Queenstown for beginners by Rachel Monk


The land of the long white cloud may be just a quick jaunt across the Tasman, but I’d never experienced what it has to offer. I know New Zealand has plenty for tourists to enjoy, thanks to those perky Kiwi TV commercials. I could have visited Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, not to mention all of […]

Trivia Tuesday: How many emirates are there in the UAE?


The UAE has always confused the bejeezus out of me. Is it Dubai? Is it Abu Dhabi? For a while I thought it included Oman and Saudi Arabia (nope). So, here you have it People Who Are Probably Smarter Than Me, there are seven emirates; Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm al-Quwain. […]

Life and stuff: Choose life!


Where you live affects every aspect of your daily life. It influences what you do for a living, who you spend your time with and how you express yourself and critical health factors like weather, access to fresh food and community services. It’s one of the biggest decisions you will ever make and yet so many […]

Hot spring fling by Louisa Deasey


Sometimes work, money or other conundrums mean escaping the winter chill for warmer climes just ain’t possible. But like many travel junkies, I get pretty itchy if my options for random sojourns are blocked by life’s obligations. Add to that Melbourne’s early winter (think: bitter sheet winds, grey skies and two pairs of socks just […]

Snow sloths, snow bunnies & snow men: Fancy a trip to NZ for the season?


I fall into the ‘snow sloth’ category. My natural habitat is under a snowy white doona or sipping schnapps on the rocks. I tried skiing once. My skis fell off on a downhill run, I went snowblind and all the skin peeled off my face. To snow, I say no (unless I am watching it […]

Travel Tales: Julie Tyers, journalist, mother and domestic goddess


Name: Julie Tyers Age: 42 Occupation: Journalist, mother and domestic goddess Favourite travel destination? Why?: Close call between Koh Samui and NYC – but I reckon Thailand wins as it never fails to relax and nourish me on many levels. Worst travel experience?: Last June we flew to the UK with our two kids. On […]

Pine Rose Inn, Oakhurst, CA


There are some upsides to winging it in the accommodation game. One of those upsides is Pine Rose Inn. The freshly minted First Husband and I went on a US road trip for the first part of our honeymoon. We landed in LA, drove up the Big Sur to Hearst Castle and then backtracked through […]

Trivia Tuesday: Which US State has the dumbest laws?


Bear wrestlers, beware! In Alabama, bear wrestling matches are prohibited. It is considered an offence to open an umbrella on a street, for fear of spooking horses. It is illegal to sell peanuts in Lee County after sundown on Wednesday. It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church. Boogers may […]

Let’s all drink Champagne in a Cook Islands paradise


I am obsessed with three things at the moment: 1) Words with Friends, 2) Twitter, 3) the Cook Islands. The First Husband and I are planning a trip to the Cook Islands because Air New Zealand are launching direct flights from Sydney to Rarotonga in July, meaning that it only takes 6 hours to get there […]

Travel Tales: Lisa Perkovic, journalist and photographer


Name: Lisa Perkovic Occupation: My email signature says journalism and photography but on top of that I’m Deputy Editor of Digital Photography Magazine and have a travel blog attached to my website. I’ve contributed to Australian Traveller, Luxury Travel, Get Up and Go, Photoshop Australia and the SMH and Sun Herald travel sections. Favourite travel […]