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

Best Gay Beaches in Sydney – The Top Six List

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

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

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

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

… 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

A Travel Lover’s Gift Ideas for Every Budget

gift ideas for travellers

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

Summer is here! How to have fun and stay safe in the Aussie sun

Sunny days at Bronte Beach, Sydney

… This Guest Post has been brought to you by Noble Oak … Summer is finally here again with its promise of long sunny days playing at the water’s edge. But Australia’s long love affair with the beach has taken its toll: bronzed Aussies now have one of the highest rates of skin cancer inRead More

Choosing a Boutique Hotel in Amsterdam with a Story to Tell

Amsterdam canals, image Veronica Lopez

“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

A Love Affair with Airline Pyjamas and Sleep Suits

Givenchy Pyjamas on Singapore Airlines

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

Five Things To Do in Sydney on a Rainy Day

Having a Priscilla moment at Sydney's Madame Tussauds

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