The Otago Central Rail Trail was the first bike trail established on an old rail line in New Zealand. It opened in 2000. The original railway was established in the mining boom and ran from 1879 –1990. It was referred to as “One of the Great Train Trips in the World” and opened up Central […]
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In March this year, 2022, the Kingdom of Bhutan will reopen the ancient Trans Bhutan Trail for the first time in 60 years. After two years of extensive restoration, the trail will be officially inaugurated by His Majesty the King of Bhutan. It was his vision to restore the ancient route for tourism, adventure and […]
While 2021 was rather different to what a normal travel year looks like for a lot of us, we have all managed to discover new places to go and new experiences to try. Here are some of the best things we did during 2021. Glamping and goats are gold Currajong Retreat on the Sapphire Coast […]
What: Come From Away Where: The Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, Sydney The story: Come From Away looks at the period after American airspace was shut down due to the terrifying events of September 11, 2001, when aircraft had to land at their nearest airport – and quickly. In Newfoundland, Canada, that meant that 38 planes carrying […]
It is a long way from Brisbane to Arusha, Tanzania, but Donna Duggan, an inspirational Queenslander, is making a real difference to not only locals in need, but also in the way visitors see and explore the parks and reserves of this country. Donna Duggan sits outside the main tent at the Serengeti camp, a […]
Let’s talk about Taupō. Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, and deservedly so. However, Taupō is the new kid on the block that offers almost as many wow-inducing moments. Taupō is in the middle of the North Island – about 3.5 hours’ drive from Auckland and 4.5 hours’ drive from Wellington. […]
Salzburg gave birth to two of history’s greatest musical phenomena – one from the world of classical music, the other from the much more modern world of film. They were, of course, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and The Sound of Music, which changed the face of film musicals and forever etched itself into the minds […]
InsideJapan The Tokyo Olympics gave the whole world a much needed feel-good factor, and with the Paralympics now underway, Tokyo and Japan are very much on people’s radars. Aussies developed a love affair with the Land of the Rising Sun in the years leading up to the pandemic. With vaccination rates steadily climbing in both […]
In Nashville, music is as much a part of life as breathing. Then there the many other experiences to be had. This is no one-trick city. The lights fade to black inside the small room with its piano keys waiting for hands that will never make sweet music again. The voice of Elvis begins singing […]
When I think of Rocky Mountaineer, I think of Canada. I think of the gobsmackingly glorious scenery along the routes the Rocky Mountaineer takes as it swirls and twists and shines on its various journeys. But now America is introduced to the Rocky action. The very first Rocky Mountaineer itinerary in America is now a […]
Travel giant Forbes has named the Philippines as one of the top seven places to go in 2022. And with those glorious beaches, it is easy to see why.
Long train journeys are one of travel’s great joys and in Australia, we have three of them.