Staying in the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore’s new Tower Wing

Arriving at the Shangri-La Singapore always feels special, image courtesy Shangri-La hotels

When you’re an Australian heading off on a long haul trip you can go one of two ways. There’s the ‘let’s knock this over in one 24 hour or more marathon’ approach, which has been my usual style over the years, and the ‘let’s break these crazy flights up with a short stopover’ concept whichRead More

Felix Boutique Sydney Airport Hotel brings the Fab and the Funk

Felix Hotel Sydney Airport penthouse, image courtesy Felix Hotel

Last week I had one of those days that went from ‘damnit!’ to ‘well this is kinda fabulous’ very quickly. It started not so well when my flight home from Sydney after the Mardi Gras 40th anniversary was cancelled and I realised I’d have to spend the night in an airport hotel. The queue forRead More

Hanging with Wilson on Castaway Island, Fiji

Hanging with Wilson the Castaway movie volleyball at the Castaway Island resort, Fiji

I’ve been surprised to find myself on a tiny island in the middle of paradise with a celebrity a couple of times. As I shared in Escape, there was that time Leonardo DiCaprio turned up at Finolhu in the Maldives, and we ended up splashing around on the same tiny beach and then rubbing elbowsRead More

Alan Maxwell, Guinness Storehouse Tour Guide: Ten Questions

Guinness Storehouse tour guide Alan Maxwell, image courtesy Ronan Lang

It took a lot of years and a lot of people telling me I should visit the Guinness Storehouse when I was in Dublin before I finally made it through those doors. And as soon as I did I was kicking myself that I hadn’t done it on earlier trips. The most popular tourist attractionRead More

Fighting Cruise Curves – Five Easy Exercises to do on a Cruise Ship

Voyager of the Seas in Sydney Harbour

Anyone who has been on a cruise knows how it goes. Your usual eating habits go on a holiday of their own and suddenly a big breakfast followed by a three or more course lunch and dinner every day seems like a fine idea. With maybe a little ice cream or afternoon tea to helpRead More

Frustration Card Game Rules for Camping

Frustration Card Game

Card games can be all sorts of fun but there can be times when you’re struggling to remember the rules or having a little debate over the way a game should be played. Some games everyone knows the rules to, but then there are others where people can have very different opinions because they wereRead More

Opal Card Challenge: $2.50 Travel All Day Sunday in Sydney and Beyond

A Day on the trains with Opal Card from Sydney

Fear is a funny thing. Although not when you’re gripped by it. I’ve known for a while now that the time had come to try to do a video for my site, and I had an idea for one… to see how far I could go on $2.50 on an Opal Card from Sydney onRead More

The Indian Pacific Great Train Journey across Australia

The Indian Pacific train stops for dinner under the stars at Rawlinna station

It was my first great train journey dream, and one that took more than twenty years to go from making our booking to getting on board. Back when I was at university my mother decided that we would do something really special together and go on the Indian Pacific. I remember being so excited whenRead More