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Skydiving in New Zealand

Skydiving isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of guts to hop on a plane for the sole purpose of jumping out of it—and that’s a severe understatement. But if you’re able to gather the courage or forego your fears, skydiving can be one of the most exhilarating moments in your entire life. And depending on where…

There’s nothing like a good walk when you’re traveling to let you unwind and get to know a place. Of course, there are walks and then there are walks. Or, rather, hikes. Here is a list of ten of the best hikes in the world – treks that can make your lungs seem empty, your quads burn, and leave your…

The movie The Hobbit will be in theaters next week, and the anticipation is building – especially among fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired movies. There’s another constituency that’s very excited – tourism officials in New Zealand, where the movies were filmed. If you’ve seen the LOTR films, you’ve been exposed to New Zealand’s spectacular landscape. Tourism New Zealand has taken…

Last week, we wrote about the best places in the world to retire, based upon International Living’s recently released 2012 Retirement Index. The Index takes into account a variety of variables, and is obviously skewed towards the wants and needs of a mature audience. But it raised the question here about the healthiest places to visit abroad, particularly if you…

If you are planning your next international trip, it will likely be a 2012 event. In anticipation, National Geographic Traveler magazine has tapped twenty destinations as Best of the World 2012. There’s something for everyone, and they all hold promise for improving mind, body and spirit for those who make the trip. You can visit the picture gallery online to…

Ten days of intermittent erupting by Chile’s Puyehue volcano has created an ash cloud stretching 6,000 miles through the atmosphere to Australia and New Zealand. The latest news reports carry accounts of cancelled flights throughout the southern hemisphere. On the ground, volcanic ash closed roads in southern Patagonia (Argentina).  Air traffic is reportedly often able to skirt the ash particles…

If encountering KFC signs abroad makes you wonder why you booked the trip, you’re ready to join the vanguard of the culinary tourism movement. Discovering local foods has always been a cool travel experience, but now the public’s enthusiasm for organic and “slow” food is putting gustatory experiences at the top of many itineraries. According to the International Culinary Tourism…

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