Feeling worn out? Beaten up by life? Hawaii will knock the cynicism right out of you. They have this thing called aloha. It’s a greeting and well-known tourism slogan but it’s also so much more. Aloha, as explained to me by Lily, the cultural advisor at Sheraton Kona on the Big Island, is all about […]

The best holiday destinations for relaxation


With the everyday stresses of modern life, sometimes we just need to get away from it all and put our feet up in a location that’s far from home. While a holiday spa might be a fun short term solution, there’s nothing like a complete change of scene to help you forget your troubles. If […]

5 things to do in SF

Californian Redwoods

I totally understand why people fall in love with San Francisco. I stayed in Mission with my dear friend Tennille and it was so damn good. All the houses are these funny little 1950s walk-ups in coral pastels. You can buy a burrito the size of your arm for USD$7.50, there are dive bars galore […]

5 things to do in New York


New York. Even if you haven’t been, you know it. Manhattan has a kind of mythology attached to it; part Gotham city, part island of artists and thinkers. Visiting is as much about joining the dots from scenes in TV and movies as it is about getting a grip on what New York really is. […]


Barbie Dream House

I visited the Brand USA Roadshow earlier this week for work and I have to tell you, America has some fun stuff. Take, for example, The Mall of America that has just launched the life-sized Barbie Dream house where you can run around in a hot pink plastic mansion. Caesars Entertainment has just launched a […]

How much is New York?

New York

I want to go to New York next year and I have exactly no money. According to Zuji, Sydney – New York flights start from as little as $1500 or so on Delta but what does accommodation cost? And things? What do things cost when you get there? What is the minimum amount of money […]

Dinosaur Hotel


Sometimes you see something so truly awesome that you have to tell people about it. For ages I’ve been banging on in various professional circles about how good social media content has to either be really fun or really useful/interesting. This is not my idea. It’s just common sense but so many people don’t listen and […]

Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee


Hattie B. Staedtler visits the Kingdom. I’m going to Graceland, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee – but not because you are, Paul Simon. Try Googling “Elvis Presley Peace in the Valley” and by the time you get to “Elvis Presley pea” the suggested search is “Elvis Presley Peanut Butter”. Such is the legacy of the world’s […]

Hooray for Dollywood


Hattie B Staedtler takes us to the home of the original blonde ambition. I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I’ve stared down the barrel of some pretty tough decisions in my time: Mum’s house or dad’s? Veganism or tasty cheeseburger? To platinum blonde or not to platinum blonde*? And, though as obvious […]

Las Vegas: Nerdier than expected


I was gratified to hear someone screaming ecstatically through the hotel wall at The Flamingo. Sure, that’s a little creepy but that’s what I expected from Las Vegas … Sex, cocaine, drinking and gambling. If you’re under 50 and you’re not snorting crack off a hooker’s silcone, you’re not doing it right, right? Turns out […]