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What’s New In Vanuatu: Flight Centre Expecting Post-Cyclone Tourism Boost

A cyclone may have struck a few months ago, but a boost to tourism is well and truly back on the agenda in Vanuatu. Head of Flight Centre Australia Tom Walley says now is a great time to head to Vanuatu with all but five of its contracted hotels back up and running. "Vanuatu is back in business! Recovery efforts are moving very quickly with 85 per cent of hotels and resorts open and welcoming guests, and more than 90 per cent of the tours and activities operating as normal," Mr Walley ... Continue Reading

It’s A Doggone Sea Life On Queen Mary 2

We’ve blogged about how you can fly with your fur children, travel with your pampered pooches and stay at pet-friendly hotels, but did you know you can take Fido on the high seas too? Don’t fret - your canine companions and feline friends won’t be confined to the cargo hold for the entire duration of the cruise. Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is the only cruise liner in the world to offer dedicated kennels for your pets, which prove so popular they are frequently sold out and have waitlists ... Continue Reading

The Travelling Life With Twiggy

Twiggy, the English model and actress best known for such films as The Boy Friend, There Goes The Bride and The Blues Brothers, recently sat down with  Richard Webber to chat about her childhood holidays in Bognor Regis, Paris in the Sixties and a frightening parasailing trip in Mauritius. Now a popular fashion designer, Twiggy shares her favourite parts about travelling, some inside tips and some of her preferred places to stay and see around the world. How often do you travel? My ... Continue Reading

How To Survive Short-Haul Flights With Kids

Unless you can afford Business Class, along with most people you probably dread long haul flights. But short haul flights can be pretty unbearable as well – especially on budget airlines. They usually don’t feed you or provide in-flight entertainment – well, not for free anyway – even on 3-4 hour flights to popular family holiday destinations such as Fiji or Vanuatu. So that family holiday that everyone has been so looking forward to can be spoiled on the way over by whining ... Continue Reading

Inside Guide To Lombok

Mention the island of Lombok and you’re guaranteed to hear a comparison to its more famous neighbour to the west, Bali. To Lombok's credit, these comparisons are always flattering, as the island has earned a reputation as being the connoisseur's choice over busier, brasher Bali among seasoned travellers to Indonesia, who feel the latter has lost its charm to over-development. Such afflictions haven't spoiled Lombok yet, where luxury resorts and hotels have taken root with more respect for ... Continue Reading

Behind The Scenes In New York With Photographer Pete Rogers

On a recent trip to the New York City, photographer and videographer Pete Rogers was set the mammoth task of capturing the essence of Big Apple. Along the way, Pete uncovered the human stories behind the concrete jungle and found moments of serenity amid honking horns. We caught up with Pete to get the inside story on the City That Never Sleeps. Welcome To The Empire State "My first impression of New York was interesting," says Pete. "Leaving the airport driving towards, the city I was ... Continue Reading

6 Top End Attractions That Kids Want To See

The Top End is HOT right now, in more ways than one. There are more flights in and more hotels opening up every month and this happening part of Australia's Northern Territory is fast becoming a very popular destination for families. Here are a few recommendations from the locals – junior travel guides from Bound Round, the travel app for kids, by kids. 1. Defence Of Darwin Experience Unlike most museums, a lot of this museum is outdoors, so you can run around and have a ... Continue Reading

Hong Kong’s Finest 5-Star Hotels

With more skyscrapers than any other city in the world, Hong Kong isn't short on great views. So naturally, its elite hotels need to be something special to stand out from the crowd – and often that means standing above it, too. When you stay at a 5-star hotel in Hong Kong Island or Kowloon, there are a few things you can be sure of: views to take your breath away, exemplary service and prime locations offering instant access to the city's essential tourist sites and most highly regarded ... Continue Reading

Luxury Aussie Safari In Bamurru Plains

Bamurru Plains sits on the edge of what it describes as Australia’s Okavango Delta, the Mary River floodplain. The luxury bush retreat is set on a small portion of the 31,160-hectare Swamp Creek Station, which supplies live export buffalo and cattle to Asia. It is three hours from Darwin but feels much more remote and wild. At this time of year, early in the dry season, the waters haven’t fully receded and the wilderness is alive. This is not cocktails-by-the-pool, finery at dinner ... Continue Reading

An East Coast Escapade With Instagrammer Chloe BH

Sydneysider and sun seeker Chloe Barry Hang (@chloe_bh) recently hopped along the East Coast of the United States, letting her inner kid run wild at Walt Disney World, soaking up the Miami heat, and taking in the big city delights of New York City. We caught up with Chloe to get her highlights and tips for an East Coast adventure. What were your first impressions? My first impressions of Miami was that it was very Miami Vice! I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the buildings ... Continue Reading

