rtw Travel Posts

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The appeal of Asia for us has always been the beaches. Coming from New Zealand, heading to Thailand for some swimming and sunshine is something that a lot of Kiwis do. It’s a popular stopover for young people heading off the England for their OEs, and for NZ families who want to take their kids

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Our Day in San Francisco

The Painted Ladies. San Francisco is both famous and infamous for it’s fog and haze, however we were extremely fortunate to have picture perfect weather for our one day of sightseeing there on November 12th. We rented a car from Alamo at the airport for 2 days at only US$66, booked only 30 minutes beforehand

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Everyone has their packing idiosyncrasies. I’d love to hear what you pack but don’t use. For most of these I have learned the lesson and no longer pack them. 1. Sunglasses. I don’t ever wear sunglasses at home, not even for driving, so I don’t know why I take them on trips. 2. T-shirts when

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How to Pick the Perfect Beach Holiday

Planning a beach holiday is actually more difficult to get right that it sounds. We are major beach lovers and consider ourselves beach experts. Unfortunately some of our expertise has been as the result of screwups! Here’s what we consider the most important tips: 1. Season We LOVE Hawaii, but especially in Spring and Summer.

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There is often a trade off with booking flights of money vs. convenience. Sometimes it comes down to a matter of preference too. Here are the things to weigh up that are easy to forget about. – Transportation schedules If you’re planning on taking public transportation will it run early/late enough to get you to

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Of course Vegas has luxury brand stores inside the strip hotels. We even saw Nicholas Cage coming out of one recently. This post is for everyone else who isn’t shopping at those stores! 1. The Outlet Malls. There are two big Simon Mall brand outlet malls in central Las Vegas. The North mall is outdoor

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Hawaii Stopover Budget and Tips.

We’re not particularly adventurous travelers, in that at least half the time we travel we prefer to revisit our favorite places rather than go to new places. This past month I was back in my second favorite place on earth, Hawaii, for 3 days on a stopover between the US and New Zealand. We’ve spent

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Road Trip to Grand Canyon from Las Vegas - April 2015

View from Mather Point. When people plan a visit to Las Vegas they often take the opportunity to add in a side trip to the Grand Canyon – or visa versa. It makes sense given the relative proximity of one to the other. Kate and I decided to take an overnight trip to the Grand

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The Big Bang Theory - live filming in LA !

As some of you may know Kate and I have based ourselves in Las Vegas because we love the consistently fine weather and low taxes. Living in the desert however is a far cry from our pacific island life in New Zealand and we do miss being near the ocean. This is one of the

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Chaiya Meditation Monastery Monthly Food Fair, Las Vegas

The Chaiya Meditation Monastery Monthly Food Fair is a hidden gem in Las Vegas, that’s ideal for people who don’t like the Strip, gambling, or drinking (and people who do like those things). About 80-90% of the people eating there were Thai but there are no issues with ordering in English. Upcoming Food Fair Dates