• Christmas gifts for people you hate

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    In keeping with my current Christmas gift-buying obsession, here’s my fail-proof guide to gifts for people you loathe: A leaf blower: You hate them. Soon, everyone else will too. A chutney gift pack: Has anyone ever used a Christmas chutney? This will live in their pantry and/or fridge and be moved from house to house, […]

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  • Christmas presents for people like me

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    It’s around this time of year that I do terrible things to my credit card. I love Christmas and I love buying presents. If you are looking for gift ideas for middle-aged women who love Marimekko but wear K-Mart, here’s some things that I can personally recommend as being both ethical and excellent. Original artworks Art […]

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  • Love your skin suit

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

    Silence of the Lambs has made the concept of a skin suit a little bit too literal but stay with me folks. We are all born into a skin suit that is composed of pretty much the same stuff as everyone else’s. Our genes dominate what it will look like. Some people get an Armani, […]

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  • Losing babies

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    The Spark and I have lost three babies this year – one in January and two in the past week. Without going into the excruciating details, all I can say is that this is a very common experience. Every second person I speak to shares their story of loss. One of the midwives who looked […]

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  • Woo-Oahu! My stay at Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki

    Thursday, October 4, 2018

    Most of the time I am a suburban mum covered in toddler snot but occasionally – almost magically – I get yanked out of my leggings and sent spinning into a world of luxury. That’s what happened recently when I wound up at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Waikiki. When I was dropped off at the […]

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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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same-same-but-different
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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lisas-deal-of-the-week-art-tastic
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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cute-overload-at-phillip-island
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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