UAE: Abu Dhabi - More Than A Flight of Fancy
With just 48 hours in Abu Dhabi I had a full schedule of attractions to visit including the third largest mosque in the world, Sheikh Zahed Grand ...
USA, ID and MT: Call of the Wild
Adrenaline junkie Shane Boocock whets his appetite for wild adventure driving the backroads in big-sky Montana and big-river Idaho. From fly fishi ...
AUSTRALIA, QLD: In Seventh Heaven
Just once in awhile I get to do the stuff dreams are made of, as I was due to spend a couple of nights in paradise out at Green Island – the front ...
MALAYSIA, Sabah Borneo: In The Land of the Red Ape
The path circuitously meandered by a rushing waterfall and then the first of thousands of steps appeared. Sweat was already coating my shirt. Onw ...
USA, CA: In Yountville Pushing the Epicurean Envelope
My first view of Yountville was driving along Washington Street, the main ‘cultivated’ thoroughfare, lined with both ivy-covered historical and fa ...
KIWI: This Restless Land – Hiking the Tongariro Crossing & Mt. Ruapehu
Tongariro means ‘South Wind’ and once we had reached the first valley I could sense why it was so named. At first light we were crunching the mues ...
ENGLAND: On The Trail of Lancashire’s Pendle Witches
This speck of UK countryside is what experienced hikers seek out, where solitude abounds, and where wind-swept views can’t be captured fully on a ...
TAHITI: Lazy Hazy Days of Winter - Tahitii and Moorea
Heading up to Tahiti and its dramatic monolithic islands for a few days in the dead of winter can be both rewarding and a great way to take a well ...
VENEZUELA: Where Angels Dared To Tread
Nowadays, many seasoned travellers journey through South American countries reliving their youth, occasionally using well-travelled backpacks from ...
SINGAPORE: Capella Hotel, Sensosa Island
The architects have ingeniously woven the best of old and new Singapore in an astonishing transformation. On arrival I was received by their hotel ...
USA, CA: Handlery Union Square Hotel, San Francisco
Not only does the Handlery Hotel have such a distinct, personal service but it is so well located that within a few strides to the theatre distric ...
TONGA: Vava’u Island Group
Vava’u is spread across 115 square kilometers where you’ll find peaceful island villages, remote sandy-fringed uninhabited islands, spectacular de ...
KIWI: Going With The Flow - A Day on the Dart River
The trip itself is a mesmeric adventure that combines exhilarating wilderness jet boating with unique ‘Funyak’ inflatable canoes. It’s a ‘cool’ wa ...
KIWI: Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown
Arriving at Matakauri Lodge, the crisp weather indicated that autumn had duly arrived. Down on the lakeside trees had metamorphosed into yellow bu ...
SOUTH KOREA: Temple Tourism Where Silence is Golden
We had booked what is known as a Templestay, a unique cultural program that allows you to experience the life of a Buddhist practitioner at tradit ...
SCOTLAND: A Scottish Highland Fling
East Neuk is on the Firth of Forth, a scenic route passing through clusters of tiny fishing villages surrounded by fields of hay bales rolled like ...
WALES: Wandering North Wales
Aweekend wandering the moorland's of Snowdonia, the backstreets in Anglesey, and the churches and castles of North Wales where the Kings of Englan ...
KIWI: The Wonder Country - Campervan Ventures in Southland
Earlier that first day I’d picked up my Maui campervan at Queenstown airport. I’d requested something small and functional; a vehicle with a fridg ...
USA, AZ: Tombstone - To Boothill and Back RV Trip
Hitting the road in an American camper van (a Recreational Vehicle or RV) is the way to see the great outdoors of the USA. With two weeks to head ...
USA, FL: A Highway That Goes to Sea - Florida Keys RV Trip
Over the years many famous American’s have made their way south to Key West including the Nobel prize winning author Ernest Hemingway, playwright ...
REPUBLIC of IRELAND: Wrestling Wrasse on the Beara Peninsula
The Beara Peninsular is one of the least explored regions in the west of Ireland. This is a rugged landscape but with a good fishing guide you can ...
AUSTRALIA, TAS: Hobart’s Half Dozen Treasures
The mountain backdrop and the River Derwent estuary all add to the pleasure Hobart gives to its residents and numerous visitors, including those K ...
NORFOLK ISLAND: Isle of Exiles
For me, getting exiled to Norfolk Island in the midst of a cold, wet springtime in New Zealand was worth the price of an air ticket alone. Just a ...
FIJI: Cavorting on the Coral Coast
The Coral Coast lies about an hour’s drive southwest of Nadi along the Queen’s Road on the main island of Viti Levu where the coastline is a combi ...
NEW CALEDONIA: Flavours of New Caledonia
Eating and drinking in New Caledonia is to enjoy life and their unique and some say delicious cuisine, considered to be among the best in the Sout ...
USA, HI: Hairpin Highway to Hana and Beyond
The island of Maui is a place that is far more crowded today than when author James Michener visited Hana, writing these words about Hamoa Beach, ...
