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

Tasting sparkling wine at Killara Estate, Yarra Valley Victoria

Yarra Valley Visit with a Surprising Best Western Hotel Stay

When I heard we’d be staying at a Best Western in the Yarra Valley this was not what I expected. After driving down a little lane on a misty afternoon we’re greeted by the smell of log fires and what looks like a charming guesthouse. Then as we step inside I can feel my spiritsRead More

Star Flyer tall ship in the Med

Star Flyer Tall Ship Tales – Luxury Sailing with Star Clippers 

“Oh wow, look at that one! Who owns that?!” My friend Scott and I had finished walking part of the Cinque Terre and were relaxing in Portofino when we saw it: a huge white sailing ship with wind-filled white sails, cutting through the blue water. It looked like something out of a painting or storybook,Read More

Historic Nyhavn in Copenhagen, where Canal Boat tours start and end

I Love Copenhagen in The Spring Time

The sun is out. The cherry blossoms are out. And the people are most definitely out. As we walk along the water’s edge there are groups of friends happily sprawled on the grass, some with picnic blankets and drinks, others just feeling the grass beneath them with their smiling faces to the sun. The localRead More

The Darlinghurst Luxico image courtesy Luxico

The Luxico Treatment: Luxury Australian Holiday Homes For Short and Long Stays

Having lived in Sydney for years before moving to the countryside, and being lucky enough to have some gorgeous and generous friends, I usually stay with friends when I visit the big smoke these days. Which is why it’s understandable that said friends were a little confused when I invited them to come around toRead More

Exterior Ovolo Woolloomooloo, image courtesy Ovolo

Ovolo Woolloomooloo Transforms Sydney Finger Wharf Hotel

When Woolloomooloo’s historic finger wharf celebrated its 100th birthday last year it was hard to believe that there was a time when the state government wanted to tear it down. But it’s true. Back in the ‘90s when it was all run down the NSW government decided it was too expensive to restore and thatRead More

Stirred Suite at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour

Industrial Chic at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour Boutique Hotel

When I told a friend I was going to be checking into a new boutique hotel in Sydney he wasn’t all that interested until I said the O word. “Ovolo?!” He suddenly perked up. “You’re going to love it! I stayed in the one in Melbourne and they’re gorgeous. They have a free mini barRead More

View over Santiago from San Cristobal Hill

Is Bellavista the Best Place to Stay in Santiago?

When you’re planning a trip to a city for the first time the Where To Stay question is an important one. While different people will have different perfect places, for me I like to be somewhere with great energy that is fun to potter around in. It doesn’t have to be the most beautiful partRead More

Topiaries at Centara Grand Hua Hin

Feeling Grand at the Centara Grand Beach Resort Hua Hin

Grand. It’s a word that some hotels use when they really shouldn’t but as I ate breakfast to the sounds of a harp player and looked out at large topiaries in the garden of my beautiful colonial style heritage hotel it’s a word that most definitely fit. In fact that morning I was feeling prettyRead 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