Monday, September 21, 2009

Do you crave Sydney?

When I graduated college, I moved to Australia to teach English (my students wondered if I spoke English, since I sounded so funny to them with my Midwestern twang). Anyway, for a twenty-something like me who had never been away from home, living in Australia was, to put it mildly, an adventure. I lived in Geelong, which is about 40 miles west of Melbourne, right on the coast (again, an adventure for a landlocked Midwesterner). One of the many wonderful aspects about living in Australia and being a teacher there was that it seemed we were always on holiday. Two weeks here, a month there, a long weekend to explore Tasmania or a summer to drive across the Nullabor plain from Melbourne to Perth, all the while listening to cricket matches on the car radio.

Which is a needlessly roundabout way of getting to this new article from the Wall Street Journal about some travel opportunities coming up in October to visit Sydney, Australia. Just knowing that there are roundtrip tickets from Los Angeles to Sydney, starting at $799 is making me crave a Foster's (and it's only 10:15 a.m. as I write this to you).

You will never regret a visit to "the lucky country."

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Travel Detective

Have you heard of Peter Greenberg? He's known as The Travel Detective and has a radio show, books, and is Travel Editor for CBS News. I heard him interviewed on a local talk show and I was impressed by his no-nonsense style and his interesting tips about avoiding travel scams and ways to save money when you travel.

You can check him out here:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Award-winning Travel Blog

No, not this one. I'm talking about Intelligent Travel Blog from National Geographic. NGEO is a classy enterprise anyway (best photos, superb writing) and this blog is another delight.

Give it a look when you have a minute.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Been There

Found another good website, this one is at the Guardian newspaper online (United Kingdom).
Although you need to take other people's opinions (including mine!) with a grain of salt, it's fun and informative to read other travelers' recommendations and experiences.

Hope this encourages you to post your own recommendations. Happy travels.

Here's the Guardian link:

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The world's 5 most over-rated tourist sites

The Times of London today has an interesting article from a just-published book, The Road Less-Travelled (with a Forward written by Bill Bryson, it just might be worth reading).

Here's the link to the Times article: