Thursday, December 11, 2014

Get Up & Go: Put some spice in your life

Get Up & Go: Put some spice in your life

Put some spice in your life


Get Up & Go guest blogger Jac Taylor adds some spice to our day.

Most travellers come to Penang looking for postcard-grade paradise. It has all the ingredients, after all: swaying palm trees, buffet-toting resorts, photo-available monkeys in the trees and enough beaches that, somewhere, there’s a secluded spot in the sunshine with your name on it.
I came for paradise too and, when you’re a travel writer who’s genuinely on holidays, the most holiday-like thing you can do is to go ON the beaten track. Be a tourist. Hang your camera around your neck and remember to be wide-eyed about the fun, touristy stuff. So it seemed only fitting to log onto the resort WiFi, once ensconced by the pool amongst an international array of toddlers splashing their little hearts out, and look up the top tourist spots.

 

 
Galangal
 
Number One on the list didn’t really grab me, to be honest, being a garden tour – but being nothing if not dedicated, I found a lovely man in the nearby town who was willing to let me borrow his brother’s car for a tidy sum, and set off to see what all the fuss was about.
The Tropical Spice Garden is beautiful. Thoroughly, peacefully, heart-fillingly nice. The guides simply can’t wait to show you how pretty it is, as well as how clever Mother Nature has been, giving all these plants a thousand and one uses – most of which are downright fascinating. A pathway crisscrosses up the mountainside and is best taken slowly, since every leaf and berry seem to tell a story; if you’re an avid photographer, you’ll be moving at a snail’s pace.

 


We saw how cinnamon bark looks when still attached to a tree, and heard stories of lives lost when spices were worth more than gold. We handed around freshly dried cardamom pods to sniff, and tasted fresher-than-fresh ginger tea. Up the top of the incline, a schmickly turned-out cooking school enlightened aproned visitors, elbow-deep and grinning from ear to ear.

 


What I saw over the rise past the school, though, widened my own grin: a timber treehouse serving spicy cocktails, overlooking the azure waters far below. This alone is worth the visit, but keep enough ringgit in your wallet for the most fragrant souvenir shop I’ve seen. Fresh whole nutmeg, pure citronella oil spray, you name it, and – as long as you declare it all – you can bring it back home and, quite literally, add a little spice back into your life.

 


Jac Taylor is a travel writer, photographer and TV producer who has more than a passing interest in top travel attractions. Her new website The Travel Ten (www.thetravelten.com) launches in(February).

Monday, December 8, 2014

Get Up & Go: Where you'll go in 2015 - trending now!

Get Up & Go: Where you'll go in 2015 - trending now!

Where you'll go in 2015 - trending now!


International trends

  • USA: We’re likely to see travellers packing their bags for the United States in 2015. 90% of Australian travellers** have a bucket list destination and New York has come out as the number one bucket list destination. New Year’s Eve in New York is the favourite event people would like to attend (25%).



Top destinations on Australian travellers’ bucket lists according to Wotif’s How Are You Travelling Survey:

1.       New York                           
2.       Europe                                
3.       Canada                
4.       Paris
5.       Italy      


                                                         Paris mai oui!

                                                  
                                                    Assisi, Italy.

  • 58% of Aussies** say they prefer a beach or coastal holiday. We expect travellers will be lured abroad to beach and island destinations like Phuket, Hawaii and Fiji. This trend has already begun, with recent Waikiki and Honolulu bookings up year on year*. Wotif.com’s new Fiji and Phuket holiday packages are predicted to prove popular with Aussie travellers, due to the savings that can be made by bundling air and land into a package trip.

                                          Malolo, Fiji. Bula!

·         Malaysia: While travellers have been jetting off to Thailand to see the country’s temples, culture and beaches, our hot international travel tip for travellers is to go off the tourist track and plan a trip to Malaysia. We recommend exploring the rainforests and beaches on the islands of Borneo and Sabah or wandering the markets and visiting the temples in Penang or Langkawi.

