Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Eurail Pass Travels, Seeing Germany by Train with Rail Europe

As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of train travel. So when I was considering how to get from Basel to Berlin on my latest European adventures I decided to go train rather than plane. Sure, flying would have been faster, but it wouldn’t have given me the chance to see the German countryside going byRead More

Marc Newson designed Qantas Premium Economy seats, image courtesy Qantas

Is Qantas Premium Economy Worth the Extra Money?

It can be tough having champagne tastes on a beer budget. Especially when you know how good that champagne tastes. As someone who makes her living from writing when it comes to flying my budget is sadly more suited to economy than the pointy end of the plane, but thanks to the clever use ofRead More

Azamara Quest Mediterranean Cruise Review

Boutique Hotel Style Cruising the Med on Azamara Quest

When you’re on a cruise you feel like you’re in your own little bubble, but due to the popularity of cruising there are times when your ship comes in at the same time as someone else’s. It’s a situation I found myself in when I woke up in Ajaccio on Azamara Quest and looked outRead More

Spirit of Queensland's RailBeds, picture courtesy of Queensland Rail

The Spirit of Queensland Train’s RailBeds

I can now say that 160 kilometres per hour is the fastest I have travelled on land, and I did it in my sleep. I also did it while watching the Queensland countryside go by, and taking in a movie. As I lay in my RailBed on the Spirit of Queensland tilt train, hurtling throughRead More

Singapore Airlines Suite Class Review

Double Beds, Dom and Givenchy in the Sky – Singapore Airlines Suites Review

There’s a moment where you check your watch on a long haul flight and realize there’s still eight hours to go. Usually I would greet this with a bit of a sigh and shift my weight in my economy class seat, but on my recent flight from Singapore’s Changi airport to Zurich I was thrilledRead More

Cruising into Venice on Uniworld's River Countess

Cruising Venice on Uniworld’s River Countess

When is a river cruise not a river cruise? It’s a question I ask myself as I look out onto Venice from my floating six star boutique hotel, the River Countess. This beautiful ship can happily glide along the rivers of Europe but my first experience with her is something slightly different. Rather than takingRead More

Food preparation on HAL Cruise's MS Oosterdam

Cruise Galley Tour on Holland America’s MS Oosterdam

What nationality eats the most on a cruise? It seemed like a trick question and I felt quite confident that the answer would be Americans. But no. As I discovered on my galley tour on HAL Cruises’ MS Oosterdam, the answer is Australians. Thinking there must be some kind of misunderstanding I asked our guideRead More

Luke Mangan, picture courtesy Virgin Australia

Luke Mangan, Consulting Chef Virgin Australia: Ten Questions

Luke Mangan has many (chefs) hats. He’s the owner and operator of a number of restaurants in Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Japan including glass brasserie in Sydney’s Hilton, and Salt and the World Wine Bar in Tokyo. He has three Salt Grills onboard P&O Cruise ships, and is the consulting chef for Virgin Australia. AsRead More

Miss Kitty Fantastico at The Langham Sydney

Miss Kitty Fantastico’s night at The Langham Sydney

“Shall I order us some room service?” It’s the first time I’ve said that to a cat, but then again, it’s the first time I’ve stayed at a five star hotel with one either. I look at Miss Kitty Fantastico’s furry face and as she looks back, purring away happily, I smile. I’ll confess IRead More

Queensland's Sunlander Train

Queensland’s Sunlander Train: Last Trip Coming Soon

Back when Elizabeth was being crowned Queen and Edmund Hillary was climbing Mount Everest, Queensland’s Sunlander train was taking to the tracks for the first time. One of the Top 25 Rail Journeys in the World (as voted by the Society of International Railway Travellers, and they should know), for sixty years the Sunlander hasRead More