When Captain Cook came ashore in 1770, he wrote, “The only land animals we saw here were lizards, and these seem’d to be pretty plenty.” Hence he named this Northeastern Australian isle, Lizard Island. If the good captain had possessed a snorkel and a mask, he might have looked below the surface to see some […]
There’s a lot of confusion among travelers about how much one should leave as a gratuity (or tip). For example, last year in Japan, I paid my fare and tried to give the driver the change as a gratuity. He winced as though I had insulted him and, to my surprise, he insisted on giving […]
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Kangaroo Island isn’t that remote, it just feels like a world away. Just off Australia’s southern coast, surrounded by stunning, aquamarine-colored waters, Kangaroo Island is a multifaceted wonderland of bushland, beaches, wildlife and adventure.
In honor of Australia Day, which we celebrated last Saturday, here are some fun facts about the continent: • When the English first saw a platypus, they thought the Australians were playing a joke on them by sewing the bill of a duck onto a rat. • Australia was once a British penal colony of […]
My recent adventure brought me to the Northern Territory, where my son Ian II and I made our way to Darwin. We flew straight from Philadelphia to Darwin, via Denver, Los Angeles and Brisbane – talk about a journey. As we landed in Darwin, we were met by a very familiar face, Bob McDonald from […]