Domestic trends

  • Given Aussies love to holiday at the beach, we predict the Gold Coast will remain an enduring favourite in 2015. 
  • Cultural travel is set to inspire Aussies. Theatre travel packages are a great excuse for a long weekend or mini break. Wotif.com is the exclusive travel partner for some of the country’s most in demand events including the Disney’s THE LION KING, WICKED the Musical, Les MisérablesRoald Dahl's Matilda the Musical and Aida on Sydney Harbour. Travellers are taking advantage of Wotif.com’s theatre packages which combine the best tickets, flights and a hotel, or land only hotel and ticket packages and planning a theatre holiday in 2015.
  • Food and wine escapes are becoming more popular. While the Barossa, Hunter Valley and Margaret River wine regions are the obvious choices, holidaymakers are increasingly likely to explore the emerging wine regions like Tasmania (which made it in the top three best domestic destinations in the Wotif.com’s How Are You Travelling Survey) and Queensland’s Scenic Rim. 
  • With fitness and healthy living being popular buzz words, we predict outdoor travel and adventure will be popular next year. Our hot tip for keen hikers, bushwalkers and travel adventurists is to plan a summer or spring holiday to the Snowy Mountains. There’s more to the Snowy Mountains than skiing – it’s a great holiday destination to go walking through the national parks, hiking up Mt Kosciuszko, mountain biking and cave exploring.
 All comments from Wotif.com spokesperson Kirsty La Bruniy:
  
*Based on Wotif.com accommodation booking data for 1 January – 28 October 2014.


** How Are You Travelling Survey, July 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Get Up & Go: USA - AROUND THE BEND

Get Up & Go: USA - AROUND THE BEND

USA - AROUND THE BEND


A pilgrimage is what a drive along Route 66 is today. The fabled road lives in songs and literature and just won’t fade away. Bev Malzard travelled on America’s Main Street.
In the earliest days of television in Australia, the black and white screen flickered with many (mostly) American series to entertain the young minds of the babyboomers: Mickey Mouse Club (remember Annette Funnicello?); Cheyenne, Sugarfoot and Rawhide (cowboy cool dudes) and family entertainment – The Nelsons (oh Ricky!); The Donna Reed Show and Father Knows Best. But for us growing, restless teenagers of the time this was ‘too square’, no grunt at all. Bandstand was a constant and we got our rock’n’roll edge with Six O’Clock Rock but drama to get our motor running? No.


Then in the early 60s along came Route 66, edgy, and supremely cool; two guys in a sleek convertible Corvette heading from Chicago to LA . . . with incidents and episodes along the way.  Tod and Buzz slicked back their hair, got moody, threw on their duffle coats and jumped in the car – to drive.
We may not have heard the early song by Nat King Cole – well, it was a recorded in 1946 but Get Your Kicks on Route 66 is embedded in everyone’s musical memory. And our generation may not have that restless seed of youth blossoming as it did in the 60s but the Mother Road waits for the adventurous!
 

The romanticised highway represents a transition from dirt road to super-highway. Route 66 was the shining beacon as to the importance of the automobile as a new world achievement – and to the American people it symbolised the new freedom and mobility for every person who owned and drove their car. Route 66 was born in 1926, pieced together from a network of existing trails and anonymous roads. It’s the Mother Road that carried life along the highway from Chicago to Los Angeles. The Interstate Highways System took it over in the 1950s and much of old Route 66 was decertified and became a secondary road, a highway of broken dreams and a mythical place that stranded small towns and businesses with cruel bypasses.

Today it’s the road to a new adventure – a link to the past with an air of freedom. In the past decade the idea of Route 66 has been reinvigorated and has made a rock’n’roll kind of comeback – warts and all.
 
Driving to find the glory days you don’t have to go far out from Los Angeles and for a couple of hundred miles discover what’s happening along the way.
Route 66 and beyond can work nicely if you:

Head out of LA and visit Big Bear Lake, Yucca Valley. Set in the heart of the San Bernadino Mountains, Big Bear Lake and surrounds is startlingly beautiful country with much to do for fun: off-road adventure in a Pinzgauer 4WD – hot to trot and loads of fun; Big Bear Village has a rustic charm with a sophisticated edge – the coffee in town is damn good too!
 
