Travel

You might be in the US for work, to study or with your spouse. Even though you’ll spend a lot of time exploring your immediate surroundings, you’ll also want to see more of the country.

I’m working my way across the continent slowly, and writing about trips overseas too.

30 Travel tips from (almost) 20 years of travelling

Doing maths in the morning is never a signal that the day will go well (for me). But when it means working out exactly how long I’ve been hopping on planes to the other side of the world, there’s a slight silver lining. Yes, I’m older than I feel or…

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Top 10 cheap things to do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, where money just begs to be frittered away needlessly. Can you tell that I’m not a gambler? I worked hard to earn that money and I’m not just going to hand it to some casino like it means nothing. That’s why I’m giving you a list of 10…

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A Relaxed guide to Napa winetasting

There’s no disputing that Napa and Sonoma are home to a veritable glut of wineries. There are many places to choose from that you can make the mistake of trying to pack in as many as you can into a day. But that’s not the point of wine, is it?…

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A San Francisco ghost tour

Whether you’re a believer or not, a San Francisco ghost tour is a great way to see a different part of the city and learn a bit of history at the same time. Of course, you usually need to take it all with a pinch of salt, because it’s in the…

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Top 55 things to do in Maui

After two delightfully sun-drenched trips to Maui, I feel like I’m qualified to give a proper list of the 50 things to do in Maui. Even after both of my visits to the Hawaiian island, there’s still so much more to see and do! You know you’ve found a pretty…

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How to watch Australian World Cup games from the US

Confession time: I am a World Cup fan and the 2018 World Cup tournament will be the first where I won’t be setting alarms for 1.40AM to watch my favourite teams take to the field. Instead I’m in the US (on the east coast at that), and have no clue how…

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Visit Niagara Falls from Toronto (in winter)

If Niagara Falls is on your bucket list (and even if it isn’t) planning to visit Niagara Falls from Toronto as a day trip is a great way to see one of the world’s most photographed sites. There are a couple of ways take on the 137-kilometre (85 mile) journey…

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The one place I’ll never travel to again

Ask a travel-enthusiast to name the one city, country or town they’d never travel to again and most of them will have a ready answer. Mine took a while to dig out of the corner of memory where I’d buried it more than a decade ago. Before I reveal the…

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Cowboys, Ghosts & Canyons: A Day trip from Las Vegas

When I think of Las Vegas, the neon lights of slot machines (pokies to us Aussies), giant casinos and over-the-top glitz and glamour come to mind. But if you’ve reached your tipping point, you might want to consider a day trip from Las Vegas. You really don’t even have to…

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Sunrise at Haleakala, Maui: reservation tips, what to bring and what to expect

Seeing the sunrise at Haleakala volcano is one of the most sought-after experiences on the Hawaiian island of Maui for a reason. It’s not something that you’ll forget in a hurry, not only because it is freezing up there before daybreak at any time of year. Haleakala is a dormant…

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Terrific Toronto Street Art (and where to find it)

Street art hunting has become a new favourite pastime of mine because I like colours and pretty, shiny things. So when I visited Canada in early February, I was excited to check out the Toronto street art scene. And I was far from disappointed. Unfortunately, it was cold – below…

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The best time to visit Filoli historic house & gardens

I keep missing the best time to visit Filoli house and gardens, despite living 10 minutes away. The San Francisco historic house has stood in the peninsula suburb of Woodside for more than a century. So I figured I could stretch out my visit, but two and a half years…

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