The Americas

Atlanta City Guide: for arts & outdoors lovers, sports enthusiasts, & with kids

Many know Atlanta as the home of Coca-Cola, birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., or host of the 1996 Olympic Games. Atlanta was one time known as “Hotlanta” and while it is still hot especially during the summer months, those of us who live here simply say “The A-T-L”. Like most big cities across the […]

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Pinnacles National Park day trip

Planning a Pinnacles National Park day trip takes a little forethought, especially if you’re visiting in spring or autumn – the high season for this northern California national park. This is not the day trip you head off on, on a whim after waking up at 10am in San Francisco. You won’t find parking, and […]

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California coast road trip itinerary

This California coast road trip itinerary stretches from San Francisco in the north, to Los Angeles in the south. Mr M and I have done this road trip a couple of times now, and since I’m not a huge fan of spending seven hours straight in a car, we tend to break up the trip. […]

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A Muir Woods Tour (Redwoods, hikes, and critters!)

A Muir Woods tour is usually pretty high up on San Francisco vistiors’ checklist – it’s one of only a few remaining old growth Redwood Forests, where coastal Redwoods soar up to 79 metres to the skies. Many are hundreds of years old and have stood in family groups through fires, floods, earthquakes, wars and […]

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San Francisco itinerary for first time visitors

After almost four years living in the city by the bay, it’s finally time to write a San Francisco itinerary for those who are visiting for the very first time and want to know about all the must-see sights. Frankly, there are so many fantastic San Francisco sightseeing opportunities that I’d recommend spending at least […]

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The best things to do in Cambria

Cambria is a common pit stop on the road between San Francisco to LA, but it shouldn’t just be a place that you stop for petrol or to stretch your legs. There are some beautiful, fun and quirky things to do in Cambria that you just won’t get time to see or do if you […]

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California’s Hearst Castle pictures (and tales)

Hearst Castle pictures are closely guarded by its media department, and you’re only able to publish them with their permission. So I feel lucky to be able to share our two-day visit to California’s spectacular Hearst Castle, complete with photos of the beautiful building and its antique decor. Californian publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst built […]

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Travelling for Christmas (a festive guide)

When you’re travelling for Christmas, or just living in a new country, Christmas can feel a little foreign (pun intended). You might be in a completely different hemisphere than you’re used to. Which is the case for me – a winter Christmas feels a little gloomy and dark. Or you might just be in a […]

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14 Fantastic East Coast vacation spots

When you’re thinking about an US East Coast vacation, your mind automatically goes to New York. Or maybe you think of the sun and beaches of Florida for inspiration. But there are so many other great holiday destinations up and down the US East Coast that deserve your attention. From beautiful state parks bursting with […]

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Top 28 things to do in Toronto in winter

If the thought of travelling to a reputationally-freezing place during the winter months sends a shiver down your spine, put on a jacket and prepare to have your mind changed. There are so many great things to do in Toronto in winter, that I wish my February visit was longer than the week I’d planned. […]

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A year long US road trip

What happens when you pack up your life, including three children in Australia, and take them on a year long US road trip? I’d like to say magic. But I’m thinking that it’d be more like 365 days worth of swings and roundabouts. And an adventure of kid wrangling and fun, all wrapped up in […]

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17 Mile Drive Monterey in pictures (with maps)

California’s 17 Mile Drive, Monterey has a reputation for a reason. It stretches for miles (17 of them, as the name suggests) of beautiful coastline, glimpses of wildlife, nature and gorgeous houses. Whether you’re stopping at Monterey or Carmel-by-the-Sea on your trip or just driving through on a roadtrip, 17 Mile Drive Monterey has to […]

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