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Travel Tips: How to find the cheapest flights

I spend a lot of time planning and researching travel. There is rarely a time when itineraries are not buzzing through my head; booking emails are not flying across the world; training and packing is not taking place! In the past 12 months we have travelled in New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Greece, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, […]

Kakadu National Park waterlilies

Australia: Wandering in Kakadu National Park

In Kakadu National Park the steamy fecundity of nature surrounds you. The sound of birdsong floats above the heat. A flight of black cockatoos swoops overhead, their red tails flashing. In the campsite a sulphur-crested parrot attacks the brilliant red seed heads of a Pandanus tree. Just after sunrise on Yellow Water billabong an exquisite blue […]

Snowdonia, Wales

Britain: A driving holiday in Wales

For scenic driving holidays in the United Kingdom, Wales is hard to beat. It has craggy mountains, beautiful coastal scenery, and some call it the castle capital of the world! Here I have put together my recommendation for a week-long driving holiday in Wales, based on my experience travelling there. Chepstow and Tintern Abbey Starting […]

Peak District landscape hiking

England: A day hike in the Peak District

Last year when I visited England’s Peak District it was too windy to head up onto the tops so this year I was thrilled to at last be able to walk the famous Kinder Scout edge. In March 2014 I got blown over by the high winds on Mam Tor and so headed for a beautiful low level […]

The Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg

Salzburg: 50 years of The Sound of Music

Watching The Sound of Music was part of my childhood. It was often on television around Christmastime each year and I knew the songs off by heart. When I finally got a chance to visit Salzburg and see the Austrian setting where the von Trapp family drama took place it was a dream come true. […]

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Santorini, Greek Islands

Santorini: Walking from Fira to Oia

The unique Greek island of Santorini is all about colour and contrast. Everything seems painted white: buildings, pavements, stones, even the tree trunks. Around midday the sky loses its dazzling blue and joins the whiteness above the hazy islands. Then there’s blue sea, blue paint, black sand and red rock. Not least when you take […]

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 […]