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

Nov 23 2014

Essential Items Checklist For Your Summer Holiday

Todd Sturm

No other time of year is more loved or enjoyed than summer it seems. It’s a season wrapped in youthful exuberance, romanticized and immortalised in story and song and one that we dream about on a chilly day. Family picnics and backyard barbeques, fun … Continue reading

Nov 23 2014

Virtual Heads Up On No Turn Down Service

Tara Young

The world is divided into two quite distinct camps when it comes to camping: those who love it and those who don’t. I fall into the latter – I am the type of person who thinks camping or roughing it is staying somewhere that … Continue reading

Nov 23 2014

Christmas In New York

Brian Johnston

Yes, the weather outside is frightful but, if you’re prepared to brave the frigid winter temperatures, a December visit to New York can be quite delightful. The tourist crowds are mostly absent, snow decorates Central Park, windows of department stores are crammed with toys … Continue reading

Nov 22 2014

Adelaide: A Delicious, Laidback City

Keren Lavelle

Adelaide manages to be relaxed and funky, buzzy and quaint, all at the same time. Recent changes to liquor laws, allowing small bars to flourish, have certainly upped the scene, and a hipster laneway culture is developing in the city’s West End. “It’s a … Continue reading

Nov 22 2014

Jewel’s Love Affair With Tropical North Queensland

Rachel Surgeoner

For this tropics loving photographer, Tropical North Queensland offers a sense of freedom, adventure and a chance to commune with nature. We caught up with one of our favourite photographers/ Instagrammers, Jewels Lynch (aka @Jewelszee), to chat about her recent trip to Queensland’s tropical … Continue reading