A Week in Japan at Christmas by Ian Collier

Japan is certainly a ‘hot’ destination for Discover Travel presently, with unprecedented levels of interest in this most fascinating of countries since they dropped all restrictions in April 2023. My last trip there was in April 2019 when I walked the Nakasendo Trail, so I jumped at the chance to… Learn more

Walking Holidays

Walking holidays in Europe are all about getting off the beaten track and enjoying the scenery, culture and food.  From quiet leisurely rambles through to alpine trekking we literally have hundreds of itineraries to choose from. These are just some of the walks we have personally done: The Amalfi CoastLearn more

Cycling Holidays

Life at handlebar height – perfect!  Whether you are looking for a way to get from village to village or want to ride the classic Cols of the Tour de France – there is a cycling holiday to suit.  Options range from remote off-road trails to tarmac, huge descents to… Learn more

Walking Japan’s Nakasendo Trail by Ian Collier

Japan is very popular for Kiwi visitors; with the Rugby World Cup last year and the Olympics upcoming in 2020, the country’s profile has never been higher. So many visitors to Japan use the impressive Japan Rail network to hop at Shinkansen (bullet) speed from one big city to another… Learn more

Greetings from Albania & Macedonia by Peter Dunne

As a child growing up in the UK in the 70s and early 80’s, the Cold War was alive and well and the Iron Curtain still divided East and Western Europe. I would listen of an evening on the family wireless to midweek European football games involving teams with names… Learn more

Walk the Cinque Terre by Discover Travel

First off – you need to make sure you have your Cinque Terre Card – Now this is a national park so you do have to purchase a ticket on arrival. It allows unlimited use of the walkways of the park and unlimited use of the train system that links… Learn more

Walk the Amalfi Coast by Discover Travel

Be amazed by the Amalfi Coast, where stunning villages are glued onto hillsides that defy gravity. You will too and your legs will forgive you anything for the views! Picturesque towns hover above isolated coves, their narrow streets a-jostle with monasteries, churches and whitewashed homes. Along ancient paths and mule… Learn more

Explore the Cinque Terre by Discover Travel

If you ever travel by train between Genoa and La Spezia in Italy, it seems like you are in a tunnel nearly all the time. Occasionally you get little splashes of colour, the blue of the Mediterranean and glimpses of old houses, but before you know it you will be… Learn more

Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu by Ian Collier

For many people, the culmination of a trip to South America is a visit to Machu Picchu, the famed lost city of the Incas. For some people however the hike along the Inca trail is almost as important as getting to Machu Pichu and we are seeing this on more… Learn more

Cuba by Bike by Peter Dunne

There is a very famous quote from Che Guevara “¡Hasta la Victoria Siempre!” (“Until Victory, Always!”) And as I approached the final hill on day 5 of my cycling tour, this quote took on a whole new meaning. It wasn’t the biggest hill ever, but it was 38 degrees C… Learn more


Cuba – the largest and most densely populated Island in the Caribbean is probably the most interesting for a number of reasons, History, Politics & Music to name but three. When Castro came to power in 1959 things were to change dramatically for the man in the street and the… Learn more