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A road trip from Washington DC to New York Words: Len Rutledge    Images: Phensri Rutledge Driving in the USA can be daunting or charming depending on where you are. Despite initial reservations, my wife and I found driving between two of the country’s major cities was no great problem. Day 1 Washington DC to Lancaster 190 km This morning we leave Washington DC on route to Lancaster. We skirt Baltimore then follow I-83 north for 90 minutes before exiting at York. By now we have entered a beautiful region of rolling hills, neatly cultivated...

15 of The World’s Oldest Buildings and Where You Can Find Them Travelling abroad gives us a chance to experience authentic cultures which can’t be enjoyed anywhere else. Drinking Guinness in Dublin, eating pizza in Rome or watching a jazz band in New Orleans are great examples. Authentic cultural experiences are often tied to history. For example, while you can take a trip on a punt or rowing boat all around the world, there’s something extra special about taking a gondola around the waters of Venice. Venice, along with 99...

Koh Samui offers a lush landscape of beautiful beaches full of palm trees and mountainous rain forests. The island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, off the east coast of Kra Isthmus. Visitors can get a beachside cottage among the coconut trees or rent one of the most luxurious resorts they can find. There is also a plethora of fun activities to do. Wondering how many days to spend in Koh Samui? A three-day trip would allow you to take in a lot of the sites and not break the bank. Of course, if your work and budget allow, you can spend...

Remote tropical destinations appeal to many as a prime choice for getaways. Clear, turquoise water, powdery sandy beaches, palm trees swaying the breeze and plenty of sunshine make for the idyllic location to relax and unwind. While there are many popular places around the world to enjoy the perfect vacation, there are a number of less frequented islands, which offer the chance to avoid crowds. Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine while enjoying the quiet and laid back atmosphere away from daily life stress. Cayo Coco, Cuba Relax...

The Attraction of North Queensland, Australia Words: Len Rutledge  Images: Phensri Rutledge With international airports at both Cairns and Townsville, North Queensland, Australia is accessible from most places in the world. Multiple daily flights from Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane bring Australians from the southern part of the country to this northern paradise. The area is booming but many international and domestic visitors arrive, however, without firm ideas on what to do and see. Here are a few suggestions about some things that...

If you’ve never visited the United States, or not had a chance to make it to the cultural capital, you’ve likely dreamt of the day (and night) you can visit New York City. Perhaps the most iconic destination in the western world, countless cinematic representations of the Big Apple have raised its gritty day-to-day lifestyle to a glamorous status. For not only are the buildings and monuments widely celebrated, but the very experience of being in the definitive metropolis makes it a bucket list essential for any eager traveler. To fully...

Deciding which Hawaiian island to visit for the first time you visit can seem a bit overwhelming. Each of the different major islands–Oahu, Hawaii island, Kauai, Maui–have something unique and different to offer travellers. Oahu Surfing at Waikiki Beach | © Alan Light/Flickr The beautiful island of Oahu offers the traveler many options. Whether you like the hustle and bustle of big city life in Honolulu; enjoy the serenity of nature in the magnificent Kuala mountains; or want to catch some surf vibes along the North Shore–Oahu...

As the promise of a new year is upon us, and sounds of Merry Christmas fill the air, it is time of the year when many couples are planning that much-needed (and often postponed!) romantic getaway. Whether you are looking to spend some quality time together or rekindle the spark in your relationship, heading on to a romantic getaway can give you the solitude and tranquillity to start off the New Year on a positive note. While there are many countries in Southeast Asia that offer the best in terms of tourist attractions and services, Malaysia...

No matter what your religious affiliation is, the winter holidays have a certain charm of their own that’s impossible to ignore. Maybe that’s why so many people enjoy the idea of traveling around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, a period that marks the end of the calendar year and the beginning of a new adventure. To that end, here are four US regions that are guaranteed to offer you a great wintertime experience: 1. The Outer Banks A 200-mile stretch of peninsulas and islands off the coast of North Carolina, the Outer...

December is here and you can sense the onset of festive vibes, the anxious waiting for the season holidays to start, to get together with loved ones and celebrate the joyous time. It’s Christmas and most people would plan on having the typical white Christmas vacation and travel to western places where Christmas is a grand occasion – everywhere you go, its snowflakes, Santa clauses and Christmas trees. Though the festival at western destinations are an elaborate celebration, for travelers, visit such places in December means less...