Archive for July, 2016


A love letter to: Sydney

July 31st, 2016 by

I thought we were off to a good start when we moved in together back in 2012. A terrace in Paddington was a teenage dream come true.And it was good! For a while. Until I realised that part of Oxford St is a shell of it’s former…

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Waiheke Island: Welcome return

July 31st, 2016 by

The Hauraki Gulf looks picture perfect as the SeaLink car ferry bound for Waiheke Island sets sail from Half Moon Bay.It’s 9am on a sunny early-autumn Sunday – the start of my two-day weekend and a return to an island I last visited…

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Travel insider: Stephen Gould in Bangkok

July 31st, 2016 by

What is Bangkok’s best kept secret? What most people don’t realise is that Bangkok is an amazing destination for families. There are numerous theme parks, attractions and outdoor activities. My daughter’s favourite spot was the huge…

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Unusual places to stay around the world

July 31st, 2016 by

For many holidaymakers, there is nothing more important than a room with a spectacular view.It could be a plush suite in a skyscraper hotel, a treehouse in the middle of nowhere or even a room beneath the surface of the sea. In…

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Pennsylvania: Presidential footsteps abound in Philly

July 30th, 2016 by

Philadelphia has a long history as a centre of politics, going back to the 18th century when the Founding Fathers met here to sign the Declaration of Independence and write the US Constitution. Even presidential conventions are…

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Dubai: Souks you, sir

July 29th, 2016 by

Something feels forbidden about Dubai’s Business Bay metro station at 6am on this particular Friday morning.Maybe it’s because my body clock is shot and I’m tweaking on Nescafe after consuming five sachets of the stuff since waking…

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Flight check: Auckland to Coolangatta on Air NZ

July 29th, 2016 by

The plane: Airbus A320 Class: Economy (The Works) Price: Economy starts from $241 (one way). My seat: I started in seat 9D but was asked to move halfway through the flight by the steward, who said that the woman behind me…

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Kia ora: Tasman Village

July 29th, 2016 by

Where is it? At the top of the South Island in the Tasman District, 45 minutes from Abel Tasman National Park, 40km from Nelson – snug between Mapua and Motueka. Origin of name: Tasman Village was called Aporo (Maori for apple)…

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Bar/fly: The Duke of Marlborough, Russell

July 29th, 2016 by

New Zealand has never done historic pubs very well. We’re just not old enough to foot it with the 16th-century boozers that grace the English countryside.Which makes the Duke of Marlborough all the more remarkable. And given…

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Hotel workers reveal the strangest requests they’ve had from guests

July 28th, 2016 by

When most travellers check in at a hotel the only extras they need from the front desk are pillows or a wake-up call – but some requests are far more bizarre than that.In a new thread on Reddit , hotel workers have revealed the…

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