Imagine it’s already the June holidays and your social media feed is flooded with everyone else’s super fun #foreveronvacation posts at who-knows-where. You start to search for last-minute travel plans only to find exorbitant prices, even to our neighbours up north.
See, you and I both know you don’t want to be in that situation. It feels almost tragic. If only you had grabbed that crazy unbelievable travel deal. Before you start google-ing Sentosa hotels just so you can post #overseastrip, we’ve got some news for you.
Specifically, five pieces of good news: Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. DBS / POSB cardmembers (yeah, I know you’re a cardmember. Everyone is a DBS / POSB cardmember.) get to fly to these destinations during the June holidays at prices so unbelievable, I won’t be surprised if you go to all five cities.
Just click here, and follow the instructions to buy the tickets with your DBS/POSB cards. It’s as easy as that.
The first thing you’ll notice is no doubt the airlines – yeah, we’re not talking about budget airlines here. Why go budget when you can fly in comfort at almost the same price?
Just in case you wonder why these are five great cities to visit, here’s why.
1. Hong Kong
Hong Kong has got great food, great shopping and great entertainment. They’ve got night markets everywhere, more dim sum than you can shake a pair of chopsticks at, and even lots of cultural icons (I have no idea how they managed to fit all that in such a small city).
Oh, and of course they have a Disneyland. Hong Kong is just so packed with stuff to do, there’s probably a reason for everyone to visit.
Arguably the most well-known city in Australia, I’m pretty sure I can guess what’s on your mind when we talk about Sydney. It’s the world-famous Opera House, isn’t it?However, that’s not the only thing there, though. It’s a beautiful coastal city even without the Opera House, and it’s got some incredible attractions to boot.
There’s a skywalk on the Sydney Tower, where you could see the entire city in all its glory in a 360-degree view. There’s the world-famous Bondi Beach where you can enjoy the seas, sand and sunset.
But…Bondi Beach is more than just a beach. Just look at that. Known as the Icebergs pool, it’s a pool beside the sea, which means you might just experience waves when you’re out of the pool. Swimming pools and beaches suddenly feel so yesterday.
With the boom of gold mining from the 1800s, the city is steeped in history, from the Victorian architecture to the cultural impacts still felt today. In fact, Melbourne has more examples of Victorian architecture than any other city in Australia.
That’s not all. Melbourne is also extremely modernised, juxtaposing the quaint Victorian buildings with ultra-modern architecture like the famous Federation Square. The square plays around with open and closed spaces, and hosts more than 2,000 events annually. You’re never going to get bored.
They also have one of the most lauded botanic gardens in the world, the Royal Botanic Gardens, just in case you get bored of the cityscape.
Right after Melbourne, Brisbane is the third-largest city in Australia. Another city with a long history, Brisbane shows a different side of Australia. There are historic sites like the Windmill and Old Commissariat Store, built by convicts in 1828. If that’s not hardcore enough for you, there’s even an actual prison, the Boggo Road Gaol.
History not your thing? No worries, Brisbane has got you covered as well. There’s a newly opened Gallery of Modern Art to break free from the usual routines and immerse yourself in the world of the arts, and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary that has lots of cute and cuddly koalas and kangaroos.
You’ll never look at city parks the same away again after going to the South Bank Parklands in Brisbane. There’s an actual beach in the park. You could suntan in the park, and then go for a walk in a rainforest, then take in the sights of a Nepalese pagoda. All in the same park. Unbelievable.
I don’t know about you, but paktor-ing there just seems so apt, because parkbeach. Get it?
But…if you still want a real beach (or I should say, many beaches), then Perth is the place for you. The city has got beaches for days. Quite literally too, if you intend on experiencing all 63 beaches on Rottnest Island, off the coast of Fremantle, a city in Perth.
The island has no cars, which makes it a perfect place for a romantic walk with your bae. Did you know the island is also home to another ridiculously cute animal, the quokka? It’s so fluffy, I’m going to die.
It seems the cities in Australia are trying to compete or something, because Perth is also home to the largest city park in the southern hemisphere, Kings Park. It’s roughly 400 hectares. To give you an idea how big that is, the grassy area inside a 400m running track is about 1.12 hectares. Yeah, it’s that big.
Tickets are never going to be this cheap, especially when you don’t want to fly with a budget airline. By the way, these are all standard airlines with all the accompanying comforts, so you don’t need to pay a cent more for food or in-flight entertainment.
But here’s the thing: tickets are limited. Time and tide wait for no man. These tickets won’t wait for you too. Mai tu liao: BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW!