Who better to tell you a travel story than a distinguished and experienced travel writer, who has been, seen, felt, smelled, and tasted the destination? They meet locals, sample flavours of local cuisine, and learn foreign cultures and now they share it with you in special podcasts. Together with the information of how to get there, where to stay, and specialised columnists, TellMeWhere2Go is your one-click stop travel guide.
Why you should use Zip for travel
One of the big considerations about travelling is how to fund it. Yes, there is a financial side to travelling. The Zip app offers a solution as Debbie Wine, Chief Marketing Officer for Australia and New Zealand explains to Steve Collins. https://zip.co/au allows people to use credit as a way of paying for travel: for flights, accommodation, luggage, meals, shopping and anything to do with travel. Even though the cost of living continues to rise, Aussies' thirst for travel remains - Zip’s Jet Lag Not Debt Lag report has unveiled the six travel personalities by which Aussies travel. Debbie explains these six personality traits. With Zip, you'll pay nothing upfront. And repay fortnightly or monthly on a schedule and budget that best suits you. Zip's Single-Use card feature allows you to travel knowing that your card can't be skimmed or scanned. With just a 1% transaction fee it's a very cheap way to shop overseas. Zip is available for download from both the Apple Store and Google Pay.
August 22, 2022
Novotel Vines Resort Swan Valley Western Australia
Steve Collins chats to Resort Manager Mike Stanton. Nestled in the hills which abut the Swan Valley, close to Perth, Western Australia, is the Novotel Vines Resort, a combination of champion golf course and luxury resort accommodation. With two 18-hole golf courses, and even an 18-hole mini golf course, the Novotel Vines Resort has been a popular place for Perthites to have a pleasant break for many years. Near neighbours include mobs of kangaroos who call The Vines home. They are impossible to miss, especially in late afternoon. You can normally see dozens of the roos, and they are so used to humans they do tend to ignore us. The Novotel Vines Resort is a very special and unique place to visit. It’s ideal for simply relaxing, golfing or indulging in other sporting pursuits. There’s fine dining at the resort, and in the Swan Valley. There are some beautiful drives through the hills and the Chittering Valley nearby.
July 05, 2022
The Ghan train through central Australia
Steve Collins chats to Giselle Whiteaker of Journey Beyond about The Ghan luxury train. Australia is a huge country, and one of the best ways to go from south to north through the centre is to take the luxury train called The Ghan. The train runs from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin in the Northern Territory (and vice versa), and is a journey that will both impress and surprise you. It is not just a train trip, but a wonderful experience that takes place both onboard the train and during excursions off the train in places such as Coober Pedy, Alice Springs and Katherine. Travelling on The Ghan is a true adventure that is completed without any hardship whatsoever.
April 25, 2022
El Questro in the East Kimberley
Steve Collins reminisces about his visit to El Questro, a large working cattle station and tourist park in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Measuring 80 km north to south and 60 km east to west, El Questro is big enough to be the world’s 29th smallest country. Scenically, it is far more impressive than most of those countries it dwarfs. The reasons for that is that it is home to many very impressive gorges, rivers, creeks, waterfalls, thermal springs and an abundance of Australian tropical flora and fauna, much of which can’t be seen elsewhere.
March 07, 2022
Game of Thrones Studio Tour Belfast
Steve Collins in conversation with Brad Kelly, General Manager of the Game of Thrones Studio Tour in Belfast. Game of Thrones is, arguably, one of the finest and most popular television shows ever produced. Now, the Game of Thrones Studio Tour has opened in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Located at one of the acclaimed series’ original filming locations at Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, Game of Thrones Studio Tour takes fans closer to the Seven Kingdoms than ever before. Guests can step inside the iconic Great Hall at Winterfell where Jon Snow was proclaimed the “King in the North,” see Daenerys Targaryen’s imposing Dragonstone throne, delve into the incredible props, weaponry and visual effects of Game of Thrones and learn more about the skills and craftmanship that helped bring the show from script to screen. The immersive experience brings Westeros to life and will evoke the show’s epic scale -- from King’s Landing, Winterfell, Dragonstone, The Wall and the lands beyond.
March 03, 2022
Bali re-opens to international visitors
Steve Collins in conversation with Sylvain Padeloup, General Manager of the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Resort. Bali in Indonesia is considered to be one of the world’s best holiday destinations. Due to Covid, Bali has been closed to international visitors for quiet a while, but now Bali is re-opening to international travel. During this in-depth conversation with Sylvain we discuss how Bali and Lombok have coped during the two years that Covid has forced them to operate with a minimum number of guests. Bali has suffered a great deal over the past couple of years but is now set to flourish again.
February 23, 2022
Kimberley Quest discover the breathtaking
Steve Collins chats with Clare Marquis the General Manager of Kimberley Quest. Kimberley Quest explores the bays and rivers of the remote Kimberley in Western Australia’s Northwest, and it’s a most unique and wonderful experience. Kimberley Quest is a small cruise ship of nine cabins, catering for a maximum of 18 guests. The vessel has a shallow draft, which allows it to navigate shallow waters to get up very close to the stunning waterfalls that drop from towering cliffs into the pristine waters of those remote waterways.
February 12, 2022
Ep. 3 – Western Australia by sea and air
Join Steve Collins for a Western Australia special. Myrianthe Eddy of Sea West Cruises introduces us to her gourmet cruises in Geographe Bay, Mandurah, Rottnest Island and Broome. Aviation historian Ron Brown celebrates the centenary of commercial aviation in Western Australia. And owners of Rottnest Fast Ferries Luke Crispin and Paul Mulholland chat about bringing their latest ferry from Tasmania to Perth.
February 06, 2022
First Americans Museum Oklahoma
Steve Collins interviews Shoshana Wasserman who is Deputy Director of the First Nations Museum in Oklahoma City. The First Americans Museum opened recently in Oklahoma City to great fanfare in way of a celebration of the cultures of the First Nations people. Oklahoma City was chosen as the location for the museum as 39 distinct tribal nations currently reside in Oklahoma today. That wasn’t always the case, as many of the groups where forcibly moved to Oklahoma many decades ago. The First Americans Museum celebrates the shared American history of those nations through the collective stories of their people.
February 06, 2022
Vienna where elegance and exuberance meet
Steve Collins talks to Katherina Denk from Austria Tourism about Vienna. The capital, and largest city, of Austria, Vienna is the former headquarters of the Hapsburg Court and is defined an as imperial city imbued with grand buildings that are startling ornate in style and massively grand. There’s no doubt that Vienna will both charm an enchant you. It is, indeed, one of the most glorious of Europe’s cities.
February 05, 2022
Frontiers North Churchill Canada
Steve Collins chats to John Gunter, President & CEO of Frontiers North. Frontiers North specialises in taking visitors to Churchill on Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada to view polar bears up close. Their specially designed Tundra Buggies ensure excellent but very safe viewing of these incredible creatures. The small town of Churchill is considered to be the polar bear capital of the world. In Summer Frontiers North tours include close up viewing of the incredibly beautiful Beluga whales. Frontiers North operates all year round and look after their guests wonderfully well. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Frontiers North will take you on a wonderful and unforgettable adventure.
February 01, 2022
Memphis on the Mississippi
In this podcast Steve Collins chats with Chris Ingram. Nestled on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River in Tennessee, Memphis has always attracted people from afar, and due to that mix, Memphis has become one of America’s most important and influential music cities. Those many historic blues clubs on Beale Street heralded the unique Memphis blues sound in the early 20th century. The city's music has continued to be shaped by a multicultural mix of influences: the blues, country, rock and roll, soul, and hip-hop.
February 01, 2022
Salzburg for Music and Culture Galore
Steve Collins chats to Katherina Denk about her home town of Salzburg. The beautiful city of Salzburg is known for its music and culture and is one of the most visited places in Austria. Salzburg is a magical, and quite beautiful, baroque city that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embedded between two mountains, it is a city of gardens, public squares, magnificent buildings, palaces, churches and bustling city life whose cafes, shops and avenues are always buzzing. High on a hill overlooking the city the Fortress Hohensalzburg is its sentinel.
January 29, 2022
Supping at Sea around Western Australia
Myrianthe Riddy is Steve Collins' guest to talk about Sea West's sumptuous gourmet cruises. With 12,500 km of coastline Western Australia has some spectacular scenery. Sea West takes you to some of the most gorgeous places whilst you done on fresh local seafood, produce and wine. Board luxury vessels for sensational sailing and superb cuisine that really does showcase the region you are visiting. Locations include Geographe Bay in the South West, the canals and inland waterways of Mandurah, stunning Rottnest Island which is a short cruise from Perth and Broome, the pearl capital of Australia where you will cruise the magnificent waters whilst enjoying the freshest local produce.
January 26, 2022
Arizona is absolute grandeur
Steve Collins interviews Becky Blaine from the Arizona Office of Tourism. Arizona is a state where you will be intrigued by the friendly local, overwhelmed by the magnificent scenery and delighted that you made the effort to visit a truly unique and remarkable place.
January 24, 2022
What happened to MH30?
In this episode Steve Collins talks to Geoffrey Thomas, the Editor-in-Chief of airlineratings.com about new data which he believes has accurately predicted the final resting place of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. We visit to Qatar to chat to professional Kitesurfer Sarah Lord about Qatar being one of the world’s best kitesurfing destinations. And, Steve pays a special tribute to Gnomesville in Western Australia’s Ferguson Valley.
January 23, 2022
Travelling with disabilities and the remote Faroes
Welcome to the first episode of the Tell Me Where 2 Go radio show. In this edition I chat about the Perth to Kalgoorlie Prospector train. I chat to Julie Jones from Travel Without Limits/Have Wheelchair Will Travel about travelling with disabilities and we visit Oda Andreasen on Mykines in the Faroe Islands.
January 22, 2022
Sam Chui is possibly the world’s most popular aviation enthusiast. Enjoy this interview with Steve Collins. In 2007, he started his YouTube channel and became well-known. Some of his videos gathered an excess of 60 million views. Sam has travelled to over 100 countries and flown over 2000 flights. He normally travels more than 300,000 air miles every year to test out flights and share his reviews. Sam has written four books and has won many awards for his aviation photos. There are 2.6 million subscribers to his YouTube channel.
January 17, 2022
Sweden Larger than Life
In this overview of Sweden Steve Collins chats to Nils Persson, Chief Officer, Marketing and Communications fro Visit Sweden. Sweden is the largest country in Scandinavia and within its borders you’ll find beautiful cities, outstanding landscapes, contemporary designs and people who know how to enjoy life. In Sweden they keep their traditions alive whilst embracing modernity.
December 11, 2021
Where is MH370?
Featuring: Steve Collins and Geoffrey Thomas. Geoffrey Thomas is the Editor-in-Chief of www.AirlineRatings.com and an authority on the Missing Malaysian Airlines plane MH370. A new study could establish the exact location of the aircraft. In this podcast Geoffrey Thomas discusses in detail how the new research was conducted, and why he believes that it is accurate. This compelling podcast could finally resolve the mystery of the missing MH370. READ MORE
December 05, 2021
Mykines the remotest part of the remote Faroe Islands
Featuring: Steve Collins & Oda Andreasen of Go Local Tours in the Faroe Islands The Faroe Islandsare a far flung autonomous territory of the Kingdom of Denmark, located in the North Atlantic Ocean about halfway before Norway and Iceland. There are 18 inhabited islands in the chain, and Mykines if the furthest west of these. This remote island is simply stunning! It is surrounded by precipitous cliffs which plunge straight down to the wild North Atlantic seas. A breeze on Mykines would be considered as a gale anywhere else. In fact, the winds can roar with such ferocity the local lighthouse is actually tied down with cables. READ MORE
November 26, 2021
Virginia is for Lovers
Featuring: Steve Collins and Christi Bragington, International Media Relations Manager, Virginia Tourism Organisation. There is so much to love about Virginia, the birthplace of the United States of America. Virginia is the birthplace of the United States of America, a state endowed with history and astounding scenery that will entice you to visit. READ MORE
November 14, 2021
Manitoba where Canada’s Heart Beats
Featuring: Steve Collins and Jillian Reckseidler Manitoba, in the middle of Canada, is prairie country but, as you head north, it does turn into Arctic Tundra. The town of Churchill on the shores of Hudson’s Bay is famous for being the polar bear capital of the world. READ MORE
November 09, 2021
Featuring: Steve Collins and Ron Peck Seattle, Washington is a water city that’s sequestered between the Salish Sea to its west and Lake Washington to its east. Seattle is a very attractive place. It’s an uplifting and very independent city where initiative and inspiration absolutely thrives amongst its population. Seattle is a cosmopolitan city that delights the visitor. It is also a great place from which to begin and end an Alaskan Cruise or to discover Washington State by train. READ MORE HERE
November 02, 2021
Houston Texas a true space city
Featuring: Jorge Franz If you’ve ever imagined Houston, Texas to be a dusty, desert city you’d be supremely wrong. Houston is a very green city, which boasts four of the biggest city parks in America. Yes, there’s space-a-plenty here. Even though Houston is 80 km inland, the city boasts one of the world’s busiest ports thanks to the Houston Ship Channel which connects Houston to the Gulf of Mexico. READ MORE HERE
October 18, 2021
Super Seven Series - Charles van Rensberg & Herbie Rosenberg
Featuring: Charles van Rensberg & Herbie Rosenberg Herbie Rosenberg has been involved in African inbound tourism for almost 40 years and has been running Africareps in Melbourne, Australia for about 10 years. The company represents and markets a comprehensive and prestigious collection of organisations currently covering 8 African countries and islands, being Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Charles van Rensburg lives in the heart of southern Africa and has immersed himself in a career in conservation, wildlife, and safari excursions. Now the Business Manager of Wilderness Safaris, Charles remains an advocate of respectful encounters with wildlife and is a fervent believer in protecting the places where the lions rule the land. READ MORE HERE
October 13, 2021
Stunning Banff Lake Louise
Featuring: Darcy Pierce Wells Famously located within the incredibly gorgeous Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, are the towns of Banff and Lake Louise. Banff is Canada’s highest town and is located along the Trans-Canada Highway just 126 km west of Calgary and 58 km east of Lake Louise, in the midst of the Canadian Rockies. READ MORE HERE
October 11, 2021
Super Seven Series - Damian Perry
Featuring: Damian Perry from Hurtigruten Damian Perry is the Managing Director, VP Sales & Marketing, Asia-Pacific for Hurtigruten. He has been in the travel industry for 30 years and from day one had a desire to be involved in experience-rich outdoor, adventurous and cultural travel that would take him around the world. Today he is involved in one of the most dynamic industries in the world as we navigate the expedition cruise segment travelling to some of the world’s most unique and pristine areas in small expedition ships. READ MORE HERE
October 06, 2021
St Helena a speck in the Atlantic Ocean
Featuring: Matthew Joshua The island of St. Helena can be very hard to find. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, 4,000 km east of Rio de Janeiro and 1,950 km west of Angola, Africa, St. Helena is a volcanic island that pokes out of the deep ocean, it’s a mere pinpoint of a map. READ MORE HERE
October 05, 2021
Super Seven Series: Tony Giles
