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Join Me in India

In 2017 & 2018 I'm heading back to India to host two small group photo tours through some of the most photogenic - must visit - parts of the country. There will be 2 trips to India - October 2017 and April 2018. They will be my 7th and 8th visits to India over 18 years. I know the country well, in fact, it's not an exaggeration to say I'm as co...
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Wenches on Adventures

​New blog out now:     https://wenchesonadventures.wordpress.com/
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Sunrise, Browns Bay

Sunrise, Browns Bay
Reasons to jog at sunrise
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Inspired by Lisbon...

Inspired by Lisbon...
"It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done." - Vincent Van Gogh."Falling in love with a city...​I need to wander the streets of a city, imagine myself living there then like a dress that catches my eye I need to try in on...
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FITZ - Colonial Adventures - Radio New Zealand

FITZ - Colonial Adventures - Radio New Zealand
In advance of the Book Panel Publishing event on 31 May 2016, the Reading on Nine to Noon on RNZ National starting on May 23rd will be ‘FITZ’ adapted and read by Owen Scott.  Fitz is the story of James Edward FitzGerald, whose energy and enthusiasm contributed so much to the early history of Christchurch, New Zealand. To find out more about Travcom’s book publishing event and books adapted for radio, click here. The Radio New Zealand on demand episode one is here - click here.
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Instagramming around

Hi.  Just letting you know that I’m posting a photograph a day on Instagram - just for fun.Have a look at the collection so far -   https://www.instagram.com/nickservian/
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Laos Secret War and the Bomb Boats

Laos Secret War and the Bomb Boats
Bomb boats. Bolikhamsay Province, Laos. They're fishing canoes made from long range fuel canisters discarded by US bombers during their Secret War bombing campaign in Laos. I photographed these near Nam Theun Village while on a 13,000km cycle tour through South East Asia. Discovery Digital's Seeker Network picked up on this image and asked me to contribute more to a video about it, check it out on their 'This Happened Here' series.  
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Bethells Beach…winter magic

Bethells Beach…winter magic
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America   Watching the winter wonderland scenes on the weather forecast last night bought back memories of June's polar-blast. I remember waking thinking my bedroom had morphed into a fridge, meanwhile in the South Island others thought they had slept the night in the freezer. I still have the screen shot of my cellphone, white print Mostly Clear 3° on a black background confirming the freezing morning. Somewhat startled I looked outside and saw a clear...
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Time Machine

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Hearst Castle -highlight of California visit.

Hearst Castle -highlight of California visit.
Hearst Castle – highlight of California visit. Posted on June 10, 2015 by kiwigrannz Hearst Castle highlight of California visit.Late in May I visited California; the entire state has a serious water shortage.  So it was no surprise that restaurants had signs on tables reading “if you want water please ask”. However I also saw  people hosing their gardens despite regulations, so some folk don’t care! What was a surprise was arriving at the famous Hearst Castle to be greeted by a row of chemical porta a loos outside the entranceway!! The interior of the Castle is full of gems like this...
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Beneath the Maunga

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A do nothing day - or was it?

A do nothing day - or was it?
There's nothing like having a day doing nothing to find something. As I meandered aimlessly through internet pages I came across the Travcom site and thought, "I should be part of this". I can't even recall what my initial search was about. The internet can be a great time waster, then again it can turn up a few inspirations and new directions. A do nothing day is a rarity. Although I am between stories, I am waiting to hear back from a new connection, have an interview to do later and more stories to find. And I am enjoying wasting some...
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Newcastle, NSW…stirred not shaken

Newcastle, NSW…stirred not shaken
I recently read the original Bond tagline was “stirred not shaken”; a statement, which launches lengthy discussion on how the reversing of these two words dilutes the Martini and makes it cloudy rather than clear. For connoisseurs of the Martini both effects are undesirable.There is nothing undesirable about the three measures of hipster, one of grit and a half measure of waterside, as stirred not shaken, these ingredients, lifted the image I had of Newcastle from black and sooty to industrial cool.The Northern Central Hotel located in Newcastle’s East End epitomizes the coolness of urban decay, the promise of future New...
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Boogie Woogie Beach House…hanging out with music legends.

