• 10 things to do in Camden this weekend

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    So you’ve probably heard me banging on about the many glories of Camden, NSW. Well, this is the weekend to get down here. Why? Because I am running the Camden Garden Festival, the Crystal Festival is on and Camden Park House is open (it only opens for one weekend a year). We haven’t even gotten […]

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  • Why a Bali villa holiday is awesome for baby mamas

    Tuesday, August 28, 2018

    Did you know that you can hire baby equipment in Bali? Yep, you can. There are a number of baby hire services that not only hire out prams, cots, pool fences and hire chairs, they also offer nanny and babysitting services. These same services can arrange nappies, formula, baby food and even a personal chef […]

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  • Thoughts on happiness

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    I have become noticeably happier since I stopped reading women’s magazines. I rarely go shopping, and if I do, I don’t spend more than I can afford. I try not to shop from boredom or a sense of unworthiness (buying things to make me feel more socially acceptable, or cool, or professional). I care a […]

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  • Stay away from The Jones’

    Thursday, August 9, 2018

    I have been thinking about The Jones’, that mythical family who drive the status anxiety of the aspirational. Why would you want to keep up with wasteful, greedy mega-consumers? The Jones live in a mansion, drive new cars, have shiny white teeth and golden fake tans. They holiday often and throw fancy parties. But really? […]

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  • Sacred places

    Tuesday, August 7, 2018

    I have always been a sucker for a crystal shop, a psychic reading and a tarot deck. As a godless heathen, these things allow me to connect to a sense of spirituality. Same goes for yoga, swimming, walking and Goddess cards. I am a tragic hippie cliche. Nevertheless, I think we all yearn for a […]

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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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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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Jul
5

Travel Tales: Denea Buckingham, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, GourmetRabbit Magazine

Name: Denéa Suzanne Buckingham Age: 23 Occupation: Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, GourmetRabbit Magazine Favourite travel destination?: City – Tokyo/Narita: the culture is so diverse, even among the different suburbs. There is something for everyone, every age, of every interest. You can go clubbing at all hours of the day and night, shoot the most realistic BB guns […]

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Jul
4

Should I stay or should I go?: Freedom vs security

Committing yourself to a life of adventure takes courage. Intrepid travel is uncomfortable, risky and bloody hard work. Lost passports, stolen wallets, dodgy food, bed bug infested mattresses, frigid nights spent waiting for trains that never come and backpacks full of dirty clothes that you have been wearing for the past three weeks … Sometimes […]

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Jul
2

Lisa’s Travel Deal of the Week: Jeeves, get me a Fiji!

Jeeves, get me a Fiji! When this deal landed on my desk, my approval could be encapsulated in just one sentence: ‘You had me at butler service’. Because that is what you get with this 8-night Fiji package. Butler service. Along with flights from Sydney, accommodation in an ocean view room at Outrigger on the […]

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