On 7 October 1979, the day the Australian women’s football team played their first official international fixture, the Sydney Morning Herald didn’t publish so much as a column inch of preview. The following day, however, after Australia and New Zealand played out a 2-2 draw at Seymour Shaw Park in the southern Sydney suburb of Miranda, the Sun-Herald did manage a feature story about the match – and in the seventh paragraph it even got around to revealing the score. The delay in getting to the result was, it seems, necessary, as if readers needed to be reassured that despite the playing of the historic match the natural order hadn’t been overly disturbed. The opening paragraph read: “The first thing you notice about a women’s soccer match is the players. They ARE feminine.” When Julie Dolan, Australia’s captain that day, is reminded of the media coverage – of a type that was typical at the time – her resulting sigh has echoes … [Read more...] about ‘They ARE feminine’: the Matildas’ long road from sexism in ’79 to sellouts in ’17
I WOKE in a panic, my heart beating out of my chest. The strange noise came again, a scratching sound by my ear outside of the tent. I tried to remember what we were told to do if we encountered a bear; make ourselves look big? Hard to do when cocooned in a sleeping bag — I was a pre-packed burrito — ready to serve. I wasn’t dreaming, I was camping in the Rocky Mountain National Park where the animals — and my imagination — were running wild. By morning, I couldn’t decide if it had been a bear or just the wind lashing my tent. The grizzly might not have been real but my fear was. That was my most memorable night on Intrepid Travel’s epic 25-day Northern USA Road Trip from San Francisco to New York. With Pier 39, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Fran has plenty of great spots that warrant a few extra days before you start the tour. We soon swapped the cityscapes for flat, open fields, and then the more mountainous areas and the … [Read more...] about The “real” American road trip: go beyond the cities and take a walk on the (very!) wild side.
I WOKE in a panic, my heart beating out of my chest. The strange noise came again, a scratching sound by my ear outside of the tent. I tried to remember what we were told to do if we encountered a bear; make ourselves look big? Hard to do when cocooned in a sleeping bag — I was a pre-packed burrito — ready to serve. I wasn’t dreaming, I was camping in the Rocky Mountain National Park where the animals — and my imagination — were running wild. By morning, I couldn’t decide if it had been a bear or just the wind lashing my tent. The grizzly might not have been real but my fear was. That was my most memorable night on Intrepid Travel’s epic 25-day Northern USA Road Trip from San Francisco to New York. With Pier 39, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Fran has plenty of great spots that warrant a few extra days before you start the tour. We soon swapped the cityscapes for flat, open fields, and then the more mountainous areas and the … [Read more...] about The “real” American road trip: go beyond the cities and take a way on the (very!) wild side.
Weymouth beach is broad and sandy and the colour of turmeric; a proper bucket-and-spade beach. Hire a deckchair, watch the Punch and Judy show or head up to the Victorian Nothe Fort for views across to the Isle of Portland and the Jurassic Coast. This is a pleasant way to spend a day before heading for Cornwall on a route that wanders through west Dorset and south Devon on slow-mo roads that hug the coast, taking in estuaries, moorland and two world heritage sites (the Jurassic Coast being one of them). West Country road trip Spend the first night at B+B Weymouth (doubles from £70) with its clean, white rooms right on the seafront. Hang around the town’s harbour with its fishing boats, salty pubs and waterfront chippies – try crisp battered mackerel from the Old Harbour (eat in or out). In the morning, bung a tent in the boot and drive west along the B3157, following 18 miles of spectacular Chesil Beach shingle and the Fleet Lagoon. After Abbotsbury (for the famous … [Read more...] about UK road trip: Dorset to Cornwall
A BRITISH woman and her Australian boyfriend are touring Europe in a post van named Pat, after converting it into a camper van for just £500. Project co-ordinator Kate Quinn, 26, from Coventry and videographer Benny Leyland, 23, from Melbourne, have spent 2017 enjoying beers on the beach in Portugal, cooking dinner on a skateboard, feeding the ducks in Mallorca and tucking into giant baguettes in Paris. The hands-on couple, who met while Kate was travelling around Australia, have clocked up 10,000 miles so far driving across the continent. Kate said: “In passing conversation we’d spoken about dreams we both had and we said how awesome it would be to travel Europe at some point. “I joined Benny on a work trip where we spent five hours in the work van together and after joking if we survived that we could take on Europe in a van it just escalated. “We got more and more excited, got into Pinterest and thought, if those guys can do it, so can we, by the time I … [Read more...] about Couple take road trip through Europe after converting an old postman’s van into a camper van for £500
