4 January 2016 | Living
In yesterday’s blog I raised the ‘what does it take to say you’ve visited a country’ question. And like Ask the Pilot Patrick Smith I agree that you can’t say you’ve been there if you’ve only been to the airport.
But could you ‘visit a country’ between flights? I r...
Airlines & Airports – the good, the bad
27 February 2014 | Transport
Over the last 12 months I’ve flown with 18 different airlines on 9 different aircraft types. They included Boeing 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s, but I’ve still not flown on a 787. Some highlights and lowlights:
▲ The Most Heavily Loaded Flight – The last flight of ...
Tonga, Ha’apai Islands & Cyclone Ian Appeal
3 February 2014 | Living
Last month, January 2014, I was in Tonga and on Foa Island in the Ha’apai Group just before Cyclone Ian hit it with Category 5 violence causing huge damage. The Ha’apai Group featured in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 as one of the Top 10 Regions of the world.
Vava’u Island in Tonga
19 January 2014 | Places
My early January Tongan trip – which ended in the Ha’apai Islands group just before Cyclone Ian arrived – also featured Vava’u, the main island in the Vava’u group.
▲ The picturesque St Joseph’s Cathedral, overlooking Neifau, the island’s main town. Well only t...
Whale Watching in Tonga
15 January 2014 | Living
I've posted several reports over the last few days on my recent visit to Tonga, I departed just as Cyclone Ian arrived.
▲ Whale watching is the big Tongan tourist attraction although I turned up in the wrong season, July through September is the prime time for...