Outdoor adventure in Australia’s winter

Many travelers shy away from Australian travel from June to September, as the Southern Hemisphere is experiencing its winter. But, in fact, Australian winter is still balmy by northern standards and offers plenty of outdoor adventures. Some activities are actually best at this time of year! At Down Under Endeavours, we have several Australian travel packages Read More…

Why South Africa

Ah, South Africa – how you’ve gotten under my skin! After visiting last year, I was bitten hard by the Africa bug and can’t wait to return. From the cool (as in hip), cultured and beautiful city of Cape Town, to the gorgeous winelands where I discovered I really do like South African Cap du Read More…

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…

Australia’s Wine Regions

If any of you have the opportunity to visit us at the DUE office, you’ll discover that we have a well-stocked wine refrigerator and we love to host clients and vendors from across the globe.   While not all of us are necessarily oenophiles, we do all enjoy a crisp white, full-bodied red and in the Read More…

Southern Africa: Culture, Adventure and Safari

Hi, everyone! Ellen here, and I have just returned from my latest trip to Africa where I was lucky enough to visit South Africa, Victoria Falls (both on the Zambia and Zimbabwe sides) and Botswana with my husband, Tom. From the beauty, culture, food and wine and the wildlife, Africa engrains itself into you and Read More…

Noshing in New Zealand

It’s lunchtime as I type this and it has inspired me in thinking about the amazing food you can get while in New Zealand. From lamb to mussels, to a traditional Maori hangi, your taste buds will be delighted. Even the simple hamburger is elevated at the incredibly popular Fergburger in Queenstown, a place as Read More…

Sunny South Pacific for Families

School is almost out and of course, it has families thinking of vacation. Now, I may not have a family (unless you count my dog and two cats), but I have plenty of friends who are always looking for new and fun places to take the kids. The South Pacific has so many great options Read More…

South Africa Adventures

Having traveled to South Africa, I can tell you that it leaves an indelible impression on you.   The beauty of the land, the varied cultures and of course, the awe of seeing wildlife in its natural habitat is something I hope everyone can experience in their lifetime. It may seem like a dream or bucket Read More…

New Zealand Family Adventures

If you are a family that loves adventure and beautiful scenery, then you must make your way to New Zealand!  Made-up of two, small islands, the country of New Zealand features a variety of destinations very distinctive in character, and because the country is so compact, you can easily visit several different areas on your 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…

African Beach Getaways

We’re still waiting for spring to return to Chicago, which means I’m still thinking of exotic getaways. I’m guessing when most of you think of Africa, you immediately think safari, but did you know there are some amazing beach destinations to be found there, as well? Seychelles, Mauritius and Mozambique offer gorgeous, sandy white beaches 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…

African Wildlife Adventure – The Ugly 5

G’day!  Now that you know all about Africa’s Big 5, both on land and in the water, and the Little 5, it’s time to get acquainted with the Ugly 5. Which animals are considered so unsightly they get their own little club? Turns out the Vultures, Marabou Storks, Hyenas, Warthogs, and Wildebeest are the winners. Read More…

African Wildlife – The Big 5 & Little 5

G’day!  Here at Down Under Endeavours, we absolutely love wildlife and love travel that involves interacting with native species.  One of our favourite destinations in Africa.  From the Big 5- Lions, Leopards, Black Rhino, Elephant, and Buffalo, to the Little 5- Rhinoceros Beetle, Buffalo Weaver, Antlion, Elephant Shrew, and Leopard Turtle, you’ll find there’s so Read More…

New Zealand Wildlife

G’day!  You’ve heard all about the unique and fascinating wildlife of Australia, but what about New Zealand?  From the fascinating kiwi bird and the world’s smallest penguins to swimming with dusky dolphins and the massive amount of sheep, discover a variety of critters who call this island country home. Kiwi Can you believe such little Read More…

Aussie Critters and Creatures

Australia has so much to offer travelers, from the Great Barrier Reef to wild outback to bustling cities. But no matter where you go or what type of traveler you are, a highlight of your trip will be the amazing Aussie critters! We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite animals from the Read More…