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. 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 +

Lapland Log Cabin holiday in Harriniva, Image credit Antti Pietikainen

Log Cabin Holidays in Lapland: What to Know Before You Go

… This post is brought to you by Artisan Travel … When I think about Lapland I think of snow, reindeer and a certain jolly fellow who keeps naughty and nice lists. Throw in beautiful scenery, northern lights, and both husky sled rides and reindeer sleigh rides and the holiday magic gets even better. LaplandRead More

Butterfly Garden, Changi Airport

Changi Airport Singapore: Ten Top Things to Do

Of all of the “I love Changi airport” stories I’ve heard 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.” While Gary is anRead More

gift ideas for travellers

A Travel Lover’s Gift Ideas for Every Budget

It’s that time of year again when people start trying to decide what to put under the tree for their loved ones. As I clearly love to travel I’m often asked about gift ideas for other people who share my passion. While there may be some ideas in here that you’ve already thought of, IRead More

Northern Lights tips will help you pick the best places to go, like here in Iceland at the Gullfoss waterfall, Credit ThorirNK and Iceland Pro Travel

Five Northern Lights Tips To Know Before You Book Your Trip

… This post is brought to you by The Aurora Zone … Like most people I spent much of my life dreaming about seeing the Northern Lights, and so when I was faced with a big birthday with a 0 on it I decided that would be my very special birthday present to myself. OfRead More

Sydney New Year's Eve

Best Hotels for Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks

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

luxury villas

Luxury Villas – Tips to Make the Most of your Holiday

When I think about going on holidays with friends some of my best memories happens to involve luxury villas and sharing it with them. Don’t get me wrong I’m rather partial to a luxury hotel or three, but if there’s a few of you travelling together not only can it make more financial sense toRead More

Australian Road Trips

Seven Great Australian Road Trips Worth Hitting the Road For

Australia is such a big country that it’s much faster to take to the skies than get behind the wheel of a car. But it’s so beautiful that there’s a lot to be said for hitting the road if you have the time to soak up the scenery between hot spots. Depending on the kindRead More

Travel Scams in Europe

Five Top Tips for Avoiding Travel Scams in Europe

I’ll never forget the first time I realized sweet looking people may not be so sweet when I was travelling through Europe. I was in a crowded store in Barcelona and my handbag was hanging loose as I used both hands to look through a rack of clothes. I’d seen the little old lady nearbyRead More

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

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

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

Felix Boutique Sydney Airport Hotel brings the Fab and the Funk

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 realized I’d have to spend the night in an airport hotel. The queue forRead More