TripAdvisor (free, iTunes)
THE great allrounder, TripAdvisor takes its dynamic world of reviews, accommodation options, things to do, flights and forums and packages in a pocket rocket app that delivers more often than not, no matter where you are in the world. Virtual tours, a cool “near me” geo-tagging feature, and millions of reviews and photos from our world of fellow travellers.
Flight Track ($5.49, iTunes)
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It was one of the last islands on Earth to be discovered.
It bears no trace of indigenous settlement and Europeans and Polynesians didn’t show up until more than a century after the publication of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.
Savvy Aussies slip away to this tiny speck in the Pacific, governed from New South Wales. Judy Davis, the Emmy award-winning actress who appeared in A Passage to India and Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives, has visited its golden sands, as has Eric Bana of Hulk fame, who came with his kids, and George Miller, the director of Happy Feet and Mad Max.
But the islanders are too busy milking their cows or minding their honey bees to pay much attention and, as for visitors (numbers are capped at 394 at a time), why would you bother ogling stars when you can spend the time paddling with exotic fish in more colours than a rainbow? Read More »
Four miles from Aviemore, in the Cairngorms national park, is a cabin specifically designed for visitors seeking isolation and a self-sufficient, back-to-nature experience in the great Scottish outdoors.
A one-room hut with a platform bed, table, bench seat, sofa, sink and stove, the corrugated iron bothy crouches like a minimalist doll’s house in a secluded birch- and bracken-speckled dell.
From innovations in technology, to good ways of running a business, quality design and style, here are two handfuls of superb places to get away to. They range from places to stay to transport initiatives, festivals, and adventure and conservation holidays. All are pushing the boundaries of what green travel means.
Places to stay
At the edge of Bodmin Moor, Tregulland is a renovated self-catering pad, one of a new breed of eco-friendly Read More »
Perhaps you’ve heard about Mexico’s efforts to boost tourism to Mayan sites between now and the much-publicized end of the Mayan calendar on Dec. 21, 2012 (hey, you’d better get there before the world ends!).
And perhaps you’ve heard about the benefits of the eco-tourism trend and you’re eager to reduce your carbon footprint. Then you’ll want to know about a one-of-a-kind destination called Taninah (pronounced Tah-knee-nah), which means “first home” in Mayan, it’s a private, gated and fenced jungle retreat on 10 acres within the Riviera Maya, Read More »