About the Author

As a journalist who loves to travel and is fond of a chat I'm oh so happy when I'm sharing travel tales and tips through my blog and on my weekly travel segment on Sydney Radio 2UE. When I'm not travelling or writing about it I can be found out and about with friends, curled up at home with a good book or watching an addictive tv show promising I'll stop after one more episode. Amanda on Google +

Work Around the Globe

Working Around the Globe: How Australia Compares to Abroad

One of the best things I’ve ever done in my life was pack my bags and head to the airport with a one way ticket to London. I had no idea how long I’d stay, or what I’d do for work. I did have a slight meltdown in the days leading up to my bigRead More

Hotel Mansart, a boutique luxury hotel in Paris

An Affordable Boutique Luxury Hotel Stay in the Heart of Paris

In the heart of Paris’ 1st arrondissement you will find one of France’s most beautiful squares, a square that gives my own heart a little lift whenever I walk through it. The Place Vendôme is filled with charm and elegance, not to mention some rather prestigious brands. Considered by many to be the world centreRead More

Cheap Airfares, the best time to buy revealed

Cheap Airfares: The Best Day to Book Flights Revealed

There are some things I’m very happy to spend money on when I travel, and other things I’d really rather save my pennies on. In my book, cheap airfares mean more money for a special treat at my destination. It could be a special tour, an amazing dinner, a spa treatment or few champagne momentsRead More

European Waterways' L'Impressionniste barge holiday starts or ends at Escommes

A Canal Barge Holiday in Burgundy on European Waterways’ L’Impressionniste

It was decadent and felt slightly ridiculous but it had to be done. After all, when else would I have the chance to sip Kir Royale in a hot tub on a luxury barge slowly making its way through Burgundy? As I sat in the warm bubbles sipping bubbles and crème de cassis from theRead More

An Amsterdam Cycling holiday is a great idea for beginners

The Best Cycling Holiday for Beginners: The Netherlands

… This is a guest post by Mike McLeish of the bicycle blog Pinch-Flat …   A phrase that struggles to strum up images of adventure is “health and safety.” Instead, the words conjure up images of rules, regulations and high visibility. None of that sounds particularly inspiring, except when talking about cycling. A countryRead More

Anthony Uniworld SS Antoinette Cruise Director

Anthony Banks, Uniworld SS Antoinette Cruise Director: Ten Questions

One of the things I love about river cruising is not just the places you see and things you do, but the people you meet. On my Rhine river cruise on Uniworld’s SS Antoinette I met some lovely people from all around the world, and a man who helped to make our cruise one toRead More

Luxury cruising down the Rhine River on Uniworld's SS Antoinette

The Romance of a Rhine River Cruise with Uniworld’s SS Antoinette

As one of the most popular European rivers to holiday on, the Rhine has its fair share of river cruise ships. Which means there are times when ships need to tie up next to one another so passengers can pass through or over another ship to reach the riverbank. At these times it’s hard notRead More

With views like these Shanghai Ritz Carlton's Flair is one of the best rooftop bars in the world

The Seven Best Rooftop Bars in the World

… This is a guest post by Hans Ebenman and Rikard Fredricson of The Rooftop Guide …   If you love to dine and drink with a view then here’s a story for you: the seven best rooftop bars according to the world’s biggest website and guide on the subject, The Rooftop Guide. The RooftopRead More

Flying above clouds

Why Your Credit Cards’ Travel Insurance May Not Be Enough

Every year I buy one thing that I hope I never have to use. Travel insurance. Apart from not wanting to tempt fate and fearing that the first trip I dared to take without it would be the first time I needed it, I couldn’t imagine grabbing my passport without knowing I had a goodRead More

Venice Simplon Orient Express train in Berlin Hauptbahnhof station for first time

Taking the Venice Simplon Orient Express Train from London to Berlin

“If I had a magic wand and could make any travel dream come true what would you wish for?” When a fellow travel writer asked me this question in Myanmar I was momentarily stumped. A year earlier I would have wished for Antarctica or Machu Picchu but it had been a very special year andRead More