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Shakedown, Wellington

What’s the capital of New Zealand? Auckland! Wrong. It’s Wellington, the country’s third largest city, and the subject of this week’s Shakedown. If you’ve visited the city, consider adding your experience to the conversation via the comments below.

Wellington is located at the south end of New Zealand’s North Island, appearing to be pooled at the foot of a rumpled hill range, with uninhibited views across the Cook Strait to the Kaikoura Range weighing down the South Island.

Wellington is famous for its wind: with mean speeds of 22 km/h, and almost half of days experiencing gusts greater than 60 km/h, earning the city its moniker of Windy Wellington.

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11 Superb Christmas Stocking Fillers

Slip off your stockings, and walk this way people, because Christmas is coming! Yes, that’s right, that annual smattering of tinsel and turkey is upon us, and we all panic that we’ve missed someone off The List. Then the fat fella tumbles down the chimney, and a few hours later we’re all slumped on the sofa in a wildscape of torn paper.

But before any of that happens; I just need to make a few final checks, just to make sure you’re in control of things.

Christmas is coming!

There's no getting away from it… Christmas is coming! | Photo by AlicePopkorn

Remember that stocking you slipped off? Hand it over, because I’m about to slowly fill it with tempting goodies that will bring a rounded smile to travel fans around the country.
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The A-Z of Summer Camp USA

Summer Camp USA is high on the hitlists for travellers going into 2012. I’ve written a couple of posts recently on the subject of working in America, and they’ve gone down pretty well with readers, so I thought I’d come back with a summary for Summer Camp USA!

I’d love to hear your thoughts or experiences around Summer Camp USA, so after you’ve rallied through the alphabet, take a moment to drop me a comment in the thread below and make the most of the chance to learn more about it.

Let’s get going, here’s my A-Z of Summer Camp USA, born of many months experience in the States.

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Fancy earning the Yankee dollar?

With a 60-litre backpack clamped to your ribs, a day-pack hugging your stomach, and a mini-wheeler bouncing along behind you, you land in the City that Never Sleeps. This is the city where Tom met Meg and they got mail and stuff, the Big Apple, you guessed it… New York City.

Before you know it, you find yourself in a foreign country with no job, no home and no one to make you a cup of tea and tell you it will all be OK.

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Five Alternative New Year’s Events

If you haven’t already achieved 89.5% of your 2011 New Year’s resolution, then today’s the day, because that’s exactly how far through the year we are. “Where’s the year gone?” I hear you say, for the tenth year in a row. “We haven’t even had summer!” You joke. We laugh. You cringe.

So, with little more than a month remaining until your big plans for celebrating New Year’s Eve fall apart at the mercy of a dozen text messages from unreliable friends*, it’s time to start making plans for the big night.

*Just me then?

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