• 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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  • Top-rated tourist attractions in Costa Rica

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    Costa Rica is a wonderland of natural attractions, with volcanoes, beaches, cloud forests, and unique wildlife. This is a country that appeals as much to birdwatchers and luxury-focused travellers as it does to surfers and backpackers. It may be a small country in land mass, but Costa Rica is one of the world’s biggest natural […]

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  • Moving house, goddess Kali and Picasso

    Wednesday, July 25, 2018

    Goddess Kali is the fearsome one: the goddess of destruction in the Hindu pantheon. What I love about her – and the whole school of thought surrounding the Hindu G.O.D concept (Generator, Operator, Destroyer) – is that it acknowledges that death and destruction is a critical part of the wheel of fortune. Which brings me […]

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a-holiday-in-a-bottle
May
25

A holiday in a bottle

Every country has its drink. Peru has Pisco Sours and Chicha, Thailand has Sang Thip and Singha. Wherever you go in the world, there is always one or two tipples that are served in every bar that are usually cheap and locally produced (read: nasty and fermented with saliva). What I thought might be a bit […]

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May
24

COCO – International Dog of Leisure by Genevieve Frew

COCO – International Dog of Leisure By Genevieve Frew As I put my daughter to bed the other night, she needed cheering up.  So I tucked Coco into bed with her and remarked that Coco was an extremely well-travelled little dog indeed. Coco is a black Labrador puppy who came into our lives seven years […]

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May
21

Perth perhaps by Maggie Videan

Perth perhaps? By Maggie Videan Depending on where you live, Perth is a decent old flight for us Easterners. It is five hours over and, with tail winds, about four hours back. So, ideally, you may want to spend more than a few days there or try and work in another Western Australian destination to make the […]

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nwa-withdrawl-by-doug-meyer
May
21

NWA Withdrawl by Doug Meyer

NWA Withdrawl by Doug Meyer While cleaning out my garage this last weekend I came across nine factory sealed cardboard cartons that have been there since last fall. After the Northwest Airlines acquisition by Delta was finally completed last fall, Northwest had what amounted to a huge garage sale. It was supposed to be employees-only, […]

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exploring-berlin-by-thea-easterby
May
20

Exploring Berlin by Thea Easterby

Exploring Berlin By Thea Easterby Normally I prefer to explore a new city on foot, however due to the sheer size of Berlin, I purchased a day ticket for one of the hop on/hop off bus services.  This tour allows you to explore what once was the East and West sides of the city. With […]

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May
19

Best City in the World

I was recently asked to write a post for Tourism Sydney’s Best City in the World blog which was very, very, very exciting. Here is my story, live on the interwebs: http://bestcityintheworld.wordpress.com/ A lady named Jeanette asked me to expand on which streets/suburbs I was referring to in this post. Well, my friends, I was being […]

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May
18

Travel Tales: Jack Carty (Look out America, he’s coming your way!)

Free to a good home – shiny new Australian musician Before we launch into Jack’s excellent adventures, I have a very big favour to ask all of you. Does anyone have any contacts in the hotel industry in the USA? Or even just a group of folk music-lovin’ friends who might be able to help Jack […]

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im-coming-to-stay
May
17

I’m coming to stay…

These words strike fear into my foolish heart. I like visitors; I really do. They come, they visit, they leave. It’s the stayers I worry about. I have a very bad habit of inviting people to everything. Seriously, buy me a drink and I will invite you to my wedding. I am that kind of […]

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top-10-travel-tips
May
13

Top 10 Travel Tips

Top 10 Travel Tips I learn everything the hard way so these tips are the result of years of suffering. Please don’t make the same mistakes as me. 1. Take warm socks and a jumper on the plane, even if you are going somewhere hot. The 15 hours of frigid torture aboard a freezing aircraft […]

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tourism-australia-wants-you
May
11

Tourism Australia wants you!

Want to win a $25,000 Australian holiday? What’s that? Did you say, ‘Hell, yes!’? Tourism Australia is running a competition to find the best Australian Holiday experiences. All you have to do is submit a photograph from a recent Aussie holiday, along with a 25 word explanation of what you loved about it. Here’s a […]

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