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Faces of Value: New Zealand's Nod to Icons, Nature and Culture

July 1, 2024 | Read time: 7m 17s

Ever looked closely at the banknotes in your wallet? Beyond the security features and colourful designs, you'll find remarkable individuals gracing each note. From pioneering explorers to champions of social justice, these figures represent the rich history of New Zealand's identity. Join us on a journey as we delve into the lives and achievements of the iconic New Zealanders celebrated on their national currency.

Faces of Value: America's Political Powers & Featured Founding Fathers

April 29, 2024 | Read time: 9m 59s

The United States dollar, the world's primary reserve currency, features a cast of historical figures on its banknotes. These portraits aren't random - presidents dominate the lineup, reflecting their significance in the nation's history. However, a couple of founding fathers, instrumental in the very foundation of the United States, share the spotlight. These carefully chosen faces on America's currency serve as a constant reminder of the nation's heritage and the key figures who brought it to life.

Faces of Value: The Million Dollar Icons of Australia

April 10, 2024 | Read time: 5m 28s

Australia's banknotes are much more than mere currency. They serve as vivid canvases of the nation's rich history and diverse culture. Each denomination tells a story featuring iconic individuals whose lives have left an indelible mark on the Australian landscape. As we embark on this exploration, we delve into the historical and cultural context that breathes life into the portraits adorning the Australian Dollar notes.

Where to Pay Homage to Frank Sinatra in the USA

February 13, 2024 | Read time: 7m 2s

In the realm of iconic entertainers, few names shine as brightly as Frank Sinatra's. Known for his mesmerising voice and charismatic stage presence, Sinatra left an indelible mark on the world of music and entertainment. For fans and enthusiasts alike, embarking on a pilgrimage to key locations associated with Ol' Blue Eyes in the United States is a fitting tribute. Let's explore the historical context and notable sites where one can pay homage to this legendary singer.

Discovering New Zealand's Majestic Mountain Ranges

February 1, 2024 | Read time: 7m 18s

Motorhome travel in New Zealand isn't just about the destination; it's about the journey. The flexibility to chart your own course, the convenience of home comforts, and the unparalleled access to remote vistas make motorhomes an ideal choice. Whether waking up to the sight of snow-capped peaks or enjoying a cup of tea amidst rolling hills, a motorhome brings these experiences to your doorstep.

Fiordland National Park: An alluring wilderness in New Zealand's remote south west

December 21, 2023 | Read time: 4m 38s

The captivating and remote Fiordland National Park lies in the crevices and valleys of New Zealand's mountainous South Island. This colossal 1.2 million-hectare wilderness is sculpted from ice and rain, carved by ancient glaciers and saturated by copious rainfall that feeds its lush rainforests and glacial lakes.

Exploring America's Wilderness - Top National Parks to Visit on a Motorhome Adventure Part 2

November 30, 2023 | Read time: 6m 48s

Join us as we continue our journey through the rugged wonders of America's national parks, where nature takes centre stage. Capitol Reef National Park reveals its timeless geological spectacle, a testament to Earth's artistry. Arches National Park invites you to wander through a surreal landscape adorned with gravity-defying arches. Meanwhile, Dead Horse State Park captivates with its dramatic vistas, offering a glimpse into the forces that shaped this cinematic terrain. Discover the allure of these natural masterpieces, where each park unfolds a unique chapter of awe-inspiring beauty.

Guest Post: Two Club Members, One Motorhome in Canada, and Many Memories

October 23, 2023 | Read time: 5m 21s

"I'd like to go to Canada." These words were uttered to me by my wife after looking at the Worldwide Caravan and Motorhome Holidays website.

A Motorhome Traveller's Guide to the Banff Gondola in Winter

October 18, 2023 | Read time: 4m 7s

Canada is a fantastic choice to experience the open road. With incredible scenery and wide open roads, it's a far cry from crowded UK streets. With so many amazing things to do in Canada, choosing even a handful can be tricky. However, if you are on one of our brilliant Canadian motorhome holidays near Banff, you won't want to miss the Banff Gondola experience, particularly in the winter.

