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Marvellous Melbourne

“Marvelous Melbourne” (a page from my Travel Journal) Melbourne is a city with aspirations and you can tell. It’s a large city with loads of character, a laid-back pace and a lifestyle that oozes quality. Magnificent Tudor and Victorian buildings graciously reflect the city’s colourful history while impressive skyscrapers and other buildings by world-renowed architects […]

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Sydney: an Australian Cinderella story

Go about two hundred years back in time and imagine the First Fleet – the eleven British ships crammed with convicts, arriving on Australia’s southeastern coast of the Tasman Sea with the intention of settling a penal colony. Now picture the present-day sparkling metropolis, leader in arts and architecture, encircled by natural parks and shining […]

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Ten things to do in New Zealand

New Zealand is arguably one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From the tropical forests, sandy beaches and gentle rolling hills in the north to the daunting peaks, mysterious fjords and massive glaciers in the south, New Zealand offers visitors a wide array of natural highlights as well as excellent cuisine and local […]

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An aerial view of Queenstown, New Zealand.

Queenstown from above

Queenstown is a true gem in New Zealand’s crown of scenic destinations. The town is a favourite among nature-lovers, skiers and snowboarders, as well as those seeking more adventurous sports such as bungy-jumping (it was practically invented here), mountain biking and jet-boating. Queenstown‘s spectacular location, up in the Southern Alps amidst imposing snow-capped mountains, gushing […]

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Enchanting spots: Milford Sound

Milford Sound, located on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, is one of the most spectacular fjords I’ve ever seen. Justifiably used as the decor for one of the scenes in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, Milford Sound‘s calm, dark blue waters contrast sharply with the towering snow-capped mountains that hug its […]

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Plane views: Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Queensland. It’s a beautiful city that straddles the meandering Brisbane River and has a wonderful laid-back, tropical feel. With its mild sub-tropical climate, proximity to the seemingly endless beaches of the Pacific coast and its cosmopolitan population, Brisbane is a magnet for both […]

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The Derwent Hunter

A Whitsunday adventure

A Whitsunday Adventure (A page from my Travel Journal). I had the most amazing time sailing around the Whitsunday islands. There were several firsts for me but I’ll get back to that later. I arrived in Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday islands after several lazy days in Sydney. Airlie Beach Airlie Beach is […]

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Places that inspire: Karekare beach, New Zealand

A few months ago, I was invited by Mei, a.k.a. @agentcikay to contribute a guest post about places that have inspired me. I thought the subject was brilliant so I asked her if I could use it as a new guest series. I was thrilled when she said ‘yes’… after lots of coaxing and a […]

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My velvet escape travel tip: Rotorua

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. Lake Rotoru a and Mokoia […]

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Perth: An unexpectedly cool city

An unexpectedly cool city,… and another mishap (A page from my Travel Journal) I’m not sure what I was expecting of Perth. Definitely not a sleepy hollow. What I knew of Perth beforehand is that it’s the capital and by far the largest city in Western Australia; that it’s located on the banks of the Swan […]

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