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Freediving, Three of The World’s Best Sites – Where Less Really Is More

Freediving, Three of The World’s Best Sites – Where Less Really Is More

3 Fantastic Spots to Go Freediving

Fuelled by determination and a sheer love of the deep, freediving is an adrenaline-pumping experience that certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. Hungry for the challenge, divers ditch their breathing equipment for the power of their own lungs to descend to great depths and explore all the underwater world has to offer. The thought might seem intimidating but anybody can learn the art of freediving, and those that do never look back.

August 22, 2014 | By More
Exploring Cairns Australia, More Than Just Sea and Surf

Exploring Cairns Australia, More Than Just Sea and Surf

Renowned as the “Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef”, which is acknowledged as the largest living organism on the planet at 2011 km long (just under 1250 miles), Cairns has even more than sea life to offer. Although, the journey out to the beginning of the reef at Green Island certainly has to be done simply for the experience. However, my interests are more green than blue, and with that in mind, my thoughts go inland to the Wet Tropics Rainforest.

July 4, 2014 | By More
Tiny and Trendy,  World’s Smallest Vacation Rentals That Deliver Big Memories

Tiny and Trendy, World’s Smallest Vacation Rentals That Deliver Big Memories

When I yearn to get away from the stress and break-neck pace of everyday life, I prefer to head somewhere snug and comfortable. Sure, you can find those adjectives in a 25-story luxury resort, if you’re looking – but I think small. A lot smaller, in fact. ‘Tiny houses’ appear to be all the rage. Modest and minimalistic, a diminutive domicile can provide an excellent opportunity for clearing your mind and providing focus.

If you want to take the cozy experience for a test drive, there are a myriad of ‘tiny’ vacation rentals out there. From spaceship-inspired houses in the shadow of the towering Alps to Northwestern Oregon treehouses, the options wide and varied. Let’s take a look at a few unique selections…

February 24, 2014 | By More
Where To Find The World’s Best Parties

Where To Find The World’s Best Parties

The vast majority of travel guides that crowd dusty shelves in books stores and personal libraries tell you where to find the best hotels, countless museums and endless architecturally significant churches, but they’re missing one of the most important reasons we travel – to discover where locals go to party!

Where To Party Around The World. The Matador Network, a community of young travel bloggers who tell it like it is, has just published the “ultimate guide to partying around the world”, with 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die.

January 14, 2014 | By More
Where to Experience Aboriginal Life In Australia

Where to Experience Aboriginal Life In Australia

One Of The Top Activities When Visiting Australia is to Experience Aboriginal Life

When a guy from Perth decides to go on a vacation, I think the natural thing to do is look for something completely different to experience. My friend and I decided that Australia’s North Queensland or more specifically Cairns, would be the right place to look for that welcomed change of scenery. My friend suggested that Cairns has a “blend of modern and ancient with nice beaches, hospitable sea and lots of Sun”. It was fantastic.

Of course, considering how long it had been since I had taken a proper vacation, I was bound to be thrilled unless I got shot, stabbed or bitten by one of the poisonous Aussie animals, of which there are plenty. Never the less, I believe Northern Queensland would be equally enjoyable even if I went there every year.

January 3, 2014 | By More
Swim With Dolphin in The Wild in Nelson Bay Australia

Swim With Dolphin in The Wild in Nelson Bay Australia

Having the opportunity to swim with dolphins in the wild is one of the best experiences a person can possibly have in a lifetime. At least this is exactly how it felt to me. It’s a rare treat to find a destination where you can swim with Dolphin in the wild, which is what makes a visit to Nelson Bay Australia so exciting.

Dolphins are incredible creatures. They are not only beautiful and friendly, but also super intelligent. Take the opportunity to be part of the natural environment of dolphins, to be there and see the way they play and live, to closely look at them and see them looking back – all these are moments that can undoubtedly warm the heart of everyone, even people who are not huge dolphin-lovers. Swimming with dolphins in Nelson Bay, Australia, I had a time which will remain in my mind and heart for the rest of my life.

