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Australia & New Zealand

Can ‘Aboriginal Tourism’ Be Authentic?
Australia & New Zealand / Canada / Culture / Travel News

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
Australia & New Zealand / Icarus Award / Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News

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…

Hidden Gems: Napier, New Zealand & Beyond
Australia & New Zealand / Destinations / Hidden Gems / Videos

Hidden Gems: Napier, New Zealand & Beyond

Want to learn how to travel around New Zealand in style? Peter goes old school in a 1939 Packard, discovers an unusual all-terrain vehicle, and flies high with some innovative… Read More…

Hidden Gems: Horsepower & Christchurch, New Zealand
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Hidden Gems: Horsepower & Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand is one of the few places where you can step off the plane and be minutes away from starting an adventure. Yes, there’s biking, hiking, rafting, golfing,… Read More…

Hidden Gems: Sheep & Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand
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Hidden Gems: Sheep & Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand

The official animal of New Zealand may be the kiwi bird, but many think of it as the country of sheep. Well, the old legend is true: There are more… Read More…

Hidden Gems: Auckland, New Zealand
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Hidden Gems: Auckland, New Zealand

As the largest city in the country, Auckland may be the jumping-off point for many New Zealand adventures, but there’s a lot to explore in the city itself. The terrain… Read More…

A Dozen Ways To Die Down Under: How I Survived My Australian Vacation
Australia & New Zealand / Destinations / Eco Travel / Travel News / Travel Safety

A Dozen Ways To Die Down Under: How I Survived My Australian Vacation

Between crocodiles, deadly jellyfish, and seven of the world’s most poisonous snakes, an Australian vacation isn’t always for the faint of heart. The Virtuous Traveler Leslie Garrett set out to… Read More…

Richard Simmons’ Air New Zealand Safety Video
Airlines & Airports / Australia & New Zealand / Travel News / Travel Safety

Richard Simmons’ Air New Zealand Safety Video

The latest trend in air travel? Attention-grabbing in-flight safety announcements, and the jokesters at Air New Zealand are at it again. This time the airline is trying to grab passengers’… Read More…

Japan Earthquake Damages Tourism Worldwide
Australia & New Zealand / California / Hawaii / Japan / Travel News / USA

Japan Earthquake Damages Tourism Worldwide

The global tourism market is taking a big hit after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan last week. The U.S. is feeling the impact of the drop in Japanese… Read More…

Travel Safety In Mexico, Egypt And New Zealand
Australia & New Zealand / Mexico & Central America / Middle East / Travel News / Travel Safety

Travel Safety In Mexico, Egypt And New Zealand

Have recent events made you rethink your travels to Mexico? Egypt? New Zealand? Peter recently spoke with Arnie Weissmann, editor in chief of Travel Weekly, to talk about the places… Read More…

Rescuers Search Christchurch Earthquake Rubble As Death Toll Rises
Australia & New Zealand / Natural Disasters / Travel News

Rescuers Search Christchurch Earthquake Rubble As Death Toll Rises

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key confirmed that 71 people were killed during Tuesday’s earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Prime Minister warned New Zealanders that the death toll would… Read More…

New Zealand Earthquake Smashes Christchurch, Dozens Dead
Australia & New Zealand / Natural Disasters / Travel News

New Zealand Earthquake Smashes Christchurch, Dozens Dead

A violent earthquake shook the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, midday Tuesday, killing a reported 65 people. The 6.3 magnitude quake and two aftershocks – one a magnitude 5.6 and… Read More…

Western Australia’s Margaret River Region
Australia & New Zealand / Beach Vacations

Western Australia’s Margaret River Region

In the final installment of her Western Australia series, Jamie Stringfellow discovers one of those rare destinations on earth: a remote area filled with unique, off-the-beaten-path experiences that has the… Read More…

Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Rockingham, Western Australia
Adventure Travel & Sports / Australia & New Zealand / Water sports

Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Rockingham, Western Australia

In part three of her Western Australia adventures, intrepid traveler Jamie Stringfellow spends some time debating the wisdom of swimming with wild dolphins before jumping ship into the bays of… Read More…

Western Australia’s Rottnest Island Travel Guide
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Western Australia’s Rottnest Island Travel Guide

Don’t be fooled by the name. After exploring the sunny days and waterways of Perth, intrepid traveler Jamie Stringfellow made her way to the coast and onto Western Australia’s Rottnest… Read More…

Holiday Airfares Expected to Climb, But Winter Travel Deals Abound
Australia & New Zealand / Beach Vacations / Budget Travel / Mexico & Central America

Holiday Airfares Expected to Climb, But Winter Travel Deals Abound

If you’re a last-minute holiday shopper, this message is for you: book your holiday flights now, before fares start climbing. Keep reading to find out when you should finalize your… Read More…