2019 - The year of adventure

2019 - The year of adventure

Well, it’s my favourite time of the year again.

Yes, we are in the lead up to Christmas - but that’s not what I’m referring to.

After months of planning, the moment is finally upon us. So much work has gone into this, it feels surreal that it’s finally done.

Our 2019 brochure is here. And it is, in my opinion (hey, it’s gotta count for something) the best one we’re ever put together.

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Our Royal Duty - The Day Harry and Meghan came to Dubbo

Our Royal Duty - The Day Harry and Meghan came to Dubbo

When we found out the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were including Dubbo in their tour of Australia - and that Langley’s was going to have a role in their transportation - several thoughts went through my mind.

First and foremost was - ‘How fantastic for Dubbo. For morale, for the economy and for making our mark on the global stage.’

The second was ‘Oh dear. This is going to require some serious planning.’

And I soon began to feel.... a bit stressed.

But then I looked at my daughter - Office Manager and major Royal fan - Sarah, and saw the big goofy smile on her face.  She was just so excited and I couldn’t help myself. I was giddy too.

Yes, it was going to be a lot of work and the next couple of months were going to be very busy - but my goodness, what a privilege it was to be involved.

And we were going to do our best to make Dubbo proud.

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A grand slam tour!

A grand slam tour!

For me, when I think ‘Summer’ - I think, Australian Open.

When I picture those January days, I think about that lazy feeling you get after Christmas, the heat, and sitting with a cold beverage watching the tennis.

It is such an iconic event. To be there in person, watching the ridiculous talent with your own eyes, is something I reckon everyone should do at least once in their life.

To see those serves at 230 km/h in real life is totally different to watching on the telly.

I know that after a big Christmas the idea of organising a trip to Melbourne might seem like something that belongs on the ‘too hard’ list.

But that’s why we’re here!

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Travel Essentials - The special items to include in your suitcase!

Travel Essentials - The special items to include in your suitcase!

Our customers are a diverse bunch.

Some are seasoned travellers, who are in (what I believe is) the prime of their life. They’ve been retired for a while and they fill their days with exciting activities. They’re always looking for the next tour to jump on.

Others are newer to the touring experience. They’ve only just started to wind town, starting to appreciate time to themselves again and they’re dipping their toe in the ‘travel’ pool, unsure of where to start.

Whatever your experience, wherever you’re from, everyone is always welcome on a Langley’s coach.

And one thing we commonly get from many of our customers is questions about what to pack for their big getaway.

After so many years touring, I’ve got my essentials down pat. So, I thought I would use this article to share some of them with you, so you’re as prepared as you can be for your next big adventure.

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The adventure of a lifetime - come and see our great country!

The adventure of a lifetime - come and see our great country!

In these ‘Travels with Phil’ stories, I usually write about the trips I’ve taken. The whole idea of the series is to give you a more personal insight into what happens on our tours, from my perspective. 

But this week, I’m doing something a bit different.

As you may already know, we have a new tour taking place next year, one we are very excited about. 

It’s our Great Australian Loop Tour, which will take you through Central, Northern and Western Australia.

It will be a great outback adventure, where you will experience this country’s magnificent scenery, history and communities - all enjoyed from the comfort of our coach.

I wanted to write this article, so that you can understand why we have chosen these places, and why we think this is one for the bucket list.

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Christmas in Paradise

Christmas in Paradise

Imagine spending Christmas, surrounded by family and friends, in a tropical paradise.

Where Santa is handing out gifts, while you sip on pina coladas and listen to festive music.

All the logistics are taken care of. No slaving away, cooking christmas dinner or worrying about organising seating arrangements and transport.

The Christmas feast is all prepared for you - and it’s delicious.

Everyone is relaxed, lying by the pool, reading a book, or taking leisurely strolls through the beautiful pine trees.

No, it’s not a fantasy land.

It’s Christmas in Norfolk!

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The Great Ocean Road - It's all about the journey...

The Great Ocean Road - It's all about the journey...

We all know the saying ‘it’s not the destination that matters, it’s the journey.’

Now before you roll your eyes and say ‘what a cliche!’ - there’s just no other way to describe the Great Ocean Road.

Often with our tours, we hop on the bus - and while we definitely take the time to make stops along the way to appreciate what each town has to offer - the focus is on the destination.

The Great Ocean Road and Silo Art Tour is one long appreciation of beauty, culture, history and community.

From start to finish, your destination is constantly changing - and you are constantly being amazed.

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Lights… Camera… Action!

Lights… Camera… Action!

There’s nothing quite like grabbing a friend, getting all dressed up and going to a show.

You head to the theatre a little early and grab a cocktail, while everyone stands waiting excitedly, in anticipation of a fantastic evening.

The bell sounds, everyone heads to their seats. The lights dim - the signal to quiet down and wait for the actors to get in their positions.

The curtain comes up, the music starts - and it’s SHOWTIME!


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Our favourite feeds

Our favourite feeds

Do you know what I love most about food?

(If you know me, you know there’s a lot - but there is one reason that stands out.)

You could go out for dinner and order spaghetti bolognaise every single night, for five nights, at five different restaurants - and you’ll have a different experience, every time.

Because eating food, while your travelling away from home, is not just about the ingredients you’re being served.

It’s about the way it ties in with the culture of the place you’re visiting. It’s about the scenery you’re looking at while you dine. It’s about the language the waiter who serves you is speaking. And it’s about the new friends you’ve made over dinner.

Food is what brings all the things I love about travelling together, into one beautiful package.

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Tasmania, our (secret) favourite

Tasmania, our (secret) favourite

Our tours are like our children - we put our heart and soul into them and they mean the world to us.

And so, of course, we don’t have favourites.

But if we did have a favourite… I’m not saying we do… but if we did…

It would be Tasmania.

It just has so much to offer - a fascinating history, absolutely stunning scenery and mouth watering food.

Fair warning, I’d say the average weight gain for the Tassie trip is about four kilos.

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The South Coast, where the country meets the sea

The South Coast, where the country meets the sea

My wife and I are from two different worlds.

Fiona grew up on the coast in Mona Vale, Sydney. She loves the beach and everything about it - the sand between your toes, the esky full of refreshments, the family cricket games.

I spent most of my childhood moving through the outback. This is where my heart is - wide open spaces, animals roaming around, the sun on the horizon. (Have a read of our Stories from the Outback post for more on this great part of the world.)

As a couple, we share each other's love for both these places. 

And for us, the South Coast is the best of both worlds.

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Notable Norfolk

Notable Norfolk

Each year, when we are looking to take a holiday, I ask the kids (who are all grown up now) - ‘where do you want to go this year?’

Their answer, each time, is ‘NORFOLK!’

The place is a one-of-a-kind paradise. It’s a land where cows have right of way, there is little phone reception and a speed limit of 50km per hour.

It is the perfect combination between a tropical, relaxing holiday and an action packed adventure. 

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