• What happens when you damage a rental car

    Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Have you ever wondered what will happen if you damage your rental car? Well, friends, you can rely on ol’ spatially challenged Castle here to deliver. On my recent East Coast road trip adventure, my friend Michael and I hired a car from Avis. To our great delight, when we went to pick it up […]

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  • Stillness

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    As the year winds up and many of us look forward to a break, consider this simple concept. Stillness. Think of water in nature. Movement stirs up sediment and it becomes murky. Remove that turbulence and the sediment sinks. Clarity returns. Over the next few weeks, find time to be still. Stop thinking. Stop doing. […]

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  • Summer holiday viewing/reading

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    I’m at the point in the year where I am ready to lie down for about a month. On the upside, this is also the exciting time when I plan what I am going to binge watch/read over the holidays. Let’s face it: no one has ever described me as ‘athletic’. As a recently new […]

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  • Christmas survival guide

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    Most of us approach Christmas with genuine goodwill and positive intentions but that doesn’t mean that things always work out. Exhaustion, financial stress, heat, alcohol and lots of togetherness can lead to interpersonal friction that can ruin your whole festive season. With this in mind, psychotherapist and relationship specialist Melissa Ferrari says it’s important to be […]

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  • Too busy? Just stop

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    This time of year should be called Crabbymas: the festival of exhaustion that takes place before Christmas. Lots of us turn ourselves inside out getting to parties, end of year catch-ups, and hitting the shops to stock up on gift boxed pretzels and fruit mince pies. Some of us start to feel like our glass […]

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Sep
5

Six pro dating tips

Dating isn’t a science, but it’s not a mystery either. There are things to remember and things to avoid whenever you try to impress guys. After all, they are fairly simple organisms when it comes down to it. If you’ve been struggling to snare promising guys recently, it might be a good idea to think […]

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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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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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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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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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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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