Yucca Valley is reached after a drive that descends through a layered spread of heavily grassed land to almost paint-by-numbers clarity in the tapestry effect of the landscape. And in the distance a tiny sliver of snow is glimpsed on the top of the San Bernadino Mountains.
There’s a hometown atmosphere and this ‘High Desert’ region is welcoming and eye opening for its nature and cultural heritage. And if you want to meet the locals – they are the friendliest people around, just drop by Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneering Palace for mesquite barbecue chow and you’ll enter an establishment  plonked on the side of the road that looks deserted except for a few utes parked out front. Walk through the doors and it’s packed, there are waitresses zooming around the tables and the beer is flowing and the music is about to start – hip and happening! Step out the backdoor and you are in the old west.
Pioneertown was founded by a group of Hollywood investors in 1946 with dreams of creating a living movie set. The 1870s ‘frontier town’ with authentic facades never did take off but folk had fun there and several of the properties are working sets with art and craft people doing their thing.
Hit the highway and drive through the empty, lonely landscape until you come to the sublime (if you love a desert park) Joshua Tree National Park.
 
 
In the park is the Desert Queen Ranch, a crumbling reminder of the toughness of this country and the remains here tell the life story of Bill Keys’ family – the  trials, triumphs and tribulations. Keys lived there from 1910 until his death in 1969.
Bill Keys was a resourceful man who was the Desert Donald Trump of his day – pursuing mining and ranching and taking every opportunity to make a killing – which he actually did. He lived on the isolated ranch with his wife and seven children, three of whom are buried there.

During a property dispute Keys shot and killed a man and was convicted of murder and spent a few years in the big house educating himself. (He was paroled in 1950 and was pardoned in 1956 through the efforts of Earle Stanley Garner, author of the Perry Mason novels.)

The original homestead is still there plus outbuildings, a schoolhouse, farm and mining equipment and old truck chassis. The elements are rusting and corroding the debris from Bill Keys’ empire – to restore it or let it crumble back to the earth – that’s still being debated.
Even though it’s a remote and strange desert park, Joshua Tree has drawn some pretty interesting characters – including lots of alien/spaceship sightings. Oddly, the Andreas Fault Line is visible in parts of the park and juts out of the earth like a dragon’s spine. Cattle rustlers are legendary and Keith Richards and Graham Harrison sat out here and took copious amounts of drugs while waiting to have a close encounter with a UFO . . .

In keeping with the mystical/hippy/left-over60s vibe of the area much of the interesting stuff of the area has survived and thrived.
The ‘Integratron’ is an acoustically perfect tabernacle dome and energy machine sited on a powerful geometric vortex in the magical Mojave Desert. (This was created by George Van Tassle, and is based on the design of Moses’ Tabernacle drawings and the writings of Nikola Tesla and telepathic directions of extraterrestrials – that’s the speil anyway.) Whatever floats your boat out here but climbing up to the platform to lie down while someone rims ceramic bowls is quite something – a resonating sound bath indeed.

The historic route continues to evolve as states repair and redirect the road. Entering Amboy, there’s the classic Route 66 stamped on the road in front of a Roy’s Motel sign – classic 60s and a poor old motel that is crying in the shadows for someone to bring back its retro coolness. Faded and atmospheric, the location is not as neglected at is seems. It’s used for commercials and movies – the no-longer-a- town Amboy, Roy’s Motel and Cafe has a certain staying power. A buyer paid cash (lots) for the site in 2005 and has promised to preserve the town and reopen Roy’s.
 
 
(The writer cruised into Amboy and was excited to see about a dozen gleaming, shiny black and silver clad Harley Davidson’s – this is where it’s happening she thinks. Just the backdrop for the ‘Wild Ones’; as she drew closer to the bikies – she noticed as they were decked out in denim and leather, chains, bandanas and snake-hipped girls by their sides – they were all drinking Coca-Cola. This was a meeting for the Christian Motorcyclists Association, riding Route 66 to Chicago – it was big, but these boys weren’t going to be bad!)

Away from the bustling metropolis of ‘town’ we started to see the beauty and drama of the Mojave National Preserve – sand dunes lead to volcanic cones, craters became mirage-like salt pans and sand was accumulated in vast amounts everywhere the eye could see – where does it come from?
We cruise past the Whiting Brothers Gas Station, a relic that has been preserved and then stop for a milkshake (it had to be a milkshake) at the Bagdad Cafe (remember the film?). It is still basking in the glory of movie fame – albeit needing a bit of nip and tuck. The love this cafe draws is evidenced by notes stuck on the windows – the clientele is universal; all stopping by to take a peek at the defunct motel from the film and to order a chocolate malt!

