Archive for February, 2017


Ask Away: When visiting Vietnam, choose your location wisely

February 28th, 2017 by

We want to go to Vietnam around July but have been told it’s silly to go in the monsoon season. What’s the temperature like in the various areas that time of year and how wet does it get? Is it really a bad idea?M Having been to…

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Tourists blamed for death of swimming beach pigs in Bahamas

February 28th, 2017 by

More than a half-dozen of the swimming pigs of The Bahamas , known for hobnobbing with vacationing celebrities and an appearance on The Bachelor , have been found dead under mysterious circumstances.Investigators are probing…

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Maryborough: Magic on the streets

February 28th, 2017 by

Steeped in the area’s rich history, the magical charm of P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Queensland coast, the small city of Maryborough is well worth a day trip.On the corner of a main street…

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Anaheim: Seven days, five theme parks

February 28th, 2017 by

Anaheim means Disneyland for many visitors who stop in for a night or two on the way to further American adventures, or onward around the world.But for the first half of our family trip to the US we made it home and used it as base…

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Greek island of Naxos celebrates Carnival with Torch Parade

February 27th, 2017 by

The island of Naxos hosts some of the most colorful Carnival celebrations in Greece, with some customs dating from antiquity.Others, such as the now-famous Lampadiforia (Torch Parade) are more recent but have become very popular…

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A US airline has unveiled the most complicated boarding system of all time

February 27th, 2017 by

American Airlines has unveiled plans for a new “simplified” boarding process, to begin on March 1, with passengers prioritised according to nine numbered groups, up from the current four, and with those in the airline’s recently launched…

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Winston Aldworth: A Dunne deal to ruin our summer

February 27th, 2017 by

There are two weird seasons going on.Firstly, the skies can’t decide if it’s summer or winter. As a scrub fire ravaged the outskirts of Christchurch a week or so back, rains better suited to the depths of June scoured the pavements…

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Alan Duff: Lessons from a bus window

February 27th, 2017 by

I hope you don’t mind that this one is personal, a sliver of five recent days. Day One: My wife and I drove into the Basque countryside intending to pop down to Pamplona, Spain. In a small town where pilgrims start a long trek to…

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Warriors’ star Shaun Johnson’s family return to Laos

February 26th, 2017 by

It wasn’t long after landing at Laos’ Vientiane airport that Shaun Johnson realised he’d come home.The Warriors star travelled to the Southeast Asian country in December with his three brothers Topo, Adam and Joe, his dad Paul and…

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Are these the best Airbnb rentals in NZ?

February 25th, 2017 by

You could spend your hard-earned holiday in a roadside motel, or you could stay in a tree tent suspended above the forest floor in Northland, a house truck with stunning views of Golden Bay or chopper to a snowy mountain hut in Otago….

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