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Ogimi Village: Oh, to grow old in Okinawa – where longevity is likely

Find out why this rural village in Japan has such a high population of elderly citizens (and hope you are as happy and healthy as these folks are in your old age!)

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Chiang Rai: Ride an elephant in Northern Thailand

Visit a resort that not only offers a subtropical break but the opportunity to sit for your elephant-driver’s license

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Coral Coast: Head up the Sigatoka River to discover the real Fiji

Meet the locals on a river safari to Natawatawadi village

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Bangkok: Learn the lindy hop to the swinging sounds of bebop

A retro American dance craze is taking off in the Thai capital

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Christchurch: A city in transition

Why you should visit this incredibly cool Kiwi city now (and it’s not just to help boost the local economy)

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Cruise review: The Queen Mary 2 (Darwin to Fremantle via Bali)

To celebrate the Cunard Line’s 175th anniversary this year, I’m posting a story about my time on board the QM2

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Cool cocktail: a new take on the Old Fashioned

Classic American drinks are enjoying a comeback – with a dash of artisanal bitters

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Canterbury: Take flight over the snow in NZ

Speed riding is a new sport that combines skiing and paragliding

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Okinawa: Learn martial arts in the birthplace of karate

Many travellers to the Japanese islands of Okinawa are attracted to the coastal lifestyle, the culture and a cuisine influenced more by China and South-East Asia than mainland Japan. But there is another kind of traveller to the region, who comes specifically to study the region’s unique martial arts heritage

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