Why Visit Southeast Asia?

I know, I know, the trip to Southeast Asia involves a really long flight, the locals don’t speak English, they drive on the other side of the road, the culture and food are so different… Well, having just returned from Bali and Thailand, I say those are all reasons you SHOULD visit! I’ve just returned Read More…

Food, Wine, and Luxury in Margaret River

I’m recently back from 2 fabulous weeks down under, most of which was spent in the stunning Margaret River area of Western Australia. For those who don’t know, Margaret River is one of Australia’s top locations for wine (at least in my humble opinion). It’s also home to one of the Great Walks of Australia, Read More…

Eating and Drinking Your Way Through Melbourne

Food, food, food! That’s what it’s all about today. Really, is there anything else? I’ve just returned from my most recent trip to Australia, and I had a great time exploring Melbourne’s famous culinary scene! Below are my personal recommendations for your stay in Melbourne. Melbourne’s graffiti-covered laneways make for great photo ops! Within the Read More…

Grand Golf Experiences in New Zealand

My husband and I are both avid international golfers, so we both love hitting the links together to enjoy some friendly competition and a beverage or two on the course. But I know for many of my clients, this isn’t always the case. What I tend to see with couples is one golf fanatic and Read More…

New Zealand’s Charm Lies Off the Beaten Path

Hello, everyone! I just returned from my third trip to New Zealand. I was lucky enough to travel for 3 weeks throughout the country with my parents. And while I know that places like Queenstown, Rotorua, and Auckland are the headliners in New Zealand, some of the smaller, off-the-beaten-path places are oozing with Kiwi charm. Read More…

5 Myths About Koalas

Guest post from Janine Duffy – Director of Marketing & Wildlife Research, Echidna Walkabout (Melbourne) Koalas are so cute, they could be mythical creatures. Maybe that’s why there are so many popular myths about them. In honor of Wild Koala Day, coming May 3, here are 5 koala myths debunked. 1. Koalas are drunk or Read More…

Adventures in India

With 1.2 billion people, India offers incredible diversity through cityscapes, rural life, historical sites, rich food, varied religions, and handicrafts. Often, the first associations to India are the Taj Mahal, the vast difference between rich and poor, and food often consisting of curry that leads to tummy aches. I am here to tell you that there Read More…

Is All Inclusive Right for You?

How do you know if your resort is all inclusive? Resorts in Fiji, Tahiti, and other South Pacific island destinations are typically half board, full board, or all inclusive. Many people assume that all inclusive is always the best value for money, but it all depends on your location and your travel style! Half Board Read More…

Encounter with a Koala

Guest post from Janine Duffy – Director of Marketing & Wildlife Research, Echidna Walkabout (Melbourne) Slowly the huge koala backed down the tree. Muscles across his back and shoulders bulged as he took most of his weight on his arms, his short legs braced against the trunk. He didn’t look around as he climbed. There Read More…

Ultimate Guide to the Whitsunday Islands

If you’re planning a trip to Australia, odds are you’ll want to visit the Great Barrier Reef. You can make this bucket list item extra special by visiting the Whitsunday Islands, where you can stay on the reef itself, surrounded by sparkling blue waters and colorful marine life. A recent poll of 10,000 domestic and Read More…

10 Tips to Survive Holiday Travel

Between airport delays, crowded roads, lost luggage, and packed planes, holiday travel can be a recipe for a meltdown. Maintain your sanity this holiday travel season with these 10 tips from the Down Under Endeavours team. 1. Get to the airport early This may seem like a no-brainer, but you don’t want to be caught Read More…

Paradise in Thailand: Zeavola Resort

Having just returned from an amazing Thailand trip (I seriously loved every place we visited), it would be very hard to pick a favorite, but one place that stood out was Zeavola Resort in the Phi Phi Islands. Located on Koh Phi Phi Don, this is an eco resort with an amazing spa and unbelievable Read More…

What Are You Thankful for This Travel Season?

At this time of year, we like to take a moment to reflect on what an amazing year it’s been. We’ve witnessed the Cubs become World Series Champions, Ireland beat the All Blacks in rugby for the first time in history, and the long-awaited launch of our sister company, Africa Endeavours! We’re thankful every day for Read More…

Self-Driving in New Zealand

I often get asked, what is the best way to see New Zealand? And my recommendation is always to rent a car and drive through the countryside. One of the unique and fun facets of New Zealand is the mountainous drives featuring beautiful coasts, green valleys, small quirky towns, and locals that you get to Read More…

Best of South Australia and Taranaki

Lonely Planet recently announced its Best of Travel 2017 winners, and some of our favorite locations were among the top 5 regions in the world! Taranaki, New Zealand came in at No. 2, while South Australia was named No. 5. Here’s a quick guide to our favorite things to see and do in these fabulous Read More…

5 Ways to Turn Your Honeymoon Into an Adventure

The word “honeymoon” may bring to mind images of white sand and beachside cocktails, but it doesn’t have to be a leisurely affair. While many of our clients spend their honeymoons on island resorts in tropical havens, others want to add a little more adventure. After all, it is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. If you and Read More…

New Zealand Culture: Maori Tattoos

An important piece of Maori culture is the traditional Maori tattoo, or ta moko. This sacred art form was brought to New Zealand from the Polynesian islands and is a rite of passage for New Zealand’s indigenous Maori population. Ta moko are most commonly given on the face—the head is the most sacred part of Read More…