Contiki Wants You to Quit Your Day Job For These European Tours

Bon Voyage.

Cinque Terre, Courtesy of Contiki

Contiki is encouraging Aussies than are seeking a change of scene, to take part in their #QuitForContiki campaign, which will see them win a trip to Europe in exchange for quitting their day job.

Intrigued? Keep reading.

So according to new research from Contiki, 70% of young Aussies are rethinking their career because of a burning and undeniable desire to travel.

With an urge to clean their desk and clear their mind, the pressure facing burnt out workers has sparked the ‘The Great Resignation’, with a surprising amount young career babes seeking to change roles, or start new careers entirely. 

It’s not surprising that we’re longing for a change of scene. After two years of cancelled holidays, screen fatigue, and globetrotting only via Zoom backgrounds, it’s clear that Aussies are determined to break free of the 9-5 life and get back to exploring the world with a carpe diem mindset.

1 in 10 18-35 year old’s, have confirmed that they will hand in their notice and resign for travel in 2022.

A further 19% admit they would quit if the right destination calls…. so goodnight Sydney, buongiorno Roma, right?

Portugal, Courtesy of Contiki

In light of this new research, Contiki has prepared a tongue-in-cheek one-stop destination to quit in style.

Dubbed #QuitForContiki this new campaign provides a suite of ready-to-go resignation materials, to help Australians trade the tools for travel, without the added stress of how to break the news.

For those ready to announce their promotion as Chief Traveller, the resignation toolkit includes:

  • A good old resignation letter to keep it classy
  • A PowerPoint full of charts
  • The bye-bye auto-reply, an out of office but make it forever
  • A LinkedIn announcement to let the world know
  • Pre-recorded voice messages for those with no time for email
  • A break up SMS – stone cold but you have bags to pack

If you’re reading this and thinking “I’ve been wanting to quit my job and go travelling” right now, then this seems like fate. If this isn’t the perfect excuse to take a risk for travel, we don’t know what is.

By partaking in one of the above methods of resignation, you can go in the chance to win to win your very own European Contiki trip! Visit here to start your resignation process.

DJ Tigerlily, supporter of #QuitforContiki, is eager to help her fellow Aussies make fulfilling lifestyle changes by switching on their OOO, forever.

“If you’re feeling the fatigue of everyday life, there is no better time to take a leap and focus on what truly matters: new experiences and meaningful friendships. Whether you’re someone who likes to keep it classy with a handwritten letter – or you’re stone cold and bold enough to send a break-up text, the #QuitForContiki materials do the hard work for you.” 

“With all details sorted and a group full of like-minded friends in the making, Contiki offers a perfect opportunity to experience the world hassle-free.”

If you need a little more convincing, here are all the European tours on offer right now:

Ultimate European — the one that does it big, all of Europe topped off with the Greek Islands 

European Trail — the one that trails through Europe’s bucket-list musts and lesser-known secrets 

Greek Island Hopping — the one that gives you the ultimate Greek Island experience exploring Mykonos, Paros, Santorini and Ios

Santorini, Courtesy of Contiki

European Discovery — the one that uncovers Europe’s finest in 12 days, complete with fairy lights and Christmas markets 

European Whirl — the one that combines history, adventure, natural beauty, food and fun times over 18 days

European Highlights — the one that does Europe’s best bucket-list destinations in two weeks 

Great Britain & Ireland — the one that gives you the best of British culture, topped off with the Emerald Isle 

European Escapade — the one that ticks off all your bucket-list cities including Barcelona over one unforgettable month 

European Inspiration — the one that says Bonjour, Ciao and Hallo to 10 countries in 19 days featuring Rome, Prague and Berlin 

European Encounter — the one that ticks off highlight European cities over 16 days

Contiki Chateau, Courtesy of Contiki

 Norway Fjords & Northern Lights — the one that sets sail for the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis

Tuscan Escape — the one that stirs your passion for authentic Italian life under the Tuscan sun

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Ditch your Phone for ‘Dome Life’ in this Pastoral Paradise Outside Port Macquarie 

A responsible, sustainable travel choice for escaping big city life for a few days.

nature domes port macquarie
Photo: Nature Domes

The urge to get as far away as possible from the incessant noise and pressures of ‘big city life’ has witnessed increasingly more of us turn to off-grid adventures for our holidays: polled travellers at the start of 2023 and 55% of us wanted to spend our holidays ‘off-grid’.  Achieving total disconnection from the unyielding demands of our digitised lives via some kind of off-grid nature time—soft or adventurous—is positioned not only as a holiday but, indeed, a necessity for our mental health. 

Tom’s Creek Nature Domes, an accommodation collection of geodesic domes dotted across a lush rural property in Greater Port Macquarie (a few hours’ drive from Sydney, NSW), offers a travel experience that is truly ‘off-grid’. In the figurative ‘wellness travel’ sense of the word, and literally, they run on their own independent power supply—bolstered by solar—and rely not on the town grid. 

