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A Kells experience worth writing home about

Ancient water mills, castles and abbeys are part of the magic of an Irish road trip – especially when you get the whole experience in one town. We had always wanted to make it to Kells but it was one of those places that was “almost close enough to Kilkenny to make it” and “no way, that’s going to take us an hour in the wrong direction”. Luckily the casting vote was...

Ireland’s best waves (and chowder) can be found at Lahinch

Lahinch, Ireland is home to an unexpectedly popular surfing beach. With cloudy grey skies and a brutal November wind, the last thing you’d expect to see at a beach side town is over fifty beginner surfers attempting to stand up and catch their first waves, yet here we were on the cliffs overlooking Lahinch in County Clare on Ireland’s west coast, admiring their...

Getting the best start on November with the New York Marathon

You know it’s November when it’s peak autumn foliage and the New York Marathon. We’ve learnt that the two fall simultaneous on the first weekend of November and both tend to bring out the best in the city – amazing colors and an energy and positivity that speaks volumes for the true character of its residents. Across the five boroughs, of which the marathon weaves...

A coastal getaway at Mantra on Salt, Kingscliff NSW

New South Wales’ Tweed Coast is an ideal beach getaway, especially when you stay at Mantra on Salt Beach. From Queensland to Kingscliff Cross the border from tropical Queensland and you’ll find yourself driving alongside the Tweed River. The sun beats down as day trippers and hobbyists bob along in houseboats and tin fishing boats (Aussies call them...

From lobster to lighthouses, discover the best of Maine

Maine has always held a certain mystique with its glorious English coastal towns, lighthouses, lobster shacks and ritzy vacation homes. From Stephen King to Jessica Fletcher (The fictional detective from Murder She Wrote) balanced the region’s coastal idyll with darker thematics. It’s a strange tension point that is so far from the truth it worked. In reality, expect...

Happy Days in Milwaukee (even in snow and rain)

Milwaukee is not on a lot of travelers radars but we’re happy to say it’s worth the visit. To the outsider there’s not much on offer. Mmm beer and Happy Days, possibly the only cultural touchpoints they’re familiar with – or possibly Weezer due to their timeless Buddy Holly music video which also happened to reference Happy Days. So why visit...

A study in New Haven’s past and present

Yale University, famous pizza, early US history and it’s only an hour from New York are just a few enticing reasons to take a trip to New Haven, Connecticut. Situated on the northern shore of Long Island sound and accessible via the Metro North New Haven line, you can get from Grand Central to this Ivy League college town in about an hour. From the local Union...

The best fall foliage close to New York City

As Summer becomes a faded memory, so do the leaves on the deciduous trees of the Hudson Valley. Fall foliage day trips, also known as ‘leaf peeping’, is a popular mid-fall activity for residents of the northeast. The best displays actually occur earlier and further north, in Vermont and New Hampshire. That’s where the covered wooden bridges and maple farms are and at...

Byron Bay, Australia’s Worst Kept Best Secret

For many years, Byron Bay was Australia’s best kept secret. Now it’s out, are you in? During the 1970s through to the 90s, the Bay was a haven for hippies. What’s not to like? It’s a beautiful beach side community where dolphins frolic and surf the early morning waves alongside local surfers. It has a peaceful vibe that can still be felt despite the crowds and it has...

The search for Monty Python’s Holy Grail locations

Ok, I am first to admit I have an addiction – to Monty Python. It’s not as strong as it was in my teens, nor is it the type that elicits constant quotations, references to lumberjacks, dead parrots or the Spanish Inquisition. No this is a deep seated habit that involves collecting rarities, meeting members and traveling across the seas to see their legendary...