By Becky Wicks on Tue, 23/10/2012 - 10:17am, 0 comments
Does it get lonely, travelling alone? This is a question I’m asked quite a lot as a travel writer and the answer is, yes and no.
I know, I know, that’s not an ideal answer but it really depends on who you meet along the way, right? You might be alone sometimes, but you’re never lonely if you know you’ve got a great tripped planned with other adventure-loving explorers!
By Becky Wicks on Mon, 15/10/2012 - 11:24am, 0 comments
"Wake up, there’s a whale shark!” someone yelled and it was all I could do to pull my pants and trousers on before my cabin door was open and I was rushing out onto the deck to see it.
I managed to spot the last of one fin before it disappeared into the depths around Kicker Rock, a prime Galapagos snorkeling and diving spot. But others who’d seen the whole thing were already playing the footage back on their cameras.
By Becky Wicks on Thu, 04/10/2012 - 4:48am, 0 comments
Darwin never discovered anything by sitting still and he wasn’t rich, either. The Galapagos might be an expensive destination but if you’re spending some time in Puerto Ayora and Santa Cruz before or after your Gecko's tour, here’s how to do it on a shoestring.
By Kellie Bright on Thu, 27/09/2012 - 11:31am, 0 comments
Cuba: Mojitos, music and more
Kick back in your finned 50s car, cruise the cobbled streets and let Cuba's charms wash over you. From Havana to the highlands it's a sensory treat, and you'll wonder how it took you this long to arrive.
By Kellie Bright on Thu, 13/09/2012 - 3:29am, 0 comments
Wacky, tacky, silly or special...it's pretty rare that you'll return from your travels without some sort of souvenir. If you're in South America, chances are you'll have limited space in your backpack. So here's our guide to some of the best items to scour the shops and markets for in each country.
By Kellie Bright on Fri, 10/08/2012 - 12:29pm, 1 comments
Sure, flying is fast and taking a car is convenient. But sometimes you want to take it down a notch and see the world from a different perspective. That's where boat travel comes in.
Taking a boat means you get to see a whole different side of a culture. For many destinations, life is played out on the water. You can watch villagers going about their daily routine, see incredible landscapes, watch curious sea creatures come out to play or just kick back and listen to the gentle lapping of crystal blue waters.
By Michelle Weger on Mon, 09/07/2012 - 3:51pm, 0 comments
Vacations are costly. You've likely been saving for a long time to be able to go on your special trip. Sometimes we can be a bit too tightfisted when it comes to spending on vacations. There are a few things that are truly worth splurging on.
Although some resorts and beach-front towns have exorbitant spa fees, there are many places in the world where a day at the spa costs less than a typical dinner at home.
By Erin Aldersea on Thu, 14/06/2012 - 6:01pm, 0 comments
We all know that one of the best parts about travelling is the food. Trying the exotic flavours and delicious treats of a new cuisine is a real highlight for many. But it can also mean that those favourite jeans don't fit quite so well upon your return! Don't fear we have some handy little tips to help you keep those extra holiday kilos at bay...
By Kellie Bright on Wed, 13/06/2012 - 6:16pm, 0 comments
After a day of fun in the sun and exploring the Galapagos Islands, there's nothing better than coming home to a cool drink and a soft bed. And with Gecko's new boat, the Pelikano, you can rest assured that this is just the beginning.
We reckon a picture speaks a thousand words, so instead of me telling you all about how cool, new, spacious and sun-drenched the new boat is...why not just look for yourself!
By Erica Enriquez on Sun, 03/06/2012 - 11:42pm, 0 comments
It took 25 years, a few dozen viewings of The Motorcycle Diaries and a good chunk of my savings before I found myself in Cusco, Peru. I was on top of the world at 3,400 metres above sea level. This was my chance to see the Andes. This was my adventure. This was …. harder than I expected.