We stop for some big town buzz and Barstow fits the bill. Amazing outlet malls here and for some real local hospitality we eat at Idle Spurs Steakhouse – a favourite in the High Desert region of Southern California. Built around the original house – these folk have been slinging steaks since 1950.
After a lazy sleep-in we keep moving west as we’ve backtracked. We stop at the extremely charming and colourful Victorville Route 66 Museum – and we’re greeted by the local lady volunteers – they are the ants pants! There is so much going on in the museum, take an hour or so to let it seep in - from The Grapes of Wrath to the Mother Road’s heyday as one of the greatest ways to experience America on driving holidays.
We wrap up our short Route 66 driving trip with a stop at the original Wigwam Motel. This motel is one of just a couple remaining of a great chain. The wigwams are neat as pins and there’s the place beside them to park your car. This is one of two only (the other is in Holbrook, Arizona)  Wigwam Motels still in business to offer hospitality to drivers on Route 66.
 
 
Now stationary, I ponder America’s amazing history – this small part of the vast continent. Roads criss-crossing the country, frenzied drivers taking the freeways, highways and byways, toll roads, side lanes and flyovers – is the romance still there for them, behind the wheel does it still feel that it’s the way to claim the ground under their feet or is it like Route 66, a fabled Main Street where driving trip from A to B is the ribbon that unites more than an idea?

 
 www.eaglerider.com (to hire Motorcycles ); www.wigwammotel.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Get Up

Get Up

Middle-earth comes to London


To celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy, New Zealand is transporting a slice of Middle-earth to London in the form of a life-sized Hobbit hole sitting inside London’s luxurious Claridge’s hotel.

Up to 200 international entertainment media attending the world première of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) - will use the Middle-earth-inspired space for interviews, as a part of the three-day première media program in anticipation of the film's UK release from Warner Bros. Pictures on December 12.
The authentic display brings 100% Middle-earth, 100% Pure New Zealand to life, illustrating that New Zealand is a real place that will live on as a spectacular holiday destination after The Hobbit Trilogy’s epic conclusion. 

 

 
The Hobbit hole will host media interviews with actor Billy Boyd who performs the end title song for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Billy Boyd has had an on-going relationship with New Zealand since first playing Peregrin 'Pippin' Took more than a decade ago inThe Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Created in collaboration with Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata – one of New Zealand’s most successful tourist destinations – and flown to London by the “official airline of Middle-earth” Air New Zealand, the Hobbit hole is expected to inspire considerable worldwide media coverage for New Zealand. 

 


Tourism New Zealand's Chief Executive Kevin Bowler says the exhibit will be used it to tell the story of New Zealand as a fun, must-see tourism destination, as well as an innovative, creative nation, and a great place to make films and do business.
"New Zealand has come to London with a spectacular display that will be open for five days. You will literally step into Hobbiton past a picket fence, garden and a letterbox. On opening the Hobbit door, guests will be transported into New Zealand where sweeping images of New Zealand’s stunning landscapes will showcase what you can experience in Middle-earth,” says Kevin.
"We are delighted to be a part of the worldwide media programme in London, and believe the New Zealand room, which houses the Hobbit hole will motivate all those who experience it to share the wider New Zealand story."

About the Hobbit hole and New Zealand room

The Hobbit hole has been created at Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, with input from Hobbiton General Manager Russell Alexander, The Hobbit Trilogy Art Director Brian Massey, head joiner Peter Hawke and builder Darren Roa.
The Hobbit hole features a door that was originally constructed as part of the Green Dragon Inn and used during filming of The Hobbit Trilogy, but was removed when the set was transformed into a functional part of the Hobbiton tourism experience. 

 

 
 
All images: Courtesy of Tourism New Zealand
 

 

About The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a Wingnut Films Production, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. As with the first two films in the Trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the final film is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.  www.thehobbit.net #OneLastTime 

 

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa


Guest blogger for Get Up & Go today is Tiana Templeman - just back from Fiji and a stay at the classy Sofitel . . .

