicken rice (yes, we know it’s more Singaporean, but it’s still good).
  21. Beach Burrito, Bondi – A big, delicious burrito is always a good idea. If you’re feeling a little more cashed up, splash out and add guac – it’s always worth it.
  22. Sushi Suma, Surry Hills – Known for their big serves, this Japanese restaurant in Surry Hills is always full. Order a massive combination set for less than $20, BYO wine, and call it a night.
  23. Baker Bros, CBD – Smashed avo that costs more than $10 should be outlawed. Fortunately, the smashed avo with tomato and Danish feta at Baker Bros costs only $9 and tastes damn good, too.
  24. Bay Ten Espresso, North Sydney – A small menu with small prices. Pick up a sandwich for lunch for an even ten – we love the salami sandwich made with their special onion relish.
  25. Tim Ho Wan, Chatswood – Michelin starred food on a budget. Load up on dumplings and still have money for the train ride home.

25 Ultimate Cheap Eats in Brisbane

We recently teamed up with the team at The Urban List to bring the great people of Brisbane a list of Ultimate Cheap Eats. Eating cheap doesn’t mean eating nasty!


By now you’ve probably noticed our dedication to sourcing Brisbane’s cheapest eats is bordering on unhealthy, but there’s a good reason. Every week (following our usual bender of Beluga caviar and Kobe beef) we find our appetites whetted for splendid repasts but with barely enough loose change to hit up Maccas. Not willing to drop the palatable standards to which we’ve grown accustomed, us valiant few have braved the menus of every reputable (and non-reputable) thicket of Brisbane’s foodie wilderness to forage for sustenance that is both wallet and tooth friendly.

The struggle is real.

Fortunately Brisbane’s jazziest restaurateurs have rewarded our tenacity and kindly dotted their menus with utterly delicious and satisfying meals that save us from burrowing into our shoe budgets.

Here are our picks of Brisbane’s ultimate cheap eats: delicious feasting that costs less than the cab fare home:

  1. $1 oysters from Iceworks.
  2. Heya Bar‘s Cheeseburger Spring Rolls, $4 each.
  3. La Vosh’s Breakfast Bagel with bacon and egg, $6
  4. Chur Burger’s Baja Fish Tacos with jalapeño mayonnaise and cucumber salsa, $7
  5. Pork Xiao Long Bao from the Fat Dumpling, $8
  6. Four Cheese Jaffle from Spring’s tuckshop with cheddar, mozzarella, Jahlsberg and brie, $7
  7. The Bun Mobile‘s Wagyu Bun with pickled shitake mushrooms and Red Dragon sauce, $8
  8. Kiss the Berry’s original Açai Blend Bowl, $9
  9. Gelato-Filled Brioche from La Macelleria, $9
  10. Mrs. Luu’s Roast Pork Bahn Mi, $9
  11. Red Hook’s NYC Dog: cheese Kransky, BBQ onion, American pickle and crispy fried shallot, $9
  12. Bread and Meat Co.‘s Beef Brisket Dip Sandwich, with horseradish aioli and jus, $9.50
  13. NYA Curry with pork or chicken from Motto Motto, $9.50
  14. $10 Peking Duck Pancakes at Sichuan Bang Bang
  15. Miss Kay’s Cheeseburger, $10
  16. Trang’s Rare Beef Pho, $11.90
  17. PJ’s Steaks‘ Chilli Cheesesteak Hoagie: American-style chilli with beans, Wagyu beef, jalapenos, and fried onions, $13
  18. Lamb Souvlaki and Salad from the Little Greek Taverna, $15
  19. Lock ‘n Load‘s Green Eggs and Ham with pancetta and poached eggs, $16
  20. 2-for-1 Parmys at The Flying Cock on Wednesdays, $19.99 for two.
  21. All Day Big Breakfast at the Regatta’s Street Café, $18.90
  22. Pork Banh Mi with apple chilli sauce at Wham Bam Banh Mi, $9
  23. Tippler’s Tap: 5 sliders for $20
  24. Half a Jamaican chicken from Jahh Tiger, $22
  25. Kinkawooka Mussels steamed with chorizo, chilli, and cherry tomatoes from the Fox Hotel’s Fish Lane Bistro, $25

25 Top Breakfast Spots in Melbourne

We recently teamed up with the crew at The Urban List to bring the awesome people in Melbourne a list of the city’s ultimate cheap breakfast spots. Keep scrolling and prepare to drool:


We love a bargain breakfast here at The Urban List HQ, and word travels fast when one of our team has discovered a top brekkie spot that does a delicious meal for under $10. To help you stay smart with your cashola, we’ve compiled 25 of the city’s top breakfast cheap eats from some of the best restaurants and cafes in Melbourne—go forth and save, people!

1. Breakfast deal, $10, George St Café | East Melbourne

This cute corner café does a great weekday deal before 10am. You earlybirds can get scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and a kickass coffee for only $9.90.

2. $10 Takeaway Menu, St Edmonds Café | Prahran

The entire St Edmonds $10 takeaway menu is great, but we especially love the smashed avocado on toast with tomato, feta, radishes and chives—one of the best cafes in Melbourne for a healthy start to the day!

