• The most important thing I’ve learnt this year

    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    This year has been tough by any measure. The upside is that hard times teach you a lot about yourself and other people. The most important thing I’ve learnt is that if you focus on filling yourself up with peace, that peace will eventually overflow into other people’s lives. Same goes if you fill yourself up […]

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  • Soul gardening

    Monday, December 3, 2018

    Do you know about how crop rotation works? How farmers don’t plant the same crop in the same place year after year? Humans are the same. We can’t keep producing, producing, producing without a rest. We need inputs. If you were a garden, you would need to be weeded, composted, fertilised and replanted. You may […]

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  • Inspiring villas free wellness programs

    Free wellness programs with Inspiring Villas

    Monday, November 19, 2018

    It’s about this time of year that mama needs a long lie down. But here’s the thing: I have a 20 month-old toddler who wakes up at dawn every single day. There is no holiday on earth that can get around that crushing fact. So how can you combine a family holiday where you get […]

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  • Meet the artist: Cathy Stait-Gardner

    Monday, November 19, 2018

    If you have spoken to me recently, you have probably heard me banging on Camden’s answer to Quentin Blake. Meet Cathy Stait-Gardner – gifted artist, Buffy fan and all ’round hilarious woman. How long have you been an artist? An artist. It sounds so high-brow! I’m not sure how long Ive been an artist. I’ve […]

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  • 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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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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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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