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22
Feb

The Ghan Train Review – Australia’s Greatest Train Journey

As I stepped off the train, the scorched, red earth made an audible crunch beneath my feet. Leaving the comfort of the air-conditioned carriage, I felt the sun’s hot rays on the back of my neck.

The land laid out before me revealed the harsh surroundings of the Australian outback – flat land stretching to the horizon – empty, vast and surprisingly quiet. I instantly felt a smile begin to form across my face as I studied the iconic outback vista before me.

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9
Feb

Taste The Real Hawaii On The ‘Garden Island’ Of Kauai

Waikiki Beach is most often the ‘go-to’ destination for those looking for a fun-filled Hawaiian holiday. Whether it’s the sun, surf and sand, the top-notch restaurants, glittering high rise hotels, or a retail scene that would satisfy even the most insatiable shopping bug, it’s no wonder that people flock to this famous Honolulu beach in droves.

The beauty of Hawaii though, is that there’s a whole world outside of the bustling capital city, just begging to be explored, and the tiny island of Kauai, is the perfect place to start.

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7
Feb
Papa bear searching for foodPapa bear amongst the rocks - Image Jason Dutton-Smith

Polar Bears, Beluga Whales & Blooms in Churchill, Canada

It’s a question every adventurer or photographer could ask themselves. How will you react when the animal you are searching for stares back at you with a curious gaze?

With erect ears and twitching noses inquisitively probing the air, the locals were just as curious of us, as we were of them.

On their annual migration to the ice-filled northern reaches of the Arctic in search of food, ‘polar bear alley’ passes through Churchill on the windswept shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay.

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24
Jan
Chattanooga - Smoky Mountains

Guide to America’s National Parks – Our top picks

What better way to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit than a visit to one of America’s inspiring national treasures – the beautiful sights that make up the U.S. National Parks System.

The National Park System includes national monuments, battlefield parks and old homesteads and buildings that tell the stories of America’s past. Of course the park system also includes the beautiful natural wonders of the country and in this list we will take a glimpse at several of the places that we have come to love – vast areas of immense beauty that must be seen to comprehend and truly appreciate.
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19
Jan

An Avgeek Story – Herman the Duck, North Central and Republic Airlines

July 1, 2021, will mark the 42nd anniversary of the formation of Republic Airlines. Told from a ‘hometown’ perspective, this is a story of that airline and its famous duck logo named Herman.

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10
Jan
planet earth

How to travel when in lockdown or quarantine

Armchair travelling: the art of exploring the world from home.

The act of armchair travel is not a new concept, but its popularity has grown rapidly. With lockdowns due to Covid-19 continuing, these films are sure to satisfy your travel bug.

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9
Apr
App Store Logo

5 travel Apps to download

When the now ubiquitous Apple iPhone entered our lives in 2007 it set in motion a revolutionary new method of communication, changing the way we interact with the world around us. And what about those remarkable little ornaments we all organise so lovingly on our smartphone screens? Apps, with just one touch, can open up a whole new world, revealing itself in all its digital information glory. From games to booking a flight to navigation and finding the nearest Chinese restaurant, Apps have reduced the world into tiny, palm-sized tools. And for today’s modern traveler, these conveniences have certainly made it easier to stay connected while on the road.

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5
Apr
Chicago Architecture Cruise - First Lady Cruises

Picture Review of Chicago River Architecture Cruise

Chicago, the gleaming and stylish city on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan is always a pleasure to visit. A walk along its tree-lined streets, beautiful wide avenues and manicured parks never fail to impress. The ‘city of big shoulders’ is known for many things, but, one of its most acclaimed features is its architecture. Chicago is after all the birthplace of the modern skyscraper
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12
Jul
A340 sunset take off

The World’s Best Airline Logos

There are a lot of great airline logos out there, but however stylish one may look when fully integrated into an airline’s color scheme, is another story. The question is, how does it look as a stand-alone symbol?

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12
Jun
28 Barbary Lane - aka Macondray Lane

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin – My self guided tour of San Francisco

“This is a must read!” a friend exclaimed, as he explained the collection of fascinating characters I’d get to know, in this now classic series of books.

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11
Jun
Entrance to Chapultepec Park with the castle on the hill

Mexico City and a Milestone Birthday

Mexico City – it’s like no other city in the world – certainly unlike any other north of the Rio Grande.

It’s what every capital should be – vibrant, cultured, inspiring, and above all, a reflection of the country it represents. This Mexican looking glass is at once modern, and mysterious. Ancient Aztec ruins stand proudly alongside colonial era cathedrals. A short drive outside the capital, the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon stand like desert ornaments, reminding us of the great pre-Columbian civilization of Teotihuacan.

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29
May
WTC memorial museum sign

9/11 World Trade Center Memorial & Museum Review – New York City

Often a day in history is remembered for many reasons. It may be a wedding, birthday or a significant milestone that was achieved. Other times we remember where we were on days of tragedy. There are certain world events that etch themselves into one’s mind and history books forever and September 11, 2001, was no exception. Many lives were affected by the horrific events that day in New York. In just a few short hours thousands of people lost their lives and millions of people from around the world were affected when one of the world’s great tragedies unfolded before our eyes.
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18
Oct
Honky Tonk Central - Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville’s Honky Tonk & Country Music Bars

Known as the country music capital of the world, Nashville is famed for producing many of the world’s best known, and loved, country and rock music stars. And there is no escaping music from this charming southern city.

Even arriving at Nashville’s International Airport, you are often greeted by local singers and songwriters most hours of the day. Nashville’s most famed honky-tonk bar, Tootsie’s, has two locations within the airport alone with live music and cold beer all day long.

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16
Oct

British Airways 787 Premium Economy review – Nashville to London

In the last several years, British Airways (BA) has embarked on a North American expansion, made possible, in part, because of their fleet of economical 787 Dreamliners.

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15
Dec
Virgin Australia Extra Leg Room seating options.

How To Choose The Best Economy Seat On The Plane

Window? Aisle? First row or exit row? Every flier has a preference when it comes to seat selection, especially on a long flight.

Often times, it’s more than just a simple ‘window or aisle’ question, and as most frequent flyers will tell you, there’s a list of criteria that goes into selecting their most favoured seat on a plane.

Yet like anything, a person’s seat preference is a subjective concept. For a variety of reasons, we like the seat that we like based on key personal criteria.

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