• 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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  • Plug into Big Island

    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    The concept of recharging is bandied around a lot in travel marketing. Most places with a beach offer visitors the chance to unwind, relax and recharge. But believe me when I say Big Island is spooky energetic. My friend Ash who lives in Hawai’i says it best: “Big Island is energy.” Without getting too woo woo about […]

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  • 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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jaipur-sweets-elizabeth-st-sydney
Dec
9

Jaipur Sweets, Elizabeth St, Sydney

The next best thing to being in a country is finding a restaurant that excels at its cuisine. On my bus ride to work in the morning, I pass African, Turkish, Italian, Peruvian and even Scandanavian restaurants (try the Viking Glogg – it’s just like mulled wine but with sultanas in it – yum!). Now, […]

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worlds-worst-travel-photos
Dec
8

World’s worst travel photos

There was a funny story that ran on news.com.au yesterday about an Indian man named Kashi Sammadar who has allegedly taken the worst travel photos ever. To see the full story, please visit http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/are-these-the-worst-travel-photos-ever/story-e6frfq80-1225807015544 What struck me about this story was not that Mr Sammadar’s photos were crap (and believe me, they were). What deeply appealed […]

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dr-congo
Dec
7

Dr Congo

I am a stickler for GPs that bulk bill and for this reason, I have run the gauntlet of semi-retired, semi-insane doctors that work at these government-funded practices. The doctor that shuffled into the surgery on the day in question was no exception. I have seen him before and his world weariness combined with his fragile grasp on the Queen’s language make you feel a […]

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i-am-so-excited
Dec
6

I am so excited …

It’s only ten days until I go to Africa for the first time. I just finished reading Swahili for the Broken-Hearted by Peter Moore (thanks Mici) and it has given me a bit more perspective about what I am in for. Peter travelled from Cape Town to Cairo so I will only be experiencing a […]

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going-swimmingly
Dec
3

Going swimmingly

One thing that I always associate with travel – or more accurately, holidays – is swimming. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been obsessed with it. There is a photo of me, taken when I was about four years old, that is incontrovertible proof of this fact. I am wearing swimmers and a snorkel […]

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Dec
2

Laura’s Word(s) of the Week: Dirty Dancing

Dance floors can be dirty, dangerous places, as illustrated by this tongue-twisting phrase: Dutch: Uw ongecoordineerde dansbeweging doodde bijna die persoon achter u. English translation: Your uncoordinated dance move almost killed that person behind you.

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travel-tales-bev-malzard
Dec
1

Travel Tales: Bev Malzard

Name: Bev Malzard Age: An interesting age. Occupation: Journalist/travel writer/magazine editor Favourite travel destination? Why?: Vietnam: the food, the people, scenery, the history, especially recent history. I was against conscription when Australia was sending boys to Vietnam to fight in that futile, unwinnable war; the energy of a nation working, rebuilding and with a dogged […]

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foreign-correspondent-tennille-duffy
Nov
29

Foreign Correspondent: Tennille Duffy

Name: Tennille Duffy     Age: 27 Occupation: Lawyer/Consultant for Human Rights NGO (non-government organisation) Where do you live?: New Delhi, India. Why did you move there?: For this job.  I applied for the experience and the adventure of living overseas. What do you love about your town/city?: The energy of the place is manic – you […]

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Nov
26

Laura’s Word(s) of the week: In bocca al lupo

‘In bocca al lupo’ means ‘Good luck’ in Italian. The literal meaning is ‘In the wolf’s mouth’. The appropriate response if someone wishes you luck is ‘Crepi il lupo’, meaning something along the lines of ‘The wolf will cark it.’ Dead wolf = success!

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drinks-paloma
Nov
25

Around the world in 80 drinks: Paloma

The Paloma from Mexico By Dan Kaufman When it comes to Mexican cocktails most people think of margaritas – yet according to Christophe Lehouz, the owner of Pocket Bar, in Mexico it’s the Paloma cocktail that’s arguably more popular. It could be because the teaming of grapefruit soda with tequila makes this much easier to […]

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