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Embark on an Expedition to Antarctica

Embark on an Expedition to Antarctica
“Imagine a whale surfacing beside you to say hello as penguins leap at the bow of your boat all while you circumnavigate an iceberg by kayak. This is kayaking in Antarctica, the ultimate Bucket List experience.” – The Planet D

Antarctica: a land of untouched beauty, frozen plains twinkling with icy frost and glaciers—a destination visited by so few. For its sheer magnitude and remoteness, this continent is a bucket list item for the world’s most adventurous travellers. But, you can’t visit this icy continent year-round. You’ll need to join an experienced crew and travel in the spring, from November to March.

By Travel Bucket List - Friday, May 4, 2018

Take a Wildlife Safari in Africa Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Africa

Take a Wildlife Safari in Africa Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Africa
“A wildlife safari is a moment of pure adrenaline. You feel called back to nature as herds of elephants and packs of lions roam freely around you. This experience is absolutely worth every second and an adventure meant for a lifetime.”—Robin Kawakami, Today.com

Wildlife Safari in Africa

Nothing could be more breathtaking and awe-inspiring than surrounding yourself by the free spirit of majestic animals which make up the African landscape. Championed as one of the most rewarding adventures one can experience, a wildlife safari in Africa will transport you far from everyday life into a world of uninhibited nature. Feel the very ground beneath you quiver while the wildebeest migrate to more verdant land in Kenya.

By Travel Bucket List - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Travel - day out - Marwell Zoo

Travel - day out - Marwell Zoo
Birds have four types of feathers. I never realised this until I visited Marwell Zoo in Hampshire. Wing feathers help the bird fly, tail feathers help to balance and steer, body feathers give protection as well as streamlining while down feathers keep the bird warm.

For me the sign of a good day out is walking away with a few interesting, useful facts like this. A nice sunny weekend is an ideal opportunity to visit this attraction, set in 140 acres of Hampshire countryside near Winchester. It’s home to 1,200 animals and there is an emphasis on African wildlife ranging from giraffes and zebras to rhinoceroses, pygmy hippopotamuses and meerkats as well as some colourful birds. Founded by John Knowles, who opened it in 1972, Marwell soon became a leading zoo in Europe to carry out important animal conservation work.

By Tim Saunders - Thursday, April 5, 2018

Releasing Kiwi Chick into the Wild

Releasing Kiwi Chick into the Wild
An only-in-New-Zealand experience has left one international sailing crew much wiser about a unique conservation challenge – saving the emblematic flightless kiwi. After a day out in the Hauraki Gulf during their Auckland stop-over, the Volvo Ocean Race sailing team “Turn the Tide on Plastic” will leave a living legacy in New Zealand – a young kiwi chick that they named Mohio (meaning wisdom, in Maori) before releasing it into the wild.

The United Nations team is carrying the sustainability message on their year-long round-the-world voyage. Along with the competition to win the race, this team is on a mission to promote ocean health by highlighting the global issue of single use plastic.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, March 16, 2018

Snowbirds Escape Winter in The Palm Beaches

Snowbirds Escape Winter in The Palm Beaches
Visitors looking for a sunny and exciting break from snowstorms, icy roads and freezing temperatures will find their happy place in a T-shirt-and-shorts getaway to The Palm Beaches. With more than 75 kilometres of pristine beaches, an expansive selection of luxurious accommodations and restaurants, as well as cultural, entertainment and family-friendly activities, The Palm Beaches is a picture-perfect destination that invites Canadian snowbirds to migrate southward and embrace their sense of adventure. From basking in the sun on the soft sands of Juno Beach Park, to climbing a lighthouse in Jupiter, to enjoying a day of luxury outdoor shopping in Boca Raton, there are plenty of memorable ways to trade winter’s icy grip for sunny warmth in The Palm Beaches.

See below for some suggestions on how to escape winter in The Palm Beaches:

By News on the Net - Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Bryce Dallas Howard’s New Zealand Escape

Cape Reinga – Bryce Dallas Howard walks along Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean
Cape Reinga – Bryce Dallas Howard walks along Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean.

For Bryce Dallas Howard, an escape to New Zealand’s sub-tropical Northland offers the chance for self-discovery and reflection. Bryce, who has had a close connection with New Zealand since childhood, says she finds the epic coastal landscapes on the narrow northern tip of New Zealand to be transformative. Sandwiched between the mighty Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea, this has been home since ancient times to the Maori tribe that first settled the shores of New Zealand.

“Visiting Northland gave me a different appreciation of New Zealand because that’s where I discovered how special and unique Maori culture really is. Meeting the locals has given me a deep sense of connection to the spirit of the land.”

By Travel New Zealand - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Auckland Harbour Bridge Transformed by Lights

Auckland Harbour Bridge Transformed by Lights
Auckland’s iconic harbour bridge has been brought to life in a world-first battery and peer-to-peer powered light show.

