18 Unusual, Non-Touristy Things to do in Kyoto

Stone figure covered in moss at a less touristy temple in Kyoto

Kyoto, the city of over 1600 temples, including the beautiful gold-leaf clad Kinkakuji and the giant zen garden that is Ryoan-ji. Wander its tranquil streets soaking in years of …..snore….sorry dropped off for a bit there. Yes, embarrassed as I am to say it, Kyoto may be a fantastic historical city containing some of Japan’s …

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What to do in Asakusa: Find Tanuki (and 14 Other Fun Things to Try)

Tanuki statue in box in Tanuki Street, one of the fun things to do in Asakusa, Tokyo

I’m wandering around Asakusa, Tokyo on a Sunday morning on the search of a small Japanese creature – it’s got a cute little face, a tubby tummy, a jaunty little straw hat – and erm, giant balls! I’m talking about a tanuki, and this part of Tokyo has an entire road devoted to them. And, …

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First Time in Bangkok? Here’s How Not to Hate It.

View from a Tuk tuk in Bangkok

Considering I have been to Bangkok seven times (and just had to talk myself out of No8) it might surprise you to hear I hated it the first time I went. So did The Boyfriend (who is now as addicted to the place as I am). It’s a story I hear over and over again …

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Can You See the Naoshima Pumpkin ‘Art Island’ in One Day?

Naoshima Pumpkin art on Naoshima Island, Japan

When I decided to add a day on Japan’s Naoshima Island to our latest trip, I really didn’t know anything about the island except that it had giant spotty pumpkins on it. In fact, one glimpse of the bright yellow Naoshima pumpkin and I was sold. Only when I started looking into what else was on …

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13 Fun & Unusual Day Trips From Adelaide

Horse tram in Victor Harbor, an easy day trip from Adelaide

Looking for day trips or short trips from Adelaide in South Australia? There’s heaps. From a feat of engineering with a secret (that you won’t believe until you try it) to a tiny German town in the middle of the Australian countryside, we whizzed about by tram, car and bus and had a blast to …

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20 Unusual & Fun Things To Do In Adelaide

Street art mural of Steve Irwin in Adelaide

Adelaide is known as the city of churches – but there aren’t any of those in this article. There are however 20 other quirky, fun and unusual things to do in Adelaide that you might want to try. 1. Hire a BBQ Buoy These floating round boats are available to hire at Pinky Flat, close …

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Glebe Foreshore Walk, Sydney: 10 Quirky Sights Not To Miss

Girl sitting on large green troll near Glebe Foreshore Walk, Sydney

The Glebe Foreshore Walk is a 2km paved path that runs from Rozelle Bay in Sydney’s West round, past the waters of Blackwattle Bay to Pyrmont close to the city. It’s one of Sydney’s best walks and every day it teams with walkers, runners, cyclists and happy dogs. But it’s also packed with a surprising …

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14 Unusual Things to do in Auckland (and 3 Things to Skip)

Pink path with the Sky Tower n the distance in Auckland, New Zealand

Planning a trip to New Zealand? We’ve come up with a list of our favourite unusual things to do in Auckland – from quirky places to eat, cool bars to drink in and unique things to see, And they are all easily accessible from the CBD. What are the best things to do in Auckland? …

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Cool Things To Do in Matakana, New Zealand (No1 is the loos)

Matakana toilets near Auckland New Zealand, are designed like two heads facing each other

‘My old boss wants to meet us for lunch, in a place called Matakana,’ said The Boyfriend when we were planning our recent New Zealand trip. Pretty sure, ‘Oooh, we can go to the toilets,’ wasn’t the answer he was expecting, but, the fact is the Matakana Toilets near Auckland are a sight to behold …

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