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 +

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

Hanging with Wilson on Castaway Island, 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

Guinness Storehouse tour guide Alan Maxwell, image courtesy Ronan Lang

Alan Maxwell, Guinness Storehouse Tour Guide: Ten Questions

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

Voyager of the Seas in Sydney Harbour

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

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

Frustration Card Game Rules for Camping

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

A Day on the trains with Opal Card from Sydney

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

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 train stops for dinner under the stars at Rawlinna station

The Indian Pacific Great Train Journey across Australia

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

Bondi lifesavers, photo courtesy Sitthixay Ditthavong www.sitthixay.com

Best Gay Beaches in Sydney – The Top Six List

Summer is well and truly here (hurrah!) and it’s a time when I love to catch up with friends both at home and from around the world who come on down to Australia for some fun in the sun. Over the years I’ve shared all sorts of Sydney tips with friends, from gorgeous walks youRead More

The Christ of the Abyss statue can be seen by snorkellers and divers alike in the Florida Keys

Florida Keys Snorkelling adventures: Where to go and what to see

… This is a guest post by James Buff of TheAdventurerr.com … The joy of discovering the underwater world begins with the simple act of putting your face in the water. That first snorkeling experience is quite often the beginning of a lifelong fascination with the ocean. That’s how it started for me over 20Read More

Amsterdam canals, image Veronica Lopez

Choosing a Boutique Hotel in Amsterdam with a Story to Tell

“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

Givenchy Pyjamas on Singapore Airlines

A Love Affair with Airline Pyjamas and Sleep Suits

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