New Zealand’s Delightful Wines

Another week, another opportunity to talk about wine! This time, it’s in the stunningly beautiful country of New Zealand. Although it’s a fairly small country, New Zealand has several outstanding regions that produce award-winning wines including pinot noir and sauvignon blanc, among others. In addition to amazing wine, you’ll get spectacular views to enjoy, too! Read More…

Delightful Dining in Australia

G’day! As I plan the final details on my upcoming visit to Australia, my lovely Aussie co-workers Ness and Phil have been recommending some great restaurants to visit while there. I’m truly looking forward to incredibly fresh seafood while in Port Douglas and Hamilton Island, as well as some foodie delights in Melbourne and Sydney. Read More…

North Fijian Culture

Bula!! Just taking advantage of a long layover on my way home from Fiji to tell you all about this fantastic country. Or, as the Fijians would say: Totoka! Over the last 1.5 weeks in Fiji, I enjoyed traveling throughout the Mamanucas, Viti Levu and the Northern Islands, particularly Taveuni. I would like to focus Read More…

Paradise in the Maldives

Hello again from gloomy, chilly Chicago. Sigh. Today, I can’t help but dream of the sunny, warm beaches and turquoise waters of the Maldives! These exotic atolls beckon me with their soft, white sand and romantic sunsets. You’ll truly feel like you’ve arrived in paradise when you stay at one of the unique resorts located Read More…

Warm Fiji Welcome

Hi Again!  I’m so happy we’re telling you about Fiji this week – it’s such a beautiful and special South Pacific jewel!  When I visited last year, I fell in love with the lovely and unique island resorts and most especially, the warm and welcoming Fijian people.  You will be greeted everywhere you go with a Read More…

Our Favorite Beach Vacations

Hi Everyone…Xan here, and as I write this week’s blog, it’s a gloomy, cool and rainy day in Chicago and I think it’s the perfect time to think about a sunny and exotic beach getaway.  We love our South Pacific paradises of the Cook Islands and Bora Bora are excited to share a few of Read More…

Our Favorite Australia Activites

Hi it’s Xan again – excited to share more of our favorite Australia activities!  One of my bucket list items is to see all four of the Grand Slam tournaments in tennis, and of course, the Australia Open is the kick-off tournament every year.   Australia Open The 2016 Australia Open was the opening Grand Slam tournament of Read More…

Luxury Family Travel in Australia

G’day mates! English Marie, here.  The kids are back in school, making it the perfect time for you to start planning that family vacation to Australia.  Australia possesses a powerful lure to travelers of all stripes. There is much more to explore in this continent the size of America’s lower 48 states. From the Great Read More…

New Zealand: Luxury Family Travel

For your next family fun-filled vacation, consider hopping on a plane and jetting off to the beautiful island country of New Zealand! Abundant with jaw-dropping natural beauty, incredible outdoor activities, and terrific fine wines, New Zealand is perfect for adrenaline junkies, foodies and a wide range of travelers in between. You’ll be sure to find Read More…

Most Romantic Getaways

G’day! Valentines is approaching and Down Under Endeavours is in the know when it comes to the most romantic spots to take your significant other. From overwater bungalows in Fiji to the romantic old world touches of a South African Safari lodge, we’ll help you plan the most romantic getaway! Below are our top choices Read More…

Hobart, Tasmania

G’day mates!  English Marie here.  Are you as intrigued by Tasmania as I am?  Well, I’d like to introduce to you the capital of Tas and the second oldest capital in all of Australia- Hobart.  Recently named as one of the ‘Top Ten Spots to Visit in the World Right Now’ by Lonely Planet, Hobart Read More…

Wellington: The Coolest Little Capital

G’day mates! English Marie here. It’s a new year which means new travels!  Looking for a great place to visit?  Why not Wellington, New Zealand?  Deemed “The Coolest Little Capital” by Lonely Planet, Wellington is located on the North Island of New Zealand and filled with action packed adventure, as well as arts & culture, Read More…

Islands of Australia

G’day mates! Did you know that Australia is fringed by more than 8,000 islands- each of them unique, wonderful and full of amazing wildlife. With SO many incredible islands to choose from, you may get overwhelmed planning your island vacation.  We’ve created a list of some of the top islands of Australia to visit and Read More…

One&Only Hayman Island Launch

G’day mates! One&Only recently acquired Hayman Private Island resort. They’ve done a major overhaul, and as of 1 July 2014, will be re-launching it as One&Only Hayman Island!   Forming part of the Whitsundays, named by Captain James Cook in 1770, Hayman Island is located in the very heart of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef; surrounded Read More…

10 Reasons to Visit Fiji

Fiji offers two of the most beautiful reefs: the Great Astrolabe Reef, which is the world’s fourth-largest barrier reef, curling around the southern island of Kadavu; and the Great Sea Reef- a coral reef off the northern island of Vanua Levu. Both of the reefs have wonderful snorkeling opportunities, where you’ll have the opportunity to view an abundance of wildlife; including eagle and manta rays, green turtles, and spinner dolphins.