Let’s all drink Champagne in a Cook Islands paradise


I am obsessed with three things at the moment: 1) Words with Friends, 2) Twitter, 3) the Cook Islands. The First Husband and I are planning a trip to the Cook Islands because Air New Zealand are launching direct flights from Sydney to Rarotonga in July, meaning that it only takes 6 hours to get there […]

Cook Islands: Just like Hawaii but without the franchises


I attribute my love of all things rustic and natural to my semi-hippie, semi-hillbilly upbringing. My sister had a pet rooster, we grew our own broad beans and we lived next door to my Grandmother. We didn’t have any gaps in our teeth, per se, but I’m pretty sure we had a moonshine still stashed […]

Travel Tales: Jamie Durrant, Editor, Essentials Magazine

Name: Jamie Durrant Age: 38 Occupation: Travel Magazine Editor Favourite travel destination?: Rarotonga, Cook Islands, mainly because it’s ever so laid back. I was utterly struck by the ‘let it all hang out’ lack of body image awareness – perhaps due to the lack of any advertising/brand images on the island, or perhaps because bigger […]