Escape Travel Holiday Ideas

Your Story: Canada’s Astounding Beauty

Escape Travel Customer, Jackie McLennan recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Canada, exploring the beautiful Canadian Rockies and beyond. Travelling on the prestigious Rocky Mountaineer, Jackie revelled in Canada’s extreme natural beauty. We sat down with Jackie to find out more and hear her highlights. Tell us about your recent holiday Canada would have to be one of the most amazing countries to visit … Continue reading


6 Unforgettable Moments on Tour in Canada and Alaska

Few places capture the imagination, the serenity or the spirit of discovery like Alaska and Canada. Listen to the call of the wild, where the majestic mountains, the wide open spaces and deep blue waters beckon. In fact, nothing so quintessentially captures the essence of the ‘great north,’ like the great outdoors. But there are other, equally hypnotic settings to be found in Alaska and … Continue reading


10 Things You’ll Love About a Scenic Europe River Cruise

A European river cruise is a magical way to discover the rivers and canals that link and weave their way through the picturesque continent’s most spectacular locations. Drifting down the serene Danube River on my first river cruise, I quickly understood the lengths to which Scenic goes to ensure each and every customer is looked after. As we made our way down the river on Scenic … Continue reading


The Ins and Outs of Sampling Napa Valley

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water,” Galileo once romanticised. After visiting Napa Valley in the height of summer, I understand exactly what he means. The sensuous slosh of wine into a glass, the light filtering through in shades of gold, burgundy, rose and champagne – it’s pretty poetic. Napa Valley is all rolling hills with brushstrokes of amber and chartreuse, towering sunflowers, rows of … Continue reading


Shopping in Tokyo

Shop ‘til you drop in Tokyo, Japan’s enthralling capital. This bustling big city delights in the revelry of retail therapy with multi-storey department stores at every turn. Whether you’re on the hunt for new fancy electronics or a colourful Japanese-inspired outfit, Tokyo has it all. Ginza Top of the list is Ginza, the most affluent shopping strip in Tokyo. Here you will find a wide … Continue reading


Top 10 Fireplace Reads

Holidays don’t need to be all action and adventure; sometimes, it’s just as appealing to curl up with a book. Now there’s a definite chill in the air, these page turners will pair perfectly with a glass of robust red in a cosy cabin. The Lover’s Guide to Rome by Mark Lamprell A multi-stranded love story, this enchanting tale of fate weaves its way through … Continue reading


Conscious Eats in California

California has always had an enviable food scene. The eternal Californian sunshine gives growth to incredible ingredients and their distinctive blend of cultures provide a round-the-world dining experience down every street. It’s also home to some movers and shakers who understand the connection between our food and our footprint. They want good food, they want it home-grown, and ideally, resource-neutral. This is the future of food, … Continue reading


Where to Stay and Eat on Hamilton Island

Warm water cascades down your body, the spray from the outdoor shower making rainbows in the sunshine, as butterflies flit by. You wouldn’t be surprised if a unicorn strolled past. After your luxurious spa treatment, you stop for a divine seafood platter at Pebble Beach. These are the experiences on offer when you stay at qualia, a luxury resort on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. … Continue reading


What You Need to Know About the Rocky Mountaineer

One of the world’s great rail journeys, the Rocky Mountaineer takes passengers on a cross-country passage through some of Canada’s most picturesque wilderness areas. Hug the shoreline as you pass the crystal-clear waters of a glacial lake in British Columbia; experience the lofty views from the comfort of your first-class seat as the train climbs its way up the alpine ranges of Alberta. To top … Continue reading


Nha Trang Insider

Nha Trang is Vietnam’s premier beach destination. This relaxed, yet lively beach town enjoys a stunning setting on a crescent-shaped bay dotted with excellent scuba diving sites and offshore islands. Pulsing with world-class hotels, sizzling nightlife and a plethora of water sports, much of the action revolves around the six-kilometre stretch of sand along Tran Phu Street. Explore There’s no denying the sun-kissed shores are … Continue reading