Ten minutes before you arrive at the gates for a stay at Tom’s Creek Nature Domes, your phone goes into ‘SOS ONLY’. Apple Maps gives up, and you’re pushed out of your comfort zone, driving down unsealed roads in the dark, dodging dozens of dozing cows. Then, you must ditch your car altogether and hoist yourself into an open-air, all-terrain 4WD with gargantuan wheels. It’s great fun being driven through muddy gullies in this buggy; you feel like Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park.  As your buggy pulls in front of your personal Nature Dome, it’s not far off that “Welcome…to Jurassic Park” jaw-dropping moment—your futuristic-looking home is completely engulfed by thriving native bushland; beyond the outdoor campfire lie expansive hills and valleys of green farmland, dotted with sheep and trees. You’re almost waiting to see a roaming brachiosaurus glide past, munching on a towering gum tree…instead, a few inquisitive llamas trot past your Dome to check out their new visitor. 

To fully capture the awe of inhabiting a geodesic dome for a few days, a little history of these futuristic-looking spherical structures helps. Consisting of interlocking triangular skeletal struts supported by (often transparent) light walls, geodesic domes were developed in the 20th century by American engineer and architect R. Buckminster Fuller, and were used for arenas. Smaller incarnations have evolved into a ‘future-proof’ form of modern housing: domes are able to withstand harsh elements due to the stability provided by the durable materials of their construction and their large surface area to volume ratio (which helps minimize wind impact and prevents the structure from collapsing). As housing, they’re also hugely energy efficient – their curved shape helps to conserve heat and reduce energy costs, making them less susceptible to temperature changes outside. The ample light let in by their panels further reduces the need for artificial power. 

Due to their low environmental impact, they’re an ideal sustainable travel choice. Of course, Tom’s Creek Nature Domes’ owner-operators, Cardia and Lee Forsyth, know all this, which is why they have set up their one-of-a-kind Nature Domes experience for the modern traveller. It’s also no surprise to learn that owner Lee is an electrical engineer—experienced in renewable energy—and that he designed the whole set-up. As well as the off-grid power supply, rainwater tanks are used, and the outdoor hot tub is heated by a wood fire—your campfire heats up your tub water via a large metal coil. Like most places in regional Australia, the nights get cold – but rather than blast a heater, the Domes provide you with hot water bottles, warm blankets, lush robes and heavy curtains to ward off the chill.

nature domes port macquarie
Photo: Nature Domes

You’ll need to be self-sufficient during your stay at the Domes, bringing your own food. Support local businesses and stock up in the town of Wauchope on your drive-in (and grab some pastries and coffee at Baked Culture while you’re at it). There’s a stovetop, fridge (stocked as per a mini bar), BBQs, lanterns and mozzie coils, and you can even order DIY S’More packs for fireside fun. The interiors of the Domes have a cosy, stylish fit-out, with a modern bathroom (and a proper flushing toilet—none of that drop bush toilet stuff). As there’s no mobile reception, pack a good book or make the most of treasures that lie waiting to be discovered at every turn: a bed chest full of board games, a cupboard crammed with retro DVDs, a stargazing telescope (the skies are ablaze come night time). Many of these activities are ideal for couples, but there’s plenty on offer for solo travellers, such as yoga mats, locally-made face masks and bath bombs for hot tub soaks. 

It’s these thoughtful human touches that reinforce the benefit of making a responsible travel choice by booking local and giving your money to a tourism operator in the Greater Port Macquarie Region, such as Tom’s Creek Nature Domes. The owners are still working on the property following the setbacks of COVID-19, and flooding in the region —a new series of Domes designed with families and groups in mind is under construction, along with an open-air, barn-style dining hall and garden stage. Once ready, the venue will be ideal for wedding celebrations, with wedding parties able to book out the property. They’ve already got one couple—who honeymooned at the Domes—ready and waiting. Just need to train up the llamas for ring-bearer duties! 

An abundance of favourite moments come to mind from my two-night stay at Tom’s Creek: sipping champagne and gourmet picnicking at the top of a hill on a giant swing under a tree, with a bird’s eye view of the entire property (the ‘Mountain Top picnic’ is a must-do activity add on during your stay), lying on a deckchair at night wrapped in a blanket gazing up at starry constellations and eating hot melted marshmallows, to revelling in the joys of travellers before me, scrawled on notes in a jar of wishes left by the telescope (you’re encouraged to write your own to add to the jar). But I’ll leave you with a gratitude journal entry I made while staying there. I will preface this by saying that I don’t actually keep a gratitude journal, but Tom’s Creek Nature Domes is just the kind of place that makes you want to start one. And so, waking up on my second morning at Tom’s —lacking any 4G bars to facilitate my bad habit of a morning Instagram scroll—I finally opened up a notebook and made my first journal entry:

‘I am grateful to wake up after a deep sleep and breathe in the biggest breaths of this clean air, purified by nature and scented with eucalyptus and rain. I am grateful for this steaming hot coffee brewed on a fire. I feel accomplished at having made myself. I am grateful for the skittish sheep that made me laugh as I enjoyed a long nature walk at dawn and the animated billy goats and friendly llamas overlooking my shoulder as I write this: agreeable company for any solo traveller. I’m grateful for total peace, absolute stillness.” 

Off-grid holiday status: unlocked.

Where: Tom’s Creek Nature Domes, Port Macquarie, 2001 Toms Creek Rd
Price: $450 per night, book at the Natura Domes website.

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