Archive | March, 2007

New Zealand’s North Island

A couple of years ago it seemed like everybody had to go to New Zealand. The Lord of the Rings movies were being released, the ‘Pure New Zealand” campaign was in full swing, and every couple of weeks I got a new email with a link of Flickr photos from yet another friend’s trip. My […]

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March 31, 2007 by | 2 Comments

Throw Away the Guidebook

Travellers should never take notice of suggestions about what the supposed “highlights” of their destination might be. Highlights ought to be personal, not lifted from a guidebook or acquired from knowledgeable friends who’ve been there before you! To illustrate what I mean, here are three things that I’m still thinking about after a recent trip […]

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March 29, 2007 by | 1 Comment

Autumn in Melbourne, Australia

Autumnal Melbourne Crisp, blustery days, the Comedy Festival on the way, and footy about to start – must be autumn in Melbourne. The summer heat is on the wane, its layers of stupefaction lifting, making way for clouds. Footy! The first sign of autumn is typically groups of men in sleeveless jerseys (on-field and off), […]

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March 28, 2007 by | Comments Off on Autumn in Melbourne, Australia

Grand Canyon West Rim Excursions from Viator have a New Dimension – A 720° View

Viator Offers Easy Access to West Rim and Skywalk from Las Vegas by Luxury SUV, Helicopter, Plane, Hummer or Coach Las Vegas, NV (March 28, 2007) – The Native American Indian tribe, the Hualapai, has constructed a 70-foot promenade made of glass and steel and secured it to the edge of the West Rim of […]

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March 28, 2007 by | Comments Off on Grand Canyon West Rim Excursions from Viator have a New Dimension – A 720° View

Vegas Mob Tour & Stardust Demolition: Ashes to Ashes

I spent the earlier part of last week in Las Vegas for business and while I’m not a gambler and not a shopper, I do love the Nevada desert. An early flight, early & late meetings combined with dinner with (or next to, rather) Steve Wynn and his wife at the Wynn hotel, on top […]

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March 23, 2007 by | Comments Off on Vegas Mob Tour & Stardust Demolition: Ashes to Ashes

Take a Berlin Bike Tour

Ich bin ein Fahrradtourgeliebter. I’m a big fan of bike tours — especially if you’re a long haul traveller, because it blows all the jet-lag away — and Berlin has all of the things you need for really, really cool bike tours: It’s flat There’s tons of recent and extremely interesting history There’s lots of […]

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March 22, 2007 by | 1 Comment

Hiking in Monserrat Natural Park

Viator has recently added some extended cycling tours from Barcelona. And in a busy city like Barcelona, it’s nice to find something to do on the outskirts of the city, away from the noise and congestion. These trips look like a great addition for anyone spending more than a few days in the city. I […]

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March 19, 2007 by | Comments Off on Hiking in Monserrat Natural Park

St Patrick’s Day, No Guinness, No Funny Green Hats

Here are my wishes for you on this morning after St Patrick’s day. May you have spent the evening at an Irish pub enjoying a creamy pint of Guinness. May you have been locked in after last call, curtains drawn, doors locked, surrounded by good friends and a sympathetic bar man. And may your hangover […]

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March 18, 2007 by | 1 Comment

Las Vegas Shopping: with a little luck, you can have a big payout

I am not a gambler. Ok, so I did win $29 this week in Las Vegas, but I was waiting for my boss to meet me, and I decided to dedicate $20 to the Wheel of Fortune slots in honor of my mother, who loves them. Generally, my work trips to Las Vegas involve having […]

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March 16, 2007 by | Comments Off on Las Vegas Shopping: with a little luck, you can have a big payout

Melbourne: Be a traveller, not a tourist

Planning a trip to Melbourne? Avoid feeling like you’ve got kangaroos loose in the top paddock (Australian for intellectually inadequate) with a few ideas from a fair dinkum (genuine) Aussie insider. Rod Cuthbert, founder of Viator, has a rucksack full of travel tips to the place he calls home, Australia. Melbourne for Travellers Melbourne is […]

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March 14, 2007 by | Comments Off on Melbourne: Be a traveller, not a tourist