Western Australia’s Unforgettable Natural Wonders

The vast stretches of Australia’s west play home to a myriad of natural scenes. Dramatic landscapes billions of years in the making, the world’s largest fringing reef and one giant monolith that’s even larger than Uluru are just the start. Diverse, dramatic and downright beautiful, Western Australia is full of natural wonder. Here’s but a glimpse. Shark Bay World Heritage Area It’s one of only … Continue reading


24 Hours in Toronto

Toronto is no ordinary big city. As cosmopolitan as it may be and beyond the treasure trove of iconic landmarks, it is also brimming with green spaces, beautiful lakeside views and atmospheric haunts where you can rub shoulders with the locals. Better yet, it’s the most multicultural city in the world, which means global eats are always on the menu. Add to that the raft … Continue reading


Cruise Insider: Travelmarvel

From relaxing river cruises to adventurous ocean voyages, Travelmarvel can take you right across the globe. Experience first-class service, gourmet dining and entertainment around the clock as you sail from one amazing destination to the next. Travelmarvel are worldwide leaders in providing life-enriching holidays at exceptional value, offering more freedom and flexibility, so you can enjoy your holiday, your way. Explore The choice is yours … Continue reading


Canada: East Coast versus West Coast

Canada is touted for its magnificent natural beauty but this vast country is also home to buzzing big cities – it really is the best of both worlds. Whether you are seeking a snow-covered getaway or a multicultural adventure, Canada does indeed have it all. The dilemma that faces many Aussie travellers is whether to go to the east or the west. Rest assured, both … Continue reading


The Latest Travel News

Cruise news, national park freebies and Fijian revamps – there’s plenty to inspire your next holiday. And for the foodies – sample the delicacies at Brisbane’s Good Food Month, get a taste of chef Curtis Stone’s genius at his SHARE restaurant onboard Sun Princess, or warm up with Qantas’ tasty new winter menu. Get your fill of travel news right here. Go free to Canada parks To … Continue reading


Coolest Cars to Hire in the USA

An American road trip is a bucket list adventure that won’t easily be forgotten. Make your next road trip even more memorable by hiring your dream car. Forget about the standard medium-sized sedan. Why not create memories driving through Beverly Hills in a Rolls-Royce Phantom? Picture yourself cruising the coast with the top down in a convertible or going back in time with a classic … Continue reading


Your Story: A Fly-Drive Holiday to New Zealand

Escape Travel customer Colin Easton recently returned from a fly-drive holiday to New Zealand. Travelling with family and friends for 12 days, he discovered many beautiful gems and vistas on the North Island. Tell us about your recent holiday We flew into Auckland and, the next morning, picked up our campervan and hit the road for the Bay of Islands. It was beautiful up there. … Continue reading


24 Hours in Hobart

Hobart has plenty of bragging rights. Tassie’s capital sparkles with a unique brand of cultural cool, drawing a new wave of travellers with the promise of boundary-pushing masterpieces and epicurean delights. Beyond Hobart’s historical significance and natural wonders is a bounty of gems to indulge in, especially on a Saturday. With 24 hours in Hobart, you’ll fall in love at first sight and first bite. … Continue reading


Celebrity Travel with Jimmy Barnes

For more than three decades, Jimmy Barnes has been topping the charts, both as frontman of Cold Chisel and as a solo artist. It is a career that has seen him become one of the most successful singers in Australian rock history, during which he has sold more than six million records and been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame twice. And despite recently celebrating … Continue reading


Packing Tips for an Extended Holiday

Heading overseas for a month or more? It’s important to pack wisely and make the most of every inch of your luggage. Nowadays airlines are far stricter when it comes to luggage restrictions so you’ll want to do everything you can to avoid those pesky baggage fees. Plus there’s nothing worse than leaving a key item at home! Here are a few packing tips to … Continue reading