• Ideal growing conditions

    Thursday, February 22, 2018

    I believe that the real work of life is trying to figure out what kind of person you are, and what your ideal growing conditions are. We’re not always born in the right climate. Just like a plant, we all have basic requirements: soil, sun, water, temperature, nutrients. Have you ever seen a frangipani trying […]

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  • Phone-a-phobia

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

      I have a confession. I hate mobile phones. I like being able to check my email and social media accounts. I use the banking app. I love Spotify. But the actual phone that rings? I HATE IT. 15 years working in the media has made me allergic to the sound of a ringing phone. I […]

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  • The circuit

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    I have a theory. It’s nothing new but I thought I would share it with you anyway. I believe that love is a circuit. You only get out what you put in. I am fortunate in the sense that I have an abundance of love and support around me. Subsequently, I believe that it is […]

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  • Why I need retreats

    Monday, February 12, 2018

    I recently returned from a two night stay at Billabong Retreat and – wow – what a difference. The 48 hours I spent there shifted something. The past month has been really tough and I’ve felt it in my body. My stomach has been sore – in both the muscles and digestive system – and sleep […]

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  • 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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Jul
1

Jet lag cure: Beaming with Health Flight Control tisane

I cannot tell you how much it sucks when you can’t sleep (new mums and dads, you know what I’m talking about). I am from a family of major insomniacs and I have come to the conclusion that the problem is genetic. I have felt completely, crushingly jet lagged for the past month so the […]

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Jun
30

Budget Hotels in Sydney by Ian Harrison

Budget Hotels in Sydney By Ian Harrison Go to your favourite search engine and plug in the words ‘Sydney’ and ‘expensive city’. Go ahead, do it. Countless results will undoubtedly pop up from sources that research and compile this sort of complex, comparative statistical data. It can be powerful, persuasive stuff too, if you take […]

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Jun
29

Travel Tales: Roberta Muir, Manager of Sydney Seafood School & Freelance food, beverage & travel writer

Name: Roberta Muir Age: 48 Occupation: Manager of Sydney Seafood School and Freelance food/beverage/travel writer Favourite travel destination?: Italy Why?: I love the food, the wine, the culture, the people. Worst experience?: I can’t think of one, every experience is an adventure, there’s always something good, funny or educational to come out of it. For example, […]

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Jun
28

Win tickets to the Bondi Bergstation at the Bondi Winter Magic Festival

Want to go ice skating at Bondi Beach? Umm, sure, and then we’ll fly to the moon on the back of a big, sparkly unicorn and the stars will turn into Torville & Dean and the whole cast of Glee will sing ‘Like a Prayer’. Wha-hey! Sounds a bit ‘kooky dream sequence’ but the first […]

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Jun
24

Travel Tales: Jamie Durrant, Editor, Essentials Magazine

Name: Jamie Durrant Age: 38 Occupation: Travel Magazine Editor Favourite travel destination?: Rarotonga, Cook Islands, mainly because it’s ever so laid back. I was utterly struck by the ‘let it all hang out’ lack of body image awareness – perhaps due to the lack of any advertising/brand images on the island, or perhaps because bigger […]

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Jun
23

Monkey madness! by Melanie Mahoney

Monkey madness! By Melanie Mahoney Earlier this week, a woman was attacked by macaque monkeys while on holidays on Thailand. She was reportedly trying to get over a phobia of the primates by visiting the ominously named ‘Monkey Island’, near Phuket, when a group of them attacked her. Her tour leader said some people had […]

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Jun
22

Where am I Wednesday?

This week’s Where am I Wednesday is brought to you by very talented photographer, Evan Williams. Where was he when he took this shot? Post your answer at the bottom of this post and be specific for your chance to win something truly mysterious (and random).  

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Jun
21

Two Hands Wines Cellar Door, Barossa Valley

Is there anything better than a sunny day spent tasting wine at a cellar door in some peaceful corner of the countryside? I don’t think so. Lately I have had the very good fortune of doing a bit of this; leaning against a tasting bench, swishing and sniffing. Let’s just say that I am not […]

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Jun
20

Travel Tech Review: Canon Powershot D10

I am really rough with cameras. Case in point: A couple of years ago, I went to an awards night and woke up with a cracking Champagne headache and crumpled blob of metal for a lens. All I remember is taking a pic of my friend Panda with Senator Stephen Conroy and kerchunk (that is […]

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Jun
17

Lisa’s Travel Deal of the Week: Campervans for $1 a day! SAY WHA?!

Lisa’s Travel Deal of the Week Short of being paid to go (and if you find someone who does such a thing, please let me know!), holidays don’t get much cheaper than campervan relocations, where you pay a nominal amount, anywhere from $1-$25 a day, to drive a van from Point A to Point B […]

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