Shark & Ray Snorkelling Tour – Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Ever seen a muscular French Polynesian man make out with a sting ray? We have! The resorts at Bora Bora have a variety of water based activities and sports for their clientele to enjoy. We chose the Snorkel Safari group tour with Moana Tours. If you’re staying on the main island, Moana Tours can pick you up […]

Art & About in Toronto, Canada

What Identifies a City? The Nomads visited New York in 2012. It was a seriously fun trip, but I was somewhat bemused by the city itself. This was the city everyone raved up?  Sure, there’s lots of stuff do. And there’s the culture. Everyone will remind you of “the culture”. But…it’s just a city. When […]

Lake Lyell and Lyell Dam – Lithgow, Australia

Summers in Australia can be brutal. In 2013 and 2014, temperatures soared close to 50 degrees Celcius/120 degrees Farenheit. Meanwhile in Canada and America, we were clutched by the icy fingers  of the polar vortex. The Nomads used to live on the beaches in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, with North Nomad living right on Australia’s most […]

Calico Ghost Town – Mojave Desert, California

There are two types of ghost towns in America. The first are the modern ghost towns – the depressing and tragic reality of the American economy. On a drive through the Mid-West you’ll pass many abandoned and derelict small towns. It’s scary how new and contemporary some of the buildings look in these modern ghost […]

Winter in Canada: The Reality

Unless you’ve been hibernating, you’d know that Canada and the United States have been hit by the polar vortex this Winter, turning the entire area into Winterfell. This April 2014, we’re coming up to six months of snow. Six months of snow. Every time an Australian friend proclaims how lovely that would be, I get the […]

Lilianfels Resort & Spa – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Picking a hotel for your wedding night can be a little stressful.  We wanted somewhere that was luxurious and comfortable. Somewhere with sprawling views of the bush and sky, yet easy to get to  our wedding venue on the cliff face above the Leura Cascades. I also wanted a place where I’d never woken up with […]

Niagara Falls Through The Seasons

The weather in North America varies from Indonesian-level heat and humidity in summer, to Russian-level extreme cold and snow in winter. Some of my cousins also live in this part of the world, and we each have fairly strong and varied opinions on the weather here. Below is a conversation from Facebook: Cousin 1: Snow Again???!!?? […]

Bottomless Lakes State Park – Roswell, New Mexico, United States

If you only stopped in Roswell’s main town, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was all alien paraphernalia and 50s diners. And for dwelling on the confrontingly high level of morbid obesity in the area. But if you drive 30 minutes past town out to Bottomless Lakes, you’ll find a place of unexpected beauty – […]

Crystal Cove Beach and Newport Beach Whole Foods – Orange County, California, United States of America

Baywatch has an awful lot to answer for. “The Hoff” is not cool. Those red swim suits wouldn’t hold up ten metres in waves, let alone saving another human’s life in a rip. And California does not have an endless summer. Nor is its ocean anywhere near warm. Like everyone, I have my 90’s secret […]

Ruined Castle – Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Like Ahab chasing Moby Dick, I obsessed over Ruined Castle. Each time I planned a hike to this sandstone rock formation cluster in NSW’s Blue Mountains, the gods of bushwalking looked unkindly on me and it had to be postponed. I didn’t just want to know what you could see five hours hike deep into […]