How can you tell guests of all ages are having a relaxing, happy holiday? When the aqua aerobics instructor ducks away to turn up the music and a pool full of adults begin following the moves of some kids who start 'leading’ the class.


This was one of many highlights during a recent stay at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa,, a 296 room Denarau hotel which is less than 20 minutes drive from the airport. This classy resort is the ideal spot to enjoy the type of holiday where the biggest decision is whether to go for another swim or head out for dinner.

Sofitel Fiji is family-friendly but couples are not forgotten. Accommodation on one side of the resort is allocated those travelling with children which keeps the other rooms blissfully quiet, even when the resort is busy.
 

All rooms have a balcony and ocean views and are large by today’s standards. My favourite feature was the chaise lounge which proved ideal for relaxing on with a good book. Pure Fiji products in the bathroom added a touch of local luxury.
Dining options at the hotel include everything from a French patisserie to a Fiji-inspired buffet and fine dining at V Restaurant. The comprehensive buffet breakfast served at Lagoon Restaurant could easily see you through until dinner.
 
 
 

Couples who prefer to enjoy breakfast without children around will enjoy the adults-only à la carte menu at beachfront dining venue Salt. Complimentary sparkling wine is included at both breakfast venues to get you in the holiday mood.
Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa is conveniently located near the port where the majority of day trips depart from but, really, there is little reason to leave.

 


Tiana Templeman is an award-winning travel journalist who loves inspiring travellers aged 30 and above to get out and see the world. You can follow her adventures at www.tianatempleman.comwww.tianatempleman.com
Images by Tiana Templeman

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Get Up & Go: Dip your toe in summers past

Get Up & Go: Dip your toe in summers past

Dip your toe in summers past


Get Up & Go's guest blogger - The Global Goddess talks retro
 
 
 
Summer has always meant something magical to someone like me who grew up in country Queensland, several hundred kilometres west of the beach. Every December, my parents would cram the four of us kids into the back of the Kingswood – a spectacular gold with green vinyl seats upon which we sat with no seat belts – we simply stuck to the spot in which we were plonked. Those same seats were freezing cold on young bums in winter, and you didn’t dare complain back in 1970 – it was all part of the experience. We also packed our blue budgie – Popeye – and one of my sisters always carried a packet of Cheezels which sent the bird ballistic as he had quite a penchant for salt.

 


In the front along the bench seat sat mum, dad and me, the youngest child relegated to the worst spot and also because I suffered car sickness. The potent combination of mum’s cheap perfume, the screeching budgie, the distinct lack of air-conditioning, and dad cursing at all the city traffic ensured I was always sick. And out we’d all pile on the hot roadside for a few minutes to regroup before continuing on towards destination dysfunctional and Coolangatta.

 


I mention this all now because of the growing tourism trend which harks back to the retro era. With all the you-beaut high rises and five-star resorts in the world, I, and many others, find ourselves increasingly grasping for glimpses of our childhood beach holidays. Those were the days of Coppertone tanning lotion, blue bottle stings and watermelon slices on the beach. I love the new movement towards retro swimwear and found myself recently purchasing a pair which reminded me of my mum, aunty and nana, all sitting on their fold up chairs against the rock at Greenmount Beach. We used to call that giant rock “mum’s rock” because that’s where we’d find her all summer.

 

 
And it seems I am not alone. On the Gold Coast, QT Hotel in Surfers Paradise (above) attempts to capture that essence of childhood summers with its fun and flirty retro interior design. There’s splashes of orange everywhere and an old car parked out the front with a surfboard on top. The next generation of Meter Maids still stroll the streets in their skimpy bikinis but they can have that sliver of gold. Me, I’m bottling my childhood in my new bathing suit and basking in the golden memories it delivers.

The Global Goddess is a travel, dating and sex blog targeted at strong, smart, sexy and spiritual women (and the great men who love us!). Follow her adventures at www.theglobalgoddess.com

   

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Get Up & Go: Get Up & Go

Get Up & Go: Get Up & Go: Get Up & Go

Get Up & Go

Get Up & Go

Hydro Majestic - it's back in style!

