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Ten airports you must book a window seat for

Aisle or window? That’s a question I’m sure many of us are familiar with. I’m a big fan of window seats – you’ll know why if you’ve seen any of my Plane Views posts! Whether you’re an aisle or a window person, here are ten airports you’ll want to book a window seat for (arriving, […]

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Where a million paths cross

New York City! Who could ever forget their very first time in this great city? I remember strolling down the streets in complete awe of the buildings and the incredible energy gushing through the city. On my first visit in 1992, I was determined to see all the famous landmarks that I’d gotten to know […]

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Luxury on the slopes

The ski season is now upon us, as resorts in Europe and North America open up their hotel doors, and get the chair lifts running for another busy few months on the slopes. There are some resorts which are so glamorous, you’d want to arrive in a private jet; something that isn’t out of the […]

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A guide to the best beaches in Florida

There’s a reason tourists travel from all over to experience the Florida coast. Famous for its gorgeous stretches of surf, Florida has always been a favorite travel destination. From serene beaches off the beaten path to Miami’s pride, South Beach, Florida has an impressive coastline, dotted with some of the most beautiful beaches in the […]

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A gorgeous getaway on Hawaii’s Big Island

A guest post by Zak Erving. The road unfurls like black ribbon through eucalyptus hills; I have the windows rolled down and the radio turned off. The only sounds heard are my soft tires hissing at the wet asphalt and the symphonic chirps of coqui tree frogs. The air is still damp after a brief […]

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Hip boutique hotels in New York City

New York City has a wealth of cutting-edge boutique hotels that are so exclusively hip that they remain beyond the mainstream luxury travel radar. They can be found all over Manhattan in a multitude of styles, from classically understated to unabashedly decadent. Here are five boutique hotels in New York City that are sure to […]

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Tall tales from Alaska – glow slugs

The glow-slugs “How was your camping trip”, I asked the two ladies at lunch. They’d just returned from an overnight stay in a camp on an island in Yes Bay, Alaska. They responded enthusiastically, recalling their campfire, feasting on Alaskan king crabs and story-telling. The elderly of the two remarked that there were many slugs […]

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Tall tales from Alaska – the ice cave

The ice cave I stood on the deck of the Wilderness Discoverer and watched fellow guests on the Alaska cruise return from their hike to the Baird glacier. I went on a similar hike earlier that day and I was completely blown away by the surreal landscapes. As they boarded the ship, I approached them […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo – hot-tubbing in Alaska

There were numerous memorable moments during my cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage but there was one experience that I could repeat every day, day or night, during the cruise: a soak in the ship’s hot-tub! Sitting in the tub, with a hot towel on my head was simply the best way to enjoy the spectacular […]

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Ten scenic golf courses around the world

I don’t play golf but the exuberance with which the rest of my family pursues the sport ensured that I was dragged from one golf course to another during my adolescent years… as an ‘assistant’ (or rather a nuisance) to the caddy. As my brother and brother-in-law showed off their golfing prowess on the course, […]

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