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Seattle Maps

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As DH Lawrence so succinctly put it: 'Sardinia is different.' Indeed, where else but on this 365-village, four-million-sheep island could you travel from shimmering bays to alpine forests, granite peaks to cathedral-like grottoes, rolling vineyards to one-time bandit towns – all in the space of a day? Sardinia baffles with prehistory at 7000 nuraghic sites, dazzles with its kaleidoscopic blue waters and whets appetites with island treats like spit-roasted suckling pig, sea urchins and crumbly pecorino cheese.

Over millennia islanders have carved out a unique identity, cuisine, culture and language, leaving the forces of nature to work their magic on the landscape. And whether you're swooning over the mega-yachts in the Costa Smeralda's fjord-like bays or kicking back at a rustic agriturismo (farm-stay accommodation), you can't help but appreciate this island's love of the good life. Earthy and glamorous, adventurous and blissfully relaxed, Sardinia delights in being that little bit different.

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Morobe & Madang Provinces

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Pop 1.2 million / Area 62,470 sq km

Geographically speaking, Morobe and Madang are similar – both rise from azure seas off Papua New Guinea’s northern coast into a series of thickly forested hills towards imposing mountain ranges. Both also offer plenty of scope to grab a snorkel and banana boat your way to palm-lined bays and coral islands.

Lae grew up hard through a notorious 1920s gold rush. In the 1940s Lae was invaded by the Japanese and bombed by the Allies. Grappling with growing pains and wrapped in razor wire, modern Lae is now a booming economic and industrial hub – a crucible of PNG's rapid social change.

Madang, situated on a small peninsula jutting into a tranquil harbour, is far more relaxed and prettier than bustling Lae. Despite facing occasional raskol (bandit) issues in modern times, Madang has retained much of its carefree disposition to match its postcard vistas, easily accessed coral reefs and fascinating wreck dives.

AJun–Sep The dry season offers the best visibility for divers in Madang.

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Central Pacific Coast

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Stretching from the rough-and-ready port of Puntarenas to the tiny town of Uvita, the central Pacific coast is home to both wet and dry tropical rainforests, sun-drenched sandy beaches and a healthy dose of wildlife. On shore, national parks protect endangered squirrel monkeys and scarlet macaws, while offshore waters are home to migrating whales and pods of dolphins.

With so much biodiversity packed into a small geographic area, it’s no wonder the coastal region is often thought of as Costa Rica in miniature. Given its close proximity to San José and the Central Valley and highlands, and its well-developed system of paved roads, this part of the country is a favorite weekend getaway for domestic and international travelers.

While threats of unregulated growth and environmental damage are real, it’s also important to see the bigger picture, namely the stunning nature that first put the central Pacific coast on the map.

ARains fall heavily between April and November – the best time to hit the waves in Playa Hermosa and Jacó.

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Canberra & NSW South Coast

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Journey south from Sydney through the raw beauty of stunning Royal National Park to emerge at laid-back Wollongong, a friendly city framed by excellent beaches and featuring good restaurants and an unpretentious but energetic after-dark scene.

Further south is a roll-call of relaxed coastal towns with a menu of easygoing activities. Go kayaking around Huskisson and Jervis Bay, spy on seals and penguins around Narooma, or learn to surf at Batemans Bay. Migrating whales are the attraction at pretty Eden near the New South Wales (NSW)–Victoria border, and NSW's colonial heritage is celebrated in food-obsessed Berry and sleepy Central Tilba.

Inland from coastal NSW, the stellar museums, galleries and public buildings of the modern city of Canberra tell the story of Australia with poignancy and passion. Emerging neighbourhoods in the national capital like New Acton, Braddon and the Kingston Foreshore are introducing a hip sheen with excellent cafes, bars and restaurants.

AFeb–May (except Easter) Sun’s still shining and kids are back at school.

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