9 Places to Explore New Zealand's Māori Culture and History

September 27, 2023 | Read time: 6m 23s

On a motorhome holiday around New Zealand, you can experience a dynamic nation full of unique, thriving customs and passionate communities with deep spiritual connections to the land.

Spotlight on UNESCO: Canada's Joggins Fossil Cliffs

August 11, 2023 | Read time: 6m 16s

UNESCO sites are considered to be areas of "outstanding universal value to humanity" and, as such, come highly recommended when building a motorhome holiday itinerary. Here we look at The Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in Nova Scotia, Canada, which serves as a remarkable portal into earth's ancient past.

Spotlight on UNESCO: Canada's Grand-Pré

June 21, 2023 | Read time: 5m 8s

Planning a Canadian motorhome holiday is surely incomplete without diverting to a UNESCO site or two. On our Maritime Hidden Gems motorhome holiday, you visit three of Canada's 20 UNESCO sites. In this article, we look at the Grand-Pré site, a rural community in Kings County, Nova Scotia.

Safari and Sunsets: A Motorhome Adventure in South Africa's Kruger National Park

June 7, 2023 | Read time: 4m 53s

With ever-changing landscapes, an astounding array of wildlife and evidence of human history from the very dawn of civilisation, it's no wonder Kruger National Park is one of Southern Africa's most-loved reserves. With over 130 mammal species, 500 bird species and abundant plant life, it's a dream come true for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.

Exploring the Life of Nelson Mandela: Must-Visit Sites in South Africa

May 23, 2023 | Read time: 4m 44s

South Africa, a country with a tumultuous past, has emerged as a symbol of hope and resilience through the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Mandela, revered worldwide for his fight against apartheid and his pursuit of equality and justice, left an indelible mark on South Africa's history. Today, numerous sites and attractions across the country provide an opportunity to delve into the life of this extraordinary leader and gain a deeper understanding of the apartheid era. Join us on a journey as we explore the top sites in South Africa where you can learn more about Nelson Mandela and the history of apartheid.

Exploring South Africa's Wine Country by Motorhome

April 26, 2023 | Read time: 4m 44s

South Africa is home to a flourishing wine industry, boasting a rich history and a diverse range of exceptional wines. With stunning landscapes, picturesque vineyards, and world-class wineries, South Africa's wine country is an unforgettable destination to explore by motorhome.

Spotlight on: Hobart

April 24, 2023 | Read time: 5m 2s

In March, whilst visiting family in Melbourne, I visited Hobart, capital of Tasmania. I've travelled around much of Victoria, the Red Centre, and part of New South Wales, including Sydney, but Hobart was so strikingly unique. Its centre is largely historical compared to those of Melbourne and Sydney. Its waterfront is lined with old maritime warehouses, harking back to its colonial and whaling past, and there are few tall buildings. It just felt like a different pace of life.

Australia’s Convict Sites: A Darker Side of History

April 12, 2023 | Read time: 12m 33s

The year is 1787; the British set sail on an eight-month journey to 'New Holland' to establish a new penal colony. Convict transportation was already a tried and tested method of ridding the 'motherland' of criminals. However, since the American Revolution of 1776...

Must-Visit Historic Civil Rights Sites in the USA

April 3, 2023 | Read time: 6m 40s

America has a long and rich history, with many proud moments. But, as is the nature of human history, it also has a darker side, a side that surely will never be forgotten.

Where to Pay Homage to Dolly Parton in the Southern States

March 1, 2023 | Read time: 4m 51s

Tennessee has a long and proud musical heritage but many will agree that the true Queen of Tennessee is Dolly Parton, the enduring voice of country music with a career spanning over 50 years.

Exploring New Zealand's Bays

January 19, 2023 | Read time: 4m 28s

Surrounded by some 15,000 kilometres of coastline, New Zealand boasts some of the best bays and beaches in the world, each with their own unique characteristics. Here we look at some popular ones you can enjoy while on one of our New Zealand motorhome holidays.

Wines of the Barossa

December 21, 2022 | Read time: 6m 29s

The Barossa Valley is a wine-growing region located in South East Australia, about an hour's drive from Adelaide. The Barossa region is 352 square miles in size and has a total of 11,609 hectares of vineyards. The region's climate ranges from warm on the valley floor to cool at the higher altitudes in the hills surrounding the Valley, which help to produce wines of a very different character. The region's unique microclimate and ancient red clay soils produce some of the most acclaimed examples of these varietals in the world.

