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 +

Meribel ski chalet holiday, image D.André Méribel Tourisme

Luxury Meribel Chalets for a Stylish French Alps Stay

So you don’t ski but you still want to join friends on a Meribel chalet holiday? This one is for non-skiers and skiers alike, plus tips on where to stay.

South Saskatchewan River views from The Bessborough hotel, Saskatoon

Saskatooning: What to do in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Some words are just fun to say. Saskatoon and Saskatchewan are two of them, and when I was planning to travel from Vancouver to Toronto on The Canadian train and saw Saskatoon was one of the possible stops, I knew I wanted to get out and have a look around. I knew next to nothingRead More

A Brisbane river cruise is a great way to see the city and landmarks like Story Bridge, image Tourism Australia

The Best Places to Visit in Brisbane

When Australians first started calling Brisbane ‘Brisvegas’ it was a bit of a friendly dig at a city that wasn’t the most exciting spot to visit at the time. But oh how times have changed. Now Brisbane is cool. So cool that when some pilots say ‘welcome to Brisvegas’ when the plane lands it’s metRead More

The L'Oscar suite at L'Oscar Hotel brings the wow factor to a romantic night in London

The Most Romantic London Hotels for Sexy Luxury Stays

There are some hotel rooms that just make you think ‘this, THIS is where I want to bring my lover.’ Sometimes they’re tapping into the whole four-poster bed old school romantic vibe, sometimes they’re channeling sexy disco fun, or they might just have so much wow factor you want to share it with someone whoRead More

Top travel apps for planning and enjoying a trip

Twelve Great Travel Apps To Pack in Your Phone 

From planning your trip to making life easy in a strange land, having the right travel apps in your phone can have a big impact on your holiday experience. Here are a dozen that help make me an appy traveller. Get Your Guide The Get Your Guide website and app are not just a greatRead More

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, photo courtesy BridgeClimb Sydney

20 Great Sydney Tours For Every Budget and Adrenalin Level

Having lived there most of my life I may be the teensiest bit biased, but I do believe Sydney is one of the greatest places in the world. There’s sooooo much to see and do that I still haven’t come close to doing everything I want to, and I know I’m not the only one.Read More

Exploring the Kimberley on an expedition cruise, image © Ponant

Why a Kimberley expedition ship is such a great idea

Want to see Australia’s last great wilderness? Here’s why an expedition ship around The Kimberley is such a great way to go, and what to pack when you do.

Having a Priscilla moment at Sydney's Madame Tussauds

Five Things To Do in Sydney on a Rainy Day

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

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