Nov 28 2014

Winners Announced For The 2014 Queensland Tourism Awards

Ashton Rigg

Tonight marks 30 years celebrating Queensland’s best in show, with Dreamworld, Woodford Folk Festival and the XXXX Brewery just some of the businesses taking top honours in the 2014 Queensland Tourism Awards. With Brisbane still in recovery-mode following a stormy battering on Thursday afternoon, … Continue reading

Nov 28 2014

Dying to Shop On Black Friday

Gemma Cleveland

There are holiday experiences that carry an element of risk – Spain’s ‘Running of the Bulls’ festival and Bolivia’s ‘Death Road’ are just two that draw thousands of thrill-seeking travellers every year despite the danger surrounding them. You wouldn’t expect a trip to the … Continue reading

Nov 28 2014

Monsoon Rain & A Bollywood Star All In One Afternoon

Rachel Surgeoner

At the time my interview was scheduled with world traveller, Bollywood star, actor, model, philanthropist and Insight Gold Brand Ambassador, Lisa Ray, a tropical storm had descended upon Brisbane. Thankfully the gracious Lisa was more than sympathetic to my state on arrival: dripping wet … Continue reading

Nov 28 2014

Talking Turkey: Macy’s 88th Thanksgiving Day Parade

Carlie Tucker

For those of us that hail from the US, this fourth Thursday of November means one thing: Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks and observe our very favourite holiday traditions. From family, food, fun and more food, everyone celebrates in their own way; … Continue reading

Nov 28 2014

A Whirlwind Whitsunday Trip With Paul Pichugin

Rachel Surgeoner

I phoned Paul to chat about his recent trip with Flight Centre to The Whitsundays. The avid nomad took my call from Streaky Bay, one of the last towns in South Australia before you hit the Nullarbor Plain, about 2,500 kilometres from his home … Continue reading

Nov 27 2014

South America’s Top 12

Brian Johnston

Few destinations offer the diversity of South America, which can take in balmy Caribbean beaches, pink volcanoes and deserts, or gleaming Patagonian glaciers. The continent also offers extraordinary pre-Columbian ruins and art, gracious colonial architecture, contemporary urban dynamism and carnivals galore. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador … Continue reading

Nov 27 2014

Australians To Be Included In India’s New Online Visa Scheme

Gemma Cleveland

It is likely Australians will soon find travelling to India a whole lot easier thanks to a new visa scheme. Travellers are expected to be able to apply for a 30-day single-entry tourist visa online, making the visa process a whole lot easier and … Continue reading

Nov 27 2014

Scenic Tours Offering Special Deals For Earlybird Bookings On Scenic Spirit

Ben Stower

Scenic Tours is celebrating the new addition to its current fleet of 13 luxury cruise ships by offering Earlybird deals for bookings made on Scenic Spirit cruises by 30 April 2015. One offer is the inclusion of free return flights to Asia – a saving … Continue reading

Nov 27 2014

Taking The Wheel On A Vanuatu Jungle Safari

Anna Howard

Splat! As I tore through the rugged terrain of the beef plantation, my passenger suddenly dissolved into a fit of giggles and squeals. I looked down to discover a sizeable cow patty had whipped up from the buggy’s wheels, right onto my leg. Cue … Continue reading

Nov 27 2014

See Auckland On Your Own City Walking Tour

Ben Stower

I have attempted to explore some cities in this world on foot only to end up seeking out the nearest public transport. Auckland was not one of those. Its compact city centre made sightseeing on foot a cinch. Not only did I get a … Continue reading

Nov 26 2014

A Guide To Buenos Aires’ Buzzing Cafe Culture

Miranda Luby

By day Buenos Aires is a fast-paced metropolis but come 5pm in the Argentinian capital, time slows down. Come 5pm, the port city reveals its true European flair as the cafes scattered generously along the wide streets and narrow laneways of every barrio, or … Continue reading

Nov 26 2014

How Colombia Got Its Groove Back

Ute Junker

From the world’s murder capital to a thriving tourist destination, Ute Junker explores Colombia’s remarkable reinvention. For a while, he was king of the world. Back in the 1980s, Pablo Escobar, Medellin’s most notorious drug baron, controlled 80 per cent of the world’s cocaine … Continue reading

Nov 25 2014

Visiting Iguazú Falls

Brian Johnston

Before it comes into view, you hear it rumble. Water droplets trickle off leaves and pitter-patter onto the path. For a moment you think it must be raining, then you realise this is spray from one almighty waterfall. The path changes to a steel … Continue reading

Nov 25 2014

Nature VS Nurture: Are Manmade Beaches Better?

Ben Stower

Manmade beaches don’t stem from the belief that anything Mother Nature can do we can do better. They’re simply a product of an unrelenting desire to bring that most treasured part of the coast to our inland metropolises and resorts. And really, in this … Continue reading

Nov 25 2014

How To Spend A Morning in Devonport

Carlie Tucker

Should you find yourself in Auckland with a few hours to spare, you may just want to consider a trip to one of the surrounding islands. Emphasising everything from rugged volcanic terrain to the charm of streets less travelled, these mini escapes are the … Continue reading

Nov 24 2014

Top 10 South American Thrills

Shaney Hudson

South America. There’s something about this continent that inspires tales of adventure. Who doesn’t feel like a famous adventurer, fictitious or otherwise (Indiana?), while hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or discovering unique nature on the Galapagos Islands. Get on the go and … Continue reading

Nov 24 2014

Crosstown Doughnuts: A Story Of Sweet Success

Ashton Rigg

There’s a doughnut renaissance happening in London right now, and Crosstown have been caught jam-handed as the culprits behind the sudden sugar rush. From humble market stall beginnings to the food halls of Selfridges and Wholefoods, Crosstown’s team of artisan bakers are being put … Continue reading

Nov 24 2014

Luxe Reef Resort Lizard Island Reopens March 2015

Ashton Rigg

Lizard Island isn’t your run-of-the-mill offshore retreat. Australia’s northernmost island hideaway closed earlier this year in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Ita but is set to reopen for business in March, 2015, much to the delight of discerning travellers. Private-plane-only access means you won’t … Continue reading

Nov 24 2014

Contiki’s New ‘Japan Unrivalled’ Tour Is Haiku Inspiring

Ben Stower

Contiki has been making the rounds for the last five or so decades, steadily cementing itself as a leader in 18-35s travelling. Known predominantly for its Europe and America tours, Contiki has further branched out, establishing its first tour in a land where bonsai … Continue reading

Nov 24 2014

Auckland Family Adventures

Deborah Dickson-Smith

Auckland has plenty on offer for your little Hobbits, whether they fancy getting their big feet wet sailing in the harbour, scaring themselves silly from the dizzying heights of the Sky Tower or conversing with animals at the zoo. Here are a few ideas. … Continue reading