Lap up the culture of two of Asia’s most fascinating countries. First, head to Taiwan and if time permits, get yourself out of Taipei and head across to Green Island for some world class snorkeling.
A thriving city, Seoul is a mixture of old traditions with a twist of modern culture. Explore the ancient palaces and historical sites next to the modern amusement parks and aquariums. Learn to weave jasu, traditional Korean embroidery, or learn mokgong, the process of carving traditional Korean woodcrafts. Or, just head over to SM Town and indulge your love for K-Pop and then swing past Gagnam and watch the rich and famous strut their stuff. We reckon you can count BTS and K-Pop as a valid cultural experience on the Culture Vulture.
Pack it all in when you jump on the Aussie Hopper. Start off in Sydney, surely the world’s most iconic city. Overcome your fear of heights and climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in some culture at the Opera House or take the ferry over to Manly Beach and try your hand at surfing. Escape to nature and experience Australia’s native wildlife, stunning scenery and unbelievably good food (oysters and world class wine anyone?) when you fly down to Tassie. Finish off your Australian adventure in Melbourne by driving down the Great Ocean Road and dining out at any one of Melbourne’s world class restaurants. The land down under has so much more to offer than just beaches and Tim Tams! Why wait? Take on the Aussie Hopper today!
From gorgeous white sand to luscious jungles. Thailand has it all! Explore Chiang Mai, the land of misty hills and colourful hill tribes and then kick back with a few days of R&R on the beautiful island of Koh Samui. Whether you’re after some trekking through the jungle, a lazy float down the river on a bamboo raft, checking out some temples or to see majestic elephants in their natural habitat, Chiang Mai has it all! And, after all that activity, you’ll need time to enjoy some of the best beaches in Thailand! Head to Koh Samui and pop on your sunhat, sunscreen and head on down to the island’s many beaches. If you (somehow) find yourself bored of the beach, take a cooking course or go hiking in stunning national parks on the country’s second largest island.
‘I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list’. Well, tick off a few new places with the World Wanderer. Start off in Manila and immerse yourself in the country’s rich Spanish heritage before heading to Los Angeles. Go star-spotting in Hollywood and spend some time with Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Disneyland before making your way to New York for some Broadway magic and New York style pizza. Cross the Atlantic and lap up the culture in Milan (or just gorge yourself silly on Italian cuisine). Be awed by Barcelona’s splendid architecture, soak yourself in Sangria and tickle your tastebuds with some Spanish tapas. On the way home, enjoy a few days in Sri Lanka. Head to tea country and ride the train to Nuwara Eliya, or play cricket with the locals in the fort ramparts in Galle.
Tuck in to tasty local delights, visit the bustling night markets and explore the National Palace with a few days in Taipei en route to Tokyo.
Tokyo effortlessly blends the old and the new. Find cutting edge technology against ancient temples, flashing neon lights shining on kimono-clad women and skyscrapers towering above Shinto shrines, not forgetting the sumo wrestlers! Have a spare ten days and want to cram it all in? The Eastern Explorer is just the trip for you!
Good vibes happen on the tides! If you’re not interested in city-life, museums, shopping or doing anything too active, then the Beach Bum could be for you! Sydney’s coastline is dotted with spectacular beaches – Bondi, Manly, Coggee, Bronte… The list goes on!
Haven’t got enough sun, sea and sand yet? Get ready for a traditional Bula welcome as you head over to Fiji! Whether you’re island hopping up the Yasawa’s, partying on Castaway Island or lapping up the luxury at one of the incredible hotels in the Mamanucas, you can’t fail to fall in love with Fiji. Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen!
Let your inner shopaholic demons escape when you head to the bustling cities of Bangkok and Hong Kong. Whether you’re at one of over two thousand shops at the Platinum Fashion Mall or the eight thousand (yes, eight thousand!) stalls at the JJ Market, you’ll find Bangkok to be the indisputable shopping paradise.
If you’ve not exhausted yourself (and your wallet) after a few days in Bangkok, head across to Hong Kong and start all over again! Night markets, luxury brands or electronics, Hong Kong has it all. After you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, kick back and relax with a drink in Wan Chai, home of one of Southeast Asia’s best night’s out.
Sure, Sydney has a bustling city life alongside its pristine beaches, but there are a few well-kept secrets even locals don’t know about. An hour’s walk from Bondi will take you to the Coogee Cliff Walk, where you can marvel at the spectacular coastal views and natural rock formations. You’re now just a short hop across the Tasman Sea, so why not visit New Zealand’s North Island? Auckland is a great starting point from which to explore New Zealand sounds. Climb to the top of a dormant volcano on the Rangitoto Summit Track, enjoy city views with a glass of Pinot Noir in hand at Waiheke Island or head west to the Waitakere Ranges and complete the Te Henga Walkway along the wild rugged coastline. Embark on the adventure of a lifetime as you explore Australia and New Zealand.
Dim Sum in Hong Kong, crusty Sourdough in San Francisco, grilled salmon in Seattle, hangikjöt (smoked lamb) in Iceland, Yorkshire puddings in London and creme catalana in Barcelona. Nothing brings people together like good food.
Need a break before your next feast? Hong Kong and London are some of the world’s shopping capitals, San Francisco, Barcelona and Seattle are known for their unique architecture and Iceland is known for being the land of fire and ice, where volcanoes and glaciers live side by side. Need we say more? Start your round-the-world adventure today.