World Journeys Blog

Italy’s Northern Lakes

It is no wonder Italy is called Il Bel Paese – the beautiful country!  From the northern snow-capped peaks of the Alps and the idyllic hilltop villages of the renowned central Tuscany and Umbria area, to the rugged southern shores of Sicily, lies a plethora of distinctive regions and people. To my mind the Northern […]

Active Journeys

Sipping cocktails by the pool and lounging in the sun sounds like a great holiday, but for a new year and a new you, add in a touch of activity to your next trip – or go all out – and experience a whole new way of travelling.   Bike and Cruise Croatia Croatia is a […]

Top Travel Destinations for 2019

Kiwis are such prolific travellers, the pressure is always on to find the next ‘hot’ destination, the new horizon. Based on enquiries for travel in 2019, here are our predictions of destinations emerging at the top of the nation’s travel desires. ALASKA Don’t leave it for your retirement!  There is so much more to Alaska […]

Resort to Luxury

Stressful work, hectic family life and the sheer daily grind can all be forgotten on a well-earned stay at a luxury resort, or on a wellness journey. Order that cocktail by the pool, take time out at the spa or simply reconnect with nature and a slower pace of life.  Here are five of our […]

Remote Destinations

Travel off the beaten track and unwind with mother nature at a remote wilderness retreat! Take a look at some of our handpicked favourites for an unforgettable journey. SACHA LODGE – THE ECUADORIAN AMAZON Experience the tranquility of nature deep in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon at the famous Sacha Lodge. This secluded retreat […]

Africa on Track

Described grandly as “arguably the most luxurious train in the world”, you’ll never hear me argue the point! I can’t think of a more indulgently romantic way to traverse the epic landscapes of Africa than aboard Rovos Rail. Imagine wood-panelled coaches with leather lounge suites, fine china and cut crystal in the Victorian-era dining car, […]

The Hidden Corners of North America

The Hidden Corners of North America

Canada and the USA are overflowing with well-beaten paths to big cities and theme parks, but if you step off that path in search of a little quirkiness here, an undiscovered gem there, you are actually spoiled for choice! Here are a few of our favourite hidden corners of North America: Matanuska Susitna Valley, Alaska […]

South Georgia King Penguins

The Wildlife Mecca of South Georgia

South Georgia has to be THE most extraordinary, mind-blowing small island on the planet. Far from being a deserted island, it offers a history of intrepid explorers, dramatic survival stories, deserted whaling stations and wildlife galore. Absolutely my favourite stop on a recent cruise to the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Nothing can […]

Castles in Africa: Ethiopia

Castles in Africa: Unforgettable Ethiopia

Ethiopia is where it all began. Literally. It was in these lands that the very first humans roamed – evident in the 3.5 million-year-old remains of “Lucy”, now resting in the National Museum of Addis Ababa. Adding to the wonder, Ethiopia is also the only country in Africa that has never been colonised, allowing an […]

Africa, Lion

Wake up to Africa

Get ready for the crack of dawn, because early-morning Africa on safari is not to be missed! While a 5am wake-up call on holiday might not sound all that appealing, when it’s done ‘safari style’ the blow is somewhat softened. A gentle knock on the door and a cheery “Good morning!”, accompanied by a piping […]