Build a travel adventure around your backyard

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Dr Elena Konovalov is a tourism expert with CQUniversity’s Centre for Regional Tourism and Opportunities. Her research interests include sustainable tourism, community wellbeing, and digital innovation in the sector.

Need a holiday? I know the feeling.

This year was supposed to be my big year of international travel. Before 2020 had even started, I had three exciting overseas trips booked, all my annual leave used, and I was happily researching and planning what to see and do when I got there.

And then, coronavirus. Of course there are many many worse impact of global pandemic, and I’m counting myself lucky in so many ways. But with the first two of my trips (to Japan with my best friend, then Istanbul and Barcelona with my mum) definitely not happening, and the third one (to Hawaii in November) under a big question mark, my calendar and passport suddenly look very empty.

Luckily, travel is my expertise as well as my passion. My research with CQUni focuses on tourism, how and why we do it, and all the ways it impacts our communities. And across Australia, communities that rely on tourism have never needed us more.

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Our tips for a world-class Global Voices application

Global Voices is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. Each year they provide scholarships for young Australians to travel overseas, meet world leaders, and engage with international policy making at home and abroad.

A Global Voices delegation will challenge and inspire you. Delegates will get an insider’s look into policy making, and have the chance to express their opinions and offer solutions to global challenges.

This term, Global Voices and CQUniversity are offering two fully-funded scholarships to attend:

  • The World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva in May 2020.
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum in Paris in May 2020.

Applications close Midnight AEDT Sunday 15 March 2020. To be eligible, you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident aged 18 – 30.

If you are passionate, driven and want to make a difference in the world, don’t miss your chance to apply! Here are our top tips for a world-class Global Voices application…

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5 things to do in and around Melbourne on a student budget

Since I’m a student myself I know that money is limited and only staying at home is boring. Of course, our assignments take a lot of time but there should be still time to enjoy our life from time to time 🙂

Therefore, my new blog post is about 5 things to do in and around Melbourne on a student budget. Continue reading 5 things to do in and around Melbourne on a student budget

A week at CQUniversity Rockhampton

Mesmerised is the word that describes my reaction when I first arrived at CQUniversity Rockhampton — the main campus of the University.

I went there to take part in the Chancellor’s Cup, an annual sports tournament. Teams from different campuses competed in sports like cricket, touch football and basketball.  Continue reading A week at CQUniversity Rockhampton

Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – The End

The sad part of an outbound exchange program is that the program itself is for a short term. We get to meet lot of people and make new friends or rather I should say friends for a lifetime and then leave to our own ways. The first week was slow but the remaining weeks went like a flash. Continue reading Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – The End

Random Musings of a Study Abroad Student. Part Five and The End

Imperial War Museum

Class today was at the Imperial War Museum. I spent five hours there, staying until closing, but I probably could have used another couple of hours. Most of my time was spent in the Holocaust exhibit–it was both horrifying and fascinating at the same time. Will definitely be going back to see the parts I missed today.

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Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – Part Three

During the last three weeks, we all had the opportunity to go on several excursions to other cities and areas. These day trips have given me the opportunity to know more about Osaka’s culture, food and people. The first trip was at Nara’s Todai-ji temple which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue reading Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – Part Three

My Study Abroad Journey Continues – Family, Friends and Sightseeing!

Spent the first week in the UK finding a home, getting settled in and meeting the staff at my new uni, University of Bradford. Then I had four weeks to catch up with family, friends and do some sightseeing in my new home! Yay!

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My Fraser Island Adventure

Have you heard about Fraser Island? It is the World Heritage Listed Island near Hervey Bay, Queensland. The island is known for its exceptional beauty with uninterrupted white sand beaches and over 100 freshwater lakes. When my friends and I did some research about the Island, we were impressed by its natural scenery and opportunity for adventure so we decided to make a trip!

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