Greece: Top 10 things to do in Crete

Crete has been home to a series of incredible civilisations over the millennia and this beautiful Greek Island in the Mediterranean is packed full of cultural and natural highlights. It is the largest of the Greek Islands and has its own cultural traditions, making it a unique place to visit and explore. Here are my top […]

Italy: Wandering with Florence Trevelyan in Sicily

I’d never heard of Florence Trevelyan before I visited Sicily. But her story has become one of my abiding memories of my time here, beginning with wandering around the Isola Bella. Florence Trevelyan was an upper-crust Englishwoman who became the talk of the town in Edwardian England after she had an affair with famous womaniser Edward VII, […]

Travel Tips: review

There’s no doubt that New Zealanders and Australians are great travellers but let’s face it, to travel overseas from the antipodes you have to be committed to exploring the world because the distances involved are considerable! That’s why I was keen to try out the Bravofly flight search site. Those who know me know I […]

Time Out on Times Square: Best Underground Attractions of NYC

When visiting New York City for the first time, there are certain top recommendations for the most important things to do on a New York trip, but there are also many alternative, off-the-beaten-path New York City attractions. Here are a few more things ready to be discovered in NYC that aren’t your typical tourist destinations but which are amazing […]

Top 10 Things to do in Central Asia

Is Central Asia on your travel bucket list? If not it should be. I’m talking about “the ‘Stans” and I’d like to tell you about the top 10 things to do in Central Asia based on my experience travelling there for three months. This region of the world is full of splendid historic and natural […]


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 […]

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 […]

Italy: Wandering through Orvieto in Umbria

The Umbrian hill town of Orvieto is one of the architectural and artistic highlights of Italy but many visit on a brief tour-party stop between Rome and Florence. Piazza Duomo is very busy around midday as coach-loads of tourists and school groups swarm around the famous cathedral. But once they have moved on the town […]

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 […]

New Zealand: Angora Rabbit Shearing in Waitomo

What do you think of when you picture a rabbit? And shearing? Probably something like this? Right? Well if, like me you find yourself with an hour to kill after exploring the magnificent Waitomo Caves, in the North Island of New Zealand, you will come face to face with THIS Waitomo’s ‘The Shearing Shed’ have […]