Out of the ashes of disaster rose a jewel of a city that contains some of the world's finest art deco and Spanish mission architecture.
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.
This remarkable resort sits on an island in the middle of the Nile surrounded by roaring white water.
This island tour is a respite from the town's all-you-can-drink happy hours and pole-dancing waitresses.
This Hong Kong landmark has been reborn as the city's newest five-star hotel.
Let's raise a glass to two small islands with 2000 vineyards.
This might be the most extraordinary encounter you ever have.
Standing beneath these ancient giants is one of life's great humbling experiences.
Delightful landscapes compensate for challenging hill climbs on this scenic trail.
Goat Island has quickly become one of New Zealand's most popular snorkelling spots.
Another interior design master class from the Kemps with a contemporary art gallery thrown in for good measure.
The concept behind In Situ is so devilishly simple you wonder why someone hasn't done it before.
'Gazing up at this 1500-year-old miracle of nature is a feeling I'll never forget.'
Fashion and food fuels this busy Rwandan neighbourhood.
It's difficult to believe the frenzy and hustle of Panama City is less than an hour away.
Most people are lured here by Napier, a jewel of an art deco city. What's less heralded is that the region is also a burgeoning food and wine hotspot.