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Train to Trinidad: A journey into the heart of Cuba by rail

Cuba is famous for the classic 1950s cars that still cruise the city streets, but there's another link with the past hiding within its transport network: a converted steam train that takes visitors deep into the centre of Cuba's sugar-producing farmland. Confession time – I love steam trains. So, when I heard there was at least still one running in Cuba I resolved it had to be on my itinerary. Three years ago, I was in Trinidad in central Cuba organising the pick-up time to get to the ... Continue Reading

Pedal Penang: Exploring beautiful Balik Pulau on two wheels

There's so much more to Penang in Malaysia than Georgetown, its lively and historic capital city. Get out of town and uncover the largely undiscovered region known as “the Back of the Island” in Malay – Balik Pulau. Quit the car, scuttle the scooter, and pedal-power yourself through the Malaysian state of Penang. So perfectly formed it feels more like a country-in-miniature than an island, Penang is best known for its food destination capital – Georgetown – but it’s also home ... Continue Reading

The Top Five Things to Do in Cuba

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, but it sometimes seems the message hasn't gotten through – many travellers seriously underestimate how much time is needed to explore Cuba properly. A few days in Havana and then a quick dash out to Trinidad, although better than nothing, really isn’t enough to see all this fascinating country has to offer. Whether you’re pressed for time or have weeks to spare, here are five sights or activities that you won’t want to miss. Cruise ... Continue Reading

The Ten Best Caribbean Islands

In the minds of many holidaymakers, Caribbean nations are synonymous with luxury resorts and perfect beaches. But if you think one Caribbean island is much like another, think again. Here's our guide to ten of the best. Barbados The people of the Caribbean are famed for their friendliness and none more so than those who call Barbados home. And why shouldn't they be? The birthplace of Rihanna has everything that makes an island paradise: perfect powder-white beaches, a lush tropical ... Continue Reading

The 5 essential items you should pack for a hot weather holiday

If the lure of a Pacific Island paradise holiday, or an escape to the humidity, street food, and cheap beer of South East Asia has you travelling soon, there are a few essential things to remember when packing for a hot climate. Some are obvious, some are less so, but all will help you avoid discomfort and ensure that your holiday is as sweat-free as possible. Here are some essentials for a hot holiday abroad. 1. Giant scarf Bear with me. I know it sounds counter-intuitive during summer, ... Continue Reading

The two sides of Tulum: Why Mexico’s favourite celebrity getaway is also a great place for a family holiday

Half the charm of Tulum is its split personality. Part adventure holiday destination, part Instagrammable yoga retreat, much of its appeal is its ability to make everyone feel it’s the holiday destination of their dreams. The first time we visited it was a happy accident whilst looking for a reprieve from the stifling heat of Austin, Texas. Friends who had recently returned from Cancun recommended we check out the quieter areas of Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Desperate for a sea breeze ... Continue Reading

Where to go in 2017

Professional travel writer Brett Atkinson shares his destination hot list for the coming year. Magazines, newspapers and websites around the world are now listing the top destinations to travel to in 2017. Providing inspiration for the New Year, here's our own spin on the annual tradition. The first three are places I'm lucky enough to have confirmed for 2017, the next three are on my travel wish list, and the final three destinations are places I'd love to return to. Pacific Coast ... Continue Reading

Top Five New Perth & Fremantle Restaurants

New Zealand travellers are more familiar with the restaurant scenes in Sydney and Melbourne, but the capital of Western Australia and the nearby port city of Fremantle are also exciting dining destinations. Here's our pick of the best of recent openings. Long Chim A longtime resident of Bangkok, Australian chef David Thompson's new opening in Perth's restored State Treasury Buildings offers Australia's most authentic Thai flavours. Harnessing the street food of the Thai capital and the ... Continue Reading

Flying With Kids: 15 Ways to Make it Easier

Travelling with kids is often a challenge (to put it gently), unless you are lucky enough to be one of those rare parents with constantly well-behaved angels. A quick flight over the ditch can be lots of fun but long-hauls can be a test of patience for everyone. Changes in environment, air pressure, food, lack of sleep, boredom and confined spaces can result in kids playing up and parents looking longingly at the drinks trolley and escape hatches. Here are some tips from parents who travel ... Continue Reading

Snapshots from Niue

Niue is a great option if you are looking for something a little different in the South Pacific. One of our Flight Centre customers, Julie Urbahn, shares her amazing holiday experience with us. Niue, "The Rock of Polynesia" is a little gem! While this is an affectionate moniker, Niue is indeed a rock; rugged, solid and jagged with coral cliffs rising straight from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. My husband and I spent a week holidaying on this friendly little island. Niue flights are ... Continue Reading

