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4 Eco-Kayaking Destinations

With winter yet to make an appearance in Sydney and the ocean temperature still bearable sans wetsuit, it’s prime time for nature spotting from a kayak. Last week our resident turtle popped up to greet us, and a few whales are long overdue a visit to the harbour with migration season almost here. There’s a magic in observing from a slightly wobbly and exposed vantage point and in leaving no footprint, and I’ve become curious about other opportunities in the world for this type of adventure. There are so many to choose from but here are four of my top picks. Orca Camp in British Colombia, Canada with Wildcoast Adventures Northside of Vancouver Island in Johnstone Strait is an oceanside glamping spot to die for. Orca Camp is all about environment and wilderness. For a week you can live next-door to a killer whale sanctuary. A beachside shower and wood-fired cedar spa pool are ideal bookends to a day spent on the water observing Orcas, dolphins and porpoises in their natural habitat. Fjord of Jostedalsbreen …

The Larapinta Trail

There’s nothing quite like climbing red mountains at dawn, showering in green canvas tents with dodgy flaps and “chewing the fat” fireside, under the expanse of a milky blanket of stars.  I’d never entered the Red Centre. Well, not Australia’s Red Centre anyway. It was high time I connected with the earth beneath me and dropped out of internet range for a stint. So last month with 7 friends, I trekked the Classic Larapinta Trail with company World Expeditions, starting at Alice Springs. All I knew of Alice came from absorbing the movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, so I was at least prepared for an abundance of red rocks (minus the cocks in this case). The extreme dryness, extreme heat and extreme cold were foreign to me, so the existence of wildflowers and abundance of bush tucker in this harsh landscape enthralled. Our six day expedition followed the line of the Northern Territory’s West MacDonnell Ranges and involved hiking 10-13 kms per day, too easy when your back pack only contains water and blister protection …

5 Most Unusual Hotels

Are you tired of the usual hotel room with its stock standard decor, layout and design? Do you wish your unique travel experiences could extend to the place in which you stay? Below are five different hotels from around the world that will challenge every idea you had about holiday accommodation and make you want to visit toute-de-suite for a one-of-a-kind, who’d-have-thought type of vacation … My top pick for the most original, thought-provoking, witty, ingenious, artistic hotels I’ve ever seen is street artist Bansky’s newest endeavour. The Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, Palestine, facing the wall separating Palestine and Israel, takes the concept of visiting a new place to a whole new level. Without bias or prejudice, the hotel tells the story of the wall through art, a museum and decor. And it’s clever – if tongue-in-cheek and black humour are your thing. The hotel’s name says it all. As do the floating cherubs with gas masks in the piano room (image above), the street art on the walls and the statues choking on tear gas. …

Japan | Photo Essay and Travel Insights

If you’ve been following us on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll be aware that I’ve just had a trip to Japan and today I’d like to share some insights and photos. Maybe you’ll be inspired to visit, if you’ve not been already! Japan is a world uniquely its own. It’s a country with a perplexing mix of contrasts, of the old mingled with the new, the traditional with the modern, and a people who pride themselves on cleanliness, politeness and order. With much of its architecture and telephone lines stuck in the 1970s their gadgets are high-tech: singing kettles, talking baths and intelligent toilets with heated seats that rise on their own. There might be super-fast space-age trains and an efficient transport system but to purchase a train pass is an exercise in complex paperwork. Their gardens are beautifully Zen and calm, while the shopping strips and departments stores fling neon lights, dazzling technology and the high-pitched welcomes of sales assistants at you. Although their food is ultra fresh and immaculately presented, in many places you can still smoke in eating areas. But …