Cairns is the gateway to the Far North of Queensland, a spectacular land on the east coast of Australia that’s every bit as diverse as it is beautiful. This is tropical Australia, where ancient rainforests hide crashing waterfalls and where white sand beaches open out onto colorful reefs and stunning islands. There are a lot of great things to do in Cairns. From exploring the offshore delights of the unimaginably enormous Great Barrier Reef to journeying through inland forests that are as humid as they are dense. This is one of Queensland’s greatest tourist destinations and although the city of Cairns is a long way from anywhere else in Australia, the journey here is worth every extra minute for the opportunity to immerse yourself in this unique part of the world. To help you to plan your epic trip to one of the most northern cities in Queensland, here is our guide on the best things to do in Cairns. Don’t leave home without: Lonely Planet Australia (Travel Guide) … [Read more...] about 10 Exciting Things to do in Cairns (Plan an Epic Visit!)
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By SAM ANDERSON MARCH 20, 2019 The travel guru believes the tiniest exposure to other cultures will change Americans’ entire lives. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The travel guru believes the tiniest exposure to other cultures will change Americans’ entire lives. By SAM ANDERSON photo illustrations by: Zachary Scott Rick Steves can tell you how to avoid having your pocket picked on the subway in Istanbul. He can tell you where to buy cookies from cloistered Spanish nuns on a hilltop in Andalusia. He can tell you approximately what percentage of Russia’s gross domestic product comes from bribery. He can teach you the magic idiom that unlocks perfectly complementary gelato flavors in Florence (“What marries well?”). But Rick … [Read more...] about Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time
By CAITY WEAVER MARCH 20, 2019 The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. By CAITY WEAVER photographs by: Holly Andres Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train. Depending how you slice it — time or money — there are either 61 or 960 immediate reasons not to travel by Amtrak trains from New York City to Los Angeles. Those are the extra hours and dollars, respectively, that you might reasonably expect to … [Read more...] about There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.
The Commonwealth is, of course, the last vestige of a British Empire which once straddled the globe. This much many people know. And yet - that this reminder of a different era still stretches to six continents (only Antarctica stands askance) and 53 countries is often overlooked. There was a saying that the sun never set on Queen Victoria's realm - but nor does it disappear over the modern descendent of that colonial expanse in the reign of Elizabeth II. Today (March 11) marks Commonwealth Day - the celebration of this collection of nations that is held on the second Monday of every March. This seems an apposite moment to peer closely at the map, and pick out those members of the family on whom the travel spotlight does not always fall. Because, for every Commonwealth giant - notably India and Canada - there is a fragment of the South Pacific or an underappreciated segment of Latin America. The following ten destinations - all fascinating, all unheralded - are wholly worthy of your … [Read more...] about 10 forgotten corners of the Commonwealth you’d never thought to visit
Most people who have taken part in a pub quiz with a round on Australia will have tripped over a question put there to confound: which national capital is closest to Perth? Your pen scribbles down the word “Canberra” – because that has to be the answer, surely – only for the results to reveal that, by air, there are 1,919 miles (3,088km) between Australia’s chief city and its lone west-coast metropolis, but “only” 1,875 miles (3,018km) between Perth and Indonesia’s kingpin Jakarta. There goes your chance of winning. It is nuggets of trivia like this which demonstrate just how enormous a country Australia is. Here is a southern hemisphere giant where some of the globe’s most alluring cities knock elbows with some of its sparsest desert; a sunny oasis where soft beaches keep company with colossal coral reefs and stark stretches of dramatic shoreline. Here too is a place that, in terms of travel appeal, can be broken into seven vast … [Read more...] about 30 amazing ways to explore Australia