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Coromandel - New Zealand's Summer Gem!

Whangapoua Beach Back in New Zealand for Christmas and the New Year I had the good luck to be invited to a friend’s “bach” (New Zealand holiday home – traditionally a small and very simple abode, but these days increasingly large and luxurious) in early January. The bach is situated in Whangapoua (pronounced “fongapoa”) on

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Money Saving Tips for New Expats

If there is anything we’re experts at around here, it’s saving money. So much so that we even got a blog comment from a TV show inviting us to apply to be on a reality show about Extreme Cheapskates. Um… no I think we’ll pass. I don’t see becoming reality TV stars is in our

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Medication tips when travelling abroad and keeping healthy.

A few of us remember a time when planning for a trip abroad meant packing your bag, driving to the airport, and boarding the plane. No security lines, no restrictions on liquids, no hassles. Today, it’s a new world, and you need to know the new rules of traveling. You’ve probably spent considerable time planning,

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As we near summer and travel plans are in full swing, are you sure you’re as organized as you can be? Sometimes the biggest (literal) things are overlooked, like having a new, reliable vehicle for that road trip. Dealers all over town are offering their best discounts on new and gently used vehicles, and it’s

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10 RETRO EXPERIENCES IN SURFERS PARADISE

Surfers Paradise is an icon of the Gold Coast. A trip to Australia isn’t complete without embracing the true beach culture on offer here. Surfers Paradise is known for its amazing weather, surfing vibe and theme parks – but there’s more to the place than meets the eye. The best way to experience it is