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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.

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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. […]

February 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
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 […]

January 30, 2013 | By | Reply More
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 […]

October 23, 2012 | By | Reply More
Exploring Easter Island and Discovering Its Many Mysteries

Exploring Easter Island and Discovering Its Many Mysteries

Exploring Easter Island with its dramatic stone statues has drawn curious world travelers to its shores for centuries. Easter Island History On Easter Sunday in 1722, a Dutch explorer by the name of Admiral Jacob Roggeveen made landfall on an uncharted island in the Southeast Pacific. The story of Roggeveen’s arrival on Easter Island––called Rapa […]

September 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Papua New Guinea Trip Report – Land of 1,000 Tongues

Papua New Guinea Trip Report – Land of 1,000 Tongues

Papua New Guinea, Land of a Thousand Tongues Papua New Guinea is a pristine land in the most literal sense of the word. It has almost no infrastructure in place to facilitate tourism, and that is one of its most attractive attributes. The unmarred landscape is host to a multitude of unique species of animals […]

August 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Milford Trek – Trip Report of the Finest Walk In The World

Milford Trek – Trip Report of the Finest Walk In The World

Taking On The Milford Trek- Finest Walk In the World Dubbed “The Finest Walk in the World,” the Milford Trek is filled with natural attractions that support New Zealand’s reputation as an other-worldly clime, a place of fantastical sights and breathtaking vistas.  Hiking the Milford Trek, or Milford Track as it is sometimes called, was […]

August 16, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Top Day Trips From Sydney – Explore Mountains, Valleys, Vineyards and Tribal Lands

Top Day Trips From Sydney – Explore Mountains, Valleys, Vineyards and Tribal Lands

Sydney is a spectacular city that is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. It has attractions to entertain everyone from party going singles, to culture seekers and families.  But after you’ve roamed the city streets, don’t miss the opportunity to ‘go walkabout’.  The outskirts of Sydney offer fascinating landscapes and attractions that you’ll […]

July 13, 2012 | By | Reply More
Come Play In The Biggest Sand Box on Earth – Moreton Island Australia

Come Play In The Biggest Sand Box on Earth – Moreton Island Australia

Are you searching for a vacation option that leaves you with more than just a tan line? The unique holiday opportunities on offer at Australia’s beautiful Moreton Island provide visitors with unforgettable experiences and lasting memories.  Situated on the south-east coast of Queensland, Moreton Island is known as one of world’s largest sand islands and […]

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New Zealand Cycling Tour in a Land of Jaw-Dropping Scenery

New Zealand Cycling Tour in a Land of Jaw-Dropping Scenery

New Zealand Cycling Tour of the South Island with Superb Views Every Day Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past ten years you’ll probably already know that New Zealand has some outstanding views. One of the many enjoyable ways to explore this country is to cycle around parts or all of it. […]

May 21, 2012 | By | Reply More
Visiting The Sydney Opera House – More Than Just Opera

Visiting The Sydney Opera House – More Than Just Opera

No trip to Sydney Australia is complete without enjoying a show at the Sydney Opera House. Whether you want to hear a musical performance, catch a comedy, or attend an Opera, the Sydney Opera House has it all.  The Sydney Opera House is as iconic to Sydney as the harbour bridge, and is perhaps the […]

May 15, 2012 | By | Reply More
World’s Most Thrilling High-Country Drives

World’s Most Thrilling High-Country Drives

The world’s great high-country drives offer unparalleled scenery through the windshield. From the bear-prowled highlands of America’s Northern Rockies to the glacier-thick buttresses of New Zealand’s backbone, mountain roads are rich in scenery—and, with sheer drop-offs, avalanche delays, and tempestuous weather often the norm, a fair sprinkle of danger. Here are five glorious high-elevation routes—but […]

May 2, 2012 | By | Reply More
An Abundance of Australia Travel Discounts for Savvy Seniors

An Abundance of Australia Travel Discounts for Savvy Seniors

Savvy ways to find travel discounts across Australia for senior travelers Australian senior citizens get great deals with their senior cards issued by the government, but so do non-citizen seniors who are travelling within the country. Savvy seniors travelling in Australia know how to find and get those deals. Ticket offices for cable cars, tourist […]

April 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Discover Inverell Australia – Dig For Sapphires, Diamonds and Topaz Gems

Discover Inverell Australia – Dig For Sapphires, Diamonds and Topaz Gems

Inverell is an intriguing Australian town with a proud pioneering history. Perched along the Macintyre River, Inverell sits in-between Sydney and Brisbane in New South Wales.  Set in the New England Tablelands in NSW, this picturesque valley is well worth a visit. The Gaelic meaning of Inverell is: the meeting place of the swans. However, […]

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