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Greasing Palms: Pilots and Gifts on the Pacific Crossing

Greasing Palms: Pilots and Gifts on the Pacific Crossing

Greasing Palms: Pilots and Gifts on the Pacific Crossing This great travel story comes courtesy of Roland Boer – Roland.t.boer@gmail.com Stalin’s Moustache How best to travel from Australia to Europe? Most do not think twice about boarding one of those compact silver cigars that double as enforced movie marathons. I prefer ships. Not a cruise(…)

Experience Whistler, British Columbia

Experience Whistler, British Columbia

Experience Whistler: The best spot for British Columbia skiing   After being consistently voted one of the top ski destinations in North America by major ski magazines since the 1990’s, its no surprise that Whistler attracts over 2 million tourists every year. The profile of the resort has only been raised further following the 2010(…)

Dodgy Dealings: Travel Agents and ‘Preferred Products’

Dodgy Dealings: Travel Agents and ‘Preferred Products’

A shadowy aspect of travel agency practice in Australia is the pushing of ‘preferred’ products onto customers. This is not technically a rip off, but if you’re after unbiased product advice steer clear of most travel agents. The major agencies will have certain tour companies and even airlines from which they will get higher commissions(…)

5 Must See Attractions in Istanbul

5 Must See Attractions in Istanbul

The only city in the world to stand on two continents (Europe and Asia) and the fifth largest in the world by population, Istanbul is a fascinating metropolis with a rich history and culture. Along with Essen in Germany and Pecs in Hungary, Istanbul is the joint European capital of culture for 2010. Here we’ve(…)

6 Of The Most Sensual Places on Earth

6 Of The Most Sensual Places on Earth

  By Roland Boer What makes a place sensual? Is it topless bars or erotic dancing? Is it a dubious reputation, like Paris or Rio? Is it golden sunsets, beaches and fine wine – the sort you see only on tourist advertisements? Is it, as Annie Sprinkle once opined concerning porn and erotica, the whole(…)

High in the Apennines: Cycling an Italian Summer

High in the Apennines: Cycling an Italian Summer

High in the Apennines: Cycling an Italian Summer Roland Boer Once again I tried to dance on the pedals, rising from my seat, desperately and unsuccessfully dodging the boulders that passed for a gravel surface, leaning forward over the handlebars to prevent the bicycle from rearing up like a frisky horse. Once again I was(…)

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