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Flying from Changi to Auckland aboard Singapore Airlines

July 17th, 2018 by

Winston Aldworth flies Singapore Airlines SQ285 from Changi to Auckland. The plane: A Boeing 777-300ER. These aircraft have Singapore’s new interiors. It’s a luxe, modern look with restful tones and, throughout the Business Cabin,…

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Iran: Ancient and modern

July 17th, 2018 by

Andrew Stone explores Iran and is spellbound by the generous, hospitable people he meets in this enduring land. At the wheel of his dusty 4-wheel-drive, Maziar, a big, bearded Iranian with an engaging presence, warned us to hang…

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Six destinations for a digital detox: ‘Off grid’ holidays for internet addicts

July 17th, 2018 by

Research has shown that travellers are seeking an escape from the pressures of online life more than ever. The “digital detox” trend has taken off in recent years, with experiences labelled with buzzwords like “black hole resorts”,…

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Japan’s minpaku laws axe 50,000 Airbnbs ahead of Olympics and Rugby World Cup

July 17th, 2018 by

Ahead of a peak year for tourists, Japan’s new laws are closing down BnBs and pushing up costs of short-term lets.The “minpaku” property letting laws came into effect on June 15 with the aim of regulating homeowners looking to make…

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American Idols: The real story behind Mt Rushmore and America’s iconic landmarks

July 16th, 2018 by

Did you know the original symbolism of the Statue of Liberty had nothing to do with welcoming immigrants? And that Mount Rushmore was basically built as a scheme to get road-trippers to make the drive out to South Dakota?The inside…

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The most exotic McDonald’s menu items from around the world

July 16th, 2018 by

For many weary travellers, the sight of the Golden Arches can provide some comfort and relief – particularly when you’ve faced with ordering food in a country where you don’t speak the language. After all, there’s only one way to…

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Why more of us are opting for ‘digital detox’ holidays

July 16th, 2018 by

John Briggs, a 40-year-old on holiday, texted his wife Shirley: “Look at the glacier out there.” He waited for the reply, which came through on his mobile. At the time they were sitting next to one another on board the deck of their…

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Return to Downton: Stay at Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey

July 16th, 2018 by

The Gothic grandeur of Highclere Castle – better recognised as the centrepiece of TV show Downton Abbey – immediately summons a theme tune and the phlegmatic performances of Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville.The fictional…

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Influencer’s horror find in hotel bathroom

July 15th, 2018 by

When Hayley Johnsen splashed out $US300 ($NZ444) for a night in what was meant to be a modern, decent motel in a nice area, she never could have predicted what awaited her inside.The make-up artist, who has thousands of followers…

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Clicquot in the Snow: Chic on the slopes

July 15th, 2018 by

Kiwi footwear designer Kathryn Wilson gives her top tips for staying stylish at the snow. Queenstown is definitely a winter destination that requires stylish and warm outfits planned! I love to visit Queenstown during the colder…

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