Franschhoek food highlights

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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.

Books to pack for a plane trip

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.

The five early stages of holiday planning

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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.

A day with the elephants in Chiang Mai

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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. 

The Yarra Valley on a winter’s day

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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. 

Best beach reads

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.