Hotel review: BKK Airport Novotel

Hotel Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

There is nothing more frustrating than getting stuck in a foreign city when you desperately want to get home. This is what happened on my recent trip back from India. 90 minutes into my Jet Airways flight from Delhi to Bangkok, the plane still hadn’t left the tarmac. When the plane finally landed in Bangkok, […]

Skyscanner: Cheap flights fast

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Skyscanner is a nifty new website that compares all the flights from origin to destination by price, departure time and airline. It will then find you the best price for direct, one stop and two stops and spit out the exact transit time. It can also find you car hire and hotels and, if you can’t find what […]

Virgin Atlantic: Highest High Tea

Virgin Atlantic High Tea

Virgin Atlantic has a cracking tagline for it’s new High Tea; ‘The Highest High Tea’. Yes, folks. You can have high tea served to you in ‘Upper Class’ which is Virgin Atlantic’s version of Business Class. This adds a whole  new layer of novelty to what is already enormously fun. Work trip? Yeah, whatever … try perk […]

What makes you book?

Lei-Aloha

I work in the travel industry and we spend a lot of time wondering what makes people book a trip. Is it the price? Is the package inclusions? Is it because they have to go to a wedding and they may as well extend their stay? Who decides? And how do they decide? For me, it’s […]

Life+Stuff: 3 keys

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Do you want to know what the three most important things in life are? Food, sleep and exercise. If you don’t get that right, everything else falls apart. It’s so easy and so hard. It’s taken me 33 years to figure this out and I still have to remind myself every time I stay up […]

Wendy Whiteley’s Garden

Wendy Whiteley's Garden

Wedged between buildings jostling for harbour views and Moreton Bay figs pushing limb-like roots into the ground is a quiet, secret place. Located at the foot of a steep pathway that runs off Lavender St in Lavender Bay, you will find a grassy clearing surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. You won’t find any hulking council-issue […]

Hobart Hit List

MONA, the greatest art gallery in the world

I had long imagined Hobart to be some wild outpost starring the cast of The Piano interspersed with gumboot-clad cheese makers, feral hippies and rosy-cheeked moonshiners. In my mind, everyone was always singing sea shanties, eating apples and having soulful conversations with their pet ducks. Turns out I was half right. They do eat a lot […]

Hobart: Lastminute vs Airbnb

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In round one of the UFC title fight between affordable accommodation sites, Airbnb kicked the ass on Lastminute. Lastminute in Hobart delivered two nights (Thursday and Friday) at the Blue Hills Motel for $233.50. The swanky Battery Point location was the only thing going for this unfortunate establishment. The room had all the ambience of a […]