Stories

The life-blood of travel is Stories: tales that evoke awe, wonder, a sense of adventure and curiosity; tales that inspire and challenge. Our collection of travel stories span the globe and take travellers on journeys that personalise the travel experience, providing the foundation for adventures yet to come.
There’s More to Sonoma County Than Vineyards and Food
United States Of America
There’s More to Sonoma County Than Vineyards and Food

Located approximately 45 minutes north of San Francisco, Sonoma County is one of California’s prime food and wine destinations, boasting hundreds of award-winning wineries and restaurants…

To Cappadocia with the Locals
Turkey
To Cappadocia with the Locals

It wasn’t until I boarded the bus that would take me all the way from Bodrum on the Aegean Sea to Aksaray in the heart of Cappadocia, that I learned of the extraordinary company I would…

The Aroma of Roma
Rome, Italy
The Aroma of Roma

Six o'clock in the morning. Ten hours since I landed in the city of passion — Rome — eight hours since my kind taxi driver agreed to detour through the famous 'Ring' so I can feast my…

Tongariro Northern Circuit — a Volcanic Adventure
New Zealand
Tongariro Northern Circuit — a Volcanic Adventure

There are not many places in the world where people can safely walk around an active volcano but, in New Zealand’s Tongariro National Park, this is exactly what walkers can do.

A Kiwi Camps Out in Mongolia
Mongolia
A Kiwi Camps Out in Mongolia

It could be any glaciated backcountry landscape, but it reminds me most of the western Mackenzie Basin in New Zealand. It’s the sort of view freedom campers enjoy as they van their way…

Amazon Task: Ecuador’s Waorani Fight for the Rainforest
Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
Amazon Task: Ecuador’s Waorani Fight for the Rainforest

From the beginning of my journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, I knew I was on a truly different kind of adventure. On day one my translator and guide Luis Garcia leaned towards…

Snapshot of Halifax, Nova Scotia
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Snapshot of Halifax, Nova Scotia

Sightseeing by motor coach has never been my thing. So, with a sense of trepidation, I boarded a bus crammed with tourists setting off on a one-day tour of the stunning coastline…

A Snapshot of Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor, Maine, United States Of America
A Snapshot of Bar Harbor, Maine

A sharp gust of wind pierced my body as I boarded the first tender of the day ferrying passengers from our cruise ship to the pier at Bar Harbor. After days of unseasonably-warm autumn…

Where the Desert meets the Sea
Baja California Sur, Mexico
Where the Desert meets the Sea

The desert began at the edge of the ocean.

The Sweet Life: Ecuador’s Traditional Sugar Production
Ecuador
The Sweet Life: Ecuador’s Traditional Sugar Production

We woke to a rain of black ash. Outside our room, a thick grey blanket of ash and chunks of burnt vegetation covered the courtyard floor. More ash floated in the air, before landing on every…

Sail and Savour Washington’s San Juan Islands
United States Of America
Sail and Savour Washington’s San Juan Islands

The Salish Sea, which includes Washington State’s Puget Sound, laps up against more than 2000 kilometres of coast and surrounds the intriguing San Juan Islands. Those who spend any time on…

Sail and Savour Washington’s San Juan Islands
United States Of America
Sail and Savour Washington’s San Juan Islands

The Salish Sea, which includes Washington State’s Puget Sound, laps up against more than 2000 kilometres of coast and surrounds the intriguing San Juan Islands. Those who spend any time on…

Where Paradise Meets Luxury: Layana Resort & Spa
Koh Lanta, Thailand
Where Paradise Meets Luxury: Layana Resort & Spa

When the driver of our clattering tuk-tuk turned into the lush gardens that herald the entrance of Layana Resort & Spa, I felt as if I was stepping into a world entirely removed from…

Yakushima: Japan’s Unknown Island
Yakushima, Japan
Yakushima: Japan’s Unknown Island

Just a short boat ride from urban Japan is a peaceful island of captivating natural beauty; most visitors simply haven’t discovered it yet.

Pilgram’s Path: the Camino de Santiago
France
Pilgram’s Path: the Camino de Santiago

Emilio Estevez’s The Way is a film that has immortalised the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage as a life tick for thousands of people every year. Through sharing the personal journey…

Bondi Beach and the Body Beautiful
Sydney, Australia
Bondi Beach and the Body Beautiful

The sadist on the beach seems to have strange power over the slight figure crouching submissively in front of him in the pre-dawn light. He performs an exercise and his disciple frantically…

The History of Pilgrimage
World
The History of Pilgrimage

Pilgrimages are an age-old tradition stretching back through the history of nearly every major religion. Muslims journey to Mecca and Jews to Jerusalem. Buddhists travel to Tibet, and Hindus…

The Disappearing History of Porto
Porto, Portugal
The Disappearing History of Porto

Beyond the ornate facades and porcelain-tiled buildings admired by tourists, the colourful city of Porto is harbouring a secret architectural history. US journalist Peter Korn reveals the…

Stephen Sparks: A Volcanologist Shares His Thoughts on Risk Management
World
Stephen Sparks: A Volcanologist Shares His Thoughts on Risk Management

Stephen Sparks explains how countries and cultures around the world manage the challenges posed by volcanoes — from Indonesia, where volcanism is a daily reality for many people, to…

Ngā Tapuwae: First World War Trails, Belgium
Belgium
Ngā Tapuwae: First World War Trails, Belgium

“Shall I wear boots?” asks my boyfriend as we’re packing the car. “Definitely — it’ll be muddy,” I reply. We’re driving towards the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. It marks the…

Ecotourism in the Mountains of Timor-Leste
Maubisse, Timor-Leste
Ecotourism in the Mountains of Timor-Leste

The mist appears within half an hour of leaving Dili, drifting in and engulfing the trees as our car climbs the hills that flank the capital of Timor-Leste. For a small island, Timor-Leste…

Russia: A Voyage into Ecotourism
Russia
Russia: A Voyage into Ecotourism

Shane Feyers, Research Fellow at Yale University, takes an enlightening journey into Russia’s untouched countryside, which seems set to become Eastern Europe’s newest destination hot…

Haiti: Capturing Creativity
Haiti
Haiti: Capturing Creativity

Along with Cuba, Haiti was once the jewel of the Caribbean, the envy of its less sophisticated neighbours.

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