Day Trip: Fitzroy and Surrounds

More than anywhere else in Melbourne, Fitzroy is a melting pot of bohemian ideals and hipster identity, a place where you can find great coffee, copious street art and quirky shopping options. This is the first in a series of ‘day tours’ around Melbourne suburbs, and a challenge to see and do as much on a small budget as possible.

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On Coupon Websites

A few years ago, the group-buying revolution hit Australia. Everything from beauty treatments to travel, homewares and more became available on websites such as Groupon, Scoopon and Living Social for far below retail. Currently, we are buying deals from these websites (and many others) to the tune of 10 million a year. The story has been far short of a fairytale however, as thousands of complaints poured in on dodgy deals, ‘grouponitude‘, and restrictive conditions. In response to consumer outcry, The Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA) revised its Group Buying Code of Practice in May this year, increasing transparency in the industry.

There are still things to watch out for however. Here’s a few tips for people considering jumping into the fray.

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Events: Melbourne Day

headerlogoMelbourne Day is a yearly event that celebrates the inception and history of one of the world’s most livable cities. Kicking off with a flag-raising ceremony, live entertainment and a journey through history from settlement to the present day, there’s plenty to see and do.

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Festival Volunteering

Our city is a treasure trove of festivals – from literature, art, music and film, to sport, dance, food and wine, there’s plenty to see.

One way to make it to these (often very expensive) festivals is to volunteer. I’m a veteran of the Melbourne Writer’s Festival, Fringe, and Overload Poetry, as a well as working as a reviewer for FasterLouder and The Dwarf at several music festivals.

The entry-level for volunteering at these festivals is often quite high however – here’s few tips to get the best chance at a spot.

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The Quest

This blog is dedicated to all the stylish, smart, and budget-conscious folks in Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital; I believe that just because you have to mind the dollars and cents doesn’t preclude you from having a lot of fun along the way. Having lived here for a few years, I’ve picked up several tips and tricks to getting around the town for less. Melbourne is a great place to ferret out a ridiculous amount of cheap days/nights out.

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