The Calgary Stampede: A Visitor Guide to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth

November 29, 2022 | Read time: 6m 49s

Billing itself as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", the Calgary stampede attracts over a million people each year. With one of the world's largest rodeos as well as parades, stage shows, "chuckwagon" racing and cultural exhibitions – there's no shortage of things to see.

Moss Landing California: A Nature Lover's Paradise

September 29, 2022 | Read time: 4m 50s

Around 100 miles south of San Francisco, mid-way along the stunning Monterey Bay – Moss Landing is a true undiscovered gem. It's found at the mouth of the Elkhorn Slough estuary and allows visitors to explore one of the most unique ecosystems on earth.

Its Mediterranean climate makes it a haven for wildlife and a hotspot for motorhome holidaymakers in California. If you're planning a trip to the area, here are our picks of the best activities and must-see sights of this small working town and its natural wonders.

Discover Yosemite National Park: Your Must-See Visitor's Guide

September 15, 2022 | Read time: 7m 25s

As the jaw-dropping jewel of America's national parks, Yosemite is famed worldwide. Inspiring generations of artists, writers and travellers, it's a truly unforgettable experience offering access to some of the world's most diverse and beautiful landscapes, lakes, forests and waterfalls.

Where to pay homage to Elvis Presley in the Southern States

July 28, 2022 | Read time: 5m 2s

The twentieth century was one of the most influential periods in music history, turning out hundreds of iconic cultural figures and changing the face of the industry forever. But one name stands out more than the rest...

Top 3 Canada Road Trip Adventures

May 13, 2022 | Read time: 7m 34s

Planning your holiday in Canada is an exciting time. Deciding where to go and where you will be staying is just the start, and it can be a little tricky to narrow it down - there are just so many great options! But don't panic; there's a way you can see just as much and have a great adventure - opt for a motorhome road trip.

A Brief(ish) History of Air Travel

April 29, 2022 | Read time: 7m 2s

Our holidays are possible only because of the sacrifices that early pioneers made in the quest to take to the skies and venture further than anyone had previously. Nowadays, one can travel by air in relative luxury and at affordable prices but this certainly hasn't always been the case.

Best in Travel 2022

January 18, 2022 | Read time: 8m 57s

Every year, our friends at Lonely Planet publish the ultimate list of countries, regions and cities which they deem must-visits for the year ahead. We're excited that more of the destinations that we offer have been chosen to represent 2022's Best in Travel than ever before.

A Guide to UNESCO sites in Britain

December 13, 2021 | Read time: 12m 38s

Britain is home to 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (plus one in Northern Ireland) from Orkney in the North to the tip of Cornwall. Many of the sites are deeply ingrained in Britain's pioneering Victorian industrial heritage and mining culture, especially so in Wales and northern England. In the south, Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast make up the share of natural sites, whilst many of London's biggest attractions are also UNESCO sites including the imposing Tower of London, beautiful Kew Gardens, the towering Palace of Westminster and idyllic Greenwich.

In Pictures: Vintage Travel Posters from Southern Africa

August 11, 2021 | Read time: 1m 48s

The halcyon days of travel in the mid twentieth century saw companies capitalise on the new freedoms of commercial air travel. Picturesque posters of glimmering seas, colourful cultures and unfamiliar lands far from home were the primary method of luring potential travellers abroad.

A Guide to UNESCO sites

July 14, 2021 | Read time: 35m 54s

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation or UNESCO as its more commonly known, is an agency that forms part of the United Nations with the aim of promoting buildings, complexes, manmade and natural environments and other destinations of educational, scientific, cultural and historical importance.

5 Things To See In Canada In A Motorhome

April 14, 2021 | Read time: 6m 49s

Canada is a vast and exciting country. The sublime scenery and magnificent landscape is reason enough to want to visit this beautiful country. But, there is more to Canada than mountains and scenery.

New Zealand: Island Hopping by Motorhome

March 19, 2021 | Read time: 6m 38s

Visitors to New Zealand are in for a real treat. There are few places in the world where you can enjoy such a sublime experience. Sub-tropical beaches, unique wildlife and majestic mountains provide the backdrop to lush green scenery as you travel by motorhome on your journey throughout New Zealand.