In Málaga enjoy arty sophistication before heading into the wilds. Of the city’s many museums and galleries, the Carmen Thyssen, the Picasso Museum and the Contemporary Art Centre cover the classics and the surprising. The Muelle Uno complex on the harbourside is a nice, glitzy place to browse white clothes and drink wine by yachts before walking east along the seafront to Playa de la Malagueta for a swim. (For those who want more serious beach time, the gorgeous coves of Nerja are just an hour’s drive away.) The modern Hotel del Pintor (doubles from €69 room-only) is a fine example of the old town’s affordable accommodation options, while La Esquinita del Chupa y Tira (Calle Victoria, 31), a tabanco – corner shop-cum-bar – below the slopes of the Gibralfaro castle, is a refreshing alternative to touristy tapas bars. Malaga road trip map On day two, take the A45 north to the historic but often overlooked town of Antequera (55km). Highlights … [Read more...] about Spain road trip: Málaga to Jerez
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine,” said Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. Except you'd be out of luck if you were looking for a gin joint in Fjällbacka, the Swedish former fishing village where Ingrid Bergman spent her summers after buying the nearby island Dannholmen in 1958. The nearest state-run alcohol shop (anything over 3.5 per cent proof is monopolised by the government) is seven miles away, although the town's only hotel can fix you something stronger. Bergman’s ashes are sprinkled in the sea in this gorgeous archipelago, and her presence lives on in Fjällbacka: her sculpted head is mounted on a plinth on the promenade, alongside three boards displaying large black-and-white photographs of her. Here is Bergman trying to blend in while buying vegetables at Fjällbacka's street market; here she is looking a bit peeved as a photographer snaps away as she strides through the village. The more relaxed … [Read more...] about The road trip you must make this summer is in Sweden
KELLY Brook slipped into a rather eye-popping summer dress to enjoy a romantic dinner date with boyfriend Jeremy Parisi. The model-turned-gardening fanatic, 37, dressed to impress for an evening outing to L’Opera restaurant in St. Tropez during the couple’s ‘ultimate road trip’ through France. Clearly not shying away from attention, the brunette opted for a floor-sweeping brightly-patterned frock with a VERY plunging neckline. The head-turning maxi dress was cinched in at the waist to highlight the star’s famous hourglass figure. She completed her outfit with a chain strap bag, delicate silver necklace and pretty drop earrings. The former Big Breakfast presenter wore minimal make-up to show off her clear complexion and styled her dark hair in loose waves. Proving he’s a gentleman, her boyfriend Jeremy – dressed in an all-black ensemble – guided Kelly into the eatery on his arm. Kelly and model Jeremy, 32, are currently in the middle of … [Read more...] about Kelly Brook looks stunning in a plunging maxi dress on a night out during her ‘ultimate road trip’ through France with boyfriend Jeremy Parisi
As roads get busier and insurance premiums continue upwards, dashcams - cameras mounted to the dashboard or windscreen and pointing forward to record collisions - are becoming increasingly popular among drivers.There is already a huge range on sale with equally varied features and spec sheets, plus apps which use the camera of your smartphone to keep a watchful eye on the road ahead.Such is the popularity of the dashcam craze, Citroënhas opted to beat the middleman by selling the new C3 with an integrated camera for automatically recording collisions and even sending cheery road trip snaps to your social media channels.Available as standard on the top-of-the-range Flair model and as an option on the cheaper Feel trim, the so-called Connected Cam system actually utilises a camera which was already sitting behind the rear view mirror, to read speed limit signs and lane markings.The 120-degree lens still performs these roles, but now automatically records 90 second of video when a … [Read more...] about Citroën C3 Connected Cam review: The dashcam that also tweets road trip snaps
Stephanie (my namesake, as it happens) has a wicked grin on her face as she flips open the boot of the car. We’re about to embark on a road trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas but I suspect this is going to be very different from the one chronicled by Hunter S Thompson. In 1971’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the trunk of his Great Red Shark resembled a “mobile police narcotics lab” filled with blotter acid, cocaine and quarts of tequila. Our black Tesla Model X is stocked with gluten-free, non-GMO protein bars and organic energy drinks. Tesloop, a pioneering long-distance shuttle service launched in 2015, is like a better class of Uber, using the Lamborghini of eco-cars: the Tesla. Tesloop’s founder, 17-year-old Haydn Sonnad, had the idea of leasing the cars and charging from $59 for the Los Angeles to Las Vegas route (an airfare can be triple that) and $35 for the new Los Angeles to Palm Springs route. Sonnad estimates that the LA to Vegas trip will … [Read more...] about Eco road trip: Los Angeles to Las Vegas by Tesla