 
 
 
I like to think I have my own history with the Hydro Majestic Hotel in the Blue Mountain's village of Medlow Bath. We went to the Blue Mountains by train way back, and would make our way to the 'Hydro' for afternoon tea, sitting by a vast open fire. Us kids would wander the cavernous rooms and scoot along the 'alleyway' that was uneven, rickety and on an upward slope.
Aunties and uncles would tell us stories of grand balls that were held in the rooms in their youth and there was always a whispered conversation and giggles as my relatives regaled each other with scandalous tales - which they were part of!
Later as a teenager I would end up there late Sunday afternoon for tea again after weekend of bushwalking in the region.
As the years went by, there was the odd weekend away with gin and tonics on the balcony to watch the sunset over the rugged and beautiful escarpment. Then it seemed to disappear - it was being re-done! And now it takes its place within the ranks of Australia's great hotels. I'm so glad she's back!
Everybody, meet the Hydro Majestic!
It has been six year's in the making and after a $30 million spend - lookin' damn sharp!
 
 
                                         Casino lobby.
 
The venues will open to the public on Friday 31 October with a series of five exclusive High Tea events in The Casino Lobby and The Wintergarden. The other venues: The Boiler House will also open progressively from Friday 31 October and The Salon Du in the coming weeks, bringing the Hydro back to the people of Australia, celebrating its wonderful history and providing a broad palette of dining, event and public facilities.
 
 
                                        Cats-alley.
 
The challenge of adding the next layer of history to these remarkable buildings has not been taken lightly, examining and respecting the Hydro Majestic’s social history and heritage and its much loved place in the memories of so many people.
Architect Ashkan Mostaghim of Mostaghim & Assoc has created the revised formula for the site including the new Hydro Majestic Pavilion and interpretation of the old Boiler House to create a provocative and exciting café environment with a vista over the Majestic Point Lookout.
 

                                         The Boiler House cafe.
 
The interior of the hotel has been brought back to life in the spirit and style with which it opened. Peter Reeve and the team at CRD have produced luxurious new, and historically inspired interiors, which reference the past and fold into the present with absolute luxe. They have embraced the tradition of bespoke design to interpret the many periods of the hotels history, creating a unique range of carpets, paints, wallpapers and furnishings with Australian designers and suppliers based on period influences referencing the austere beauty of the Edwardian, the generosity of the Art Nouveau of the Belle Époque and moments of Art Deco.
Steeped in historical and social significance, the newly renovated Hydro Majestic Hotel, with its outstanding facilities and fine dining, is set to offer an enormous boost to tourism and employment in the region and will re-establish the Blue Mountains as a glamorous national and international tourist destination.
 
 
 
Hydro Majestic was recently relaunched under Escarpment Group’s boutique label after an extensive refurbishment.
The Escarpment Group is a unique collection of Luxury Escapes in the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains. It incorporates 4 luxury brands that are iconic to the Blue Mountains;

Lilianfels Resort and Spa - https://www.lilianfels.com.au/

Echoes Boutique hotel & Restaurant - http://www.echoeshotel.com.au/

The Hydro Majestic Hotel www.hydromajestic.com.au

Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges http://www.parklands.com.au/

 

Each of these established properties is steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic landscapes and breathtaking views that are unique to the Blue Mountains region.  http://escarpmentgroup.com.au/

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Get Up & Go: Aussies more likely to go to Google than Gran

Get Up & Go: Aussies more likely to go to Google than Gran

Aussies more likely to go to Google than Gran

 Aerogard calls out to Australians to take part in annual Gramping season from October 2014 – 28 February 201
( ( Chloe Maxwell announced as Aerogard’s ‘Gramping’ ambassador)
Australians are nearly three times more likely to get life advice from Google rather than their grandparents (69% versus 25% respectively), showing an alarming state of family affairs. 
The Aerogard Grandparents Survey, which asked 1000 Australians with children about their relationship with their grandparents, also unveiled a growing concern about development of life skills with two in five (42%) Aussie parents believing their children are missing out on important life lessons by not spending enough time with their grandparents.
When asked what their grandparents teach their family members, the majority said family values (75%), followed by good manners (66%) and kindness (59%).
A quarter (24%) of Australian children see their grandparents less than once a month, however 65% would like to see them at least weekly.
While one in ten believe they don’t have enough time to see their grandparents as much as they’d like, Australian children spend an average of 10.5 hours per week on a computer or tablet each week.
The survey comes as families across Australia embrace the 2014 Gramping season (October 2014 – 28 February 2015) thanks to Aerogard and Mortein.
Gramping is the name given to the emerging trend of camping with parents, kids and grandparents. It encourages families to come together throughout summer for a camping getaway where they can escape the distractions of day to day life.
Aerogard announced model and mum of two, Chloe Maxwell, as national Gramping ambassador.
“The bond between grandchild and grandparent is really special. Activities like Gramping are essential to ensure we’re making time to keep this relationship alive,” said Maxwell.
“I’m lucky that my children are really close to their grandparents. I wish Gramping was around when I was younger, I think it’s such a lovely way to spend quality time together. You’re out amongst nature and away from day-to-day distractions such as smart phones, tablets and video games. 
“For anyone considering going Gramping, let me say that kids will never remember their best day of TV, but they will remember the best day they had with their Nan.”



