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8 ways for adults to expand the “Disney Experience” in Anaheim, California

With dozens of attractions across two parks – the OG Disneyland Park and California Adventure – not to mention the wealth of dining and immersive experiences to be had, there’s good reason to book in at least a few days at the Disneyland resort in Anaheim, California. Just take a look at some of the…

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How to avoid Jetlag: A Vancouver Stopover with Fairmont’s Castle in the City

As a frequent traveller, and co-host of the podcast Jetlag (you can listen to both seasons HERE), I’m often asked how to best avoid the dreaded repercussions of international travel. As part of an ongoing series on the AU review, I’m going to be sharing my tips and tricks to do just that. If you’re…

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A weekend in Unzen Onsen: Japan’s first national park

Ready to explore a new corner of Japan? Or looking to elevate your next Japanese holiday? Discover a side of the country that’s still very much a local secret and take a look at how we spent a few days in Japan’s first national park, Unzen Onsen. Nestled in the heart of Nagasaki Prefecture, Unzen…

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One of Vivid Sydney’s long-time curators takes to the Middle East with Dhai Dubai

I’m staring up at the 67-metre tall Al Wasl Plaza as elaborate video works slide across the steelwork panels; a call to Prayer echoes through the air. The structure, which designers Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture revealed for Expo 2020 Dubai, is the perfect centrepiece for Dhabi Dubai. This small-scale light and arts festival…

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From AREA15 to the Sphere: Las Vegas ups the ante on the immersive experience

From the faux Venice canals at the The Venetian, to the awe-inspiring fountain show at the Bellagio and a sky covered by LEDs on Fremont Street, Las Vegas has long immersed its audiences. These immersive experiences run from the streets right into the bars, from sitting under a replica of the Eiffel Tower, as at…

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G Adventures steps into luxury travel with new Geluxe itineraries

Since 1990, G Adventures has been leading people around the world as one of the biggest tour operators in the travel industry. From National Geographic itineraries across the Galapagos Islands, to wildlife tours in Madagascar, this company has kept an adventurous spirit for decades. And continues to find new ways to open up the world,…

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Why Cook Islands is the ultimate tropical paradise for Australians

I just don’t think I’m an island person. Throw me into a warehouse rave in New York City and I’ll thrive. Take me driving through the dizzying hills of Tuscany and I’m good. Tell me about “island time,” however, and I’ll let out an audible groan. I’m not a patient person when I’m travelling. So…

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Photo Gallery: Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2024 (02.03.24)

Last night, the 46th edition of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras took place. The event was a great success, bringing together the LGBTQIA+ communities to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness. The Dykes on Bikes, crowd-favourites for many, kicked off the parade. Following them were the 78’ers, the original marchers from the first edition, who…

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The four best things to do with just 72 hours in Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart is the most underrated capital city in Australia. There’s no question. Direct access to some of the country’s finest produce has given the city’s dining scene a standard to rival the world’s greatest food cities. It’s small, walkable and incredibly relaxing. And Hobart also plays host to some of the most interesting and exciting…

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How to travel in style with Levi’s 501 jeans

Compromising on your personal style while travelling has always been a big issue. You’re limited by luggage, it’s often hard to get a sense of the weather each day, and sometimes you’re too rushed to even think about what to wear. That’s why it’s a good idea to find a balance when you’re travelling. You…

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Adelaide is still Australia’s most underrated food city

Adelaide, and South Australia in general, are quite underrated destinations—as are many places that don’t benefit from famous attractions like the Sydney Harbour Bridge. With a city centre free from skyscrapers and a population of only 1.3 million, Adelaide has been labelled a ‘country town’ city—but maybe there’s a bit more to discover than meets…

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Budget Luxury ways to up your wardrobe as Melbourne Fashion Week approaches

Get ready to embrace the vibrant and sizzling world of summer fashion as Melbourne awakens to the warmer months. Melbourne Fashion Week 2023 is just around the corner (23rd to 29th October 2023), and you don’t want to be left behind in the style race. In this guide, we’ll not only keep you up to…

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Top 10 Hidden Gems in Melbourne

Melbourne is a diverse city, with way too much to fit into one visit. There is no shortage of restaurants, art galleries, bars, nightclubs, cafes and shopping that will keep you entertained on your next trip to (arguably) Australia’s most cultured city. But what sits off the beaten path? Here are just ten of our…

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Vietnam: A land of beauty and welcome surprises

Vietnam is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning landscapes, historic sites, and cultural attractions. Places like Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, and the Mekong Delta attract millions of tourists each year. Vietnam is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to…

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An Ode to Going Nowhere: The North American Train Trips Where the Origin is the Destination

If you’re lucky enough to live in a city or a country with a bustling rail network, chances are you’ve rarely thought of train travel as little more than a modern convenience (and certainly preferable to a bus). But the history of rail travel – both from a commercial and commuter level – is one…