Featuring: Tony Giles Tony Giles is a blind and partially deaf extraordinary traveller who has travelled the globe and written books about all his experiences. To date, Tony has visited 125 official UN countries. He’s also Bungee jumped seventeen times, sky dived three times and has been zorbing twice, driven jet boats, a large jeep, ridden motorbikes, jet skied and water skied, to name a few activities. In 2004 Tony nearly drowned whilst white water rafting on the Zambezi River in Zambia. READ MORE HERE
September 29, 2021
Colorado straddling the Rockies
Featuring: Liz Birdsall and Steve Collins Colorado is one of the most scenically stunning states in the United States. In this podcast Liz Birdsall, International Marketing Manager for the Colorado Tourism Office chats about Colorado's many attractions. READ MORE HERE
September 28, 2021
Super Seven Series: Rachel Oakes-Ash
Featuring: Rachel Oakes-Ash Rachael Oakes-Ash is better known as Miss Snow It All, the name behind Snowsbest.com and the @misssnowitall digital platform for skiers and boarders that travel. Australia’s queen of the snow has been top of her snow media game for close to two decades with ten years as a Fairfax ski columnist before launching her own digital publication. You’ll find her on the slopes in Japan, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Europe and at home in Australia. READ MORE HERE
September 22, 2021
Super Seven Series: Campbell Wilson
Featuring: Campbell Wilson We have a chat with the ever exuberant Campbell Wilson, CEO of Scoot – the bright yellow-tailed, low-cost airline, based in Singapore. With twenty nine year’s experience in the SIA group, this Kiwi is a passionate and well-respected leader in the aviation industry. With flights resuming from Singapore to Athens and Berlin soon, he hopes to “rattle-any-snakes” out of all his planes and get them back in the air soon. READ MORE HERE
September 16, 2021
Super Seven Series: Georgia Rickard
Featuring: Georgia Rickard Georgia Rickard is a multi-award-winning magazine editor. The former Editor at Large for Virgin Australia, and editor of Australia’s largest selling travel magazine, Australian Traveller. She has contributed to News Limited, Conde Nast, Fairfax Media, BBC, AFAR, and several newspapers of note, including The Times. She is co-founder of The Travel Bootcamp (in partnership with Intrepid Travel and Olympus) and The Modern Travel Media Summit, sponsored by TravMedia, a Destination Gold Coast Content Awards ambassador, a travel curator for Fairfax Media and correspondent for Airbnb and a featured Airbnb Insider. READ MORE HERE
September 08, 2021
Super Seven Series: Margot Andersen and Simone Pregellio
Featuring: Margot Andersen and Simone Pregellio Margot and Simone are from the Insync Network Group which produces the Boomeranging podcast – a podcast sharing stories of returned Aussie expats. Both are repats themselves, Margot from London, Simone from Singapore, and share a love of travel and for advocating for Australian expat talent. READ MORE HERE
September 01, 2021
Underwater Museums by Jason deCaires Taylor
Featuring: Jason deCaires Taylor and Steve Collins Jason deCaires Taylor is a sculptor, environmentalist and professional underwater photographer. His permanent, site-specific sculptural works span the world’s oceans and seas and explore modern themes of conservation and environmental activism. Over the past 15 years, Taylor has been one of the first to consider the underwater realm as a public art space and has created numerous large-scale underwater “Museums” and “Sculpture Parks”. READ MORE HERE
August 27, 2021
Te Puia Rotorua with Justin Te Hau
Featuring: Justin Te Hau and Steve Collins Te Puia is quite an institution in Rotorua, New Zealand. This fascinating attraction has a 180-year legacy of guiding visitors through a stunning geothermal valley and showcasing the intriguing Māori culture! READ MORE HERE
August 23, 2021
Featuring: Paul Pio and Steve Collins Composed of 83 spectacular islands, the archipelago of Vanuatu features an authentic and unique blend of breathtaking landscapes, rich culture and friendly locals. READ MORE HERE
August 03, 2021
A resident’s view of Paris
Featuring: Ruby Boukabou and Steve Collins Ruby Boukabou is an Australian woman who has lived part of each year in Paris for quite some time. Ruby is absolutely enchanted with the city she fell in love with. READ MORE HERE
July 14, 2021
Monaco Oceanographic Museum
Featuring: Gala Perez Gutierrez and Steve Collins The Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation was founded by Prince Albert I, a passionate and visionary seafarer. Recognised as serving the public interest by the French presidential decree on 16 May 1906, the Foundation has been working for the Ocean for more than a century. READ MORE HERE
July 12, 2021
Featuring: Masahiro Ide and Steve Collins Nestled into the western end of the Seto Inland Sea on the North-East coast of Kyushu Island in Japan is the extraordinary Oita Prefecture. READ MORE HERE
July 06, 2021
Featuring: Ksenia Kobyakov Within its 22,000 square kilometres lives a population of 9.2 million. The three major monotheistic religion of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all have deep historical ties to the region. Israel is a country that has a human history going back 50,000 years and its strategic location has served as the gateway from Asia to Egypt and Africa that has made Israel an ideal target for conquerors through the ages. READ MORE HERE
June 22, 2021
Destination Dining in the Air
Featuring: Selena Oh A short drive along a winding road takes visitors to Mount Faber peak, home to the Singapore Cable Car station. One of the oldest parks in Singapore, Mount Faber is covered in lush rainforest and stands nearly 100m above ground. READ MORE HERE
