Archive for August, 2018


1 in 50 chance of finding love on an airplane reveals passenger survey

August 31st, 2018 by

1 in 50 plane passengers find love in the air. That’s better odds than some dating websites.A new study commissioned by the HSBC bank suggests that 1 in every fifty passengers find the love of their life onboard an aircraft. This…

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Flying from Da Nang to Singapore aboard Silk AIr

August 31st, 2018 by

Winston Aldworth flies aboard Silk Air MI637 from Da Nang to Singapore. The plane: A 737-800. SilkAir is fully owned by Singapore Airlines, and has for years serviced Asian nations as a short-haul carrier based in Changi. You…

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Bali: Monkey see, no monkey do

August 31st, 2018 by

Bali’s Ubud Monkey Forest delights visitors but there are warnings for the hapless, writes Nicholas Jones Dropping us off, our driver turns in his seat and, like a parent ferrying teenagers to begin a Saturday night, gives stern…

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Luxurious private island retreat off the coast of Florida has hit the market for $6.4million

August 31st, 2018 by

This is the luxurious 3.4-acre private island retreat off the coast of Florida that has hit the market for US$4.3million (NZ$6.4million).Mandalay Island off Sewall’s Point boasts white sandy beaches and lush green trees and is accessed…

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Hypnotic trio get behind Briar Novis’ trip to Russia

August 30th, 2018 by

Three generations of hypnotists will take to the Royal Wanganui Opera House stage for a good cause next week.Dave Upfold, his son Wesley and grandson Nathan promise to mesmerise the audience with their 2½ Hypnotists show which,…

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Why your choice of holiday is a political act

August 30th, 2018 by

Tickets, money, passports! We all know what to check for during that last minute packing panic. But preparing for your holidays is about more than what you squeeze into your suitcase. It is about making a political choice. Tourism…

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Begging backpacker: Photo of Western tourist begging in Thailand sparks fury

August 30th, 2018 by

A Backpacker has sparked fury in Thailand after begging for cash from locals in order to fund his trip.A photograph shows two men, who have not been identified, sitting on the ground of a busy market next to handwritten signs, local…

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Taipei: Where the pace is gentle

August 30th, 2018 by

The northern Taiwanese capital city of Taipei has something for everyone, blending history, culture, food, art and amazing architecture, writes Kathleen Davidson. Taiwan’s capital combines the best of both worlds, offering the benefits…

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‘Makes me sick': Aussie tourists hit by Bali scam

August 29th, 2018 by

An Australian traveller has lifted the lid on a shocking scam in Bali after being tricked out of hundreds of dollars.Krystal Nikol, from Perth, first sounded the alarm on a Facebook group for Bali tourists and was horrified to learn…

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The race only the French could dream up: The Medoc Marathon

August 29th, 2018 by

For most marathons a good pair of running shoes are recommended – but for this one, participants might like to bring their drinking boots instead.The Marathon du Medoc is a 42km race that really only the French could possibly dream…

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