Travel Tales: Elise Phillips

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Name: Elise Phillips Age: A lady never tells, but I’m still sub-30 for now Occupation: Social Media Manager (I play on Facebook for a living) and blogger at www.stuffthatibought.com Favourite travel destination?: Hawaii. It might not seem like the most exciting or adventurous place to go, but there is something unmistakable about the sense of calm […]

Kaua’i Top Five

Paddling the Na Pali Coast, Kaua'i

Lou Southerden is one of my all-time favourite writers and I was lucky enough to travel with her to the islands of Oahu and Kaua’í in Hawai’i. She wrote a beautiful blog post about her experiences on Kaua’i (we split up for a few days so Lou could go ocean kayaking and surfing). If you are into checking out places […]

Hawaii Top Five-O

Shangri-la

1. Doris Duke’s ‘Shangri-la’, Honolulu I cannot tell you how much I love eccentric gajillionaires and Doris Duke’s story is a doozy. The daughter of a wealthy tobacco tycoon, Doris became the richest woman in America at the age of 12 when her father died. At 23, Doris visited Hawaii on her honeymoon with first husband […]

Hawaii – a love story

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I just got back from a work trip to Hawaii; eight days, two islands, four journalists and a lot of fancy hotel dinners. I am utterly knackered despite the fact that I’ve been in a South Pacific paradise. Believe it or not, hosting press famils (familiarisation trips) is actually pretty stressful because you’re The Responsible One. […]

Travel Tales: Simon Bernardi

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Name: Simon Bernardi Occupation: Group General Manager Wholesale, The Jetset Travelworld Group Favourite travel destination?: I have many favourites depending on my mood and how long since I was last there. One of my favourites, which I try to get to every year with my family, is Hawaii – its  fantastic! Easy to get to and affordable, it’s got everything […]

All you need is love (and a scratch Mai Tai): The Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki Beach, O’ahu

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Our last night at Mai Tai bar at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort was a cracker. It all started in our room with the complimentary bubbly and then moved down to the bar for ‘one drink before dinner’. I ordered a scratch Mai Tai, a delectable concoction of white and dark rum, pineapple […]

Travel Tales: Terry Gillespie

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Name: Terry Gillespie Age: 31 Occupation: Artworker Favourite Travel Destination? Why?: Buenos Aires… the Barrio of San Telmo, impromptu tango parties, Buenos Aires Botanical Garden, the architecture of Europe, designers of Palermo…. How much time do you have? Worst travel experience? What happened?: Fruit picking in Far North Queensland.  Working on a chilli farm is […]