Rob McFarland

After abandoning a sensible career in IT to travel and write, Rob McFarland now divides his time between Sydney, the US and Europe. He’s won six writing awards, including Australian Travel Writer of the Year, and regularly runs workshops for aspiring writers. While not averse to the charms of a 5-star hotel, his most memorable travel experiences involve adventure. Highlights include scaling the mist-shrouded mountain behind Machu Picchu and rafting the Futaleufu River in Patagonia.

Magnetic: Manhattan island in New York City.

The best of New York on a budget

You don't have to spend a fortune when visiting the fabulous NYC. Here's a guide on how to get a bigger slice of the Big Apple for your buck.

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Maya ruin at Uaxactun.

The village like nowhere else on Earth

The setting sun bathes the 2000-year-old ruins in a gilded glow as the jungle begins to stir: this Guatemalan village is like nowhere else on Earth.

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