Winning tip: Freight car motel, Pennsylvania Visiting Amish Country on our road trip from Philadelphia to Chicago, we stayed in an old caboose (railroad wagon): the Red Caboose Motel in Ronks. The motel consists of a string of old carriages in bucolic countryside. On the farm beside our caboose we watched Amish men in wide-brimmed hats farming with old-fashioned tools; we bought produce from women in bonnets and long dresses, and waved to Amish children peering from buggies. The cabooses vary; larger units cater for families with bunk beds, whereas the smaller baggage car is more basic. There’s a dining car restaurant and even a honeymoon caboose with whirlpool bath.• Doubles from $80 room only, redcaboosemotel.combowbank Florida island restaurant Facebook Twitter Pinterest Stepping into the Bubble Room on North Captiva island, off Florida, is akin to stepping into every dream of 1950s America. From the vintage toys inside … [Read more...] about 10 of the best US road trip stopoffs – readers’ travel tips
Is there anything more American than the call of the open road? When I got my hands on a burnt-orange 2015 Corvette Stingray last month, my first thought was of a road trip from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. In a country crisscrossed from sea to shining sea by some of the world’s longest and most famous roads, what could be more simple? Just point the car and go. The reality, however, is that the condition of many of America’s highways makes any such trip at the very least slow – and at worst, dangerous. The US’s once gleaming interstate highway system is in crisis. The federal program that funds maintenance and improvements – the Highway Trust Fund – is set to expire on 31 July. Congress passed a five-week funding “patch” to extend the deadline, one of 34 it has passed in the last nine years. But if lawmakers don’t settle upon a more permanent solution, the US Department of Transportation says the fund will become insolvent before … [Read more...] about Taking a road trip this summer? Enjoy America’s crumbling infrastructure
Benjamin Zhang Over the past 15 years, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, a company with more than a century's worth of heritage and brand equity, has completely reinvented itself under BMW ownership. This reinvention was not conducted in a way that abandons tradition - because that would be foolish- but rather by embracing it while injecting a heavy dose of modernity. In other words, rather than slapping the brand's badge on a run-of-the-mill luxury car, they decided to build honest-to-God Rolls-Royce motor cars with the latest chassis, engine, and infotainment technology money can buy. First, there was the flagship Phantom limo. Then came the "entry-level" Ghost sedan. That was followed by Wraith coupe. Now, with the arrival of the Dawn, it's safe to say the Rolls-Royce revolution is complete. Late last year, just before the winter chill bore down on the Northeastern part of the US, Rolls-Royce dropped off a brand new Dawn for Business Insider to check out at our top secret suburban New Jersey … [Read more...] about Heres what its like to take a $400,000 Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible on a road trip through New Jersey
How good are German carmakers getting at building electric vehicles? Let's find out. DW's Joachim Eggers and Christian Roman tested five different e-cars on an extended road trip, shown in our new 6-part video series. If you drive an electric car in Germany, you'll get to know a lot of people who will go out of their way to offer help. And that's a good thing, because at this point, you can't do a tour around Germany in an e-car without help. You're bound to run into some difficulties, because refueling e-cars on long-distance electric road trips remains, at this early stage of the technology's rollout, rather complicated. When we started our road trip, we weren't aware just how unwieldy the seemingly simple task of charging the cars would be. We found ourselves stuck in remote industrial parks or mysterious parking spaces, staring at charging stations without a clue of how to get the current running. Eventually, though, over the course of 25 charging cycles, we went from being … [Read more...] about Going electric – a road trip through Germany Business DW.COM
Nico and Taj are well-travelled, adventurous, and always look great in pictures. For these reasons, we are very jealous of them. But because Nico and Taj happen to be huskies, we’ll let go of our envy and focus on how brilliant they are. Does it sting a bit that two dogs are living life better than we are? Absolutely. But their cuteness is distracting us just enough that we’re not too devastated. Nico and Taj are two huskies who love to travel with their humans, Justin, a 28-year-old photographer and Cady Majeczky, a vet. They recently took a road trip across the US in a campervan, which Cady spent half a year transforming into a cosy home. ‘Cady and I have always had the urge to travel, and we had also casually chatted about the idea of rebuilding the interior of a VW Camper as a fun travel vehicle,’ says Justin. ‘The wheels really got turning when Cady was invited to be a bridesmaid at her cousin’s wedding. ‘Cady was due to graduate vet … [Read more...] about These adventurous huskies’ road trip snaps will give you serious wanderlust