In its second year already, more than 1,500 families across Australia have registered their own Grampouts taking place at campsites and in backyards across the country.
“We asked Australians what their main frustration was about camping, and the number one response was mosquitoes and insects (39%).  So, alongside your board games, food for the BBQ and sunscreen, we recommend Aussies stock up on plenty of Aerogard to keep the pests away.” said Rowena Newman, Aerogard spokesperson.


Fantastic permanent camp set-up on Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour. Great spot for 'Gramping'.


Get UP & Go team - gramping!

Gramping Season runs from October 2014 and continues throughout the summer until 28 February 2015. For more information visit www.gramping.com.au. 

 
KEY FINDINGS – AEROGARD GRANDPARENTS SURVEY 

Advice, life skills and grandparents
  • Aussies are nearly three times more likely to go to Google for advice than their grandparents
    • 69% of Australians will seek advice from Google regularly
    • Just 25% of Australians will seek advice from their grandparents regularly
  • Two in five (42%) Aussie parents believe their children are missing out on important life lessons and skills by not spending enough time with their grandparents

What do grandparents offer us?
  • 48% of Australians believe grandparents are great company
  • 45% believe they are a source of wisdom
  • The number one thing Australians learn from their grandparents is family values (75%), followed by good manners (66%) and kindness (59%)
  • 1 in 10 (9%) of Australians learn to camp from their grandparents

How often are Australian children seeing their grandparents?
  • A quarter (24%) of Australian children see their grandparents less than once a month, however 65% would like to see them at least weekly
  • More than a quarter (28%) of Australian children see their grandparents less often than they did five years ago
  • A third (33%) of Australian parents saw their own grandparents more than their children see of theirs when they were their children’s age

 Why don’t we see our grandparents as much as we’d like to?
  • Two in five (43%) say they live too far away
  • One in ten (16%) say they don’t have time
  • Another one in ten (15%) work too much
·       Australian children spend an average of 10.5 hours per week on a computer or tablet each week

What do we do when we see our grandparents?
  1. Catch up for a cup of tea or coffee (67%)
  2. Go out for a meal (54%)
  3. Watch TV (41%)
  4. Go to the park (44%)
  5. Go shopping (37%)

What do we know about our grandparents?
  • One in ten (13%) Australians don’t know much about their grandparents.
  • A third (37%) of Australians believe grandparents play more of a role in their lives nowadays compared with older generations

What do Australians find most frustrating about camping?
  1. Two in five (39%) find mosquitoes and insects the most annoying thing about camping, followed by;
  2. Lack of bathroom facilities (19%)
  3. Being cold / bad weather (14%)
*See website for full terms and conditions: www.gramping.com.au

About the Aerogard Grandparents Survey

Commissioned by Aerogard, this study was conducted by D&M Research from 3rd to the 7th October 2014. 1,000 respondents completed the survey resulting in a +- error rate of 3.1 at a 95% confidence level. The sample was randomly selected from the Research Now Permission Based Panel of more than 170,000 panellists. D&M Research is a member of AMSRO and AMSRS and has ISO 20252 Certification.

About Aerogard
Since 1963, Aerogard has been protecting families against mosquitoes, and has been trusted by Australia for its long-lasting protection, and continues to be an essential part of every family’s summer; helping to create timeless memories.

For more information visit www.aerogard.com.auwww.aerogard.com.au