Aqua Luna cruise in Hong Kong

Wandering serenely in Hong Kong

At times all you want from a short break in Hong Kong is to embrace the frenetic excitement of the streets and revel in the electric nightlife. But sometimes all you want from this Asian metropolis is serenity. So where do you go to find some stylish peace and quiet in the urban commotion of […]

Adventure Island ferris wheel, Southend-on-sea

A London Day Out: Southend-on-Sea

It’s the summer holidays and the Wandering Kiwi family has done so much travelling already this year that we’re spending the summer in England, well mostly… So six weeks of school holiday to fill… a challenge for many families. So I finally did something I had been thinking of for years, I took my child […]

New York City street art

USA: Even more alternative New York City

I’ve previously written about the perfect New York City break, exploring Greenwich Village, enjoying the vibrant 9th Avenue Food Festival, and wandering through alternative New York City. Now I’ve come up with some more travel tips for getting off the beaten path as a visitor to NYC: Sunset Park This beautiful park in south Brooklyn […]

Sesriem, Namibia

Most Picturesque Places to Go On Vacation

You only have a few weeks’ vacation each year and you want to make the most of them right? You want to tick off incredible travel destinations from your bucket list and come back with gorgeous photos. You want to vacation in the most picturesque places on earth! Well here are my top tips that […]

Chianti Casa Mezzuola Agritourismo Italy Photo by Natasha von Geldern

Italy: Getting off the beaten track in Tuscany

I thought I had ‘done’ Tuscany. Years ago, on my first solo backpacking trip around northern Italy I went to Florence, Siena and San Gimignano. I loved it all and thought I would return one day but somehow there is always a new destination to visit – isn’t there? Last weekend I was lucky enough […]


The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Spain: Wandering through the Alhambra

The Judas Trees will soon be in bloom again around the Alhambra. Purple blossom glowing in the warm air of springtime in southern Spain, with the cool snows of the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop. I think this collection of broken towers, palaces, dungeons and gardens is one of the most romantic places to visit in […]

Indian Pacific rail journey, Australia

Australia: Riding the Indian Pacific

A frisson of excitement ran through the Adelaide Parklands Terminal at the announcement of the imminent arrival of the Indian Pacific train. People gathered on the platform to see the big loco pull into the station. As the sun set over the city I stowed my bag in my cabin and headed to the lounge […]

Kensal Green Cemetery, London

Wandering in London’s Kensal Green Cemetery

On a sultry London afternoon, descending into an underground space that is cold, dank, dirty, and full of dead bodies, is normally the last thing I would recommend. But the Kensal Green Cemetery in west London is worth a visit, both as a slice of 19th century history and as an operating London cemetery. It’s […]

The Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy

The Vatican City in photos

I have this running debate with Mr Wandering Kiwi about how many countries I’ve been to – it’s 47 ok?! He has not been to 47 countries and even though it’s not a competition … One of the points of contention is Vatican City. By any dictionary (or wikipedia) definition a sovereign city state. So […]

Tasmanian Devil

Australia: Tasmanian Devils up close

Devils@Cradle is the Tasmanian Devil sanctuary at Cradle Mountain – one of a series across Tasmania working hard to save this incredible beastie from annihilation via Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). I signed up for the night feeding session at 5.30pm (costs $27.50) and went along for a look expecting a bit of information and […]