December 23, 2013 | By More
Cruise Ship Excursions That Will Excite All You Foodies

Cruise Ship Excursions That Will Excite All You Foodies

There’s a new focus on Foodie based shore excursions and chef prepared regional dishes aboard major cruise lines in 2014. While cruising has always had a reputation for offering an abundance of food, cruise lines haven’t often tapped into local ingredients or presented regional dishes of the ports they visit. For many of us, half the pleasure of traveling to new destinations is to experience the local fare and to bring home a recipe for a wonderful regional dish. Thankfully, this is all changing with cruise lines featuring celebrity chef experiences, cooking classes and on-shore culinary excursions.

November 22, 2013 | By More
Only In New Zealand – 5 Mind Blowing Adventure Experiences

Only In New Zealand – 5 Mind Blowing Adventure Experiences

5 Out-of-the-ordinary experiences in New Zealand

Celebrated for its amazing scenery and array of adventure experiences, New Zealand’s diverse landscapes make a perfect holiday destination. With so much to see and do, it can be difficult to ensure you don’t miss out on the best activities, so we’ve put together a list of five of the most adventurous and out-of-the-ordinary experiences within this spectacular country.

November 5, 2013 | By More
The Great Ocean Road – Australia’s Most Scenic Road Trip

The Great Ocean Road – Australia’s Most Scenic Road Trip

Highlights of a Road Trip along Australia’s Great Ocean Road

What makes the Great Ocean Road so great? Although there are countless scenic coastal drives you can take in Australia, it’s the rugged beauty and show-stopping scenery that really sets this one apart. You’ll spot the remnants of Victorian shipwrecks and migrating whales from the top of these sheer, thrilling cliffs, along with the following highlights.

October 24, 2013 | By More
6 Destinations To Swim With Sea Turtles On Your Vacation

6 Destinations To Swim With Sea Turtles On Your Vacation

For many people, a chance to swim with sea turtles is a dream come true. There are seven species existing today that can be found swimming and diving to the depths below seas. Sea turtles have been around for over 110 million years – since the time of the dinosaurs. You can swim with turtles on any continent (except Antarctica). So get your swimming costume on, swap sandals for a pair of flippers and get ready to paddle around with one of Earth’s most ancient creatures.

Cook Island Marine Reserve is a small protected island located on the Gold Coast in the south east of Queensland. With plenty of soft and hard coral gardens it’s the perfect sanctuary for a rich marine life. Visitors can see a variety of tropical sea life the including clown fish, damsel fish, angel fish, the occasional manta rays and of course the resident green sea turtles. The turtles can be spotted all year round in these oceans so you’re guaranteed a chance to swim with some when you visit.

September 13, 2013 | By More
Adelaide, Gateway to Southern Australia’s Popular Wine-Tasting Tours

Adelaide, Gateway to Southern Australia’s Popular Wine-Tasting Tours

Many visitors to Adelaide are lured by its unique architecture, clean city beaches, and lush gardens. Yet Adelaide is also located in the centre of one of Australia’s most notable wine producing regions, thanks to the cool climate and abundant greenery. If you’re a Shiraz lover like me, this is reason enough to book a flight and start exploring the popular wine regions just a short distance from Adelaide.

One of Australia’s most famous wine-producing regions, Barossa Valley is particularly well-known for its bold, robust Shiraz. There are over 150 wineries to visit, so you may want to extend your day trip and stay overnight in one of the quaint regional bed and breakfasts.

August 4, 2013 | By More
Diary Of A House Sitter – How To Travel The World On The Cheap

Diary Of A House Sitter – How To Travel The World On The Cheap

It’s 6:30am and sunlight is streaming in through the windows. I’m not usually a morning person but the jungle comes alive at sunrise and the sounds rouse me from my hazy slumber. You might think that I am perhaps on holiday in a glamorous resort or on an eco-vacation, maybe even a yoga retreat. Well although all of the above do sound very appealing I am actually house sitting on a cashew farm in southern Costa Rica. In my opinion, this is a far more enjoyable alternative.

