Archive for July, 2018


Staying at the Element eco-hotel Kuala Lumpur by Westin

July 31st, 2018 by

Location: Element Kuala Lumpur is only a minute’swalk from the lightrailway station and 10 from the KLCC shopping mall. This is one of the most accessible ways to feel good about doing your bit for the environment while staying close…

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Staying at Rydges Wellington

July 31st, 2018 by

Eli Orzessek checks in to Rydges Wellington. Getting there: I arrived in town on the train from Masterton and was pleased to discover Rydges was only about a five-minute walk away, as I was a bit ragged from too many beersies…

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Flying from Auckland to Singapore aboard Singapore Airlines

July 31st, 2018 by

Winston Aldworth flies on Singapore Airlines SQ286 from Auckland to Singapore. The plane: A 777-300ER. Class: Premium Economy. There are 32 seats in Premium Economy. This is a four-class flight. The Premium cabin rolls with…

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Nick Stanley: Desperate measures as campers use New Zealand bush as public toilet

July 31st, 2018 by

We need to spread the word, NZ is not the land of the al fresco crap, says Nick Stanley. The first ones I saw were in a rest stop in the Arthur’s Pass. It was a grim May day, the sky grey and dull. Admittedly, the reason we stopped…

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Polar bear dead after cruise ship expedition attack in Svalbard, Norway

July 30th, 2018 by

A polar bear has been shot dead after attacking a German cruise ship worker on a tourist expedition in the Arctic Ocean.The unnamed man in his 40s suffered head injuries shortly after landing on Spitzbergen island in Norway’s Svalbard…

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Canberra: The Australian town overrun by kangaroos

July 30th, 2018 by

Driving through the Canberra suburb of Ainslie about 9pm, a mob of about 20 kangaroos hopped across the road. They took their time, lazily eyeing my car.Just for the record, Ainslie is not out in the boondocks. It’s classified as…

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The world’s best party beaches revealed: Spain, Thailand and Bulgaria

July 30th, 2018 by

The world’s wildest party beaches have been uncovered after an extensive survey of the most exciting stretches of sand on the planet.This list features the seaside destinations to be raving to top-tier DJs and get loose on in the…

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Travel hits and misses: Dallas Campbell

July 30th, 2018 by

HIT Scuba diving in a Mexico City Sewer? Hanging off the very top of the Burj Kalifa in Dubai? My travel hit list generally involves being somewhere I probably shouldn’t be, with a TV crew, lugging heavy boxes of camera gear in…

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Wine regions: Lands of plenty

July 29th, 2018 by

Master of Wine Tan Ying Hsien gives his picks for the world’s best wine regions. 1 Burgundy The homeland of pinot noir and chardonnay, Burgundy has produced wine for more than a thousand years. Such a heritage means that there…

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Melissa Hoyer: ‘The one place I never expected to be robbed’

July 29th, 2018 by

Well, she seemed pleasant enough.I had made my way to my window seat on an international airline flight — from London to Madrid. I was on my way to make some charity money, doing a fundraising trek for Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital…

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