• 10 things to do in Camden this weekend

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    So you’ve probably heard me banging on about the many glories of Camden, NSW. Well, this is the weekend to get down here. Why? Because I am running the Camden Garden Festival, the Crystal Festival is on and Camden Park House is open (it only opens for one weekend a year). We haven’t even gotten […]

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  • Why a Bali villa holiday is awesome for baby mamas

    Tuesday, August 28, 2018

    Did you know that you can hire baby equipment in Bali? Yep, you can. There are a number of baby hire services that not only hire out prams, cots, pool fences and hire chairs, they also offer nanny and babysitting services. These same services can arrange nappies, formula, baby food and even a personal chef […]

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  • 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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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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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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Feb
17

Just wondering …

Where to next? What is your next travel destination? I am curious … The Future Husband and I are going to Melbourne next month to eat and drink and wander around looking wistful. In November, we’re planning to go to Cuba, Mexico and Guatemala for our honeymoon. And then later, I am dreaming of India and […]

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Feb
17

Laura’s Word of the Week: Handschuhschneeballwerfer

‘Handschuhschneeballwerfer’ (German) literally means somebody who wears gloves to throw snowballs but is used in general to mean ‘coward’.

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Feb
16

Off the beaten track in Ooty

Off the beaten track in Ooty By Maggie Videan Where did you say that was? Never heard of it? Possibly not! Ooty is a forgotten hill station located 2000 metres above sea level in the Nilgris in Southern India. Alive with industry, it has a delightful climate, friendly locals and a history harking back to British India. Ooty […]

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Feb
15

Travel Tales: Lisa O’Brien

Name: Lisa O’Brien Age: 25 Occupation: Associate Publisher, Travelzoo.com.au Favourite travel destination? Why?: Croatia. The enchanting old towns. The untouched islands. The knee-weakening scenery. The warm, welcoming people. Worst travel experience? What happened?: Three months working as a housekeeper in an English hotel. See any episode of Fawlty Towers to get the gist of what […]

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