I’ve been charged with caring for a hillside property overlooking the Pacific Ocean, along with the owner’s boisterous golden Labrador Jack, who has a penchant for tennis balls and an insatiable desire to play fetch.

I’m in heaven.

July 30, 2013 | By More
5 Adventure Highlights of Kangaroo Island – The Galapagos of Australia

5 Adventure Highlights of Kangaroo Island – The Galapagos of Australia

When considering Australia’s tourist hotspots, Kangaroo Island is a unique and precious gem that should not be missed. Located off the southern coast, a short distance from Adelaide, Australia’s third largest island offers captivating beauty and a complete wilderness experience. Kangaroos are just the beginning of the many animal species found here living in the wild. Many consider Kangaroo Island to be the Galapagos of Australia.

It would not be an overstatement to address this island as a little heaven which presents the opportunity to experience Mother Nature at her best. The island is dotted with numerous splendid attractions and offers ample of recreational activities. Here is an attempt to give you an overview of the peerless beauty of this little paradise on earth by classifying its adventures into five categories.

July 17, 2013 | By More
Cruising Into The Future – Where Cruising is Headed in 2013 and Beyond

Cruising Into The Future – Where Cruising is Headed in 2013 and Beyond

Lind and I have just returned from attending Cruise Shipping Miami, a global cruise conference that brings together the world’s major cruise lines, destination representatives and ship building suppliers – quite a heady experience!  For three days we attended seminars, chatted with cruise line CEOs and learned about where the world of cruising is headed […]

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Guide To Activities in the Beautiful Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Guide To Activities in the Beautiful Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Guide to Wonderful Water Activities in the Whitsundays A visit to Queensland would not be complete without a journey to the spectacular Whitsunday Islands, located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.  The Whitsundays is a collection of 74 tropical islands, a true paradise with endless white sandy beaches surrounded by fresh warm waters. […]

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Snowboarding in Oz – Australia Offers Year-Round Boarding Fun

Snowboarding in Oz – Australia Offers Year-Round Boarding Fun

Start talking about ski towns and snowboard destinations and “the usual suspects” would include the Swiss Alps, the French Alps and Aspen in the United States. But… Australia? You might find this hard to believe, but this continent also has areas that allow snowboarding, particularly in the southern states of New South Wales and Victoria. […]

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Stepping Out in Sydney – Calendar of Cultural Events for 2013

Stepping Out in Sydney – Calendar of Cultural Events for 2013

Sydney 2013 Cultural Calendar credit: Linh_rOm In the past decade, Australia has emerged as one of the most important cultural hubs and economic powerhouses on the globe. It now plays host to some of the largest and most highly esteemed social events of the year, and has become a popular destination for travelers eager to […]

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Guide to Planning a Road Trip to the Best Vineyards in Australia

Guide to Planning a Road Trip to the Best Vineyards in Australia

Too often, visitors to Australia see only the main attractions, missing the amazing views of the more rural countryside. One of the best ways to truly experience the sights, sounds, and flavors Australia has to offer, is to go on a vineyard themed road trip across the outback. Over the last decade, Australian wines have […]

December 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
6 Weird and Wonderful Things To Do in New Zealand

6 Weird and Wonderful Things To Do in New Zealand

Only In New Zealand! – Wonderfully Weird Things to Do I’m one of those oddball guys who enjoy trying the weird and wonderful and this carries over whenever I go on a vacation. I try to stay well clear from the usual tourist traps and head for places which offer unique experiences that I’ll remember […]

November 5, 2012 | By | Reply More
Coober Pedy – Opal Capital of the World and Gem Of The Outback

Coober Pedy – Opal Capital of the World and Gem Of The Outback

Have you ever wondered where opals come from and how an opal is mined?  The South Australian Outback town of Coober Pedy is surely one of the country’s most unusual destinations on the planet.  Known as the ‘Opal Capital of the World’, there are much more than ‘gems’ to discover in this curious, quirky and […]

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