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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 …

4 Instagram Finds

Today I’m taking a peak at Instagram and would like to share four instagrammers I think are worthy of following: #hopeinthewoods – How many ways can you photograph wooden spoons? Brit Luke Hope knows how to make you swoon over a spoon with his hand-made wooden pieces which he styles to perfection. #woodlucker – Artists Ann Wood and Dean Lucker make ‘botanical paper constructions and interactive mechanical sculptures’. The photographs of their work, Minneapolis studio and home are exquisitely moody and predominantly filled with butterflies. #vegetarianfoodmaker – The words French and vegetarian aren’t usually associated together but The Vegetarian Food Maker makes mouth-watering food bowls and plates them up so beautifully that even a hardcore meat-lover would have to be impressed. #theslowtraveler – UK photographer Carolyn documents her travels, most recently around South America – like the image here from Buenos Aires – with misty grey and pastel tones.