• 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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lisas-deal-of-the-week-new-york-new-york
Apr
8

Lisa’s Deal of the Week: New York, New York!

Lisa’s Deal of the Week The concept of globalisation is often loaded with negative connotations and lots of grumbling about McDonald’s and Apple, but occasionally it can be used for good instead of evil – like when the Travelzoo New York office tells the Sydney office about some amazing Broadway deals that we can then […]

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sparadise
Apr
7

Sparadise

I love made-up words; ‘excellerate’, ‘crafternoon’, ‘loonwalk’… I could go on. I realise that this is a very nichey niche thing I’ve got going on so it was with intense delight that I stumbled across a place called Sparadise. A spa in paradise … what could possibly go wrong? Well, here’s one thing. Sparadise is […]

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lost-and-dumbfound-in-london
Apr
1

Lost and dumbfound in London

Lost and dumbfound in London By Georgia Keighery I’ve been told a thousand times that London is overwhelming and amazing. Being overwhelmed by London is a cliche of the highest order. Hence, I decided in advance that I would not be part of it. No no, I decided that I would be excited to be […]

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the-best-short-breaks-out-of-sydney
Mar
30

The best long weekend breaks ex-Sydney

With the Easter long weekend coming up, I thought I would recommend some fun places to visit that are within a couple of hours’ drive from the big smoke. Patonga – About an hour and a half up the freeway from Sydney, you will find a sleepy fishing village with a killer fish and chip shop, a […]

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dreams-can-come-true
Mar
29

Dream a little dream

Today I want to talk a little bit about dreams. I know it’s a little bit off topic but I am a narcisstic blogger who likes to think I am both wise and interesting (and therefore surely neither). But I digress. Dreams. A lot of genuinely wise people have a lot to say about their […]

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bill-bryson-gold
Mar
28

Bill Bryson Gold

You know how I mentioned that I have a big old brain crush on Bill Bryson? Well, I finally finished The Lost Continent – Travels in Small-Town America yesterday and I just wanted to share some of Bill’s descriptions with you. He has the rare gift of being irreverent and cerebral; poetic and crass. I can only hope that one day, […]

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lisas-deal-of-the-week-island-dreaming
Mar
25

Lisa’s Deal of the Week: Island dreaming

Lisa’s Deal of the Week You don’t get much for free these days, but for a limited time Expedia.com.au is offering every second night for nix at the lush Radisson Resort Fiji on Denarau Island. That means you will pay just $142 per night — a genuine 50% saving off the regular rates of $284 […]

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win-a-palooza
Mar
24

WIN-A-PALOOZA!

SheGoes Travel Photo Competition I suck at photography. Seriously. If you have a head in real life, there’s a chance it won’t show up in any of the photos I take of you. That’s why I’m asking you to send me your best travel pics. The inaugural SheGoes Travel Photo competition opens today so without […]

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gardy-loo
Mar
23

Gardy-loo!

Hi Everyone, Today’s post is a shout out to one of our wonderful contributors, Georgia Keighery. If you are tired of dealing with all the, er, nonsense of the modern workplace, this story might inspire a ‘Gardy-loo’ or two! Click here for a laugh: http://www.georgiakeighery.com/?p=187

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Mar
22

Wine-dy Roads at Red Hill

Anyone who knows me (and I suspect most of you do), knows that wine is one of my favourite things in the world. In fact, I am drinking some right now. It was with no small amount of glee that I was given the opportunity to go to two of Red Hill’s best wineries for work. […]

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