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Hidden Gems: Australia, Sydney Icons Behind the Scenes
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Hidden Gems: Australia, Sydney Icons Behind the Scenes

When it comes to Australia you think about kangaroos, boomerangs, didgeridoos, and the famous Sydney Opera House. Yes, most travels to Australia start in the harbor city of Sydney. But… Read More…

Slideshow: The Best Places for Boating
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Slideshow: The Best Places for Boating

Summer’s here and if you’re anything like Peter, that means it’s time to get on the water. For Peter, any time that he can get out on the water he… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Help the Koalas with Earthwatch Institute
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Voluntourism Spotlight: Help the Koalas with Earthwatch Institute

It’s hard to imagine a trip to Australia without koala bears, but did you realize that global client change is starting to affect these creature.  In this week’s Voluntourism Spotlight,… Read More…

Travel News- Government Steps In Qantas Labor Dispute
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Travel News- Government Steps In Qantas Labor Dispute

Two days. 70,000 stranded passengers. 600 canceled flights. In one of the worst labor disputes in a decade, Qantas Airlines resumed flights as of mid-Monday after orders from the Australian… Read More…

Australia’s Ecotourism Dilemma: Can You Promote and Protect?
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Australia’s Ecotourism Dilemma: Can You Promote and Protect?

From floods to cyclones to droughts and nearby earthquakes, Australia is struggling to promote and protect its natural resources.Virtuous Traveler Leslie Garrett asks if Down Under can get on top… Read More…

How Recent Airline Strikes Impact Travelers this Fall
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How Recent Airline Strikes Impact Travelers this Fall

With the recent surge in airline strikes, thousands of travelers are getting stranded or bumped off their respective flights. Qantas Airway engineers have announced they have called off plans to… Read More…

Can ‘Aboriginal Tourism’ Be Authentic?
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Can ‘Aboriginal Tourism’ Be Authentic?

Aboriginal tourism is a double-edge sword. At best, travelers begin to understand a culture’s compelling and long history. At its worst, it’s exploitive and misinformed. Virtuous Traveler Leslie Garrett examines… Read More…

Icarus & Daedalus Mural in Chicago - photo via Flickr user swanksalot
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Icarus Award: X Marks the Gender, Dogs on the Runway & a Seat Belt Straitjacket

It doesn’t pay to mistreat a flight attendant, though you may win an Icarus award for doing so. Last week’s flight attendant biting incident beat out Green Day’s Billy Joe… Read More…

Icarus Award: Snakes on a Plane, Bombs at Check-In, Nudists on a Mountain
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Icarus Award: Snakes on a Plane, Bombs at Check-In, Nudists on a Mountain

Hurricane Irene may have pre-empted last week’s Icarus Awards, but that only gave us an additional week to seek out the most outrageous travel failures. And what a week it’s… Read More…

The Complete Hidden Gems: New Zealand
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The Complete Hidden Gems: New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the few places where you can step off the plane and be minutes away from starting an adventure. In Christchurch, there is harness racing and… Read More…

Hidden Gems: Waka & Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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Hidden Gems: Waka & Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Every trip to New Zealand is a voyage of discovery, and one of the most interesting things to discover just might be the country’s past. You can take to the… Read More…