With more hiking and biking trails in New Zealand to cover than there are minutes in all three of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, choosing trails is a challenge easily underestimated. To harden decisionmaking matters, there isn’t a single location that stands out, but dozens.
Of course, given Australia’s proximity to the Land of the Long White Cloud, starting simply by experiencing some of the country’s more famous cycling, walking, hiking or “tramping” locales is a logical choice. There’s a chance that one trip to Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand, will lead to many more. With two islands to choose from, it’s wise to allow plenty of time experiencing them one at a time.
For the avid walker, hiker or biker – the South Island is an absolute mustdo. Leave behind the driver’s license, put on a pair of comfortable shoes and enjoy the greenery and the grapes.
As a single, it can be an unfortunate truth that you often have to pay double in life, and this is especially true of holidays. The cost of hotel rooms, cruises, and car hire can become a strain for the solo traveller. Well, not if you know where to look. Companies now specialising in singles’ travel, and mature-age singles’ travel no less, are plentiful.
How times have changed. What was once considered almost exclusively the territory of young travellers; retirees are now often seen on off-the-beaten tracks, on their own, with less chance of having health issues and a bigger thirst for adventure than ever before. Finally reputable travel agencies and cruise companies are designing travel tours to specifically satisfy the wanderlust of single retirees who are getting out and about to live lifelong dreams, or simply to take a well deserved break.
As there are a myriad of single travel options available to you, it pays to do your research. There is a list of websites at the end of this chapter. Be sure to take a look at the one on the top of the list, the New Young Travel site, which provides further information on the most popular options available. Written by Holly Richardson.
Every year, millions of people travel across the planet in boats, trains, cars, and planes. Along with them often travel dozens of tiny hitchhikers — foreign plants, insects, and sometimes other animals too.
These introduced species have colonized the globe from South Africa to Antarctica. To Elizabeth Kolbert, author of “The Sixth Extinction,” this is a very big problem.
Out of the foreign invaders that people introduce to a new area each year, a sizable chunk become what’s known as “invasive,” meaning they beat out a region’s native plants and animals and upset the delicate balance of life that has existed in that area for thousands of years.
Well, that changes things. The assumption that 18-35-year-olds are the ones heading off on holidays in groups with Contiki or Topdeck has been undermined by the latest research, which indicates mature-age travellers make up 36.5 per cent of the total Australians who went on a package tour for their last trip.
While the number of us going on package tours is still relatively small (only 1.6 per cent of all people who went on a trip in the last year), it’s a market that has remained stable in the last ten years, with an increasing number of Baby Boomers and Pre-Boomers making up large portions of those committing to package tours.
If you’re planning your first vacation beyond American borders, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed. After all, there are so many factors to consider. Should you book a hotel or will a hostel provide a more authentic experience? Should you sign up for guided tours or be adventurous and explore on your own? Is it safe to use your credit card? And perhaps the most important question, where should you go? From choosing a destination to prepping your smartphone, use this simple checklist to prepare for your first trip abroad.
1. Rein in your wanderlust
Before you put on a blindfold and throw darts at the globe, determine how much money you’re willing to spend on this trip. Also, think about how much time you can afford to spend away from your day job. Factoring in your schedule will rein in some of your wanderlust and force you to put far-flung destinations like Bali and Fiji on the bucket list. Not only do these trips cost a pretty penny, but they require at least six to 10 days to make the most of the destination. If you only have a four-day window, it’s not worth the 20-hour flight.
The Australian dollar is continuing to drop, and the forecast says it won’t be turning around any time soon – what does this mean for holidaymakers down under?
For those wanting to travel to Europe, the United Kingdom or the United States, well – it’s not great.
Handing over AU$1000 to the bank and getting less than £500, for example, is disheartening and can really limit the length of your holiday, your choice of accommodation, and a host of other things.
The Dalkin clan has done quite a lot of traveling in my lifetime, and Bruce (that’s my dad!) always insisted on carrying-on. We would hit the ground running no matter where we were going. Tennis tournament – carry it on and then leave the airport to go warm up. A few weeks in Europe – carry on so when we landed we could run through customs and get our vacation started. Surprise Vacation – carry on! Moving to college – carry on! (Although my mom sent me about 3 giant boxes full of clothes a few days later) Basically, you get the idea.
The idea of checking a bag literally terrifies me. What happens if it doesn’t arrive? It’s just something that I never plan on dealing with. When Thomas and I first started dating, I took him to Jamaica for his birthday and he packed for the trip thinking we were going to check luggage and then WAIT for it once we arrived. Boy was he wrong. I’ve converted him to the carry on only method and it’s been smooth sailing ever since. The question I get time and time again, is how the heck do you do it for international travel! Easy – I’m about to lay it out for ya!
I’m down here for 10 days with some awesome bloggers exploring the country of Chile thanks to LATAM airlines. To say I’m excited is an understatement. I’m pumped! We’ll be exploring the entire country – from top to bottom! Desert to Glaciers. The whole enchilada. I wonder if they have enchiladas down here? I guess I’ll find out!
Approximately a third of the U.S. population holds a valid U.S. passport, a ticket to see the world. But as many Black American families view travel as a luxury instead of a necessity, it’s rare to see Black youth trekking across the world compared to their White counterparts. Travel is a rite of passage; it challenges the traveler’s attachment to national identity and introduces the option of being a global citizen. Black youth can create lives outside of the United States, and see the world beyond just simple vacations. But it’s going to take a shift in consciousness to get Black youth to make world traveling a top priority instead of just an option for retirement.
“I think there is a misconstrued, automatic assumption that traveling is expensive and something that isn’t accessible to Black communities,” says Evita Robinson, the founder of Nomad•ness TV, a youth-focused travel reality show.