• Note to my girls

    Monday, April 23, 2018

    I have two step daughters and three nieces and there are a few things I want them to know. The first thing: you are not here to be decorative. People will comment on your looks. They will compliment your figure, and tell you that you’re pretty. You will hear other women complaining and comparing, fretting […]

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  • Why everyone needs a Honey

    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    I realise this sounds like the beginning of an R&B song set in da club, but no. The Honey I am referring to is my new friend. She is a bad ass eco-warrior. She turned 70kgs of tomatoes into passata, she makes her own pasta, yoghurt and water kefir (among many other things), and buys […]

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  • 5 Bali villas you need to know about

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Joey’s passport arrived today so, friends, I am back on the Googles, looking for family-friendly winter getaways. There are two kinds of people in the world: the people who love winter and get all excited about wearing coats, and people like me. I dread winter. I shudder to think of the long nights, the gloom, the frozen […]

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  • How to choose a good hotel

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    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 […]

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  • Dear Aunty Em: Stuck

    Monday, April 9, 2018

    “I broke it off with a guy I was really into because he didn’t want to commit. It’s been over a year now but I can’t seem to move on. I made a New Year’s Resolution to date more and I’ve been on a couple of dates. They were nice enough but they didn’t make me […]

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Jul
19

Tipster Tuesday: Thailand and Vietnam

Guess who’s going to Thailand and Vietnam in two weeks’ time? Uh, that would be me.   The utterly delightful people at Thai Airways are sending me on a little adventure. To say I am excited would be like saying the Dalai Lama is a good bloke. I am beside myself. I am travelling from 3rd […]

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the-top-10-travel-highlights-so-far
Jul
18

The Top 10 Travel Highlights (so far)

I have a highlight reel that I run through my mind whenever I think about my travels; favourite moments that I flash back to with a sense of dumbfounded elation; ‘How did I wind up there?’   Here’s my Top 10 Travel Highlights (this week, anyway): 1. Watching the sun rise over Macchu Picchu 2. […]

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lisas-travel-deal-of-the-week-barthelona
Jul
16

Lisa’s Travel Deal of the Week: Barthelona!

Lisa’s Travel Deal of the week: Barthelona! Of all the cities I’ve visited in Europe, Barcelona is the one I could picture myself living in. Admittedly that doesn’t require a huge stretch of the imagination given how damn captivating this city is, but there was just something about its combination of beachy, laidback vibe with […]

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Jul
14

Travel Tales: Sarah Ayoub, Freelance Journalist, PhD Student & Blogger at www.wordsmithlane.com

Name: Sarah Ayoub Age: 24 Occupation: Freelance Journalist, PhD Student & Blogger at www.wordsmithlane.com Favourite travel destination?: I loved Paris, Switzlerland and Santorini but my all-time favourite place has to be Lebanon. My parents are Lebanese and I have been there twice in my 24 years. I am hoping to take my Anglo-Saxon man there […]

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where-am-i-wednesday-5
Jul
13

Where am I Wednesday?

This week’s Where am I Wednesday has been submitted by Peter Dockrill. Where was he when he took this chilling shot? First person to answer correctly wins something cold!  

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travel-stories-with-a-twist
Jul
12

Travel product review: Travel stories with a twist

Travel stories with a twist By Maggie Videan Corban & Blair purveyors of fine stationery products have launched a brand new set of Travel Stories ‘conversation starters’. These nifty little sets of cards get people talking about their trips away. We liked the idea so much we snaffled a set to giveaway – that’s how […]

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observatory-hotel-sydney
Jul
8

Lisa’s Travel Deal of the Week: Observatory Hotel, Sydney

As a non-driver who spends her life traipsing around the city on foot, I often find myself mesmerised by buildings and wondering what it would be like to live/stay/play there if only I had enough time/money/friends with a key to said dwelling. One such building is The Observatory Hotel in The Rocks, whose classic facade […]

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the-naked-truth-about-nudist-beaches
Jul
8

The naked truth about nudist beaches

I often get accused of being a hippie because I like rainbows and soy chai and Goddess cards. It’s for this reason that I always thought I would love going to a nudist beach. All that freedom and nature and sun-on-bare-skin – what’s not to like? Well, school boys and weird old English swingers, for […]

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i-love-america
Jul
7

I love America

I absolutely love America and, what’s more, I love Americans. In Australia, this makes me something of a rarity. There is this weird parochial belief that Americans are complete a**holes who will ignorantly stand in front of your camera, complain loudly when everything isn’t American and will trample small children to get to a Southern […]

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where-am-i-wednesday-4
Jul
6

Where am I Wednesday?

Where in the world was I when I took this aerial shot? Hint: The last remaining wilderness areas in the ‘cradle of civilisation’. Whoever answers correctly first, wins a totally random prize. And I mean random.

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