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Best things to do in Swan Valley
Get buzzed on wine, coffee and chocolate – it’s all in a day’s work in Swan Valley. The scenic region of Western Australia, about a 30-minute drive from Perth, is perfect for hopping between stately wineries, beer breweries and historic towns. Our tip for making the best of it? Work in a full-day wine tour while you’re visiting Perth, and book a tour operator to save you from being stranded, red-faced, with a rental you can’t drive.
Adventures in Queenstown
The beginning of autumn in New Zealand means you get to soak in the gorgeous outdoors – and the adventures that come along with it – without the sun’s scorching rays burning a hole through the back of your head. We round up activities on lake, land and sky to check off your dauntless bucket list. But be warned, (most of) these are not for the faint of heart.
Weekend getaway ideas
The biggest island in Thailand is stocked with adventure, cheap food, and – of course – panoramas that’ll make all your friends jealous. But it’s also home to the creature comforts that some of us (including yours truly) look for in a beach getaway. Here’s how to kick back without slumming it out completely.
Con Dao islands
After a 1hr plane ride from the frenetic streets of Ho Chi Minh City, the first thing you notice is the silence. With quaint, colonial-era seaside promenades, manicured hedgerows and the occasional loudspeaker issuing forth communist slogans, Con Son, the main (and only inhabited) island on the Con Dao archipelago, feels like it’s stuck in a time warp.