The Americas

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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13 Midwest travel hotspots

If you’re planning a trans American road trip or just thinking about Midwest travel in general, you’ve found the right blog post. If I’m being honest, I contacted some fantastic fellow bloggers for their Midwest travel expertise because I know I’ve woefully neglected that part of the US on my travels. And I wanted to […]

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Visit Candytopia San Francisco

As renowned sweet maker Willy Wonka tells his tour group in the beloved children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, “So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.” That’s how I felt when I stepped into Candytopia San Francisco. Surrounded by cogs, colours and candy, the anticipation of what I’d […]

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Fall camping: Portola Redwoods State Park

Squeezing the most out of summer sometimes means bleeding into Fall (Autumn to everyone else in the world). In order to crowbar in a few more camping trips before the weather really goes south, it’s a good idea to find a campground close to home. Less travel time required, and if it turns out to […]

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Top 10 cheap things to do in Las Vegas

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A Relaxed guide to Napa winetasting

There’s no disputing that Napa and Sonoma are home to a veritable glut of wineries. There are many places to choose from that you can make the mistake of trying to pack in as many as you can into a day. But that’s not the point of wine, is it? It’s about kicking back with […]

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