Archive for May, 2017


These are some of the places that are openly hostile to tourists

May 31st, 2017 by

As travellers we like to think the world is our oyster, filled with amazing places to visit – the problem is, some places would rather not have us show up.Constant bad behaviour by tourists, issues of overcrowding and even environmental…

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Tamborine Mountain: Beyond the Gold Coast’s beaches

May 31st, 2017 by

Word Association 101. Hear the words Gold Coast, and immediately you picture busy beaches, soaring skyscrapers and frenzied theme parks, right? But just 30km from Surfers Paradise is a tranquil oasis in the Gold Coast Hinterland:…

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Having a tattoo could get you banned from enjoying a Japanese onsen

May 31st, 2017 by

Never thought that delicate butterfly tattoo on your back could get you into trouble? Think again.Not every culture shares our same view of body art. In Japan, tattoos can actually get you banned from certain places, including the…

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Is Paris truly the City of Romance? It all depends on who you’re with

May 31st, 2017 by

The first time I went to Paris, I was a newlywed. The last time, I was a mother. Both times, I was disabused of any notion that Paris is the most romantic city on earth.When my husband John and I went to Paris two years into our…

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My holidays: Mark Hadlow

May 30th, 2017 by

What was your greatest holiday? Otago Rail Trial. What a magnificent bike ride and trip. Sensational for all ages. And the worst? Los Angeles. Just so huge and uninspiring. And smog-ridden. If we bump into you on holiday,…

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European river cruise: Floating restaurant bliss

May 30th, 2017 by

You start to take it for granted … every morning a buffet breakfast waiting for you, at lunch the choice of buffet meal in the formal restaurant or a lighter option in the upstairs lounge, or each night a three-course meal plus…

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Tonga: A paddle back in time

May 30th, 2017 by

Sunday on Lifuka Island, capital of Tonga’s Ha’apai group is a happy day as the villagers avoid all business activity, cease fishing and swimming and focus on church and family life.My friend and I have a small dilemma. We need…

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Ask Away: Travel safely with medication

May 30th, 2017 by

I am planning a trip away with my grandson to somewhere in Asia. It will probably end up being Japan as he’s a fan of the culture and is really keen to go there. The thing is, he was diagnosed with ADHD about a year ago and we have…

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Travel hits and misses: Victoria Abbott

May 29th, 2017 by

Hit The day I arrived in Florence I went to a lovely little bistro for lunch. There were long, shared tables. I sat with some workmen on their lunch break. I was starving but when I looked at the menu I had no idea what to order….

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Bermuda: Step back and chill

May 29th, 2017 by

A portrait of a youthful but stern Queen Elizabeth looks down on proceedings in the arrivals area of the L F Wade International Airport in Bermuda. A couple of counters can easily handle the daily arrivals and departures – just 11…

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