We are NOT Australia. New Zealand is NOT an island off the coast of Australia. In fact, we are an island nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Unlike Australia, New Zealand is not stinking hot, and we don’t have any animals that can kill you, which is a bonus! New Zealand is 100% independent from Australia, and like any country we have our own customs, culture and history.

Luggage is an important part of travel. While some travelers have seemed to master the art of packing light, many are still struggling to accommodate everything on their wish list in the given baggage allowance. Long distances or short – we often fail to make up our mind on what is really needed, and what is just an insignificant add-on. As a rule, the less you take with you the better.

The Boston Globe Travel Show is back for its 13th round, and we can’t wait to be a part of it this year! It will be StreetTrotter’s first year to attend the three day event (February 10-12), but if you have heard of it before, you would know that it is one of the largest consumer travel shows in the country showcasing the culture of both exotic and domestic destinations around the world.

My husband (Mr. H) often complains about my reaction-less attitude to bad airports, delayed flights, less than average accommodations, cancelled tours and activities and well-planned plans gone dramatically wrong. Deep down, even after three years of being married, he is still unsure if he really likes or dislikes my indifference to such annoying situations, and if he can ever make peace with it. While he gets really upset and worked up about spoiled plans, I continue to laze around to kill time, watch any lousy TV series to keep me entertained or look for the next best available option to get me out of my current ‘not-so-perfect’ situation.

It’s said – If you haven’t seen The Blue Man group, you haven’t seen Boston. Well I won’t totally deny this claim, as if you happen to be in Boston, watching The Blue Man group live is worth the experience. One hour forty minutes of unique music, live art, use of great multimedia and an enigmatic play of light, sound and paint – is what this show is all about.