June 11, 2021
Featuring: Sarah Lord When you consider the world’s most predictable kitesurfing spots, the Gulf state of Qatar probably wouldn’t be on most people’s minds. Well, Qatar’s predictable winds and wonderfully still water conditions do make for a kitesurfing paradise as professional kitesurfing coach Sarah Lord will attest. READ MORE HERE
June 07, 2021
I’d Rather be in Radda
Featuring: David Bowden The mere mention of Tuscany sends most travellers into a world of eager anticipation. The intensity and quality of the light impress me most about this part of Italy. It is this light that provides the energy so essential for growing crops, especially grapes and olives, that are integral components to the Italian lifestyle. READ MORE HERE
April 21, 2021
Eating and drinking in The Great Southern
Featuring: Steve Collins Western Australia is renowned for the quality of its wines and produce, and each year that wonderful produce is celebrated with an 11-day event called Taste Great Southern. The Great Southern of Western Australia is located along the pristine southern coastline and expands into the mountains and forest ranges, including the major centres of Albany, Denmark, Mt Barker, Kojonup and Katanning. READ MORE HERE
March 15, 2021
A walk through Singapore’s history with Yip Yew Chong
Featuring: Gaynor Reid & Yip Yew Chong It took a stranger, local street artist Yip Yew Chong, to finally make me feel at home in Singapore. During Covid, I found myself stuck on the tiny island-state I had called home for almost eight years – and yet had not really explored. Working in travel, I was used to doing my sightseeing overseas. Feeling pent-up and locked-in, I started taking early walks, exploring the island while it was just waking from slumber. READ MORE HERE
March 10, 2021
Taronga Zoo Roar & Snore
Featuring: Steve Collins Taronga Zoo's Roar and Snore participants stay in tents which afford stunning views of Sydney city. This is glamping, with solid floors and real beds, and at the centre of the glamp-site is a common area where guests gather for drinks and nibbles with the chance to meet and greet a couple of reptilian residents. READ MORE HERE
February 25, 2021
Featuring: Greg Garnish & Steve Collins Margaret River winery and distillery Wise Wines has celebrated seven Western Australian outback towns with the launch of seven new gins featuring botanicals from each area. Wise already markets its range of Gin Gin Gin gins and will extend the branding through the gin towns of Narrogin, Wagin, Corrigin, Muntadgin, Dangin, Badgingarra and of course Gingin. Wise distiller Greg Garnish said being the first in WA to make a Gin Gin gin, it seemed logical to travel to the outback gin towns, discover some of their unique botanicals and make a gin from each of them. READ MORE HERE
February 25, 2021
NOX Dine in the Dark Singapore
Featuring: Cynthia Dammerer Most chefs will tell you that the eye is the pathway to the stomach. That is food looks attractive, then hunger will follow. In Singapore, they’ve knocked that concept on the head in a new restaurant called NOX – Dine in the Dark. READ MORE HERE
February 23, 2021
Featuring: Steve Collins Located on the Mediterranean Sea, and surrounded on three sides by France is the second smallest country in the world – Monaco a country in miniature. READ MORE HERE
February 01, 2021
A world of Malaysian Laksas
Featuring: Steve Collins I have discovered during my travels that each region in Malaysia has its own variation of Laksa. Recently, the beloved comfort food Penang Assam Laksa was ranked 7th on World’s Best 50 Foods by CNN Travel. As that should come to no surprise given what an explosion of taste a bowl of Assam Laksa can offer, here we give the same appreciation to the various laksa(s) Malaysians enjoy. READ MORE HERE
January 24, 2021
The Living History of Berrima
Featuring: Steve Collins Originally, Berrima was designed to be the capital of the Southern Highlands. Those plans went awry when the railway was built. The Old Hume Highway ran right through Berrima, but the railway was diverted in another direction, passing through Mittagong, Bowral and Moss Vale, which allowed those towns to flourish and Berrima to remain rather sedentary. READ MORE HERE
January 20, 2021
Doing Denver is Delectable
Featuring: Steve Collins Larimer Square is said to be Denver’s most historic block. I can’t vouch for the veracity of that statement, but it was indeed an attractive place with plenty of fascinating shops to visit. As the Mile High City’s oldest and most historic block, its buildings tell vividly the story of the birth and early years of Denver. READ MORE HERE
January 11, 2021
My Sydney Boat Beckons
Featuring: Steve Collins & Mark Dalgleish Without a doubt, the best way to enjoy Sydney Harbour is from the water. Fortunately, you have a choice of ferries and rivercats from which to admire Sydney’s magnificent waterway. However, one of the best ways to get to know Sydney Harbour is by My Sydney Boat. My Sydney Boat is the place to go to organise a trip. It is a charter company, with a minimum charter of two hours, up to a maximum of eight hours. Mark Dalgleish is the owner of My Sydney boat, and he guarantees that he can show you a Sydney Harbour that even few Sydneysiders know. READ MORE HERE
December 17, 2020
Together Apart: Living in Lockdown
Featuring: Steve Collins & Belinda Jackson Belinda Jackson, one of our esteemed storytellers lived through the lockdown in Melbourne. Although it was tough, a conversation over the back fence with her neighbour, portrait photographer Jude van Daalen, led to the idea for a book about how various people coped with the restrictions and stress of being in lockdown. READ MORE HERE
