• Devil wears Prada

    Why I didn’t get a big fancy publishing job

    Friday, August 26, 2016

    I ran into an old work friend at a launch last night. We started out in publishing at the same company and she is now working for Marie Claire. For a second, I felt a twinge of envy. ‘Why aren’t I working at Marie Claire?’, I thought? And then I realised it’s because I’ve never […]

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  • MONA is the coolest man made thing in Australia; possibly even cooler than the Sydney Opera House

    Five things to do in Hobart

    Friday, August 19, 2016

    Y’all seem to be loving Hobart (and going there in droves) so here’s a short guide to where to eat and what to see in this booming seaside outpost. Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) This is the single greatest contemporary art gallery in Australia, and one of the best in the world. You […]

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  • Luxury

    The ten laws of luxury

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    Luxury gets a top billing in most travel press these days but who can afford that stuff? The words ‘exclusive’, ‘bespoke’ and ’boutique’ get bandied around but what does this really mean? And how can your average punter afford an experience that feels luxurious but doesn’t cost a fortune? Here’s what you should look for if […]

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  • Julia Hartley Moore

    You only have to be lucky once

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    Earlier this year, I heard NZ-based private investigator Julia Hartley-Moore speak at an event showcase. There is so much to love about this woman; from the skin tight leopard print dress, to her straight talking approach. The beginning of her story is tragic – she left school at 14 and got pregnant at 15 after her […]

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  • Beirut before the war

    What money really can’t buy

    Tuesday, August 9, 2016

    In the world of travel, there’s a lot of talk about ‘money can’t buy’ experiences. This is flawed logic because the whole point of travel marketing is that they are selling you something; click on this link, book this airfare, buy this deal. What money can’t buy is this: a chance to walk the Camino while […]

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Devil wears Prada
Aug
26

Why I didn’t get a big fancy publishing job

I ran into an old work friend at a launch last night. We started out in publishing at the same company and she is now working for Marie Claire. For a second, I felt a twinge of envy. ‘Why aren’t I working at Marie Claire?’, I thought? And then I realised it’s because I’ve never […]

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MONA is the coolest man made thing in Australia; possibly even cooler than the Sydney Opera House
Aug
19

Five things to do in Hobart

Y’all seem to be loving Hobart (and going there in droves) so here’s a short guide to where to eat and what to see in this booming seaside outpost. Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) This is the single greatest contemporary art gallery in Australia, and one of the best in the world. You […]

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Luxury
Aug
16

The ten laws of luxury

Luxury gets a top billing in most travel press these days but who can afford that stuff? The words ‘exclusive’, ‘bespoke’ and ’boutique’ get bandied around but what does this really mean? And how can your average punter afford an experience that feels luxurious but doesn’t cost a fortune? Here’s what you should look for if […]

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Julia Hartley Moore
Aug
10

You only have to be lucky once

Earlier this year, I heard NZ-based private investigator Julia Hartley-Moore speak at an event showcase. There is so much to love about this woman; from the skin tight leopard print dress, to her straight talking approach. The beginning of her story is tragic – she left school at 14 and got pregnant at 15 after her […]

Read More
Beirut before the war
Aug
9

What money really can’t buy

In the world of travel, there’s a lot of talk about ‘money can’t buy’ experiences. This is flawed logic because the whole point of travel marketing is that they are selling you something; click on this link, book this airfare, buy this deal. What money can’t buy is this: a chance to walk the Camino while […]

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angry-uterus
Aug
8

I’m going to save you $420

How, you may ask? Well, if you are a geriatric wannabe mother (yes, if you’re over 35, ‘geriatric’ is what you’re called), here is what the $420 specialist will tell you. If you’re 37, you have less than a 15% chance of getting pregnant naturally. This information is delivered to you in the form of […]

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Bangkok1
Aug
2

24 hours in Bangkok

Do you ever wonder if it’s worth taking the stopover option on a long haul flight? After my recent experience in Bangkok, I would definitely say yes. If you want to arrive at your destination feeling good, 24 hours in this crazy city can work wonders. Here are my tips for the ultimate 24 hours in […]

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I love Obama and I am so glad that he is busy Obama-ing but I do not for a second wish to emulate him
Jul
20

Forget about ‘success’

I am sick to death of reading articles telling me to get up early, make more money, be more productive and then meditate in order to stay on top of my mental health in order to be successful. How about sleeping as much as suits your body? How about making enough money to live a […]

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Mudbrick 2
Jul
18

Mudbrick, Waiheke Island, NZ

Some places are paradise; pure and simple. Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant is one of these rare spots. Perched on a hill overlooking rolling green hills, vineyards and water off into the distance, this cellar door and restaurant is set in the middle of a formal garden and a French-style terrace, complete with cream-coloured sun umbrellas, wooden […]

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According to Māori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle. Drops of water from the cave roof above were a good omen.
Jul
15

Top five: Bay of Islands, NZ

There is nothing easier than driving from Auckland to the Bay of Island because there is only one road. You find that road, you follow it for 3.5 hours and then you’re in Paihia, the bayside village that is the gateway to Northland. The Spark and I went up there on a second honeymoon because […]

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