Author: Amy McPherson

Why your next trip to Ireland should be on two wheels

Why Ireland? I’ve drunk the Guinness in Dublin, walked the edge of Cliffs of Moher, eaten oysters in Galway and kissed the Blarney Stone. Of course, there is so much more to do in Ireland than the obvious, but most only scratch Ireland on the surface. Ernest Hemingway had famously said, “it is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best”, and on a recent cycling journey through north-west Ireland, I discovered just how true his words are. When you are touring by tour coach or by car, you rarely see beyond the shop...

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Spell bound by Yeats Country, Ireland

Welcome to Yeats Country Getting Over Ireland’s Chill There is a point in life when you start questioning your life choices. That point for me, was about an hour into the first day of a cycling tour with Wilderness Ireland around the counties of Sligo and Leitrim exploring Yeats country. Drenched head to toe by the soft but insistent Irish rain, fingers numb from the cold and legs still stiff from sitting on the train for 3 hours from Dublin, I was simply not ready for this. Yet, there is an almost spiritual energy about this part of Ireland...

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Canoeing Around Phuket, Thailand

Phuket by Canoe Squeezing through a Cave “Lie as still as you can, lie as low as you can,” my guide whispered as he slowly navigated us into the weave of tunnels. I kept calm canoeing around Phuket and still as I watched the cave close in on me, sharp rocks dangled inches from the tip of my nose. “This is too narrow. I am going to have to let some air go.” As my guide, Souk, gently deflated the canoe with his hands, I should have felt alarmed. The deeper we pushed ourselves into the limestone caves the...

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Birthday Memories in Copacabana Bolivia

My Birthday in Copacabana Bolivia   Copacabana Bolivia at High Altitude When I mention that I had spent my 25th birthday in Copacabana, everyone thought I had perhaps joined the beautiful bikini clad women full of feathers Samba-ing the night away. Little did they know, I was grasping for breath from high altitude and enjoying a quaint lake side life with the Bolivianos. It was a long five hour bumpy bus ride from Puno across the Peru-Bolivian border along the shore of Lake Titicaca. The bus swayed in and out of the small country roads dodging pedestrians, chickens and...

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Tagaytay and Taal Volcano, The Philippines

Tagaytay, The Philippines Vacay in Tagaytay Have you ever wondered where the locals of places considered our holiday destinations go for their holidays? I did. “Where do you go for holidays?” I asked the taxi driver in Manila, who has just spend the last ten minutes reciting the list of holiday islands in his country, straight out of a brochure that I got at the arrival hall of the airport. He thought about this question, an indication that he has never been to any of these fancy tourist spots that he has just recommended. “Tagaytay,” he finally said, smiling...

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The Food and Wine Trails of Australia

What isn’t apparent for the first time visitors to Australia is the gourmet food and wine culture. This is the stuff beyond the good old sausage sizzle and the ‘shrimps’ on the barbie. We are talking food, real food that can be raved on by celebrity chefs local and abroad. Australian Capital Territory This is a surprise even to the locals, but the country-side around the national capital has 140 vineyards with 33 operating wineries. This is a relatively young region in Australian wine-making but it is catching up fast to the rest of the horde. In a region...

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Mining the Dining Boom of Perth Australia

Perth Australia In Perth, Australia, the queue outside Jamie Oliver’s Italian Kitchen was in a for two hour wait, yet even in the cold of the early evening, the crowds stood huddled against each other with smiles on their faces. It is their culinary treat and not even rain was going to spoil it for them. Outside of its mining wealth, Perth is enjoying a different kind of boom, and Australia’s westernmost capital city is getting quite the culinary scene and has had an influx of new restaurants over the past few years with Jamie Oliver’s being just one of them. Perth and...

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The Pinnacles of Western Australia

I am standing among sharp protruding marbles, columns of limestones that have formed around 300,000 years old, still young in Geo-science years, off the coast in the Indian Ocean.. It is like being somewhere outer space, a land where aliens dwell. I turn to see a group of humanity posing and taking pictures out of a tour bus and feel a little better that I am still on earth. I have driven three hours from Perth to view the pinnacles. The Pinnacles of Nambung National Park in Western Australia feels rather eerie, for it is almost like a graveyard, with...

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I am Devin Galaudet the Editor in Chief of ITKT. I am asked all the time how I did it? Was it worth? Changing my life around to make travel a priority. The short answer is yes. It was really a lifestyle choice. It hasn’t always been easy but I have never regretted it. If you are like me, you might want to explore what I did to get started.

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