The Best Stops for a New Zealand North Island Motorhome Trip

February 18, 2021 | Read time: 7m 24s

New Zealand is the ultimate destination for a holiday of a lifetime. It is neatly divided into two islands, both equally beautiful but for different reasons. For mountains and sublime landscapes, then travelling to the South Island might be for you. However, if you are interested in stunning beaches, interesting geothermal activity and curious places to visit, then a trip to the North Island is just what is needed.

In Pictures: vintage travel posters from Canada & the USA

February 12, 2021 | Read time: 4m 27s

The halcyon days of travel in the mid twentieth century saw companies capitalise on the new freedoms of commercial air travel. Picturesque posters of glimmering seas, colourful cultures and unfamiliar lands far from home were the primary method of luring potential travellers abroad.

In Pictures: vintage travel posters from Australia & New Zealand

January 29, 2021 | Read time: 2m 28s

In the early days of long-haul travel, companies would entice customers with idyllic and colourful posters advertising exotic shores with the promise of warm sun and tropical scenery.

Unique and Unforgettable Holidays - Find the Unique and Obscure in New Zealand

December 16, 2020 | Read time: 8m 50s

For the ultimate holiday of a lifetime experience, few places are quite as impressive as New Zealand. This is a country that truly has it all. No matter where you go, there are amazing sights and awesome things to experience.

Unique and Unforgettable Holidays - An Extraordinary Experience in South Africa

November 4, 2020 | Read time: 8m 1s

Are you looking for a holiday with a difference? Southern Africa is a unique holiday destination that you won't forget in a hurry!

Unique and Unforgettable Holidays - Create a Canadian Holiday of a Lifetime with Unique Experiences

October 22, 2020 | Read time: 6m 36s

Canada is home to the most sublime natural wonders, impressive landscapes and friendly and diverse culture. It's no wonder that Canada has become a dream destination for a holiday of a lifetime.

A Tailor-Made Southern States Motorhome Holiday for Music Lovers

July 9, 2020 | Read time: 7m 13s

We all have a favourite genre of music or a beloved musical icon, and it is a dream to be able to walk in their footsteps, to see and hear the culture and places that influenced and inspired them. This holiday is a once in a lifetime experience that is a privilege to experience.

Discover Australia By Motorhome

June 29, 2020 | Read time: 4m 52s

Australia is a dream destination for many tourists and holidaymakers. The country's diverse culture, subtropical climates, warm coastlines, majestic mountain ranges, and long sandy beaches are enough to excite anyone. Still, Australia has so much more to offer on top of this.

Must See Places In New Zealand Part 2

June 17, 2020 | Read time: 5m 20s

New Zealand is a dream destination for many people and for good reason. This fantastic destination is full of character, culture and history and also has such a diverse range of things to see and places to go, not to mention the setting in a stunning and majestic landscape. There are few places on earth to rival New Zealand as a once in a lifetime holiday experience.

The Best Places To Visit On Your Australian Motorhome Holiday

June 10, 2020 | Read time: 7m 24s

When it comes to a holiday of a lifetime, you would be hard-pressed to beat an Australian motorhome holiday. This is an impressive country with vast wide open spaces full of natural wonders to explore and not to mention the miles and miles of white sandy beaches that are simply perfect for lazing away a few hours in the sun.

The Best Private Game Reserves and National Parks in South Africa

April 28, 2020 | Read time: 4m 15s

Setting off on a self-drive holiday around South Africa will surely be a holiday of a lifetime. Here at Alan Rogers, we've compiled the best places to go on our motorhome tours, and in this post, we explore the game and nature reserves you can expect to see depending on which South Africa tour you book.

Motorhome Guided Tours - The Best Way To See Australia

April 14, 2020 | Read time: 9m 39s

For an unforgettable motorhome holiday with a variety of amazing experiences, stunning landscapes and wonderful people, there is no destination quite like Australia.

Must See Places In New Zealand

April 8, 2020 | Read time: 10m 15s

New Zealand is one of those places that many people dream of visiting at least once in their lifetime and we can understand why.

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