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Spotlight on Newcastle and Hunter Valley, NSW: Larry and Johnny's 36 hour blogging & tweeting adventure!

When I was approached by Tourism NSW to take on the duty of “Music and Culture Ambassador” for the blog-o-sphere, I don’t think I hesitated a second. Those that follow the website will probably notice that travelling for music is something I love to do. From heading to SXSW in Austin, CMW in Toronto and the WAMis in Perth - I’ll take any excuse to jump on a plane and see the world. Little did I know, however, that saying yes to this particular endeavour would see me jumping OUT of a plane... but more on that later.

What's the best way get to Manhattan from Newark International Airport in New Jersey?

Flying into Newark (EWR) can not only often be a cheaper way to get into New York with some airline carriers, but it can also be an easier way to get into Manhattan on arrival, too. Unlike La Guardia (LGA) and similar to the crowded John F Kennnedy (JFK), Newark has a train station connected directly to the Airport, accessible by an AirTrain which connects the station to the airport's three terminals and four parking structures.

Hotels on the AU: Novotel Newcastle Beach (NSW)

At the end of last year, Californian Andrew Smith was awarded the title of Destination NSW's "Chief Funster", a duty that sees him travel around the State for six months, creating digital content that shows off New South Wales in all its splendour. I had the opportunity to join Andrew for two days of his adventure, which saw us in Newcastle to take in the annual SURFest and the launch of the city's Craft Beer Week. But first, I needed to check into the hotel.

Travel Tips: Catching the Flyaway from LAX (Los Angeles International Airport)

Los Angeles is a difficult city to navigate without a car, but it's something those on a budget need to manage one way or another. Arriving at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) is the first step in that navigation. How do you get the hell out of there as quickly as humanly possible? Over the years I've generally jumped into one of the SuperShuttle services, where you join others trying to save a bit of money getting from the airport to their destination, but in my most recent US travels I decided to give the public transport option a go - or at least the closest thing to it available - The FlyAway bus.

Flight Review: Virgin Australia - Sydney to Brisbane (VA931)

Welcome to our brand new section AU Abroad where we bring you a birds eye view of the world of travel. As writers for the AU review, we travel for the arts, and so the content in this section reflects that. But in this article series, we just want you to know the best airlines to fly with. We kick things off domestically with an East Coast capital city service from Virgin, who have been kicking things up a notch in recent times to compete with Qantas more aggressively on the domestic market.