Former Olympic Parks Actually Worth Visiting

Aug 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The 2016 Summer Olympics are officially underway (Go Team USA!). Although taking place in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, excitement for this year’s games have taken a back seat to all of the trouble surrounding Rio de Janeiro. Of course, when the medals have been given out, the crowds head home and news outlets move on, it’ll still top many traveler’s bucket lists. That’s because now, sojourners will have even more reasons to visit, since they'll get to see an up-close look at a then former Olympic village.

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A Place to Call Home When Exploring Downtown Sydney

Mar 31, 2016  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Located near the Royal Botanical Gardens and just steps from the Opera House, the Rocks, and Circular Quay, is The InterContinental Sydney, a beautiful hotel inside a 19th century New South Wales Treasury building. The restored structure—complete with the original wrought iron elevator—creates an inspiring meeting spot called The Cortile, where patrons come to admire the architecture and meet for drinks, nibbles, or a lavish afternoon tea.

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An Aussie Sampling of Tetsuya Wakuda’s Famed Fare

Mar 23, 2016  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Though many restaurants have come and gone over the years, Tetsuya’s has stood the test of time. The Relais & Châteaux property has in fact been a top spot in Australia’s culinary capital for nearly 30 years, claiming a place on San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants nine years in a row.

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Hunter Valley Wine Country's 5 Not-to-be-Missed Restaurants

Mar 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Just a 2.5 hour drive from Sydney, the Hunter Valley Wine Country is the oldest and most historic wine region in Australia. As it is especially well known for Semillon and Shiraz, a visit will result in tasting endless varietal blends and expressions of these grapes along with other varietals grown in nearby regions. While the wines are the stars of the show, the valley’s dining scene is just as impressive. Every establishment strives to serve seasonal local fare that highlights the area’s wines. Here are five of the area’s best restaurants that are worth a visit:

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5 of Australia's Best Glamping Sites to Soak in All of the Country's Natural Beauty

Oct 5, 2015  |   Contributor: Jason Hall

Australia’s beauty is undeniable. It boasts some of the globe’s best landscapes and unique wildlife paired together with stunning beaches and clear blue waters. For the nature lover, this is one of those destinations that can’t be missed in one’s lifetime. With brilliant snorkeling and scuba diving, million-year-old rainforests, vibrant cities and inventive cuisine, Australia a multi-cultural country filled with endless activities and experiences to discover. While there are plenty of hotels in the Land Down Under, one of the best ways to really see the country is by glamping. Here are five of the best luxury camps to consider on your next Aussie adventure.

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Capture Sydney’s Beauty With These 7 Hotels & Their Picture-Perfect Views

Oct 1, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Sydney, Australia is easily one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. The bustling city is home to some 4.6 million people, the iconic Sydney Opera House, rows of yachts resting in the harbor and a plethora of new restaurants popping up each month. With autumn already in full swing, right now is a great time to visit Harbour City. 

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Cate Blanchett is Moving On From Her $20M Sydney Estate, So You Can Move In!

Aug 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Sydney, Australia gave the world Hugh Jackman and Rebel Wilson (among so many others), so who knows who you might come across when you pack your bags and move there. To join the “Sydneysiders,” you need the perfect home and luckily, Melbourne-born Aussie Cate Blanchett has put her eco-friendly Bulwarra estate on the market.

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P&O Cruises to Debut New Luxury Ships Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria in November

Jun 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

P&O Cruises’ Pacific Aria and Eden will debut this November with fresh, luxury upgrades. The new ships, which will be unveiled at the Sydney Harbour, will include new restaurants and bars, updated rooms and penthouse suites with private balconies, large spa baths, walk-in closets and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

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Sweet, Funny, Loving: We Share Your Fondest Travel Memories of Mom for Mother's Day

May 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

As we gear up for Mother’s Day on May 10, we began considering a fun and unique way to honor mom this year. Realizing that sometimes it’s the things that can’t be purchased that really mean the most, we decided to focus on the intangible gifts. Whether it’s flying to another country, road tripping to a nearby state or fulfilling your mother's lifelong dream, we hold our travel memories with mom close to our hearts. So we took to social media to ask you about your favorite sojourn stories involving your mother. The responses were touching, funny and deeply personal. We complied 12 of them to share with you. To get things started, here’s my own personal memory of an adventure shared with my mom:

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World's 50 Best Bars 2014 Announced: See Which Bars Cracked the Top 10

Oct 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

In case you missed it, The World's 50 Best Bars announced their picks Thursday for 2014, giving you the pub crawl to end all pub crawls. Put on by Drinks International, the winners were chosen by over 330 industry professionals and includes bars from 14 different counties, with the top 10 dominated by London and New York. In fact, North America made up for 16 of the overall 50, with four landing at the top of the list. Check out the top 10 below and see if your favorite made the cut!

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Bright Vivid Sydney Fills the Cultural City With Light, Music & Ideas

Jun 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Right now, Sydney, Australia is flooded with color for their annual light, idea, and music exhibition Vivid Sydney (which runs until June 9). Tons of installations, sculptures and projections can be seen while strolling around downtown or while floating along Sydney Harbor, making it a must-see event for locals and visitors. Don't believe us? Check out these amazing photos and book your plane ticket immediately (or plan for next year, but that's much less inspired).

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Crown Group is Turning Sydney Into Luxury Capital One Development at a Time

May 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

As the leading developer in Sydney, Crown Group is making us want to book a one-way flight to Australia right now and after you drool over these pictures, you'll want to do the same. CEO Iwan Sunito and his team are seriously setting the bar for luxury residential and mixed-use structures, offering incredible designs and architecture you typically only see in five-star resorts. Plus, they often choose sites that are pretty uninspired and turn them into buildings that give the surrounding neighborhood a boost.

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Australia's Controversial Luxury Car Tax is Up for Debate in New Report

Feb 5, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

For those of you who live in Australia and are in the market for a luxury car, you probably already know all about the controversy surrounding the luxury auto tax (which is 33 percent on some cars that cost over $60k). Well, according to The Age, the tax is up on the chopping block yet again for being so unpopular.

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Cirque Hatches Their New Egg in Sydney

Sep 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Michael Pearse

Cirque du Soleil will be presenting their new family oriented production: OVO. World-famous and likely one of the most unique experiences that you and your family should take part in. The act is already going on and up until November 4th Read More

Opera Bar

Aug 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Michael Pearse

Situated on the lower concourse adjacent the world-famous Sydney Opera House, this fine location has some of the most spectacular views in all of Sydney.... Read More

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