26 September 2023

Kenya, Queensland and more…

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By John Rozentals.

NOTE: Potential travellers should check the status of individual events and establishments with regard to the coronavirus outbreak.

Fairbanks: experience the midnight sun, the northern lights and other extraordinary views.

Explore Fairbanks is showcasing five new virtual experiences, including an exhilarating dog-sled ride through a snowy pristine forest, a float down the Chena River on that perfect summer day, and a panoramic mountain scene from nearby Murphy Dome.

In addition, you can virtually experience the midnight sun, the northern lights and other extraordinary views of the Fairbanks region.

If armchair travelling is on your to-do list, Explore Fairbanks’ immersive 360-degree stills and videos have the power to virtually transport you to Alaska’s Golden Heart and actively explore like never before.

Additional virtual immersive assets include a visit to Eagle Summit where the sun never dips below the horizon on June 21 (Summer Solstice), a captivating aurora show, the iconic downtown Fairbanks antler arch and more.

Sure, it might not be the same as being here, but it’s the next best thing while you wait to visit Fairbanks when the time is right.

Visit www.explorefairbanks.com.

Planting the future: Antony (Antonio) Onyango, one of Intrepid’s leaders in East Africa, and Andrew Kinzer, the Africa Area Co-Director for Eden Reforestation Projects.

In celebration of the recent Earth Day, Intrepid Travel has planted over 100,000 trees in Kenya as part of its Offset Earth project.

Although currently travel is not an option for individuals around the world, the tour company is still committed to doing its part for climate action by matching subscribers to Offset Earth tree-for-tree.

Intrepid Travel is planting all its trees in Kenya’s Kijabe Forest, while supporting the livelihoods of the local community to help keep the forest safe.

Visit www.intrepidtravel.com.

A great Queensland destination: Daintree National Park.

While travelling may be off the cards right now, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane and relive your favourite Queensland holiday.

Why not learn more about the places you have visited and become even more familiar with the destination while you are at home.

Start planning you next getaway there for when it’s safe to travel again.

Visit queensland.com.

Lake Argyle: a big lake in a big State.

While we’re unable to travel at the moment, it doesn’t mean we can’t dream about future holiday adventures, and you’ll find plenty in Western Australia.

Australia’s largest state (a third of the whole country), WA is home to countless holiday experiences, including some found nowhere else in the world. Thanks to technology, and the entrepreneurship of the tourism-and-hospitality industry in WA, there are now many nature, wildlife, food and drink, and cultural experiences that can be sampled from the comfort of your living room.

Some of the State’s best virtual highlights can be found below and, when the time is right to travel again, Western Australia will be ready to welcome visitors with incredible adventures, amazing deals, epic road trips, friendly tour operators and some of the most welcoming locals on the planet.

Visit westernaustralia.com.

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth: guests sang along to classic hits.

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth struck a chord with its guests recently by arranging a live music performance in its outdoor garden terrace for the hotel’s 400 in-house quarantine guests to enjoy from their private balconies.

The guests, who were staying at the iconic Sydney hotel while they completed their 14-day mandatory government quarantine, sang along to classic hits by popular Sydney RNB cover band Soul Nights, singer-songwriter Johnny Diesel, and DJ Troy T from Sound Agents.

Many of the guests were celebrating the completion of their mandatory isolation, with 55 guests checking out of the hotel the day after.

The evening performance was paired with a French meal of niçoise salad, basque-style braised chicken and crème caramel.

Visit all.accor.com.

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