Get ready to inhale. In We're the Millers, small-time pot dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) has to work off a debt to his supplier (Ed Helms) by transporting a huge marijuana shipment from Mexico. As part of his plan to fool customs agents, David assembles a phony family—cynical stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston) as his wife, and a dorky neighbor and a homeless runaway (Will Poulter, Emma Roberts) as his kids. The "Millers" pile into a massive motor home and head south of the border, but vengeful drug lords and randy vacationers threaten to thwart their drug-smuggling scheme. Want to know more dope details? Don't be a buzzkill—toke on these fun facts: NEWS: We're the Millers review roundup 1. A Long, Weeded Road: Sort of a mash-up of National Lampoon's Vacation and The Hangover, this stoner comedy was in various stages of development for nearly a decade. Reportedly, multiple actors including Will Arnett, Steve Buscemi and Jason Bateman were attached at some point. Once … [Read more...] about We’re the Millers: 5 Things to Know Before Road-Tripping With Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudekis
Most celebrities opt for lush European vacations in fancy hotels, but George Clooney and Rande Gerber go rugged for a man-tastic road trip. The two have been friends since forever and even worked together to launch Casamigos Tequila. The Oscar winner has his helmet strapped on and his bandana in place to get on a motorcycle and make his way cross country. The pair started from Jalisco, Mexico—home of the Casamigos Tequila distillery—and went to the Grand Canyon, into Colorado, to Utah and across Route 66, according to Vanity Fair. PHOTO: George Clooney's famous friends Gerber shared some wisdom with his Instagram pic from a Best Western towel reading, "When you don't plan where your going or where you will end up after a beautiful day riding with your #houseoffriends, where you stay doesn't matter as long as there is a bar with @casamigos and a parting gift for tomorrow's ride. Perfect!" Vanity Fair reported that Clooney's wife Amal Clooneycould not join because … [Read more...] about George Clooney and Rande Gerber Take a Man-Tastic Road Trip Across the Country: See Pics!
A video posted by J O J O ?? J O R D A N (@jojoandjordansnaps) on Aug 10, 2016 at 8:15am PDT Road trips are often times uncomfortable, painfully long and incredibly boring. But when JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers are thrown into a tightly packed vehicle for 10 hours, hilarity ensues. The Bachelorette stars are well on their way to officially settling down after a whirlwind of attention following their engagement on the ABC series, this week making the move to Fletcher's hometown of Dallas to officially begin their lives together. JoJo and Jordan documented their entire journey on Snapchat, proving they know exactly how to make the most out of crossing state line after state line in each other's company. As most road trips tend to go, an adrenaline rush of excitement powers the adorable couple into the first few hours of their early morning trek, which features JoJo and Jordan jamming out to karaoke classics, "Stacy's Mom" and "Bleeding Love." A video posted by J O J O ?? J O R … [Read more...] about JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers’ Move to Dallas Is Full of Road Trip Karaoke, Chipotle and Naps
Ten days, four countries, 14 climate heroes, one incredible http://www.dw.com/en/10-things-we-learned-on-our-low-carbon-road-trip/a-18603377/#ClimateRoadTrip. We traveled from Berlin to Paris using all kinds of environmentally-friendly vehicles, calculating our carbon footprint along the way. But that's not all we did. The trip saw us climb an old coal excavator and a 16-meter-tall tree. In the pouring rain, we reached out over the rail of a boat to fish plastic out of Amsterdam's canals. We saw a wind turbine from the inside and a coal mine from atop. We met with Greenpeace, Germany's environment minister and a French delegate of COP21. And we got to know Europe's climate heroes. Our mission was to highlight how regular citizens across Europe are fighting climate change in creative and often courageous ways, from occupying a forest in a bid to protect it from being cleared to make way for a coal mine to suing the Belgian government for failing to reduce its carbon emissions. Here … [Read more...] about 10 things we learned on our low-carbon road trip
If you drive an electric car in Germany, you'll get to know a lot of people who will go out of their way to offer help. And that's a good thing, because at this point, you can't do a tour around Germany in an e-car without help. You're bound to run into some difficulties, because refueling e-cars on long-distance electric road trips remains, at this early stage of the technology's rollout, rather complicated. When we started our road trip, we weren't aware just how unwieldy the seemingly simple task of charging the cars would be. We found ourselves stuck in remote industrial parks or mysterious parking spaces, staring at charging stations without a clue of how to get the current running. Eventually, though, over the course of 25 charging cycles, we went from being absolute beginners to becoming reasonably proficient electric car users. Juice up the batteries - but where? There isn't just one kind of e-vehicle charging station in Germany - there are lots of different kinds. The … [Read more...] about Going electric – a road trip through Germany