Boogie Woogie Beach House…hanging out with music legends.
Along with the unique drum chandelier; a statement of the roots of this establishment; Satchmo (Louis Armstrong), Dave Grohl, Ziggy Stardust, Nick Cave and the iconic music tape (mixed) are the inspiration for a boutique hotel where it is not about decorating rather curating an environment that leaves the quest feeling as though they actually are hangning out with music legends. Live musicians in the downstairs Flow Bar on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons add to this music vibe. Located in Old Bar, Taree the nine bedroom boutique hotel with five rooms currently available and four due to be completed soon,...
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Embracing Digital - Resources for blogging and digital marketing

Embracing Digital - Resources for blogging and digital marketing
Following on from the Embracing Digital panel event you may find this list of resources helpful if you're looking for advice on marketing a blog or website. Compiled by:Catherine Spencer E-business Manager at the Langham Hotel Auckland Jo Twyford Director at the Bloggers ClubMegan Singleton aka Blogger at Large Travel Blogger, Consultant and Speaker Simon McManus PR and Digital Marketing Consultant at Sharp Angles Public Relations Disclaimer: Google, Facebook and others update their rules regularly so always look for the most up to date information and if referencing old posts then cross check with a more recent source to avoid the risk of being penalised.Blogging...
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Many thanks Simon, Megan, Cathy and Jo for a very informative and motivating evening: the interactive format was great and I learn... Read More
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WiFi at Australian and New Zealand Airports

Cheapflights.co.nz has researched which airports in Australia and New Zealand offer free WiFi: NEW ZEALAND Auckland: 30 minutes of free WiFi is available from hotspots in international and domestic terminals. Christchurch: 30 minutes of free WiFi is available from hotspots in most public areas of the terminal. Wellington: Free WiFi is available from the food court area on level 1 of the main terminal. Queenstown: Free WiFi for one hour per every four-hour period. Dunedin: Free WiFi for 30 mins or 1000mb (whichever occurs first). AUSTRALIA Adelaide: Free WiFi at hotspots throughout airport. Brisbane: An hour of free WiFi is offered...
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Wellington writer and Nelson photographer scoop the top prizes at the Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards

16 May 2014 – Auckland – Wellington’s Mike White won the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year Award and Nelson’s Joshua Donnelly took the Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year Award, presented tonight at the Travel Media Awards Gala Dinner at the Heritage Auckland’s Grand Tearoom.The Cathay Pacific Travel Media awards are organised by Travcom (New Zealand Travel Communicators) to celebrate excellence in travel writing and photography.  White took top spot with his story Peace of Paradise published in North & South magazine.  White is a Wellington-based North & South staff writer and photographer.  The writing judge was Kate...
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Orange County: A Golfer's Paradise, Part Two

Orange County: A Golfer's Paradise, Part Two
If the last post didn’t feature any courses that grabbed your attention, this one certainly will. Continuing the list of Orange County’s top public golf courses, we have three of some of the best you can find anywhere.*Please Note: Difficulty rankings are a matter of the blogger's opinion. Each course has tee boxes dedicated to all skill levels. Pelican Hill Golf Club 22800 S Pelican Hill Rd.Newport BeachWebsite: www.pelicanhill.com/golf/Par: 71 (North Course), 70 (South Course)Difficulty Level: Intermediate-AdvancedToughest Hole: No. 7 (North Course); No. 9 (South Course) Yardage: Black: 6,945 yards (North Course); 6,580 yards (South Course) Blue: 6,563 yards (North Course); 6,323 yards (South Course) White: 6,270 yards (North...
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Orange County: A Golfer's Paradise, Part One

Orange County: A Golfer's Paradise, Part One
Looking for a golf experience you won’t soon forget? Orange County has you covered with some of the best public golf courses you can find. No matter how good of a player you are, OC’s golf scene caters to all. From coastal resort courses to inland canyon courses, you will be sure to find the one that best aligns with your game. Here are some of the courses that are a must see.*Please Note: Difficulty rankings are a matter of the blogger's opinion. Each course has tee boxes dedicated to all skill levels. Anaheim Hills Golf Course 6501 Nohl Ranch Canyon...
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Day Trip from OC: Long Beach

Day Trip from OC: Long Beach
There are so many things for families to do in Long Beach that you may have to take several trips to take it all in. Our family has taken many day trips to visit this fun harbor town, located just outside the Orange County border. Aquarium of the Pacific When my son was five he said he wanted to be a diver when he grew up, so I took him to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. He stood in awe at the two-story aquarium filled with large tropical fish in the main lobby. We timed it right to watch two divers...
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