December 07, 2020
DoubleTree by Hilton Waterfront Perth opens soon
Featuring: Steve Collins & Louisa Choi Located right on the Swan River waterfront, within Elizabeth Quay, where breathtaking panoramic river views with a beautiful city skyline in the norm, the new DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront is preparing to open on 15 December in time for the festive season. READ MORE HERE
December 03, 2020
Great Getaways with Charli Robinson
Featuring: Steve Collins & Charli Robinson Great Getaways celebrates all types of great escapes to complete the 29th season of Getaway. Steve Collins spoke to presenter Charli Robinson about her adventures filming the show. READ MORE HERE
December 01, 2020
Featuring: Steve Collins, Tony Bonner & John Castran Dinner Plain is a picturesque alpine village in Victoria’s High Country, whose history dates back over a century when cattlemen stopped to rest and feed their stock, as there was an abundant aquifer fed water supply. READ MORE HERE
November 28, 2020
Harbour Master is the new Rottnest Island ferry
Featuring: Steve Collins Perth, the capital of Western Australia has an island just 18 kilometres offshore. Called Rottnest Island, because the first Dutch explorers mistook the island’s small marsupial, the quokka, for a rat, Rotto, as it is colloquially known, is a favourite holiday island for both locals and visitors alike. READ MORE HERE
November 27, 2020
Gulf Travel Show So Real
Featuring: Steve Collins The Gulf Travel Show was held in Dubai on the 23rd and 24th of November, with great success. Normally these type events gather together hundreds of exhibitors, buyers and media, and the Gulf Travel Show did create a lot of interest, with many people visiting online. READ MORE HERE
November 25, 2020
Singapore Airlines Puts the Shine Back on the Big Apple
Featuring: David Bowden Singapore Airlines (SIA) returned to New York in early November, when it launched non-stop flights between Singapore and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Services to Newark Airport were suspended at the onset of COVID-19. READ MORE HERE
November 23, 2020
Overview: Northern Territory
Featuring: Steve Collins Australia’s Northern Territory is possibly closest to most people’s impression of what Australia could be: vast deserts, lush rainforests, hot weather, iconic land formations and, with a population density of just 0.2 people per square kilometre, rather empty. READ MORE HERE
November 22, 2020
Featuring: Steve Collins When you look at a map of Sulawesi it looks really odd, like someone who has been run over by a steamroller. Sulawesi is one of the four Greater Sunda Islands. It is also the world's eleventh-largest island, and is situated east of Borneo. READ MORE HERE
November 22, 2020
Featuring: Steve Collins Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. It forms part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait between it and the island of Sumbawa to the east. READ MORE HERE
November 22, 2020
Featuring: Steve Collins With one of Southeast Asia's busiest metropolises with delirious nightlife to the peak of volcanoes, many of which are still very evidently active, which the fertile slopes are dotted with glimmering rice fields and small villages. Java is the heartland of Indonesia. Java has 121 active volcanoes plus a host of major national parks. So, together with its natural beauty and rich cultural history, Java has lots to offer the visitor. READ MORE HERE
November 22, 2020
Featuring: Selena Oh Aloha! A typical greeting heard all over the Hawaiian islands! The aloha spirit is one of love and affection. Thanks to the popular TV program Hawaii 5-0, Magnum PI and countless other movies shot in the fabled islands, Hawaii exudes a timeless appeal. And of course, it’s known for its most famous son, former President Barack Obama. READ MORE HERE
November 19, 2020
Featuring: Steve Collins Sumatra is the second largest (after Borneo) of the Greater Sunda Islands, in the Malay Archipelago. It is separated in the northeast from the Malay Peninsula by the Strait of Malacca and in the south from Java by the Sunda Strait. READ MORE HERE
November 14, 2020
Featuring: Steve Collins Bali is often referred to as the Island of the Gods. That’s because the majority of Balinese are Hindus, and their religion is part of their everyday lives. You see altars and temples everywhere, and the Balinese still enjoy wearing their traditional dress. READ MORE HERE
November 14, 2020
Featuring: Steve Collins The Republic of Indonesia is a country located in Southeast Asia and Oceania, between the Indian and Pacific oceans and is part of the volcanic Ring of Fire. In fact, if you like volcanoes you will see many of them as you travel throughout Indonesia. READ MORE HERE
November 10, 2020
Katherine Gorge Tour, Northern Territory
Featuring: Steve Collins The Katherine River winds itself through 12 kilometres of gorges, some of which have walls rising to a height of 70 metres, and it is an outstanding place. The Katherine Gorge was formed about 23 million years ago. The Gorge consists of thirteen gorges, with rapids and falls, which follow the Katherine River, which begins in Kakadu. READ MORE HERE
November 10, 2020
Featuring: Kate Webster You could be mistaken for being in a different country when visiting Rwanda. It is unlike other African countries, maybe even unlike any other country in the world. You can forget the raw, authentic and traditional Africa. READ MORE HERE.