USA, ID: Sun Valley Lodge, Ketchum
For Ketchum and Sun Valley locals, spring, summer and autumn are all about the outdoors and enjoying what nature has delivered in abundance. The r ...
USA, CA: Jamaica Bay Inn, Marina Del Rey
This hotel has an unmatched location with Venice Pier about six blocks walking distance west giving access to the famed Venice promenade and the n ...
KIWI: Waipoua Lodge, Northland
Welcome to Waipoua Lodge. This grand old dame of a building is a Qualmark rated 5 star guest lodge. Ian and Fran Farrant are the owners and hosts ...
AUSTRALIA, QLD: A Taste of Sunshine in Queensland
If you’re staying at Noosa, Coolum or Maroochydore make the effort to spend a day up in the Hinterlands and you’ll discover craft markets, rainfor ...
THAILAND: Sky High in Bustling Bangkok
Getting around Bangkok day or night no matter what the weather, is actually easier than it looks in this city of 17 million, where the inimitable ...
AUSTRALIA, QLD: Taste of the Tropics
It’s known as the Fruit Bowl of the World and they rightly boast about it too. Besides all the restaurants and cafes this region offers an authent ...
USA, CA: Highway 1 - The Convict Coast RV Trip
We were headed for the town of Pacifica and the start of one of America’s best known routes. For anybody who likes to get behind the wheel of a co ...
NEPAL: Kartwheeling in Kathmandu
On the streets of Kathmandu sandwiched between, buses, military trucks, tuk tuks, and all manner of motor bikes with flat wooden pallets fused to ...
AUSTRALIA, NSW: Quarantined In Luxury
From quarantine to pristine luxury. Retreat to Q Station from Sydney's CBD on board a Manly ferry and enjoy a few nights in one of the oldest quar ...
WESTERN SAMOA: In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stephenson
It’s hard to imagine what it would have been like to dock in the port of Apia in the Samoan Islands in December 1889, at time when Jack the Ripper ...
PERU: Lake Sandoval, Amazonia: Mundos Intocados – Untouched Worlds.
As soon as we emerged out onto the lake from the dense jungle undergrowth and sky-filtered treetop canopy, the last rays of sunlight cast a golden ...
KIWI: High Seas Sensations – Cruising New Zealand
As a virgin cruise passenger I was apprehensive about spending four nights at sea with about 1900 other souls on Holland America Line’s MS Oosterd ...
KIWI: Top 10 Kiwi Coastal Department of Conservation Campsites
As summer approaches many of my friends start making arrangements for the festive holidays by dusting off all their camping gear, the stuff that h ...
KIWI: Southern Comfort - Invercargill's Safari Lodge
After spending three days hiking along the spectacular Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track, I was a bit taken aback when I checked into the Safari Lodge in ...
KIWI: South by Southwest Auckland
The rugged bluff where I was standing was as weather-beaten as the chap standing next to me. His name was Frostie. "Life’s too short," he pronounc ...
KIWI: Unpack, Inhale and Unwind – Breathing Easy on Auckland’s West Coast
It was only a short 40 minute drive from downtown Auckland to the heart of Kumeu’s renowned wine country and the famous black sand surfing breaks ...
KIWI: On My Bike - Mountain Biking and the Queenstown Bike Festival
Attending a bike festival usually means only one thing . . . a wee bit of pedalling! It was the week before Easter and instead of eating chocolat ...
KIWI: Waiheke Island – Paradise Found
Paradise it can be said is never far away on Waiheke Island, listed by Frommers Travel Guides as one of the top 12 destinations in the world in 20 ...
HONG KONG: Top Ten Must See Attractions
It occurred to me that Hong Kong has so many old and new attractions worth visiting and experiencing that I thought it was about time and worthwhi ...
MACAU: A Macanese Affair to Remember
My first visit to Macau dates back 30 years to the time I backpacked through Asia with a well-worn bible - the Lonely Planet Southeast Asia on a S ...
NEPAL: Eat Pray Hike – Life on a Himalayan Trail Part 1.
We had arrived in Lukla about lunchtime. Outside our tea-hut were a few Dzopkyo – a cross between a cow and a yak, these beasts of burden are made ...
NEPAL: Eat Pray Hike – Life on a Himalayan Trail Part 2.
New Zealand’s most famous adventurer, Sir Edmund Hillary once said, “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” As mentioned previously, ou ...
AUSTRALIA, SA: Hopping Across to Kangaroo Island
It’s a 45 minutes ferry ride from Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsular to cross the Backstairs Passage to the small community of Penneshaw on Ka ...
USA, Rockies: A Most Excellent Adventure - RV Trip Part 1
The weather on June 15th 2013 was crisp, clear, hot and sunny. It was my birthday. When we arrived at the summit of Wyoming’s Teton Pass at 8,431- ...
USA, Rockies: A Most Excellent Adventure - RV Trip Part 2
Departing the Black Hills of South Dakota we turned our RV (recreational vehicle) west, back into Wyoming on our return journey to Los Angeles via ...
AUSTRALIA, NSW: A South Coast & Southern Highlands Tasting Seduction
It was my first venture into this part of New South Wales and I was beginning to sense this three-night road trip would have a tempting smorgasbor ...
