Archive for June, 2019


Hobbit fan’s crazy 40,000km journey: Man hikes from Croatia to Matamata

June 30th, 2019 by

A 44-month, globetrotting quest finally came to an end on Sunday, as Tomica Kristic arrived on the Hobbiton Film Set in Matamata. The Croatian set out on the 40,000 km route in 2015 with the aim of hitchhiking from his home town…

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Travel tips from Ocean Swim Fiji guest star, Olympian Shane Gould

June 30th, 2019 by

Holidays can teach us many things – about a destination, about other people, and about ourselves. SHANE GOULD My father worked in the travel industry, in hospitality and marketing and travelled a lot to the USA. As a result of…

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Spain’s annual wine battle soaks the town of Haro in Rijoca

June 30th, 2019 by

Getting drenched with red wine might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but it is the idea behind one of Spain’s most popular — and unusual — fiestas.The town of Haro staged the annual Wine Battle in Spain’s Rioja wine-growing region…

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New standards for cruise ships operating in New Zealand

June 30th, 2019 by

By Tracey Neil of RNZ The association that represents international liners says cruise ships coming to New Zealand from January next year will meet new clean-burning standards, reports RNZ .The Marlborough District Council…

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Investigation into cruise line after ship filmed running through pod of whales in Alaska

June 29th, 2019 by

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) has launched an investigation into the Holland America cruise lines after an incident where a ship “may have made contact” with a pod of Humpback whales in coastal Alaska.The…

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How chefs find the best restaurants and tips on where to eat on your travels

June 29th, 2019 by

Chefs, they’re just like us! Except maybe when it comes to eating on their travels. Chefs tend to have better restaurant radars than the average civilian. René Redzepi does not bumble into a tourist-trap bistro next to the Eiffel…

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Around the world in Karaoke bars: How to sing on your travels

June 29th, 2019 by

It is a steep, cruel drop from the highest karaoke high to its lowest low. One moment you’re bounding onto a makeshift stage, basking in the glow of a crowd’s applause. The next, you’re wondering why on earth you thought you knew…

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City guide: Verona, Italy – when to go, what to see, where to stay, what to eat

June 29th, 2019 by

Find the best sights and sounds in the city of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, writes Anne Hanley Go now Summer means opera in Verona, where spectacles in the Arena – the city’s Roman amphitheatre – showcase one of the most…

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The trail less covered: International Hike Naked Day on the PCT

June 27th, 2019 by

To the delight of hikers around the across the globe – and to the surprise of others! – June 21st is Naked Hiking Day. The summer solstice has been observed for centuries in a variety of ways. However, Naked Hiking Day is a relatively…

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Crucial detail unravels $7000 travel insurance scam in dodgy police report

June 27th, 2019 by

A traveller who tried to make an insurance claim worth thousands with a made-up story about being robbed overseas has been exposed as a fraudster by his own sketchy “evidence”.The customer told his insurer he’d had $7300 worth of…

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