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Our Morocco desert adventure

I fell in love with Marrakech, it is so romantic and the food is amazing, but I wanted the Wandering Kiwi family to go on a Morocco desert adventure. It felt important to me to get out of the city that has become in part a tourist town and see something of the rest of […]

5 alternative destinations that capture the Christmas spirit

Christmas is a magical time of year wherever you are but some places capture the Christmas spirit better than others. You could always to to meet Santa Claus in Lapland and I’ve written about Christmas markets getaways in Europe and the best ways to experience Christmas  in London before. But if you’re tempted to leave […]

Kyrgyzstan: The ‘Central Asian hospitality ambush’

It was one of those moments in travel when you stop being a tourist and become a tourist attraction.  On the way back from a trek in the Kyrgyzstan mountains near Karakol we came upon a large family of Kyrgyz having a picnic. They had driven up the track as far as they could in […]

Australia: My 6 Favourite Bars in Melbourne

The thing about Melbourne is that cool things tend to be hidden. And that is particularly true of the best bars in Melbourne. Maybe the implication is that if you’re not cool enough to know where the trendy stuff, is then you’re not cool enough to go there. Alternatively, maybe it’s just because Melbourne nightlife […]

Everything you need to know about independent travel in Kyrgyzstan

If you’ve read my posts on my experiences of travel in Kyrgyzstan I hope you’re all fired up to visit this incredible Central Asian country and see for yourself how wonderful it is. Here are some tips on how to travel independently in Kyrgyzstan. Use the Kyrgyzstan Community Based Tourism Scheme Kyrgyzstan has a fantastic […]

Morocco: Wandering with Marrakech Food Tours

Regular readers will know I am a huge fan of food tours when I travel. That’s why one of the first things I did when planning my trip to Morocco was to look for Marrakech food tours. A food tour offers an insight into the day-to-day culture of a city and a country. It is […]

The best canal boat holiday ideas

The Cool Canals guide describes a canal boat holiday as “the fastest way to slow down” and messing about on the inland waterways is a unique holiday experience that can offer as much relaxation or action as you choose. Have lunch at a canalside pub; visit an art gallery; go for a hike; grab your […]

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Spain: Wandering through the Alhambra

The Judas Trees will soon be in bloom again around the Alhambra. With purple blossom glowing in the warm air of springtime in southern Spain, and 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 […]

Wandering through the Vatican City

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 […]

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 […]

Greece: The serenity of Paros

Driving into the interior of the Greek Island of Paros, the landscape just gets greener and greener. After the busy glamour and stark beauty of Santorini, the ancient terraces of olives and not a tourist in sight is a quiet relief. It was easy to get a room for the night right off the ferry. […]