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    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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  • 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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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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Feb
14

Maaloula, Syria – The City of Ancient Aramaic

Maaloula, Syria – The City of Ancient Aramaic By Verity Twydale Tucked away in the cleft of a mountain in the middle of the Syrian countryside lies a tiny Christian village. Admittedly, it’s an odd place to have a Christian village. Syria is a country that’s often mistakenly known for it’s antipathy towards anyone and […]

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Feb
12

Where is the most romantic place you have ever been?

The Real Estate of Romance: Where is the most romantic place you have ever been? I want to know! And you know what makes a romantic place seem even more romantic? Wine … lots and lots of wine … And guess what? The first 11 people to tell me their most romantic place will win […]

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