Top 7 Favorite Regions in the World

Here are our top 7 favorite regions in the world. These are the place we go back to again and again: Sud Tirol: Italian food and hospitality with German punctuality. Sounds like a perfect match. This region in Northern Italy is a paradise for winter skiing, summer hiking and cycling, with excellent food and hospitality. […]

New recommended Queenstown, New Zealand restaurants

This is an update to the Queenstown, New Zealand restaurants and travel guide which I posted two years ago. In early December 2013, I returned to the south island of New Zealand and spent a week in Queenstown after several days sea kayaking and hiking in the Abel Tasman national park (see Kayaking in New […]

Kayaking in New Zealand: Abel Tasman Park

Kayaking in New Zealand is one of the absolute musts in this beautiful county.  Abel Tasman National Park on the northern tip of the south island of New Zealand is famous for its golden beaches, turquoise waters, native bush walks and spectacular scenery. There are two walking tracks: the beautiful coastal track and the more remote inland […]

The Rees Hotel: contemporary luxury hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand

The Rees in Queenstown, New Zealand is not just another luxurious hotel; rather, it has a rich, storied history that makes it even more unique. The Rees is named after the settler and founder of the town, William Gilbert Rees. The avid cricket player, who found gold on the land in which he was shearing sheep, […]

Top 10 destinations in 2013

Here are our top 10 destinations in 2013. We selected places that have a lot of history and culture, or natural beauty. Plan early because some destinations, such as Burma, have limited hotel availability. (1) Burma The country is opening up to the outside world and sanctions against it are being dropped. It is much easier […]

Hiking the Routeburn Track in New Zealand

The Routeburn Track in New Zealand, considered to be one of the great hikes of the world, is a 2- to 4-day, 32 km track, linking Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks in the south island. Access to the Routeburn Track is by road, with the starting point at either the Routeburn Shelter or The […]

Travel guide to Queenstown, New Zealand: hotels, restaurants, shopping, activities

Queenstown, New Zealand is considered the “adventure capital of the world” which means you get to hurl your body off a variety of locations, such as bridges (bungy jump), trees (zip on a harness on thin lines between tree tops at the Ziptrek Eco Tours), hillsides (paragliding) and airplanes (skydiving). For those more inclined to […]