How to choose a good hotel

I have worked in the travel industry as an editor, PR and blogger for nearly 10 years now which means I have seen it all – the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly when it comes to hotels. This is funny because I grew up in a family of campers. My primary school’s Year […]

Australian freelance writers

Australian freelancers

Freelancing is a tough gig but it’s one worth pursuing if you want (or need) to manage your time in a way that sits outside the 9 to 5 norm. On the upside, you are free to follow your interests, have full control – and responsibility for – your schedule and business administration, and you can […]

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 […]

Kings Canyon day tour: A review

Anyone who knows me, knows that 3.45am is not a time of day I see a lot of. Journalists are a fairly evening-centric bunch seeing as though it’s still frowned on to start drinking before noon. It was with some shock that I almost enjoyed sunrise as the AAT Kings coach bowled along the long, straight road towards […]

The world’s best race days

So The Spark and I are wondering: what are the world’s best race days? We have decided that we are going to go to one race day a year that we have never been to before. The problem is that we don’t know where to start. Country, provincial or metropolitan races in Australia? The Spark is a race buff […]

Sydney’s best theatres

It seems that I spend half my life in a theatre of some sort. Whether it’s a movie theatre or theatre venue, Sydney has plenty of hidden gems. From the very obvious to the totally obscure, here is a list of Sydney’s best theatres where you’re guaranteed to find some culture to sink your teeth […]

Op Shop Week!

You could argue that it’s always Op Shop Week at my house but it actually is National Op Shop Week at the moment. I love op shops. I bought tonnes of stuff for The Spark and I’s new place at the Vinnies in Glebe which is a paradise of cheap books, daggy platters, boxed up glassware […]

Book travel like a boss

In the digital age, many of us are booking our own travel. But here’s the catch: we’re not experts. Here’s a handy checklist to help you navigate the world of online travel bookings. 1. Passport Has your passport got six month’s validity? If not, apply for a new one ASAP as many countries won’t allow you in […]

Best things ever

When you think back over your life, what are the absolute best things you’ve ever done? Here are mine: Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef on the Year 10 excursion Getting my puppy Dash, the toy poodle Snorkelling with manta rays on Big Island, Hawaii Hippo-watching as the sun set in the Okavango Delta, Botswana Holding a baby […]

It’s raining events in Canberra

The capital city of Australia is much more than just politicians and diplomacy. Rather, this city is the middle ground between Melbourne and Sydney and has plenty of treats in store for visitors. During the cooler months of the Australian year, i.e. the months of June, July, and August, Canberra will surprise you with the […]