3. Yoghurt Jar, $8, Grace café | Fitzroy

One of our favourite hidden gems, Grace café in Fitzroy serves a delicious yoghurt jar with home made coulis, toasted muesli, goji berries & cacao nibs for $8. Bargain!

4. Raison Bagel with the works, $7, Manchester Press | Melbourne CBD

Calling all bagel fans! At $7, the raison bagel with mascarpone and jam at Manchester Press comes with our stamp of approval, and the coffee ain’t bad either.

5. Bircher Muesli, $10.50, Pavlov’s Duck | Fitzroy

It’s worth shelling out that extra fifty cents above the $10 mark for Fitroy café Pavlov’s Duck’s bircher muesli with natural yoghurt, poached plums, toasted coconut and mint, which is $10.50 a pop.

6. Banana Bread, $6.50, The Joinery | Elwood

This toasted banana bread is perfect with some butter, plus their Supreme coffee is only $3.30 a cup!

7. Cashew chocolate bagels, $7.50, Union St Brewers | Brunswick

This hidden gem does a cracking line of bagels, and you get TWO per serving!

8. Breakfast BLT, $9, The Banff | St Kilda

This St Kilda Breakfast BLT is legendary—smoked bacon, rocket, tomato and aioli on Turkish bread, all for only $9.

9. Fruit toast with lemon and vanilla ricotta, $8, Kinfolk | Melbourne CBD

Kinfolk is one of the best cafes in Melbourne for a CBD snack. Their fruit toast comes from Dench Bakery in North Fitzroy, and their strawberry compote is only a dollar more. Delish.

10. Ricotta hotcakes with rhubarb and poached strawberries, $10, Cornershop | Yarraville

The title says it all.

11. Bacon and egg brioche roll, $7.50, Piccolo | Prahran

This comes packed with cheese, bacon, egg and chutney—such a great flavour combo, we could eat these for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

12. Toasted pide, $9, Small Block | East Brunswick

Enjoy a vego breakfast of roast pumpkin, pesto, feta and fresh spinach—a healthy start to any day.

13. Peanut butter cookie sandwich, $4.50, North Carlton Canteen | North Carlton

Alright, so this isn’t the most nutritious breakfast, but the peanut butter cookie sandwiches at North Carlton Canteen are PERFECT if you need a sugar hit to chomp on with a coffee.

14. Fruit salad with honey and yoghurt, $10, Yellow Bird café | Windsor

Fresh, tasty and natural…A good option for you clean eating folk.

15. House Crumpets, $7, Hortus | Docklands

These Dr Marty’s crumpets come served with espresso butter and espresso infused caramel sauce, all made with Seven Seeds coffee. Yum.

16. Banana bread with yogurt and strawberries, $8.50, Sourdough Kitchen | Seddon

The yoghurt that tops this toasted banana bread is lemon-infused, giving its sweetness a perfect citrus kick!

17. Home-made Bircher, $9, Roller Door Café | West Melbourne

Nothing beats home-made bircher with natural yoghurt, honey and cinnamon nuts. Extra almonds, please!

18. Brown rice porridge, $9, 1000£ Bend | Melbourne CBD

If you need something to keep you going all day, the brown rice porridge with toasted sesame seeds, cinnamon sugar and doris plums at CBD favourite 1000£ Bend is a winner.

19. Steamed egg with Vegemite soldiers, $9.50, Mr Tulk | Melbourne CBD

A nostalgic classic. Need we say more?

20. Breakfast Quesidilla, $9, Brighton Soul Espresso | Brighton

Start your day with this tasty ham and cheddar quesadilla, which comes with spicy relish. If you’re really scrimping or aren’t in need of a big feed, you can get a half-slice for $5 too. Easy!

21. Vanilla Porridge, $8.70, Finn | St Kilda

Tuck into Finn’s deliciously creamy vanilla porridge with honey, sultanas, banana and pepita seeds—the perfect clean-eating fuel for your day.

22. Breakfast Roll, $9.50, The St Kilda Dispensary | St Kilda

If you’re a hollandaise sauce fan, you need to get your hands on this tasty roll, which comes stuffed full of bacon, egg, rocket and a hefty portion of that buttery sauce of dreams.

23. Mushroom Bagel, $8, Pocket Café | North Melbourne

A whole baked mushroom comes on this bagel, which is served with a fried egg, feta cheese and rocket, making it one of the best vegetarian breakfasts in Melbourne for less than a tenner.

24. Fresh pastries, various prices, Boundary Espresso | Preston

Sometimes we simply can’t resist starting the day with a cherry-filled Danish, no matter how good we’re trying to be! Boundary Espresso (one of the best cafes in Melbourne if you’re in the more northernly northern suburbs) keeps a range that are all worth trying.

25. Anywhere in Centre Place | Melbourne CBD

Situated adjacent to Degraves Street, Centre Place is home to many a cheap brekky find. Have a wander and see what takes your fancy—we’re sure you’ll find something delicious that’ll only cost pocket change!