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

Bure frontyard and hammock with a view at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

Why you’ll want to get out of Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

The stamp in my passport may have said that I had been to Fiji before, but as far as I was concerned this was my first trip. The official first time had involved flying into Fiji to join a Holland America Cruise around the South Pacific, when I had spent one night in a resortRead 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 in the past week 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.”Read More

Sydney NYE fireworks as seen from Shangri-La Hotel, image credit by Paul Reiffer

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

If you have a hotel room concern, talk to the staff

How to Tell if Your Hotel Room is Clean: a Former Hotel Manager tells all

Did you ever get into a hotel or hostel room and you felt like need a black light before you even lay down your backpack? For nine out of ten travelers, the answer to the question will be YES, especially if you are traveling on a budget.

Twinkling rope lights are on our romantic ideas for glamping list

Seven Over the Top Luxury Ideas for Glamping Romance

… This is a guest post by Paul Turner of Take Outdoors … There’s camping, and then there’s glamping. In a nutshell, glamping stands for ‘glamorous camping’. There’s nothing do-it-yourself about glamping – no tent to set up or fire pit to dig, and definitely no sleeping on the cold, hard ground in a sleepingRead More

Ljubljana Castle, Slovenia

Lovely Ljubljana: Top things to do in Slovenia’s capital

… This is a Guest Post by Anna Kay from Med Cruise Guide … Imagine living three hours from Venice, one hour from the Adriatic Sea, one hour from spectacular skiing in Austrian Alps and half an hour from one of the most beautiful lakes in the Slovenian Alps. Well, Ljubljana, the tiny capital ofRead 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