A beginner’s guide to French Polynesia

The South Pacific is full of idyllic islands, but there's something special about French Polynesia. Few places in the world are more synonymous with luxury and relaxation than Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea – and those are just the better known of French Polynesia's 118 islands, all of them stunning tropical escapes. Tahiti Ahhh, Tahiti. The name is so evocative of Polynesian paradise that it's often used (incorrectly) to refer to other islands in the French Polynesia group. In fact, ... Continue Reading

Top 10 must-dos in Niue

Circled by ocean caverns and home to less than 1500 people, rugged and surprising Niue is unlike any other Pacific destination. Direct flights from Auckland make it the perfect place to experience a unique combination of active adventure and excellent food, all infused with Polynesian warmth and humour. Negotiating sea caves Niue is one of the world's largest raised coral atolls, and the craggy shoreline crafted in nature-eroded makatea (coral) is punctuated with sea caves. In cathedral... Continue Reading

Top reasons to visit Tahiti

Tahiti is one of those places we associate with the exotic. In the depths of winter it’s where you fantasize about being - cocktail in hand, contemplating your next swim in crystal clear waters. And actually the pictures don’t lie; Tahiti is a piece of paradise comprised of 118 islands and atolls and boasting many uniquely Pacific experiences. The most frequently visited islands are Tahiti island, Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Taha’a, and Rangiroa. Here’s why in-the-know ... Continue Reading

Beyond Bali: Exploring the island of Gili Trawangan in Lombok, Indonesia

The island archipelago known as the Gilis are one of the most popular destinations in Lombok, the region of Indonesia that many call 'the unspoilt Bali'. Alexia Santamaria goes exploring on the biggest island of the group, Gili Trawangan. As we disembarked the boat at the island of Gili Trawangan, several things struck me. Firstly, 'That may just be the clearest, bluest water I have ever seen' followed swiftly by 'Wow, there are a lot of tourists on those other boats too' and, after ... Continue Reading

The World’s 5 Best Stopovers

Nowhere else on the planet is as far from Europe as New Zealand – count on around 24 hours flying time to travel from London from Auckland – and transiting straight through is an exercise in sheer endurance. Take things more leisurely instead, and spend a couple of nights in these stopover cities where good public transport and well-run airports make it easy to maximise your time enjoying each destination's attractions. Singapore One of the world's most efficient airports – don't be ... Continue Reading

Sunshine Eating: A Food and Wine tour of Croatia

Croatia isn't widely known for its food, but thanks to its Mediterranean climate, spectacular seafood and unique mix of Eastern European and Italian influences, it really should be, as Jill Worrall explains. Someone had opened the oven door in Dubrovnik. It was 38˚C in the city and the summer thunderstorm that had performed a sound and light show – boiling clouds, forked lightning, thunder that made the windows vibrate and a deluge of water – had cleared away overnight. The ... Continue Reading

7 Cool Places To Get High In London

Since the turn of the millennium, the London Eye has lured crowds with its breath-taking bird’s eye views of the British capital. But if you’ve already ridden it – or loathe lengthy queues – don’t worry. There are plenty of lofty alternatives. In recent years, a spate of glossy high-rises has mushroomed across London, and several old towers have been repurposed, giving vista-hungry locals and tourists cool new spots from which to absorb the city’s famous landmarks and ... Continue Reading

The Top 5 Towns to visit in the Cotswolds

Escaping to the English countryside is a popular pastime for both visitors and Brits alike, and there is nothing that makes you feel more like a time traveller than a jaunt to the Cotswolds. This is the land of castles, fresh air, lavender fields and honey-coloured buildings. If you’ve ever dreamed of starring in your own personal period drama, this is the place to do it. Best seen during the summer months, the Cotswolds actually covers six counties of England – Gloucestershire, ... Continue Reading

India by train: A Beginner’s Guide

It's easy enough to get around India by air, but to really experience this vast and fascinating country there's nothing like travelling India by train. Too hard? Not at all. As Jill Worrall explains, rail travel in India is far less intimidating than it might seem. Every day more than 23 million people board trains in India to travel on one of the busiest and most extensive rail networks in the world! India has more than 63,000km of railways and at any one time those 23 million people ... Continue Reading

India’s Top 10 Don’t Miss Experiences

You could spend months travelling in India and only scratch the surface of this remarkable and endlessly interesting country. If you're visiting for just a few weeks, you'll need to plan carefully. Here, India expert Jill Worrall shares her favourite experiences and most memorable moments. The Taj Mahal Yes, you’ve seen hundreds of images of it, maybe even think it’s too clichéd to be true, but nothing prepares visitors for the emotional impact of the Taj Mahal. It can get ... Continue Reading