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 through my blog and on my weekly travel segment on Sydney Radio 2UE. 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 +

Sea Baskets at Wadden Sea Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony Germany

Lower Saxony’s Seaside Spa Town and the Wadden Sea

It takes a little while to get used to the gooey feeling of mud squishing between my toes. I realise I must have been a child the last time I’ve enjoyed rather than recoiled from it but my adult brain is soothed by the knowledge that there’s nothing in this mud that can hurt me.Read More

Road trips need sunscreen even when you're in the car

The Road Trip Health and Beauty Tip You Need to Know

While we all know that sun damage can lead to skin cancer and is one of the leading causes of ageing what many don’t realise is that sun damage can happen when you’re in a car. And I don’t just mean when the top is down. I remember seeing a documentary years ago that lookedRead More

The 'Barkenhoff' in Worpswede is next door to the Buchenhof Hotel

Wandering Worpswede, the artist community in Germany’s Lower Saxony

Some places have a special energy that draws a certain kind of person to them. Worpswede in Germany’s Lower Saxony is one such place, and in this case the people it draws in are artists. When I told friends in Berlin I was going to Worpswede most of them admitted they had never been, despiteRead More

Zoomlite pink packing cells in case, image Zoomlite

Travel Packing Essentials: What Not to get on a Plane Without

… This post has been brought to you by Vision Direct … As anyone who travels regularly will know, over the years we discover there are some things we always want to have with us when we’re exploring new places and other things that we’ve learned not to bother packing again after they stayed inRead More

The Train de Charlevoix crosses Saint-Lawrence's shore to travel between Quebec City and La Balbaie

Baie-Saint-Paul and beyond in Charlevoix, Quebec’s charming holiday destination

It starts at a small train station looking out at a magnificent waterfall. When I arrive at the station 12 kilometres outside of Quebec City I smile when I see Canada’s Montmorency Falls. Just a few days earlier I was on a zip line crossing the face of those falls, which at 30 metres higherRead More

My last outgoing passenger cards for international travel from Australia will remain a souvenir

Say Goodbye to Outgoing Passenger Cards in Australia

They’ve always been a slightly annoying but required part of any international flight out of Australia, but very soon they will be no more. Those little green outgoing passenger cards will be redundant after what’s being reported as a 1st of July 2017 cut off date. When I heard the date I actually had aRead More

HP Sprocket portable printer creating sticker ticket memories of Ignite Anthems

HP Sprocket Portable Printer Review: Sharing Fun Festival Memories with Friends

   …. This post has been brought to you by HP Sprocket and contains some affiliate links … At this year’s Vivid Sydney I had some of those amazing, wonderful, precious times with friends at a very special event that I never want to forget. My phone is full of photos of our time together,Read More

Le Monastere des Augustines is one of the more unusual Quebec City Hotels

Three (very) Different Quebec City Hotels to Stay In

Quebec City is one of the oldest and most beautiful settlements in North America.  That’s the definition of North America that also includes Canada, of course. But you got that. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with narrow cobblestone streets, 17th and 18th-century houses and charming sidewalk cafes. The Old Town areaRead More

Visiting the Wellington waterfront, New Zealand

A Short Break in Windy, Wonderful Wellington

“I just blew in from the windy city, the windy city is mighty pretty….” Doris Day’s voice fills my head and puts a smile on my face as I find myself bracing against gusts of wind in Wellington. Even though I’d heard New Zealand’s capital can be very windy, I hadn’t really taken the adviceRead More

If I use my travel affiliate programs right I'll be able to make money more easily on the road

How and Why I use Travel Affiliate Programs to Make Money

… This post contains some affiliate links. Which is kinda the whole point of the story … When I first started my blog I didn’t have a plan. I just wanted a fun outlet to write about random things that I found interesting. My early posts included pieces about why only female mosquitoes bite andRead More