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THIS WEEK’S HOTTEST DEALS ARE ALL THE EX­CUSE YOU NEED TO EX­ER­CISE THOSE ITCHY FEET

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IN­CEN­TIVE TO FLY SOLO

From Machu Pic­chu to rac­ing on a rein­deer sleigh in the Arc­tic Cir­cle, sis­ters are do­ing it for them­selves. The Trav­el­ling Di­vas bou­tique travel com­pany has launched its Jour­neys-of-a-Life­time Se­ries for 2018, giv­ing like­minded women the chance to ex­plore some of the most beau­ti­ful des­ti­na­tions on Earth while build­ing their travel con­fi­dence in se­cu­ri­ty­fo­cused en­vi­ron­ments. “Our mis­sion is to cre­ate mem­o­ries that last a life­time for women who are pas­sion­ate about travel and life,” founder Andrea Powis says. “Whether trav­el­ling with friends or fly­ing solo, there are al­ways peo­ple to dine, ex­plore and share ex­pe­ri­ences with.” The Win­ter Won­der­land Jour­ney whisks trav­ellers to Europe’s Christ­mas mar­kets, then to find the North­ern Lights in glass igloos. The South Amer­i­can Jour­ney com­bines a Galá­pa­gos sa­fari with pri­vate vis­its to the Val­ley of the In­cas and Machu Pic­chu. For more in­for­ma­tion go to trav­el­ling­di­vas.com.au

HAVE A BALL (OR 50) AT SEA

I con­fess ... I didn’t know cro­chet cruises were a thing, but Aus­tralian cruise agency Cruise Ex­press has just launched one. Pitched at both be­gin­ner and skilled cro­cheters, the nine-night South Pa­cific voy­age aboard Celebrity Sol­stice in March in­cludes 50 bonus balls of yarn val­ued at more than $200 if you book be­fore Oc­to­ber 13. The round-trip from Syd­ney is made up of four re­lax­ing days at sea – per­fect for cro­chet­ing – and four ports of call: the Isle of Pines, Li­fou and Noumea in New Cale­do­nia and Mystery Is­land in Van­u­atu. Led by two of Aus­tralia’s top cro­chet teach­ers, blog­ger and pat­tern book au­thor Jenny King and Cro­chet Aus­tralia owner, Lynda Tomkins, cro­cheters can join on-board work­shops to make one of five avail­able de­signs they can take home at the end of the cruise. Non­cro­chet­ing part­ners are wel­come to come along for the ride – the 14-deck ship boasts three pools, six jacuzzis, 11 din­ing venues, nine bars and lounges, a gym and spa. Fares start at $2290 per per­son, twin-share, in an in­side cabin and $2590 per per­son, twin-share, in a bal­cony cabin. Call Cruise Ex­press on 1300 766 537 or go to cruise­ex­press.com.au

EARLY CHRIST­MAS PRESENT

Feel the snow crunch un­der­foot strolling through Munich’s fa­mous Christ­mas mar­kets, taste roasted ch­est­nuts in Salzburg, shop for hand­i­crafts in Vi­enna and ex­plore the royal hall­ways of Cas­tle Neuschwanstein with an eight­day fes­tive ad­ven­ture from Flight Cen­tre. Priced from $3995 per per­son, the pack­age in­cludes an eight-day tour from Stras­bourg to Vi­enna, ac­com­mo­da­tion through­out, some meals, ser­vices of an ex­pe­ri­enced tour leader, lo­cal trans­port, ar­rival trans­fer, wel­come din­ner, guided tours and sight­see­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. The tour de­parts De­cem­ber 9, 2018. For de­tails call 131 600 or go to flight­cen­tre.com.au

GO FIVE STAR IN FIJI

Ex­pe­ri­ence the re­laxed lux­ury of Fiji Mar­riott Re­sort Momi Bay and save 39 per cent with this pack­age from Trav­elOn­line. From $515 per per­son twin share, it in­cludes four nights in a Deluxe La­goon View room, meet and greet at Nadi Air­port, buf­fet break­fast daily and re­turn air­port trans­fers. The serene Momi Bay is on the western coast of Viti Levu, a 45-minute drive from Nadi In­ter­na­tional air­port. The re­sort has three pools in­clud­ing an adults only in­fin­ity pool, fit­ness and spa fa­cil­i­ties, a kids club, tennis courts and five food and bev­er­age out­lets. The of­fer is on sale un­til Oc­to­ber 31 for travel from De­cem­ber 1-16 and Jan­uary 21 to March 27. For de­tails go to trav­elon­line.com or call 1300 883 887

SAVE ON A BRISSIE BREAK

Turn that city get­away into a long week­end. Book the Stay 2 Nights and Save pack­age with Gam­baro Ho­tel Bris­bane to re­ceive a 15 per cent dis­count for stay­ing two con­sec­u­tive nights. The new­est and only lux­ury ho­tel in the trendy Caxton Street Precinct, Gam­baro Ho­tel Bris­bane is on the doorstep of the CBD cafe and shop­ping hub and Padding­ton dis­trict. Guests are only min­utes away from world-class din­ing, in­clud­ing Gam­baro’s Seafood Res­tau­rant. For terms and con­di­tions or to book go to gam­baro­ho­tel.com.au/pack­ages/stay­longer-save

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