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East Coast Australia with Kid, Parts 3 & 4

Editor’s Note: These are the 3rd & 4th posts in a series from John “traveler, father & wit” Ryan. Somehow we forgot to publish John’s post from Bellingen, so we’re making up for lost time with today’s double-post. Have kid, will travel is John’s motto. Read his first post here. East Coast Australia Part 4: […]

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November 27, 2007 by | 2 Comments

Across Australia by Train

The Trans-Siberian, the Orient Express, the Royal Scotsman – just some of the world’s great train journeys. Even the names conjure expansive landscapes, crossed by shimmering steel horizons dividing the vast open spaces. Australia has several of its own romantic, adventurous rail adventures. And being some 4000kms across and 3000kms from top to bottom, rail […]

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November 17, 2007 by | 3 Comments

Where the Bloody Hell is Tasmania?

Has Tasmania gone missing?? Imagine my shock when, arriving back at my New York hotel recently after purchasing a new pair of Merrell World Passport slip-ons, with the patented world map on the sole, I discovered that Tasmania, the place of my birth, does not exist in the Merrell world! Good gracious! I had been […]

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November 15, 2007 by | 2 Comments

East Coast Australia with Kid: Part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the 2nd in a series from John “traveler, father & wit” Ryan. He’s taking the family from Melbourne up along Australia’s eastern coast. Have kid, will travel is John’s motto. Read his first post here. Archibald Fountain in Sydney’s Hyde Park With an afternoon and night in Sydney under our belt, […]

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November 14, 2007 by | 0 Comments

Bondi Beach: A Look Under the Surface

For the five or six months I spend each year in Sydney, I’m happily lodged in a small but unbelievably well located flat (Americans would say apartment) right across the road from Bondi Beach, Australia’s most famous strip of sand. Bondi is only a kilometer or so long, but it’s a magnet that attracts both […]

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November 12, 2007 by | 6 Comments

Mate, Don’t Chuck a Spaz

It’s Friday, a day when we look to the Internet for gags, funny links, Paris Hilton updates and other mirthful frivolities. And today was better than your average Friday. I didn’t need to access the Internet’s tubes and levers for entertainment. Instead I checked my personal email account (yes, we all do it, admit it, […]

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November 9, 2007 by | 5 Comments

Tourist Confusing & Sunsets in Alice Springs

The full moon is bigger in the desert. At least that’s what the denizens of open spaces say, those lucky enough to be spared the daily fluctuations of coastal climes. In the desert the full moon is bigger. Chamber Pillars: Is this your first sunset? The moon in Alice Springs ascends from behind the MacDonnell […]

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November 8, 2007 by | 1 Comment

Australia’s East Coast with Kid, Part 1

East Coast Australia: Have Kid, Will Travel After a great time travelling from Australia to Italy and Spain with our little boy a while ago, we’ve decided to stay a bit closer to home this time around. My wife, 20-month-old son Seamus, and I are heading up the east coast of Australia, visiting some of […]

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November 5, 2007 by | 2 Comments

The Viator Blog Turns One (Happy Birthday)

We didn’t want the day to pass without wishing ‘Happy Birthday’ to the Viator Travel Blog, which went live exactly one year ago today. Here’s an excerpt from our very first post: It’s official — the Viator travel blog is up and running. Tell your friends, tell your coworkers, tell random people in the street. […]

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November 2, 2007 by | 2 Comments

Melbourne: Feed Your Inner Bohemian

The charms of Melbourne are subtle. It’s sophisticated, a little hidden and very different from sunny, brash Sydney. All those jokes about Melbourne having ‘four seasons in one day’ may be true, but the rainy weather lends itself to a stylish layered wardrobe. And the need to find diversions inside has created a rich cultural scene. And let’s not forget all those atmospheric cafes and bars. Here’s a short list of my favourites.

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October 26, 2007 by | 2 Comments

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