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Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

19th December 2016

These are the 2016 travel blogs that you’ve loved the most; the stories that have piqued your interest, stirred your imagination, and inspired your travel dreams. Thank you for letting us be a part of your world of travel for another year - we can’t wait to bring you more incredible stories in the New Year! Get in touch to tell us what you'd like to read in 2017.

Most Viewed Travel Blog Posts of 2016:

10. Five Spas That Might Be Better Than Heaven

For many, the climax of a spa treatment occurs somewhere close to the end, when after a solid 45 minutes of pampering your reach that moment of utter mindless bliss. If there are any spas that do this best, it's the following five, which may actually outshine the eternal kingdom in the clouds... Read More >

9. A Perfect 24 Hours on the Sunshine Coast

The only thing regrettable about the Sunshine Coast is that there isn’t more than 24 hours in each day. But if there existed only one day in which to experience this slice of paradise, there’s plenty of ways to maximise a visit, from breakfast beachside through to cocktail hour... Read More >

8. 14 Reasons We Loved Castles Along The Rhine

Throughout the centuries the Rhine River has inspired poets, painters and composers of the ilk of Byron, Beethoven, Brahms, Goethe and Turner. But none of them had the chance to experience it on the S.S. Antoinette – a beautiful river ship which further enhances the destinations it visits, as seven Travel Associates consultants recently discovered... Read More >

7. Ten Dapper Throwback Travel Experiences

The past is increasingly seen as a golden age (tuberculosis, polio, women’s suffrage and rickets aside) when we took the time to dress for dinner and a well-turned ankle was all it took to get a chap’s pulse racing. Nostalgia, as someone once said, might not be what it used to be but you can still grab a slice of the past with one of these retro experiences... Read More >

6. 15 Travel Experiences You’ll Never Forget

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Swayambhunath Temple in Nepal
The fierce eyes of Swayambhunath Temple, Nepal

There is travel, and there is travel with insight; experiencing the life-changing moments that help us to comprehend the diversity of wonders in the world. Here are 15 experiences that will lead to those moments of joy and amazement that only a traveller knows... Read More >

5. Inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

It was an exciting day for muggles when the latest Hogwarts school threw open its door to them (and if you don’t know what a muggle is, stop reading now – this story is not for you). It was 6am in the morning on April 7, with a slight chance of rain, when Universal Studios in Hollywood opened the gates to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter... Read More >

4. Coasting in Amalfi

Strung along the mountainous coast like pearls on a necklace, joined by a thin ribbon of winding road, the towns of the Amalfi Coast are among Italy’s most alluring destinations. From the pretty pastel houses of Positano to the majesty of Capri perched in its island splendour, there is plenty to explore. Take your pick... Read More >

3. Fiji’s Most Indulgent Resort Rooms

Fiji presents one of the most achievable options for those seeking tropical island bliss and privacy. Say what you will about Australia’s perennial holiday destination – you can still find a collection of totally over-the-top resort suites that rival the world’s best... Read More >

2. Qantas Business Class Review

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Qantas First and Business Amenity Pack
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Introduced to Qantas in 2008, the Airbus A380 ‘super jumbo’ heralded a whole new era in long-haul travel for Australian passengers who, thanks to our relative isolation, typically fly longer routes than most other passengers in the world. In fact, it is often forgotten that Qantas actually invented Business Class when it was introduced on their 747s in 1979... Read More >

1. The Kimberley Rocks of Ages

Quite apart from its fame as one of the oldest environments on the planet, the rugged and foreboding Kimberley region of Australia's North West has a fearsome reputation for its beautiful yet unforgiving nature and an ability to draw adventure travellers from all over the world... Read More >