November 09, 2020
Stay in a lighthouse keepers cottage in Gippsland
Featuring: Paul Chai It seems strange to wish for bad weather on a trip, but I’m happy to see a squall heading my way. I am sitting on the back porch of the assistant lighthouse keeper’s cottage at Point Hicks in Gippsland. We are in the middle of a lighthouse road trip across the east of Victoria and the approaching inclement weather seems more in keeping with this epic slice of coastal real estate. READ MORE HERE
November 02, 2020
Transatlantic antics on Queen Mary 2
Featuring: Cynthia Dammerer We boarded, efficiently at Brooklyn Terminal in New York, the queue moving steadily towards the luxurious lobby of Cunard’s flagship liner, the transatlantic doyen, Queen Mary 2, patiently tied up, loading her supplies and 2100 passengers with their luggage. READ MORE HERE
November 01, 2020
Red Rocks Intiatives Rwanda founder, Greg Bakunzi
Featuring: Kate Webster & Steve Collins Greg Bakunzi moulded his company Red Rocks Initiatives in Rwanda to be community-based organizations, where the local community can gain from tourism activities, and in the process, have a sustainable income. Red Rocks brings under-served communities into the tourism supply chain and supports community development projects that help people help themselves through Red Rocks Initiatives. READ MORE HERE
October 31, 2020
Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Featuring: Steve Collins As it juts out into the Pacific Ocean, the folk in Hawke’s Bay boast that it is the first place in New Zealand to see the sunrise. Certainly, the region does allow some wonderful of the magnificent coastline, with stunning, craggy landscape of Cape Kidnappers at the southern boundary of the bay. The Cape is just about a 30 minute drive from the two major towns of Hastings and Napier. READ MORE HERE
October 24, 2020
The Bernina Express Switzerland
Featuring: Steve Collins Switzerland, because of its mountainous landscape and magnificent lakes, is renowned for its attractive and amazingly-engineered railway lines, some of which are so steep they seem to defy gravity. One train that has a grand reputation for its great beauty and eye-popping gradients is the Bernina Express. READ MORE HERE
October 24, 2020
A tale of two cities
Featuring: Paul Chai When I first visited the Burmese city of Yangon ten years ago it was far from sleepy. Soon after arrival I found myself tucking into a spicy salad of fermented tea leaves, or laphet, at 4am in the morning in a bustling night market. Returning recently there has been simultaneously great change and yet it looks very similar. Great hopes for democracy may have been dashed, but street life goes on and the city still has a shambolic charm and a slow pace unlike many of its regional counterparts. READ MORE HERE
October 24, 2020
Toden Arakawa Tramway Tokyo
Featuring: Steve Collins I had the great pleasure to ride on one of Tokyo’s last remaining tram lines, the Toden Arakawa Tramway. Public transport is a necessity in Tokyo, and the city is fortunate to have an excellent rail and bus service. Apparently, Tokyo used also to have a good tram network. Sadly, most of those have now disappeared, but the Toden Arakawa Tramway is still going strong. The local name for the trams is chin chin densha, and I was lucky enough to be riding in an older model carriage, which gave me a sense of history. READ MORE HERE
October 24, 2020
5 Outstanding Curiosities of Architect and Designer Bill Bensley
Featuring: Steve Collins and Bill Bensley Who is Bill Bensley you may ask? The Bangkok-based architect famous for his design work on one-of-a-kind luxury hotels is just as unique as his work. He has masterminded over 200 properties in 30-plus countries, designed jewellery to save wildlife and puts conservation in high regard. READ MORE HERE
October 24, 2020
Kid friendly fun at the Novotel Phuket Surin Beach
Featuring: Rafferty Laight I know parents think they know it all when it comes to what makes a holiday resort kid-friendly, but I reckon the best way is to ask a kid, which is why I’m going to tell you what makes Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort cool for kids. READ MORE HERE
October 24, 2020
Sanur the Quieter Side of Bali
Featuring: Steve Collins Sanur is certainly a much laid back place, although it is still home to many hotels. You are less likely to be hounded by hawkers at Sanur, but some of the stall holders in the markets can be very insistent in their aggressive approaches to encourage you to buy from them. The best way to deal with them is to tell them a firm “No!” If you tell them that you will return tomorrow, they remember, and they hound you every time you walk past because you promised to buy from them. READ MORE HERE
October 07, 2020
Hue Vietnam a Very Regal City
Featuring: Steve Collins Hue Vietnam is strategically located on the banks of the Perfume River, near the coast almost midway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Whilst the Perfume River certainly doesn’t smell like Chanel No. 5, it does seem to be very clean. Our boat trip down the river certainly didn’t assail our olfactory senses at all. READ MORE HERE
October 07, 2020
Worming your way through The Big Apple
Featuring: Steve Collins Let’s not beat around the bush – New York is the most exciting city that I have ever visited. I’ve visited many cities, but nothing tops New York for the vibe that you get just being there. My arrival was by train, straight into Pennsylvania Station in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. It’s a very busy station and BOOM! As soon as you leave the platform you are amid the hustle and bustle that is New York. READ MORE HERE
October 06, 2020
Historic Fort Cochin in Kerala, India
Featuring: Steve Collins Kerala is located on the south west corner of India and the city of Cochin, or Kochi, as it is also called, is located on a peninsula bordering the Laccadive Sea, which is part of the Arabian Sea. Fort Cochin, a suburb of Kochi, this situated on the southern shore of the entrance to Cochin Harbour. A really charming town, Fort Kochi has an interesting European history which harks back to the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama who established a settlement here in 1502. READ MORE HERE
October 06, 2020
Timeshare – True, Tried and Tested
Featuring: Barry Robinson, Wyndham Vacation Clubs Asia Pacific Timeshare first emerged in the 1960s as a way for large families to secure a holiday home. The concept gradually changed to become a system where many families pooled their resources to buy a property and took turns using it throughout the year. Today, timeshare has evolved from visiting the same destination at the same time annually into vacation clubs like Club Wyndham South Pacific. READ MORE HERE
October 05, 2020
Inspiring Temples of Bagan Myanmar
Featuring: Steve Collins Bagan is Myanmar’s ancient capital, and it is like no other place I’ve ever visited. There are probably more Buddhist pagoda’s here per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world. Many more than you can easily comprehend. The temples don’t seem to be built in any logical sequence, so it is very difficult for the casual visitor to estimate the number. READ MORE HERE.
