Posted on: March 31, 2020 Posted by: Clara Smith Comments: 0

Try a via ferrata

Tordrillo Mountain Lodge Alaska While via ferratas are popular around the world, they are only just starting to become popular in the U.S. There are fewer than 10 across the nation, and Tordrillo Mountain Lodge’s is the most remote. Alaska’s first via ferrata, a 1,200-foot iron path leading you up and down killer rock faces in the Tordrillo Mountains, will simultaneously put a big fat smile on your face. Not only…

Posted on: March 31, 2020 Posted by: Clara Smith Comments: 0

Sydney Opera House illuminated

As a tribute, the sails of the popular Sydney landmark were illuminated for several hours recently with a series of images of firefighters battling bushfires across the country. There was also a hand-painted sign that read, “Thank you firies.” The aim was to show support for the communities affected by the bushfires and to express gratitude to the emergency services and volunteers in Sydney for the efforts they have been making to get the…

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Zealandia, the lost eighth continent

What if your school books actually got it all wrong, though? There is now strong evidence there’s an eighth continent, mostly under the ocean – and no, it’s not the lost city of Atlantis. It’s one you might actually have visited. It’s called Zealandia.  About the size and shape of Greenland, Zealandia (also called Tasmantis, which frankly sounds a bit more like Atlantis) is approximately 3.5 million square kms (1.35…

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Immerse yourself in Fiji

Though spread out – the 330 islands of the Fijian archipelago are scattered over a whopping three million square kilometres – the country is chock full of authentic, off-the-tourist-trail experiences that offer a genuine immersion into Fiji’s culture, nature and local lifestyle. Village visits and homestays Anyone who has ever pulled ashore to a Fijian island resort can testify to being received with hearty greetings and welcoming songs. But to…

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Late Duke of Windsor’s home

Edward VIII ascended to the throne of the United Kingdom in 1936 upon the death of his father, George V. But to rule he would have had to abandon the love of his life, American divorcee Wallis Simpson – and so that same year he chose to abdicate the throne in favour of his younger brother, George VI, Queen Elizabeth’s father. After his abdication, Edward VIII became the Duke of Windsor and lived in France with Wallis…

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South African safaris

1. When to go For wildlife watching, winter (June to September) is ideal as many trees and shrubs are leafless, which aids spotting. Limited food and water also means that animals are out in the open more often foraging, hunting or grabbing a drink at a waterhole. South Africa’s summer (December to February) sees the countryside at its most lush, but animals can be lost in dense shadows. Most common…

Posted on: March 30, 2020 Posted by: Clara Smith Comments: 0

Visit a Korean bathhouse

It wouldn’t be odd for a group of friends to meet up at a jjimjilbang on a Friday night. Call it a spa date, but a surprisingly affordable one (entrance is about ₩9,000-13,000). The more elaborate joints have restaurants, outdoor swimming pools, hair and nail salons and karaoke rooms in addition to the usual baths and saunas. There is, however, an unspoken code of manners and customs, which can make visiting a jjimjilbang intimidating…

Posted on: March 30, 2020 Posted by: Clara Smith Comments: 0

The world’s best booze

1. Sake, Japan Called nihonshu in Japan, sake is a rice wine with an alcohol content of 15% to 17%. Prior to the first sake brewery being established at Kyoto’s Imperial Palace in the 7th century, sake was consumed in a form that resembled porridge, with the rice primed for production by the chew-in-the-mouth method. There are more than 1,600 brewers of this almost transparent alcohol, with varieties ranging from sweet to crisp and fragrantly fruity.…

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Avoid tour buses in Tibet

But there are downsides too. The Chinese government require foreign travellers to Tibet visit as part of a pre-arranged tour with a guide, driver and vehicle, which can put a real dampener on spontaneity and exploration. Moreover, domestic Chinese tourism has taken off in a huge way, with hundreds of thousands of tourists crowding the most popular monastic sights during July and August, jostling to take selfies with bemused monks. Large parts…

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Get your kids to love the outdoors

Erin Kirkland, journalist and founder of the Alaska family travel site AKontheGO, suggests starting where you are, literally and figuratively: ‘The goal is success for the entire family,’ she says ‘and to get there, you’ll need to begin at the beginning, with your youngest and/or most inexperienced family member.’ While each child develops differently, we’ve come up with suggestions for the right age to take kids on various adventures. Newborns…