Tulum is one of Mexico’s most popular beach towns and features historic ruins, great food and endless beach clubs set along the spectacular Caribbean Sea on the Yucatan Peninsula. Although Tulum’s popularity continues to increase, it remains quieter than nearby … Read More
Costa Rica is a country that gives travellers endless opportunities for a diversity of experiences. In Costa Rica I found myself appreciating things all the more and trying a whole new range of activities. Whether zip lining through canopies in … Read More
Northern Ireland is home to some beautiful countryside, great Irish pubs and of course the iconic Giant’s Causeway. Northern Ireland’s small size means you can easily take in its highlights in a short space of time, making it the perfect … Read More
So you booked your flights months ago, have your itinerary largely sorted and having done most of your planning, put the intricacies of your holiday aside for a while as you looked forward to the trip. When should you pick … Read More
Riding a camel out into the hot, dusty Moroccan desert to spend a night in the Sahara Desert was an experience I will never forget. It was a demonstration of how travel can both challenge and reward you, and that … Read More
A walk to Byron Bay’s iconic lighthouse, passing Australia’s most easterly point on the way, is a must-do activity in Byron Bay. The walk is a great way to see the very best this beachside town has to offer, taking … Read More
I found the fiction released in 2015 to be not as strong as the previous year or two (when I enjoyed reads such as Richard Flanagan’s incredible Narrow Road to the Deep North and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch) but there … Read More
My next international trip is three weeks in Costa Rica and Mexico in March. In the interests of maximising the short amount of annual leave I have, I’ve planned a fairly tight itinerary to make sure I make the most … Read More
This year my travel plans will see me visit two new countries – Costa Rica and Mexico. I hope to visit other new countries, and some familiar ones, but as 2016 begins and I look ahead to the travel that’s … Read More
Christmas markets are everywhere in Europe during Christmas and are a great way to immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit. Most markets also sell great gifts and decorations, while offering traditional German-style food and drink (think gluhwein and pretzels) to … Read More
For those of us in the southern hemisphere, Christmas is all about long summer evenings, trips to the beach and trying to keep cool. It’s a world away from the cold, snowy Christmas of the northern hemisphere where Christmas lights … Read More
For many of us, a couple of weeks of travel at a time is all work commitments will allow. This is something I found difficult to adjust to after returning to Australia following a couple of years based in London … Read More
Just 20 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD set among 15 acres of garden and parkland is the Heide Museum of Modern Art, founded by influential Melbourne art benefactors John and Sunday Reed. The Reeds are the subject of my favourite book … Read More
I’ve posted before on Kruger National Park and how much I love spending time in this incredible part of the world. It’s a great place for a self-drive safari with a good network of roads and rest camps with … Read More
Franschhoek is a picturesque town in South Africa’s Cape Winelands – a region recognised globally for its outstanding food and wine. Franschhoek is the foodie capital of South Africa and there is no end to the amazing wineries, restaurants and cafes in this tiny town, many of which have been recognised with industry awards. If you like amazing food and wine at a cheap price, this is the place for you.
The flight to and from a destination is my least favourite part of any holiday but a good book can make your time in the air a little more manageable. Depending on how long the flight is between a good book, a movie or two and all the meals you are served, the flight can often be almost over before you know it.
In the early stages of trip planning lots of time is spent without many tangible outcomes. I often feel I’ve spent hours browsing information online or looking at maps for not much take out but it is important to spend the time on this early research to formulate a plan for your trip. Here are the five steps I always go through in the early stages of trip planning.
When it comes to islands, Greece offers many choices for holidaymakers depending on what you want to see and do, how remote you’d like to be and what style of accommodation you prefer. Some of Greece’s many islands are tiny with just a small village and a few tourists, while others blatantly survive on tourism.
The day I spent at the Patara Elephant Farm to take part in their ‘elephant owner for a day’ program was one of my most memorable travel experiences. Located outside Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, the Patara Elephant Farm has an excellent reputation and has been rescuing and adopting elephants from circuses and illegal camps for nearly 15 years.
Determined not to let another miserable Melbourne winter weekend confine me to the house, we headed to the Yarra Valley for a day of good food and wine surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards – as well as the occasional rain shower, gusty wind and even a bit of sleet. The Yarra Valley is just a stone’s throw from Melbourne and home to some of the best wineries Australia has to offer.
One of my favourite things about a beach break is the chance to enjoy some really good books. When you’re on the go on an adventure trip or city break it can be difficult to get much reading done. A beach break is a different story. Here are some of my favourite beach reads if you’re planning an escape somewhere warm and sunny.