Archive | September, 2009

Atlas Obscura: DYI Temples, Castles, Cathedrals

For those of you anxiously awaiting this next installment of wonder-inspiring, off-the-beaten-path places that don’t make it into traditional guidebooks. This week’s Atlas Obscura theme is self-built temples (in Italy), castles (in the U.S.) and cathedrals (in Spain)!

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September 30, 2009 by | 2 Comments

Horrible History: Edinburgh’s Dark Past

OK, it’s confession time. I know that tourist boards want to promote the positive and – honestly – I really do love all the good things. But sometimes I just feel in need of something a little…darker. Fortunately, we’re in Edinburgh. Now this is a city which has (it seems) more than its fair share […]

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September 29, 2009 by | 2 Comments

Surfer Mutiny at British Airways

Editor’s note: We originally posted this back in 2007, when BA first announced their surfboard ban. Since then the world’s surfing community has been boycotting BA over its policy. Just last week BA announced that from October 9, 2009, it will start carrying surfboards again – as long as they’re 6′ 3″ or less in […]

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September 27, 2009 by | 8 Comments

Q&A with CheapOair

Editor’s note: We were looking for some cheap airfares recently and came across the travel website CheapOair.com, which specializes in cheap airfares. We were intrigued, so we sent them some questions. Erin McBride, their Director of Social Marketing, was kind enough to reply. Q: In a nutshell, what is CheapOair? How is it different from […]

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September 27, 2009 by | 3 Comments

Life on (Australian) Mars

It’s 6:05am in Sydney and I slowly open my eyes to see a bright orange glow around the window blinds. It’s eerie – like a scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I open the blind and am greeted by a magical orange world. It’s like a Fanta fog has descended on the neighbourhood.

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September 23, 2009 by | 3 Comments

Summer in Melbourne: Top Outdoor Cinemas

Summer and the movies used to be great together. Me and my mate Simon would buy a ticket to an 11am session, then spend the whole day sneaking from cinema to cinema (via the snack bar) watching movies all day. Good times. While it’s still possible to sneak into sessions through the day at Melbourne‘s […]

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September 22, 2009 by | 1 Comment

Jack’s Monopoly Guide to London

Now, I’ve played plenny of board games – scrabble, draughts (or chequers if you will), a spot of chess as a young’un, and word has it maybe even a spot of Trouble, though not that I’d own up to that with less than a sixpack on the table. London town had come a-calling, so seemed […]

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September 21, 2009 by | Comments Off on Jack’s Monopoly Guide to London

Atlas Obscura: Snakes & Salt Flats

What, you’ve never heard of the Atlas Obscura? The founders – Dylan Thuras and Joshua Foer – have created a compendium of the world’s wonders, curiosities and esoterica. It’s all about the wonder-inspiring, off-the-beaten-path places that don’t make it into traditional guidebooks. This week’s installment: endless salt flats and deadly snakes that melt human flesh!

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September 18, 2009 by | Comments Off on Atlas Obscura: Snakes & Salt Flats

Viator.com Earns Top 10 Web Award from TRAVELtech

You may have read earlier about Viator.com being nominated for the TRAVELtech 2009 Website of The Year award (click here if you missed it). TRAVELtech honors the top travel websites in Australia. And yes, mate, Viator has Australian roots! Viator was founded and maintains a strong presence in Australia (along with our offices in San […]

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September 17, 2009 by | Comments Off on Viator.com Earns Top 10 Web Award from TRAVELtech

The Beatles on Tour

I’ll start off with a confession, I am becoming hopelessly addicted to Beatles Rock Band, I would play it eight days a week. My brother and I are big Beatles fans, so naturally we got the game, and despite genetic advantages, are still trying to get our high harmonies in sync. Let’s just say I […]

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September 17, 2009 by | Comments Off on The Beatles on Tour