Going global in Bellingen

By Chris Maher [This story first appeared in the Sunday Telegraph.] OUR whole family loves music, the north coast and the great outdoors, so it seemed a brilliant idea to combine all three and take a campervan trip to the Bellingen Global Festival. We thought back to...

Barcelona’s pride lives in the blaugrana

By Chris Maher [This story originally appeared in The Australian newspaper.] THE packed stadium pulses like the insides of a gigantic red-and-blue anemone. Down on the sparkling green pitch, a lone figure in orange awaits his fate, like a man forcing his eyes open in...

Sunday in Rome

By Chris Maher [This story first appeared in the News Limited Sundays] My sister had once stayed in a Roman convent and extolled its virtues: cheap, atmospheric and convenient. So when I found myself heading for a mini stopover in Rome, it seemed the perfect way to...

Japanese for beginners

By Chris Maher [This story was syndicated in News Corp newspapers.] WHEN we were just a twosome, my wife and I travelled on a whim, wandering Grecian ruins or forging Sulawesi jungles at a moment’s notice. But once kids arrived, it all seemed too hard, too risky...

Surf’s up in Samoa

By Chris Maher [This story first appeared in The Australian] WE arrive at Apia airport and cut across the main island of Upolu, travelling for about 40 minutes along narrow, jungle-lined roads to the Sa’Moana Resort on the south coast. It’s a smoky Sunday...