a travel blog should be useful to the reader

otherwise it's merely a self-indulgent exercise in vanity. We travel a lot, both privately and for work, so a while back we started keeping account of our experiences, and decided to publish them online, so that our friends would benefit. The result is this blog, which we hope will help you plan your own experience, too. Disclaimer: we are not sponsored, there are no ads, and we make no money off of this blog.

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Winery visit in Otago: Two Paddocks

Well, what can I say – when in Otago, try as many wines as you possibly can. Especially the pinot noir. And of course, true to this motto, I just had to fit in a few wineries on my last visit to New Zealand. First stop: Two Paddocks in Central Otago. Well, easier said than done… Read more →

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Monkey madness at Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano

Beyond the regular Tokyo-Kyoto-Hiroshima tourist route there is much to explore, and Jigokudani monkey park is one of those little gems that may not be part of the regular line-up of things to do in Japan. Yet only a 90 minute Shinkansen ride to the north west of Tokyo lies Nagano, a city of two million, which is often overlooked… Read more →

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Whakarewarewa: a Maori village guided tour

Whakarewarewa is the living thermal village in Rotorua, on New Zealand’s North Island. It is an area of geothermal activity within the city of Rotorua, where the Maori inhabitants still take advantage of the geothermal pools and steam vents in their everyday lives. Read more →

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Staying at Nomads Queenstown

When in Queenstown, you’ll want to make base for a few days at least. And you’d be well advised to make it a comfortable one, as Queenstown has a lot to offer and you’ll be out and about on adventures all day. Read more →

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Livin’ it up in Rotorua: Skyline gondola and luge

Rotorua has plenty of things to do, and to be honest, taking the Skyline Gondola wasn’t on my original list for my 2 days in the North Island tourist town. I am, however, glad I took the gondola as I enjoyed the views as well as do some luging on what became a great, fun-filled afternoon. Read more →