How to choose a good hotel

I have worked in the travel industry as an editor, PR and blogger for nearly 10 years now which means I have seen it all – the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly when it comes to hotels. This is funny because I grew up in a family of campers. My primary school’s Year […]

The ten laws of luxury

Luxury gets a top billing in most travel press these days but who can afford that stuff? The words ‘exclusive’, ‘bespoke’ and ’boutique’ get bandied around but what does this really mean? And how can your average punter afford an experience that feels luxurious but doesn’t cost a fortune? Here’s what you should look for if […]

Op Shop Week!

You could argue that it’s always Op Shop Week at my house but it actually is National Op Shop Week at the moment. I love op shops. I bought tonnes of stuff for The Spark and I’s new place at the Vinnies in Glebe which is a paradise of cheap books, daggy platters, boxed up glassware […]

Book travel like a boss

In the digital age, many of us are booking our own travel. But here’s the catch: we’re not experts. Here’s a handy checklist to help you navigate the world of online travel bookings. 1. Passport Has your passport got six month’s validity? If not, apply for a new one ASAP as many countries won’t allow you in […]

Best things ever

When you think back over your life, what are the absolute best things you’ve ever done? Here are mine: Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef on the Year 10 excursion Getting my puppy Dash, the toy poodle Snorkelling with manta rays on Big Island, Hawaii Hippo-watching as the sun set in the Okavango Delta, Botswana Holding a baby […]

3 ways to make your luggage stand out

You know that moment when you’re standing at the luggage carousel after a long haul flight and you can’t find your bag? You’re jostling for a front row position to get a better look, but you’re stuck behind a family of size or a couple with eight designer suitcases or a group of twenty-something backpackers. […]

5 tips for business trips

While business trips are fantastic for both personal and career growth, they can easily seem daunting and overwhelming. You not only want to make a great impression and forge strong connections with clients and co-workers, but you also want to have an enriching experience. Because of this, it’s important to take care of the seemingly […]

7 things you need to know about travelling to Bali

If you’re planning to head to Bali, here are a few handy hints to get you started. 1. There is a visa on arrival system – When you get to Denpasar airport, you will need to line up and buy a visa. It will cost you USD$35 per person. Your visa will be valid for […]

Top four packing tips

If you’re keen to ensure your next holiday is stress-free and full of fun, read on for the dos and don’ts of packing wisely. 1. Don’t Pack in a Rush It’s common to be running around trying to tie up a myriad of loose ends before you go on holiday. From making sure pets will […]

Best dirty weekends

Dirty weekend

One of the many excellent things about falling in love is the potential for dirty weekends. While you’re still madly in lust is the perfect time to pack a bag with lingerie, Champagne and not much else. But the real question is where to go? Where are the best dirty weekend getaways around Sydney In […]