Tourism just isn’t part of the Moloka’i vocabulary, and that’s the way the locals want to keep it. As a result, the island attracts a different kind of visitor; one who doesn’t mind that the population is barely double my high school, that there’s only one place of accommodation, or that the occasional gecko may […]
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Nothing prepared me for my first sight of the Kalaulau Valley. The green ribs of the Na Pali cliffs rose from the ocean with a reptilian magnificence. It’s easy to see why this dramatic stretch of coastline was chosen to represent Isla Nublar in Jurassic Park.
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In a dive bar in Waikiki, a surfer with waist-length dreadlocks struck up a conversation. Interested to get the local perspective, I asked him about his favourite view in Oahu. He told me that in one of the richest suburbs, there’s a jawdropping hike. You climb a mountain and at the summit is a concrete ‘catwalk’ of sorts, […]
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It looks unassuming enough from the outside. It’s just Crif Dogs, the best hot dog joint in the East Village. And then you go inside, just below street level. It’s not that weird to have a phone booth, but why are so many people using it?
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When I enter the corridor, she hands me a playing card and a white beaked mask. She looks at me with an enigmatic smile, then quietly whispers “Welcome to the McKittrick Hotel, Mr Allen”. Except we both know that I’m not checking in to a hotel.
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Let’s face it, nobody visits Niagara for the casino. If the thunderous falls are the only thing you want to see, it’s entirely possible to do without a guide – and you only need to allow a few hours.
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I left Vegas three years ago with a long list of things I’d missed, and no idea if I’d ever be back to tick them off. But this year, I unexpectedly got the chance. But there was an important catch: this was no leisure trip, but my first international work trip. Consequently, my colleague Sarah and I […]
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