• 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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Nov
19

Laura’s Word of the Week: Esurient

Esurient \ih-SUR-ee-uhnt; -ZUR-\, adjective: Hungry; greedy. I don’t know about you guys but I have been starving all week. This word seems very appropriate!

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books-a-travellers-best-friend
Nov
18

Books: a traveller’s best friend

A few weeks ago a friend of mine interviewed me about what books I take with me when I travel. I have been thinking about this ever since and, upon further consideration, it turns out that I really do have a system. At the moment, I am reading the Ladies’ No 1 Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall-Smith because […]

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shopping-in-the-big-apple
Nov
16

Shopping in the big apple

Shopping in The Big Apple By Thea Easterby Shopping for clothes in New York City is fantastic!  Quite a statement considering ordinarily, I’m not much of a shopper. After two shopping sprees in New York, I have picked up a few tips.  Bear in mind, I’m not talking designer labels. Unfortunately my salary doesn’t stretch […]

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Nov
15

I have a dream

I dream of a community that shares information, resources and inspiration. Because of this dream, I am calling out to you to get in touch if you need help or, alternatively, whenever you have something you want to share or give. Do you need information on a specific destination? Ask away! I will send your questions […]

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travel-tales-tim-charody
Nov
12

Travel Tales: Tim Charody

Name: Tim Charody Age: 25 Occupation: Traveller, Film-Maker, Presenter, Adventurer Favourite travel destination? Papua New Guinea because it is a seriously wild place with more cultural diversity than anywhere else on the planet. There are over 800 separate languages spoken in a country of 6.25 million. While travelling around PNG, we would regularly travel around […]

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twenty-years-after-the-wall
Nov
11

Twenty years after the wall

Can you believe it’s been twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall? One of my friends, photographer Enzo Amato was there the night the wall came down. Here is his story; ‘One night, while wandering around the eastern part of Berlin, I witnessed that very moment that would change our world forever. I never […]

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Nov
9

Romancin’ in Verona

Romancin’ in Verona By Lauren Barker In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, you are perched under a roof of vines, spooning into a heavenly Nutella tiramisu, coffee warm in the belly. It’s mid-autumn, the leaves are beginning to brown, sunlight dapples the cobblestones below. It’s the perfect time to visit Verona: the throngs […]

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myths-legends-and-langkawi
Nov
8

Myths, Legends and Langkawi

Myths, Legends and Langkawi By Georgia Keighery There’s a long running urban myth about a group of professional, partner-having, gym-going, hobby-pursuing, commitment-laden women friends. In this legend these lady friends finally come good on years of talking about going on a trip together. They clear their calendars for a week and meet on a little […]

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Nov
5

Local colour

One of the things that I get most excited about when I travel is seeing native animals. I am seriously like a five year old girl in a shop full of pink tutus. The sheer joy of seeing a ghostly caiman slip into the Amazon river or spotting a capybara grazing peacefully on the river bank sets off […]

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on-location
Nov
3

Top 10 ‘go there’ movies

Travel movies represent the blessed union of two of my favourite things in the world; travel and movies. How many times have I watched a film only to spend immeasurable amounts of time fantasising about the place it was set? Here are the Top 10 movies that have made me want to go there: 1. Out of Africa […]

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