• 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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Mar
21

Same Same, but Different

There once were some boys named Two Tims, Who went overseas on a whim, When they got there, The folks loved their hair, Those crazy young boys named Two Tims.   There is nothing quite like a limerick to start off your Monday right, right? Remember the Two Tims who were profiled in Travel Tales […]

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Mar
19

Lisa’s Deal of the Week: Art-tastic

Lisa’s Deal of the Week We’ve seen a lot of hotel deals here at Travelzoo Towers but never before have we had a deal that includes a miniature paint set – until now. Be among the first to experience Melbourne’s brand spanking new art hotel, The Olsen, which opened its doors last week and is […]

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Mar
17

Cute overload at Phillip Island

I would like to believe in mermaids, I really would, but after watching a colony of fur seals at play it’s very easy to come to the conclusion that sailors: a) Drink a lot of rum b) Have poor night vision c) Have spent too much time alone with a bunch of dudes Seals, when […]

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Mar
16

Travel Tales: Felicity Watson

Name: Felicity Watson Age: 27 Occupation: Itinerant aspiring historian and writer Favourite travel destination?: The art gallery. No matter where I go, if there is a local gallery I will endeavour to visit it. From The Louvre to the Grafton Regional Gallery, galleries have told me fascinating stories about the people who built them and […]

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Mar
15

Tipster Tuesday

Tipster Tuesday is back! Today’s question comes from one of our intrepid contributors. QUESTION: Does anyone have any recommendations for places/things to see/do in San Francisco and LA? – Melanie Note: Remember to write ‘Answer Melanie’ at the beginning of your comment. If you have a question, just write ‘Question’ at the beginning of your […]

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i-have-a-confession
Mar
14

I have a confession

I am in love with another man. We haven’t met yet but I know we’re going to get along great. Sure, this sounds crazy but the truth is, I fall in love all the time. First it was MacGyver. I am pretty sure I was Richard Dean Anderson’s youngest fan and I was devoted. Then it was Sir […]

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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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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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