The six-minute specially-composed light show sequence wowed crowds in New Zealand’s largest city watching and listening from different vantage points throughout the city on January 27, 2018. The bridge, which connects central Auckland and the suburbs of the North Shore lit up the Waitemata Harbour creating an audio-visual spectacle

By Travel New Zealand - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Art Deco - New Wine Bar and Old-School Prohibition Party

Art Deco - New Wine Bar and Old-School Prohibition Party

Napier, New Zealand, famous for the largest collection of Art Deco buildings in the Southern Hemisphere, now has a new occupant in the old National Tobacco Company building – The Urban Winery. Visit this iconic landmark to sample chardonnays by Tony Bish Wines. And if you don’t sample enough during the day, the winery’s cellar door becomes a wine bar three nights a week.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival

Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival
Hilton Head Wine and Food FestivalHilton Head’s wine and food enthusiasts greet the Island’s popular spring season every March with a week-long celebration to embrace the fruits of global wine partnerships, signature Lowcountry cuisine, grassroots cultural happenings and the authentic fabric of a unique community. What unfolds is an inspiring series of events that draw guests to Hilton Head Island from not only across the country, but even from far corners of the globe.

Join us as we celebrate our 33rd anniversary of this annual Hilton Head Island rite of passage at The Sea Pines Resort. Experience for yourself this year’s new schedule of events including spectacular celebrity chef showcases, intriguing wine education sessions, live entertainment and of course the famed Grand and Public Tasting events.

By Hilton Head - Friday, January 19, 2018

Celebrate Southern Heritage with Food & Drink

Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival
Calling all foodies! The 11th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is a family-friendly, week-long culinary and cultural celebration showcasing the very best in savory eats, crafted cocktails, gourmet wines and more. Over the course of seven days, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy dishes prepared by celebrity guest chefs, barbecue from some of the best of Southern pitmasters, hands-on cooking demos, eclectic tastings, live music and much more!

By Hilton Head - Thursday, January 18, 2018

Penguin Info for Awareness Day

Penguin Info for Awareness Day
If you aren’t a fan of adorable penguins and their shenanigans, you should stop reading now. But who doesn’t love penguins?

With Penguin Awareness Day happening on January 20, we thought we’d update you on some of the places you can see the cute little fellas in New Zealand – and remind you about one particularly naughty penguin named Timmy.

By Travel New Zealand - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New activities in New Zealand—The land of the long white cloud

Night Tour -- Waimarino Group
Lake Rotoiti Starlight Kayaking Experience
Bay of Plenty tourism operator, Waimarino Group, has developed an exciting five-hour kayaking experience in Rotorua that includes a lake kayak, a visit to a glow-worm cave, and a gourmet barbecue dinner for groups of up to 40 people.

Enjoy an evening adventure, kayaking out over one of New Zealand’s most stunning waterways, Lake Rotoiti. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, abundant birdlife, and learn the myths and legends linked to the area, before kayaking over to the stunning Manupirua Hot Pools. Here, you are provided with a sumptuous gourmet barbeque dinner. Then – as the sun goes behind the hills, you adventure out to the magical glow-worm cave to see the glow worms and learn about their life cycles and legends. On the way back, you can see how the lake is transformed by the moon and the twinkling Southern Sky stars above, giving you the perfect end to a memorable adventure.

The price is $235 NZD (approx. $212 Cdn) per person.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, January 12, 2018

Isle of Wight and surrounding areas

Isle of Wight and surrounding areas
A butterfly has a 12-week life cycle.

We learn this during a visit to Butterfly World at Newport on the Isle of Wight. It all starts with an egg, then the caterpillar, the chrysalis and then finally the adult butterfly; each a three week process. There are some magnificent butterflies and moths all under one roof. Next door Fountain World is home to a variety of koi fish, which don’t just make for an alternative investment – with some fetching up to £3,500 – but they can live for over 200 years.

By Tim Saunders - Friday, December 29, 2017

Three Reasons to Visit New Zealand in 2018

Rotorua is New Zealand’s first bilingual city
With 2018 just around the corner, many travellers are thinking about where to go next. Now is a great time to start planning a trip to New Zealand. Renowned for its cinematic landscapes, kilometres of pristine coastline and welcoming locals, the Land of the Long White Cloud also offers a great deal to do, see and experience. And whether you’re visiting for adventurous pursuits or have more refined pleasures in mind, you’ll find these three reasons to start planning a trip to New Zealand to be more than a little compelling.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, December 28, 2017

Celebrate 150 years of beer on the wild West Coast

Monteith’s celebrates its 150th anniversary of bringing beer to Kiwis
One of New Zealand’s wildest destinations, the rugged West Coast of the South Island, has traditionally been the haunt of tough mountain men, women and miners. Back in the day, one of the main things that kept the early pioneers happy was beer. Monteith’s Brewing Company has been there from the beginning, refreshing the thirsty throngs who were hardy and adventurous enough to call the West Coast home.

In 2018, Monteith’s celebrates its 150th anniversary of bringing beer to Kiwis. It has quite a few parties planned and will introduce a few new beers, specially brewed to mark the occasion.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, December 21, 2017