• Mount Annan Botanic Garden

    Camden, NSW

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    It’s taken me a while to write this. I wasn’t sure about Camden at first. It’s supremely weird moving from a tiny apartment in the city – complete with yell-y crazy neighbour, sparkly city lights, ambient bus noise and a fancy cafe on the doorstep – to a giant house in the country. Bridgewater is one […]

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  • Kindess

    Kindness

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Forget everything you’ve been taught. Forget about achieving. Forget about Bachelors degrees, or Honours, or Masters. Forget about owning things. Forget about money. Forget everything but this. Kindness is the only thing that matters. Kindness to yourself, because that’s where all kindness begins. Look upon yourself with love. With compassion. With humour. And then turn […]

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  • Australian freelancers

    Australian freelance writers

    Monday, July 3, 2017

    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 […]

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  • Travel quiz

    SheGoes travel quiz

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Trivia Tuesday is back! Trivia and travel tragics (alliteration overload) – this one is for you! Questions What is the airport code for Dallas Fort Worth? Which continent would you be on if you were eating pap? Where does the sun rise first? What does IATA stand for? Where does the Trans-Siberian railway start and finish? […]

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  • gentle living

    In praise of the everyday

    Monday, June 26, 2017

    After years of writing about – and occasionally experiencing – some pretty fancy stuff, I have to say that I am loving the humble life. Aldi Champagne instead of Veuve. Homemade casseroles instead of degustations. Days of laundry, writing, baby mama-ing and coffees with friends. There’s a lot of joy to be found in this new […]

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Mar
3

Random fun: How good are you at picking accents?

I reckon I have a pretty good ear for accents. The second I hear ‘aboot’, I know you’re from Canada (or you watched too much De Grassi Junior High). When I hear ‘dahhhnce’ and ‘plaaaaants’ and I know you’re from Adelaide and by association, love to drink. That state should be called SAA. An Irish […]

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melissa-rimac
Mar
2

Travel Tales: Melissa Rimac

Name: Melissa Rimac Age: Old enough to have a mortgage – too young to be getting overly stressed about the fact that it doesn’t seem to diminish … Occupation: Writer / Photographer Favourite travel destination?: El Nido, The Philippines – great snorkeling, knockout visuals and the most melodramatic sunsets imaginable. Worst travel experience? What happened?: […]

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Mar
2

Travel Tales: Margarita Peker

Name: Margarita Peker Age: 22 Occupation: Publicist Favourite travel destination?: Argentina – it has more to offer in one country than any other I’ve ever been to. I’ve been absorbed in the hustle of Buenos Aires for weeks, tasted some of the best wines in Mendoza, gone adventuring in the Andes in Patagonia, and been […]

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tipster-tuesday
Mar
1

Tipster Tuesday

In the true spirit of community, I bring you Tipster Tuesday! Got a question about a travel destination? If so, please post a comment at the end of this story and everyone … yes, that means you …  will attempt to answer everybody else’s questions throughout the week. But first, some housekeeping. When you ask […]

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Feb
28

Interesting things about Johannesburg in no particular order

I keep thinking I should write a very grown-up article about my trip to Africa where I reference things correctly and provide up-to-date travel information. The problem is that I have started it several times and I just find it so boring. For both our sakes, I decided to bullet point the really interesting stuff. In no […]

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Feb
25

Hollywood Hobart on the Cold Coast

Hollywood Hobart on the Cold Coast By Maggie Videan This is the story I don’t want anyone to read. Please don’t visit. I would like to find Hobart the same; a quiet, mostly forgotten township oozing with mix of a historic charm and organic character. Unlike its sun bleached vacation rivals of the northern states, Hobart is best visited […]

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Feb
24

Travel Tales: Kim McKay

Name: Kim McKay Age: 36 Occupation: Business Owner – Travel PR Favourite travel destination?: New York (if you have been you would know the answer to why – if you haven’t been just GO!) Worst travel experience?: Every time you travel it’s a gift. You learn and grow from every experience so I don’t have […]

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Feb
23

In Bruges

In Bruges By Lisa O’Brien “In the film In Bruges, Colin Farrell calls my home town a shithole. It is not a shithole.” A series of coincidences has lead the boy and I to be standing in Bruges’ historic Burg Square, listening to the monologue of our guide Steve at the start of a 2.5-hour […]

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Feb
22

Get yourself a 5-star luxury holiday for just $1.50

5-star Luxury on a Camping Budget Have you got a spare $1.50? Want to win a holiday? Get thee to the newsagent, Dearest One, because The Australian and The Weekend Australian, in partnership with Qantas and The Leading Hotels of the World, are giving away 27 trips to awesome, frightfully expensive places. Imagine yourself lapping […]

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weird-foods-of-the-world
Feb
21

Weird foods of the world

One thing that simultaneously amuses and horrifies me in other countries is the menu. I love that you can waltz up to a street vendor only to discover that your options are stuffed cockroaches, deep-fried crickets or pickled centipedes. That is something you most definitely cannot get at home. When I lived in Thailand, eating out […]

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