September 23, 2020
Magical Maldives at Mercure Kooddoo
Featuring: Cynthia Dammerer As my eyes adjusted to the light when we entered the Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort, I was led down a wooden walkway, over the water to my overwater room. As the door opened I could hardly believe my tired eyes. It was just like a stylish beach house, but with pops of colour everywhere and huge glass doors and windows. READ MORE HERE.
September 22, 2020
Rest, Rejuvenate & Repeat at Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
Featuring: Kate Webster Hidden on the Far North Coast of New South Wales, Australia in the Tweed region is Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat. A scenic hour drive from the Gold Coast and you are on the doorstep of this lush valley, surrounded on three sides by the world heritage-listed Numinbah Nature Reserve and Springbrook National Park. READ MORE HERE.
September 22, 2020
Queensland Air Museum, Sunshine Coast - Queensland
Featuring: Tiana Templeman Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra is home to an amazing collection of aircraft and aviation artefacts, and exciting tales of courage, adventure and lucky escapes. However, you don’t need to be an aviation enthusiast to enjoy a visit here. READ MORE HERE.
September 17, 2020
Overview: Cairo, Egypt
Featuring: Belinda Jackson Cairo, Egypt’s sprawling capital, is set on the Nile River. At its heart is Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun artifacts. Nearby, Giza is the site of the iconic pyramids and Great Sphinx, dating to the 26th century BC READ MORE HERE.
August 07, 2020
Cape Range National Park, Exmouth - Western Australia - Australia
Featuring: Steve Collins North West Cape is a peninsula which juts out into the Indian Ocean just north of the town of Carnarvon. The biggest town on the cape is Exmouth, which swells from a normal population of 2,000 to about 14,000 each winter as many people who live in the south of the state chase the sun. On the western part of the cape is Cape Range National Park, which covers an area of over 50,000 hectares. The key feature of the park is Ningaloo Reef, an amazing close-to-shore coral reef which runs the full length of the park. READ MORE HERE.
July 07, 2020
Penang Re-Born, Penang - Malaysia
Featuring: Steve Collins Facing the Straits of Malacca, Penang was one of the great trading ports in South East Asia. Once part of the Sultanate of Kedah, it was ceded to the British East India Company on the strength of a lie in 1786. READ MORE HERE.
July 06, 2020
Overview: Coral Coast, Western Australia - Australia
Featuring: Steve Collins A long stretch of coastline measuring about 1,100kms north of Perth, the Coral Coast extends from the town of Cervantes as far north as Exmouth and slightly inland. The Pinnacles, which form part of Nambung National Park, consists of hundreds of peculiar pinnacles which can be up to 5 metres in height. They were formed from 25,000 to 30,000 years ago from piles of seashells that were left standing after the waters receded. READ MORE HERE.
June 08, 2020
Overview: Western Australia - Australia
Featuring: Steve Collins Western Australia, at 2,529,875 square kilometres, is the largest State in Australia in terms of area. To give you some perspective on its size, WA is 3.6 times the size of Texas, and is approximately the size as Kazakhstan. Western Australia occupies the western third of the Australian continent. Consider this example: if you wish to drive from Eucla in the south east corner of Western Australia around the coast to Kununurra in the north east, in the Kimberley region, you would have to drive a distance of 5456 kilometres. READ MORE HERE.
June 07, 2020
Papua New Guinea Undiscovered
Featuring: Kate Webster It is hard not to be mystified by Papua New Guinea. It is a land that is untamed and wild in beauty, while diverse in unique culture. The country comprises about 600 small islands with only 13 percent of people living in urban areas. Papua New Guinea has more than 800 indigenous languages and approximately 312 different tribes, including some uncontacted peoples. READ MORE HERE.
June 06, 2020