AUSTRALIA, QLD: Campervan Adventures on the Great Tropical Drive
There are 13 additional routes that veer off the main Great Tropical Drive so you can add an extra week or more to your itinerary if you so please ...
USA, NV: Top 10 Las Vegas Travel Tips
If you’re heading to Las Vegas anytime soon then check out what you need to know before you go – not just which casinos offer the cheapest drinks ...
USA, NM: Santa Fe – Downtown Retreat & Mountain Ranch Resort
During the nineteenth century, La Fonda became the preferred destination of trappers, soldiers, gold seekers, gamblers and politicians. Through th ...
ENGLAND: Mark it in Your Calendar – Visit Skipton, Yorkshire
Besides being the setting for part of the movie ‘Calendar Girls,’ this country market town was the winner of the best high street in the UK in 200 ...
ENGLAND: Haunted by Heathcliff - Yorkshire's Bronte Country
The custodian of the Bronte museum says that Haworth is “second only to Stratford for the number of visitors.” I asked him why he thought people w ...
ENGLAND: The Land of Romans, Myths and Medieval Castles
Having found the warmth of the local inn I could see Hadrian’s Wall snaking over a large crag before dropping down into a windswept saddle. In thi ...
AUSTRALIA, TAS: A Taste and a Tipple in Tassie
This was my first trip to Tasmania so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Launceston’s gracious Victorian streetscapes were very different fro ...
USA: Route 66 Chicago to Texas RV Trip (Part 1)
It was a cold April day, the sort of morning that even a swig of moonshine wouldn’t have helped warm up our hearts as we headed away from Chicago’ ...
USA: Route 66 Texas to California RV Trip (Part 2)
Forty five miles south of Route 66, Fort Sumner had little to distinguish it other than winds blowing sagebrush across the uneven road and into th ...
KIWI: Stewart Island's Natural Beauty
Alittle island, off a little island, off a little island . . . is how David Attenborough once described his visit to a Ocean Beach on Stewart Isla ...
KIWI: Sitting on the DOC of the Bay - A Campervan in the Coromandel
As I looked out from my campsite at Fletcher Bay on the northernmost point of the Coromandel I thought how lucky am I. Here I was sitting with jus ...
SCOTLAND: 48 Hours in Edinburgh
Friday night in Edinburgh is an eye opener for an Aucklander who thinks we have great nightlife in the City of Sails. Americans, French, Polish, I ...
REPUBLIC of IRELAND: 48 Hours in Cork
On a cold and crisp, clear blue sky day I had driven from Cork Airport to the city centre. As a proud Aherne I was visiting Cork for the first tim ...
KIWI: Conjuring Up Some Matakana Magic
Just a 45 minute drive north of Auckland in the fading light of a winter’s day I noticed the attention-grabbing signs for the Matakana Coast Wine ...
USA, WY: The Legend of Buffalo Bill
Cody, in the northwestern corner of Wyoming was founded in 1895 and named after the legendary Pony Express rider, soldier in the Kansas Cavalry, s ...
KIWI: Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track - Stairway to Heaven
This is an area with more wilderness and less people than you'll find on other tramping routes in New Zealand - it's that remote. From the shoreli ...
HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s Adventurous Atributes
We were a little skeptical about leaving the famous Hong Kong skyline for the outer reaches of Hong Kong. However under the guidance of Stephanie ...
KIWI: Top 10 Adventure Activities to Experience in Auckland
For me it’s all about experiencing the great outdoors, enjoying a healthier lifestyle and having fun – for people full of life it’s about seeking ...
USA, WY: Unadulterated Wilderness - Yellowstone National Park
The Madison River is a chalkstream-course that is largely the same today as it was nearly 200 years ago when mountain man and fur trapper John Col ...
MACAU: Magical Charm
If you're in the region on a stopover for a few days, check out the 10 best highlights while visiting Macau for a few days. I’ve mixed and matched ...
KIWI: Island’s in the Gulf
The jewels in the crown of Auckland lie only a short distance from the heart of downtown out in the Hauraki Gulf. Take a day out on the water and ...
USA, MT: Montana’s Forgotten Ghost Towns
As I found out, ghost towns and ghost camps in Montana are in out of the way places at high elevations in places such as Alder Gulch - Virginia Ci ...
USA, ID: A Big City with a Small Town Heart
Idaho’s largest city and capital is a relaxed metropolis of outdoor revelers, casual dressed city slickers, bicycle riding university students and ...
KIWI: The Gems and Jewels of the Tutukaka Coast
Ihad three days to discover what was new and refreshing about this eastern part of Northland. It soon became obvious it is the perfect place to ta ...
AUSTRALIA, TA: Hobart’s Half Dozen Treasures
Not unexpectedly on any long, good-weather weekend you’ll find a plethora of Victorians spending their carefree days wandering the shops, gift sto ...

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The trip from the cold winter of Auckland to the lush emerald-coloured islands of Vanuatu took me a little over three hours, which lands on the most populated island, Efate. While Vanuatu’s population is relatively small, its long migratory history makes it one of the richest cultures in the world today.

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