Choosing a Boutique Hotel in Amsterdam with a Story to Tell

Amsterdam canals, image Veronica Lopez

“There are cat cities and dog cities. In dog cities, you throw a stick and it comes back with its tail wagging. Cat cities are reticent and harder to judge. Amsterdam seems to be a dog city at first, until you discover that it’s really a cat city pretending to be a dog.” As IRead More

A Love Affair with Airline Pyjamas and Sleep Suits

Givenchy Pyjamas on Singapore Airlines

While I would not have been impressed if I was one of the people on the plane that day I can’t help but laugh every time I tell people the story about the Qantas flight from LA to Melbourne that was delayed over the size of some airline pyjamas. It all happened because some first classRead More

Five Things To Do in Sydney on a Rainy Day

Having a Priscilla moment at Sydney's Madame Tussauds

Sydney is at its sparkly best when the sun is shining, but of course not every day can be filled with blue skies. So what can you do when the grey clouds set in and the rain starts to fall?  Here are five ideas to help snap you out of a rainy day funk andRead More

Why you’ll want to get out of Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

Bure frontyard and hammock with a view at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

The stamp in my passport may have said that I had been to Fiji before, but as far as I was concerned this was my first trip. The official first time had involved flying into Fiji to join a Holland America Cruise around the South Pacific, when I had spent one night in a resortRead More

Changi Airport Singapore: Ten Top Things to Do

Butterfly Garden, Changi Airport

Of all of the “I love Changi airport” stories I’ve heard in the past week my favourite comes from my friend Gary. Despite the fact that he lives in Singapore, he confessed “I love Changi so much I checked into the Crowne Plaza when I landed once because I didn’t want to leave the airport.”Read More

Best Hotels for Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Sydney NYE fireworks as seen from Shangri-La Hotel, image credit by Paul Reiffer

They’re the fireworks that are seen around the world and mark the start of so many New Year’s Eve celebrations. Australia’s biggest public event, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks bring more than one and a half million people to the harbour foreshore and are watched by more than a billion people around the world. WhenRead More

How to Tell if Your Hotel Room is Clean: a Former Hotel Manager tells all

If you have a hotel room concern, talk to the staff

Did you ever get into a hotel or hostel room and you felt like need a black light before you even lay down your backpack? For nine out of ten travelers, the answer to the question will be YES, especially if you are traveling on a budget.

Seven Over the Top Luxury Ideas for Glamping Romance

Twinkling rope lights are on our romantic ideas for glamping list

… This is a guest post by Paul Turner of Take Outdoors … There’s camping, and then there’s glamping. In a nutshell, glamping stands for ‘glamorous camping’. There’s nothing do-it-yourself about glamping – no tent to set up or fire pit to dig, and definitely no sleeping on the cold, hard ground in a sleepingRead More