• Asia

    Review: Day Trip to the Great Wall of China

    Upon booking our flights to New Zealand was agreed on a 10-hour layover in China. The flights were so cheap with the layover and thought we would hang around in the airport, especially as Beijing is one of the largest terminals in an airport. It wasn’t until I was having a chat with my Mum about her previous layover in Singapore where they have a little bus shuttle from the airport that I started to investigate what our options were. Beijing Layover Tour I stumbled across the 24/144 hour visa-free transit pass, meaning that you can apply at the airport to leave the terminal. A tour company called Beijing Layover…

  • Oceania

    The Ultimate 15 Kiwi Songs for your New Zealand Roadtrip

    One of the most fundamental parts of any road trip is the playlist. Aside from the itinerary and snacks, it is one of the first things that I plan out. Join us in making the perfect New Zealand Playlist as it would not be complete without these great kiwi tunes. Kiwi Roadtrip So True – The Black Seeds With its kiwi infused reggae beats and a catchy chorus, it’s not hard to sing along to this summer classic, even if the sun isn’t shining. The Otherside – Breaks co-op With local legend, Zane Lowe making up part of this trio, the Otherside is a laid-back beach vibe, perfect for cruising around the…

  • Europe

    What You Need To Know About Tubingen, Germany

    Located around a 40-minute drive southwest of Stuttgart is the small little town of Tubingen. History With a medieval castle atop one of the many hills of Tubingen that dates back to 1078. The founding of Eberhard Karls University in 1477, making it one of Central Europe’s oldest, Tubingen has a wealth of history. In fact, the settlement of Tubingen dates back to the 6th and 7th century. Schloss Luckily during the Second World War, Tubingen was left relatively unscathed and many of the medieval buildings still remain intact. If you willing to take the small hike up a hill to Hohentubingen Castle (Schloss), the reward is spectacular views of…

  • Oceania

    Getting Lost in the Rotorua Redwoods

    Rotorua in the central North Island of New Zealand is infamous for its geothermal activity, with the lingering notes of sulphur in the air and its Maori heritage. What maybe isn’t as well known, is the Whakarewarewa or Redwoods Forest alongside the south of Lake Rotorua. An interesting experiment… During the early 20th century, foresters in the area were intrigued as to what northern hemisphere trees would grow in this part of the world, and planted over 170 species as part of an experiment. New Zealand trees tend to grow quite slowly and with an increase in settlers, wood was needed for building shelters and homes. With demand high, a…

  • Oceania

    Experience The Magic Of Middle Earth At Hobbiton

    In a small hole in the ground, once lived a hobbit; and in the small Waikato town of Matamata lives a little magical piece of Middle Earth. Finding Middle Earth When the filming of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy confirmed, the challenge for film markers was finding the perfect set locations for these iconic novels. For many fans of the novels, the Shire was one of the most important locations get right. The Alexander farm on Buckland road was seen by the location scouts from above, with its rolling green hills and large Oak tree at the perfect setting for the Shire of Middle Earth. They could not have…

  • Events,  London

    London’s Top 5 Most Spectacular Fireworks Displays

    London celebrates Guy Fawkes Night every year on the 5th November. This is the day that Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in a terrorist attack but was foiled. On the weekend closest to the 5th, all over London, there are a number of free or ticketed events to catch a glimpse of some amazing firework displays. North London: Alexandra Palace One of the most famous and iconic firework displays in London, Alexandra Palace in North London also hosts a German Beer Festival and ice rink. There is a nearby train station and then a 15-minute walk or you can get the underground to Wood Green…