The Whitney Hotel, New Orleans – Luxury hotel review

The Whitney Hotel, New Orleans – Luxury hotel review

New Orleans. Home of Jazz, revelry, voodoo, beignets and hickory coffee – quite simply the stuff of travel legend. Smooth on the surface, ‘Nawlins’ is a historic city reaching back into the turbulent past of the deep South and the more recent devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina (still on the lips of the locals) and further natural disasters, if you delve a little closer New Orleans wears her scars alongside the celebration of Mardi Gras… View Post

How to drive in America (a Kiwi perspective …

How to drive in America (a Kiwi perspective from the wrong side of the road)

Covering 800 miles of American freeways in less than 10 days is something I never thought I’d do to be honest – an inexperienced driver at best I’ve driven short distances (and through a Florida tropical storm from Cape Canaveral back to our Orlando apartment) – but somehow we survived unscathed driving diagonally the length of Louisiana from New Orleans to Shreveport, through the crazy traffic of Dallas and along the long, undulating motorways of… View Post

9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, …

9 of our favourite things to do in Austin, Texas

Every time that someone hears we visited Austin on our epic road trip, they immediately say “Austin? Texas? Why’d you go there?” Well, we were lured there by a Stetson clad Pied Piper – we booked for the rich music culture, the curiosity of exploring the LoneStar state and some of the best BBQ in the world – or so we were told. The tagline adopted by the capital city of Texas is a curious… View Post

Austin, Texas: the city where music pours from …

Austin, Texas: the city where music pours from doorways

2 US states, 3 cities, 800 miles of driving + 1 internal flight, a serious amount of Texan BBQ, a swamp tour on a Louisiana bayou with gators and raccoons, music pouring from doorways, a small red car christened Bonnie (just because we could), 7 hotels (definitely a record for us, we like to make a single central base) and a few gallons of craft ale. That was our two week roadtrip through Texas and… View Post

10 things you have to do in New York

10 things you have to do in New York

*Warning I: This is definitely not an insiders guide to New York City* **Warning II: Don’t lose your camera in the airport at the end of your holiday** ***Warning III: Don’t relive memories of old travels as they will make you misty eyed*** I was asked the other day for must-dos in New York – I’ve only been once so I’m definitely no expert, but my favourite spots we visited were all utterly quintessential. It… View Post