Travellers' guide

A traveller’s guide to Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington City, with its Victorian timber architecture, bushy hillsides, waterfront promenades, and craggy shorelines, is the Capital of New Zealand, and a rather small Capital at that, with a population of just 405,000 people. It is located in the Greater Wellington Region on the south-western tip of the North Island, bordering the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands. As such, Wellington is the crossing point between the two islands, and a well-trodden path for travellers.

A traveller’s guide to Cape Town, South Africa

There is nowhere quite like Cape Town, The Mother City; it is the perfect blend of grand landscapes and natural wonders, combined with an array of cultures, cuisines and creativity. It is even said that Cape Town can have four seasons in one day - the perfect location for the weather-loving intrepid traveller. The proximity of nature is also a constant source of wonderment here - you can watch zebra and wilderbeasts grazing on the slopes of the world famous Table Mountain from the highway.

A traveller’s guide to Sydney, Australia

Sydney is a cosmopolitan city, surrounded by vast unspoilt beaches, sparkling harbours, famous landmarks, renowned vineyards and numerous world heritage sites. It is the capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, where millions of travellers – both gap year students and vacationers alike - flock to each year. Sydney enjoys a sunny climate with warm summers and mild winters, so there are many outdoor activities to enjoy all year round.

A traveller’s guide to Reykjavík

Reykjavík is a popular winter destination for many Europeans, mainly because of the prospect of seeing the Northern Lights. Surprisingly, however, you should always take a swimwear with you when visiting the capital of Iceland in the winter months, so that you can enjoy the many health benefits from the geothermal hot springs in the area. The steam arising from the hot springs and geysers gave Reykjavík its name, which loosely translates to the Bay of Smokes.  

A Travellers’ Guide to the Delhi, India

When you think of the weather in India you will unsurprisingly think about the monsoon rains that affect parts of southern Asia between June and September each year. The monsoon is very much associated with heavy rainfall but the word itself
means ‘season’ and describes the changes in wind direction during a seasonal cycle. Monsoons are characterised by a pronounced rainy season but also include the dry season as well. In the Delhi region, which lies in Northern India, the

Travellers' guide: St Petersburg

Dr Liz's travel weather column appears in the travel section of the Saturday Independent

St Petersburg

St Petersburg is situated along the shores of the Neva Bay in the Gulf of Finland and experiences a continental climate that is moderated somewhat by the Baltic Sea. The city is positioned at latitude 60°N and experiences a huge variation in daylight hours during the year, ranging from six to 19 hours a day. Twilight may last all night in early summer, from mid-May to mid-July, and this celebrated event is known as the white nights.

Travellers' guide: Hawaii

Dr Liz's travel weather column appears in the travel section of the Saturday Independent

Hawaii

Hawaii's mild climate, beautiful scenery, warm ocean and gentle breezes make it the perfect holiday destination to visit any time of the year, but the variations in the weather across the islands can actually be quite surprising. In fact Hawaii boasts 11 of the 13 climate zones in the world, each with unique ecosystems and weather characteristics. On the nightly local news, you'll find surf reports for each side of the islands, along with wind and rainfall forecasts.