Travel Archive

Magnificent Amalfi   Photo: Pam Walker

Amalfi: the coast with the most

Winter on Italy’s Amalfi Coast brings a vague melancholy: a hangover from too many proseccos the summer past. The tourists have dissipated back into their real lives and most businesses have closed up for Christmas. From the outside looking in, the coast …
melbourne

48 hours in Melbourne

The southern hemisphere is shivering through one of its coldest winters in recent memory, and social media feeds are filled with posts from the many holidaymakers setting off for tropical island getaways and lengthy travels in the European sunshine. Rather than follow …
Sydney, a dream on two wheels

Sydney, a dream on two wheels

Sometimes the magic is just right there in front of you … and it nearly always involves a bike! I’m doing a few ‘bike-about’ stories and I’m hoping you’ll come along for the ride … There was a fresh chiselled sheen to …
Montreal: North America’s City of Love

Montreal: North America’s City of Love

What do you get when you combine the romance-inspired energy of Paris and the easy-going nature of Canada? You get a city where fun, food, generosity and affection make you inclined to ask, “Where can I sign up to become a local?” From …
Beat about the Bushveld

Beat about the Bushveld

Stop! Quickly, reverse! Like a well-rehearsed play, the vehicle’s windows open, all cameras and binoculars veer to the potential sighting and except for the soft drone of insects from the scrubs, everyone sits in absolute silence. False alarm: a deceptive branch, which …
Capri a paradise even in winter

Capri a paradise even in winter

I have been told that in the summertime Capri smells of hibiscus. But I am here in January, in the depths of winter, as the fruit rots on the vine and the sunsets lay to waste. The island is at once intimate …
Volcanic sunrise in the heart of Bali

Volcanic sunrise in the heart of Bali

The rhythmic patter of rain on the tent wakes us before our alarm: 3:30a.m. Whose idea was this again? We step out into the pitch black and are met by our smiling guide, Made, who hands us torches and ponchos. How can …
A Life Less Ordinary in St Tropez

A Life Less Ordinary in St Tropez

From sunrise to sunset, St Tropez bustles with life of the most extravagant kind. This once quiet fisherman’s hamlet on the French Riveria is now overwhelmed by a plethora of fast cars, super yachts, holiday villas, and high fashion labels. The alluring …
Escape to Shangri-La

Escape to Shangri-La

As you head into China’s heartland, the terrain becomes rugged and beyond Qinling Mountain are the towering Min Shan peaks, concealing what is known to the Chinese as the Fairyland Paradise – the amazing Jiuzhaigou Valley.Yuan Li travelled there with friend Simon …