Travel Stories

Pheonix of the Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka

Australian tour guide and Sri Lanka travel expert Nina Gage shares her top tips for the emerging “must-see” destination. After decades of civil war, peace and prosperity has finally come to Sri Lanka. Now featured regularly in the pages of glossy travel magazines and in lists of top countries to visit, the ‘Teardrop Island’ that…

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Slice of Life Tours

As I grow older and some say wiser, I find that travelling to far-flung destinations can be arduous. I honestly believe that escorted tours are the only way to go, especially to more exotic locations.  All the hassle is removed. My wife and I choose escorted tours whenever possible. On these selected tours experts guide…

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A MAJESTIC ROAD TRIP

by Phil Hawkes Forget the blues. The inspirational, world famous Blue Mountains west of Sydney are beckoning and an easy road trip from Sydney is the way to enjoy everything that’s on offer in this most beautiful of Australian landscapes. Apart from breathtaking scenery and breath-taking walking trails, there’s now a real foodie culture blossoming…

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New Zealand during autumn

Discover the places and experiences that come alive in New Zealand during autumn. Avoid the crowds, but still enjoy the sunshine – autumn is a great time to travel in New Zealand. Long, sunny days tend to linger long into New Zealand’s autumn and with average high temperatures of between 18C and 25C, you’ll hardly…

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Not Staying Home

Australians are intrepid travellers. From the back o’bourke to the Bimini Islands you will bump into an Aussie on tour. Our wanderlust is never truly satisfied. The need for a walkabout embedded in our souls. To see the “real Australia” you could head north, south, east or west in this vast continent. Some places have…

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THE DAY THE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK

JOHN McNAMEE TALKS TO A SYDNEY COUPLE WHO SURVIVED THE NIGHTMARE IN NEPAL AROUND 11am on April 25 this year, retired Sydney insurance executive Ken Ryan and his wife Anne decided to go for a stroll in Kathmandu. They’d only just arrived in the former Nepalese kingdom from neighbouring Bhutan where one of the highlights…

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Airbnb: No-Hotel Travel for All Ages

Take it from me, there is no such thing as an affordable London hotel.  A room for a night, maybe. But I was looking for safety, convenience and comfort for far less than $250 a night. After surfing the web for hours, I had a midnight brainstorm.  My schoolteacher son had booked a temporary stay…

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6 Local Produce Markets Worth Travelling For

When on vacation, while all the hotel food and restaurant meals are enjoyable, sometimes travellers really just feel like eating some fresh, simple, healthy food. However, when you’re travelling around the globe, it can often be difficult to find places to purchase organic fruit and veg or locally-grown meats, baked goods and more. That’s where…

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