Phil Murray

With parents in the travel industry, I was pretty much born with one of those take-off sweets in my mouth. I’m very fortunate to be close to clocking up my 50th country - not that I’ll slow down after that. No matter how many places I visit, I don’t think the excitement that comes with boarding a plane will ever wear off. Flying, for me, is one of the most extraordinary things we get to do as human beings and I’ll always be first in line for that window seat!

Joel Clark Bindlestiff Tours

An Interview with a Bindlestiff Tour Guide

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Phil Murray, who recently joined a three-day Winter National Parks Tour operated by Bindlestiff Tours, interviews his tour guide, Joel Clark. My name is Joel Clark, 41, from Southern California, and I...
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Spring melt running from Zion Canyon Phil Murray

Exploring Southwest USA: Antelope Canyon and Zion National Park

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I was staring for some time before my eyes adjusted to the light in the narrow sweeping passageway and made sense of what our Navajo guid...
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Monument Valley panorama Phil Murray

Yá’át’ééh: Say "Hello" to Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley

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Too many years ago to mention, I watched the classic John Wayne film Stagecoach as part of my A-level studies. Directed by John Ford,...
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Snow covered Grand Canyon from helicopter Phil Murray

The Grand Canyon: A Big Statement for Nature to Make

Route 66. The Mother Road. The Main Street of America. Just a few hours after leaving Las Vegas, we were cruising down this legendary highway, heading to Seligman, Arizona, for what would be the first...
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Into the Midst: Costa Rica

An action-packed small-group adventure in Costa Rica comes with invaluable insider knowledge, says Flight Centre’s Phil Murray. Costa Rica group tour Let’s make one thing clear from the off: ...
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Boston bike tour

Boston by Bike: An Interview with Bob Foley from Urban AdvenTours

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After a fun-filled day on a cycling tour around Boston, Phil Murray chats to Bob Foley from Urban AdvenTours to see why you too should ...
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Heart Reef from above

A View From Above: Queensland's Heart Reef

Take to the skies with Flight Centre's Phil Murray for a bird's-eye view of beautiful Heart Reef... Hamilton Island Just a short flight from mainland Queensland, Hamilton Island has...
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All Aboard The Ghan Train in Australia

Spectacular scenery, comfort and camaraderie are among the many reasons The Ghan train expedition has stood the test of time. Originally dubbed The Afghan Express, the Australian locomotive was named ...
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A Guided Tour of Oahu, Hawaii

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Brangelina. Bennifer. Tomkat. Combining the names of a celebrity couple seems to doom their union to failure. But what’s true in Hollywood is not true in travel, where one clumsy portmanteau insists o...
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Hardy Reef, Australia

Experience the Great Barrier Reef from the Air

It’s difficult to imagine wanting to leave Hamilton Island in the heart of Queensland's Whitsundays, but after a few days here, I just couldn’t wait to get back to the airport. As boarding proced...
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View across Hamilton Island from the Reef Hotel

Discovering the Highlights of Hamilton Island, Queensland

By the miracle of modern technology, midway through my flight along the coast of Queensland, Australia to Brisbane, I watched the latest episode of a famous sci-fi franchise about a starship called Di...
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Air New Zealand Premium Economy seat with leg support and foot rest extended

A Guide to Flying Premium Economy with Air New Zealand

I recently had the pleasure of flying from Auckland to San Francisco with Air New Zealand, seated in 25B, midway down their delightful Premium Economy cabin. And I can tell you – rarely is flying such...
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