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Well it’s not animals or hiking or swimming, but for the real plane buffs out there or for those who just generally love planes or like doing something different like me, both these places are pretty cool.
The best places for having fun spotting ‘live’ planes has got to be at Maho Beach in Sint Martin – a popular Caribbean destination. (Read more about Saint Martin.) Beach bars abound at one end of the beach so there’s plenty to do while you’re waiting for the next flight – that’s if lying on a beautiful beach, getting a massage on your sun lounger, or swimming in beautiful blue water aren’t enough for you. Best is the middle of the day for quantity of larger planes landing (approx. 10.30am to 1.30pm) but if you want to hang out without the madding crowds, then the afternoon is way quieter. Although there is plenty of room for all so I wouldn’t be too stressed about sharing the beach with others.
On the other hand, for ‘dead’ planes a great spot is Yap – part of Micronesia and not so easy to get to – but very worth it if you do. In Yap you can ‘discover’ both Japanese and US WWII air force planes in all sorts of crashed decay, as well as the bonus of a more recently crashed (1980) Boeing 727. (Read more about Yap.)
Of course neither place is to be compared with the like of the Smithsonian in the US, or the UK’s Fleet Air Arm Museum, but I think even a buff plane spotter would find both impressive.
We arrived in Coober Pedy (CP) just after dark after a stunning sunset. (Don’t start me on the night sky. I can't even describe in words how amazing the star strewn night sky is over the outback so I'm not going to try.) Sky cannot be appreciated until you are in a landscape as flat as the outback... you can see it forever, and during the day you can see where the horizon meets the earth so it seems as if you are driving into the clouds. An excellent exercise in one point perspective!Read More
Little money but with the urge to travel is a common scenario and a lack of riches is no reason to stop you. People in their 50’s and 60’s often ask me if they can afford to travel – and of course I say yes!Read More
You may dub me the world’s worst parent, but I say yes! Mine did (are doing) at 15 and 16. No - not on an organised group trip or tour, and Yes – they survived!! Better still, they did have a heck of a good time and they thrived from it.
If your teen wants to go, I can only encourage you to say yes!
Surviving a long haul flight – and here I am talking something like NZ to Europe, or, 24-30 hours depending on your stopover times – can be arduous on your own, let alone with younger kids, unless of course you can afford first class! These tips should help you get through in good old cattle class.....Read More
My first target was Wilpena Pound in Flinders Ranges National Park, a 300km detour from the Stuart Highway. On the way I stopped to take in some aboriginal artwork sited in caves, which was simply beautiful. The artwork is completely in synch with its natural surroundings and looks stunning - the hand-prints being my favorite, created as the maker spat ink over their hand to create a silhouette.Read More