8 Popular Tours & Activities In Kota Kinabalu

As the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo, Kota Kinabalu is a gateway to the island’s rugged natural wonders. Visitors to the island usually fly in from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila and other regional hubs to explore the cultural highlights both within the coastal city and in the sprawling national park beyond. Colourful street markets and relaxing beaches dot Kota Kinabalu, and beyond the city, you’ll find secluded hot springs and dense ... Continue Reading

Outback Adventures In Australia’s West

Diverse and dominating, the great state of Western Australia brings the poetic turn of phrase 'wide brown land' to life. With its fair share of summer-perfect beaches and culture-driven cities, the Wild West also boasts dramatic Outback landscapes where Dreamtime stories are shared around crackling campfires and rich, red roads stretch to the continent's end. Karijini National Park In the north-west corner about four hours from Port Hedland, Karijini National Park is the ... Continue Reading

15 Classic Parisian Street Views

We turn away from the touristy, brand-name-emblazoned boulevards of Paris this week to wander down quieter streets. Artfully designed and carefully curated, each shop window and building exterior adds another layer to the beauty of the city. See 15 lovely storefronts that will make you want to embark on your own Parisian adventure. Merci Boulangerie Stephane Secco Au Levain d'Antan Deyrolle Le Petit Zinc Au ... Continue Reading

Pacific Aria: P&O’s Newest Ship

119 days and counting! P&O Cruises is counting down the days until they launch one of two new ships set to join the Australian-based fleet. The Pacific Aria is the realisation of many of the cruise line's recent innovations, predicted to take passenger experience to new heights with a sweep of improvements. From new restaurants to cellar door experiences; lavish pool decks to plush, revamped accommodation, this ship is set to provide all the comforts of home while you float from one ... Continue Reading

7 Experiences A True Southerner Wouldn’t Miss

A few months ago I made the mistake of telling my girlfriend, who' s from the US state of Georgia, she wasn't a "true southerner". I had my reasons, but she then had an even better reason to stick a list to the fridge entitled: Reasons Why Chelsea Is A True Southerner And Ben Is An Ethnocentric Aussie. Having just visited the United States' southern lands for a wedding and family reunion, I now have my own list to add to the fridge. If you ever find yourself south of the border, there are ... Continue Reading

Quiz: Where Should You Holiday In Thailand?

Thailand is a one of the most popular holiday escapes for Australians, not only because of its close proximity, but also its affordability and beautiful destinations. Whether you want a relaxing beach holiday or a cultural tour of the country, Thailand is the perfect place for your time off. Don’t know where to go on your adventure? Take our quiz to help you decide where you should holiday in Thailand. ................................................................................. Continue Reading

Proposed Strike Action To Disrupt Australian International Airports

Update: 31/07/15 at 10am Industrial action planned for international airports in Australia on Monday, August 3 will now extend to include Tuesday, August 4. Passengers travelling on international flights on these dates are being advised to expect delays at customs and immigration due to strike action and rolling stoppages. The industrial action will affect all Department of Immigration and Border Protection work areas in all states including international airports, client service ... Continue Reading

5 Best Urban Beaches Around The World

It’s that time of year in Paris when the city’s riversides are transformed from simple promenades to full-blown seaside resorts. Sand and palm trees are shipped in and deck chairs are set up for the annual Paris Plages event, which runs until the middle of August along the Georges-Pompidou Expressway and the La Villette Canal Basin. You won’t even have to leave the city to dip your toes in the sand and sprawl out with a cold drink with friends, at the free, daily attraction that has ... Continue Reading

Underrated Bangkok Experiences You Shouldn’t Miss

For several years now, Bangkok has featured among the top three most visited cities in the world. The Thai capital has a well-worn tourist trail, marked by gleaming temples, teeming markets, and exciting nightlife. Look beyond the traveller staples and you’ll find a different side to this massive metropolis. This is your guide to an alternative experience of Bangkok. Done The Bangkok Canals Boat Tour? Try Koh Kret At the northern tip of Bangkok's suburban sprawl lies an island with no ... Continue Reading

South Australia Only Leaves You Wanting More

If the way to your heart is through your stomach, South Australia will have you smitten right from the get-go. Photographer Brendan McGrath (@theaustraliantraveller) can attest to this. From wandering through the grape wines to following his nose through Adelaide's fresh produce markets, Brendan shares his highlights from a winter trip to the Festival State. What were your first impressions? The ease of getting around and the close proximity of some of Australia’s most iconic ... Continue Reading