Archive | May, 2010

Mt Cook to Queenstown, NZ

From the top of New Zealand to the country’s adrenaline capital – the journey from Mt Cook to Queenstown is a spectacular one. Taking in climbing legends, bright blue lakes and rugged Merino country, it’s a drive worth taking – and here are some of the highlights.

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May 27, 2010 by | Comments Off on Mt Cook to Queenstown, NZ

Micro Travel – One Step at a Time

Maybe you like to fit as much variety into your travels as possible, taking in as many places are you can get to in the time you have available… and then find yourself worn out and everything’s a blur afterward. Or perhaps you’re more of a meandering wanderer; either way, Micro Travel could be an […]

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May 26, 2010 by | 2 Comments

Best Things to Do and See in Toronto

Great restaurants. The Hockey Hall of Fame. The Toronto Blue Jays. A TV- and movie-friendly skyline (who knew Detroit Rock City, Good Will Hunting, and Police Academy 1 – 4 were all filmed here?). Toronto is Ontario’s capital and the largest city in Canada; so please, let’s show the city some respect. It’s diverse, culturally […]

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May 24, 2010 by | Comments Off on Best Things to Do and See in Toronto

Maui: Just the Ticket for Beach Novices

Maui seemed suspiciously easy. It could be reached in five hours via a non-stop flight from San Francisco, on the airline that awards me bonus miles for my travel. There would be no issues with language, immigration, food, water, weather, currency, or driving on the wrong side of the road. What wasn’t there to like, […]

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May 21, 2010 by | 2 Comments

Enter the Dragon: Descending into Vietnam’s Halong Bay

The karsts in Halong Bay, a few hours from Hanoi in Vietnam, were on my ‘must see in my lifetime list’. I can confirm that they merit a spot on that list. Halong Bay also has a well-deserved spot on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list for “superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural […]

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May 20, 2010 by | 7 Comments

Queenstown to Milford Sound, NZ

Milford Sound – a spectacular fiord reached after a scenic drive through World Heritage-listed National Parkland – is one of New Zealand’s icons. But what can you expect to see on the way there and when you’re cruising around the fiord? We sent our man to find out…

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May 19, 2010 by | Comments Off on Queenstown to Milford Sound, NZ

French Riviera: Top 10 Things to Do

Whether you call it the French Riviera or the Côte d’Azur, France’s Mediterranean coast from Cannes to Nice and beyond has an almost mythically glamorous appeal. The beautiful people (le Beau Monde) have flocked here for generations. And if Ernest Hemingway, David Niven, Joan Collins and Elton John have all holidayed here then, frankly, who […]

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May 17, 2010 by | 3 Comments

Queenstown, NZ: Ready for Serious Action!

Are you ready for action? If that’s a YES! then Queenstown, on New Zealand’s South Island, is the place to be. Sure there are sedate options, for those who want to shy away from this holiday town’s scariest activities. But really, Queenstown is all about the rush: Queenstown is justifiably regarded as New Zealand’s – […]

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May 12, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Things to Do in New Orleans: Uptown Jazz to Carrollton Crawfish

This is where dreams of New Orleans become reality. There I sat in a timeless bar, in the cradle of jazz music, listening to a screaming clarinet player, propelled by a drummer, stand-up bass, piano and banjo. Time and space ceased to exist as the music, beer and crowd flowed into a singular composition we […]

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May 11, 2010 by | Comments Off on Things to Do in New Orleans: Uptown Jazz to Carrollton Crawfish

Astoria, Oregon: Maritime History Meets Beer

Lewis and Clark couldn’t wait to high-tail it out of the area back in 1806 when they set up their winter camp near Astoria. Then again, they didn’t hang around until spring when the flowers bloom, the sun shines, and the Columbia River glistens and shines. At least it did the weekend we visited. If […]

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May 10, 2010 by | 4 Comments