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How does technology bring one closer to nature? Illuminate Adelaide’s new programs Resonate and Mirror Mirror will show you how

In a time where technology seems to isolate us, Illuminate Adelaide uses large-scale technology to embrace and connect ourselves to the natural world. Last year, we saw Illuminate Adelaide’s Light Cycles program transform the Adelaide Botanic Garden into an ethereal experience with nature. This year, the creators of Light Cycles, Moment Factory, are turning the “cold”…

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Exploring Docklands : Eat, Stay & Play in Melbourne’s waterside hotspot

Just on the outskirts of Melbourne’s CBD is a freshly revamped District Docklands. Originally built in 2008, a 2021 renovation saw the addition of an entertainment precinct including restaurants, cinemas, tourist attractions and a brewery. I recently visited the area – easily accessible by Melbourne’s free tram network – and here’s a few of my…

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Guide to Dutchess County, NY: Exploring the treasures (and Paul Rudd’s treats) hidden along the Hudson River

Towards the end of last year, as the leaves on the trees of New York were filling up the gutters, and the sights of Halloween peppered the sidewalks of small towns, I ventured north of NYC for the first time ever to the beautiful Hudson Valley Region. It’s a place so beautiful, and filled with…

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Ascending the SUMMIT: The sky high experience (and bar!) no New York trip should be without

If you haven’t travelled to the city since the pandemic, you may have not yet heard of New York’s newest observation deck. Nonetheless, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, set in the city’s fourth tallest building, right next to Grand Central Station, saw some 1.4 million visitors walk through its doors in the year following its grand opening…

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Go City or CityPASS: Which sightseeing pass should you get in New York City?

When travelling to a new city, you’ll often find bundle ticket offers that help tourists visit many of the main attractions in that region for a discounted rate. These sightseeing passes can be great ways to save money, and even visit some attractions you may not have considered otherwise. In recent trips to the Big…

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A Cheat Sheet to Unzen, Japan’s Oldest National Park

Unzen Amakusa National Park is Japan’s oldest national park. While its legacy has had far-reaching international influence, the park still feels like one of Japan’s best-kept local secrets. At the middle of it all is Unzen Onsen, an onsen town home to a landscape of rugged hiking trails, steaming volcanoes, lush forests, and some of…

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Photo Gallery: Pride March – Sydney WorldPride 2023

Over 50,000 people walked across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge today for the Pride March, on the final day of the World Pride festival. It was a beautiful day, as the LGBTQIA+ community celebrated with brightly coloured outfits and good humour. It was a celebration of the progress which has been made by the LGBTQIA+…

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You can now sit in the cockpit of a retired British Airlines Concorde in New York City

One of the most recent attractions to open its doors at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum on the waters of Manhattan in New York City, is an updated experience for one of the 20 Concorde jets built in the 70s and retired in 2003. The British Airways jet – a record breaking Concorde Alpha…

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10 of the Most Immersive Experiences in America

From Disneyland in California to Broadway in New York, America has long catered to those looking for an immersive experience, and few do it better. Here’s just ten of my favourite places to visit in the U.S.A. when looking to escape reality; immersing yourself in art, music, scenery, cowboys (you’ll see what I mean) and…

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Exploring Denver’s RiNo Art District: How to spend the day, and where to stay the night

An easy trip from Denver’s International Airport on the A Train, and minutes from Union Station, Denver’s River North Art District – known as RiNo – was established in 2005 and sits as part of the city’s ever growing Five Points neighbourhood. There’s a lot to love about the vibrancy of the district, but one…

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Five new(ish) things you’ve got to do in New York City’s Times Square

There’s always something new to experience in New York’s Times Square. And this year has been no exception, with new museums, hotels and Broadway shows opening every month. So what are some of the best new(ish) things to do in the heart of the Big Apple? I headed over earlier this month to get a…

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Can you visit Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland California in the same day?

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to have a day off in Los Angeles. It had been more than two years since I’d last been there – pandemic and all – and I had a lot of time to make up for. So, being the theme park enthusiast I am, I tried to (for…

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How long are airport security wait times in Canada? This website will tell you!

With all the news about airport delays over the last year, you’ve probably been wondering how early you need get to the airport before your flight. For those travelling within Canada, here’s how to pre-determine at least some of the delays you might face. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CASTA) website reports on the…

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What on earth is a Beer Spa? (And why it’s good for your health!)

Opening last year in the residential Five Points area of Denver, following the renovation of a building with more than a century of history, and a few delays thanks to Covid, The Beer Spa brought a slowly spreading experience of the same name to the Colorado city for the first time. So what is a…

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Walking the Path of Wolves: the volunteer expedition protecting the wolf population of Lower Saxony

It’s 4:30 am and cold in my tent. I slowly emerge from the early morning brain fog and reach blindly to silence my phone alarm. Numbly, I pull on jeans, boots, and my new Biosphere Expeditions t-shirt, then half fall out of my tent into the brightening dawn. We congregate up at the hotel, in…

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