24 travel gift ideas for travelers

Travel is something we all look forward to in some way. Those that don’t like being away look forward to being home and the ones that long for something different are dreaming of the adventures to be had.   I think something for a trip is a great present. It beats all that useless plastic…

Understanding Australian Slang

Aussie Slang Australian slang is something I have grown up with. To me its just a part of life. Many will argue the large amount of slang is as a result of an uneducated population who  can’t be bothered to use the Queens’ English. I am not sure about slang originating from the uneducated but…

How to get the best deals on hotels and resorts

In gaining an understanding of how to get the best deals on hotels and resorts we need to reflect on how much the industry has changed in the last two decades and remind ourselves of trends that may impact future travels. In this new era of apps and websites it has never been easier for…

50 inspirational travel quotes

Travel quotes Travel quotes both annoy me and inspire me. When I am about to take I trip, I love them. When I have just got back they irritate me. Says more about me that the travel quote huh! They do make me appreciate and be grateful for all the opportunities that I have had…

The world’s most romantic hotels

If we look at the synonyms associated with romance, they are mystery, glamour, excitement, colourfulness, colour, exoticism, and mystique. If we use these words as the basis for a metrics to judge what are the most romantic hotels in the world, I think you will be happy with the results. (secretly I love that colour…

10 Lessons I Learnt While Traveling as a Family

Travel is such a glorious and wondrous discovery of other places. Travel with kids is not that! OMG are you tested when you travel with kids! So, why do it? Why travel with kids? Exposing your children to you failing and dealing with mistakes is said to help them grow. Travel for growth. Travel can…

Surviving the Monkey Forest Ubud with Kids

On at least one occasion to Bali you should visit the Monkey Forest in Ubud. The villagers view the Monkey Forest as an important economical, educational, spiritual place for the village. The forest has become someone of a conservation centre in recent years with the villagers having increased understanding how to maintain and best care…

Travel to Be the Best You

  We get one shot at life. It is short. We need to bring our ‘A’ game. Travel gives us the opportunity to develop ourselves into our best selves. You can only give your best and you can only be your best. That is it. No one can ask more of you than being your…

Developing an Understanding of Aboriginal Heritage

This is going to be a very difficult piece to write about. I’m going to start with the disclaimer that I am in no way shape or form qualified to give an opinion on the heritage of Aboriginal people from their perspective. I am not aboriginal and as such, I am not privy to their…

How I Make Time for Travel Despite a Busy Schedule

  How I make travel despite having a busy schedule is no simple task. Everyone is busy. In the world we live in, life is busy. We have activities and we have work. We try to balance one with the other and then we add kids into the fold and we add their lives into…

Los Angeles Markets for Foodies

Why I love farmers markets Farmers Markets are not only the best way to get to know a neighbourhood but a great family activity. When my eldest son was first born the weekend treats at the markets were my sanity check. This was a date without knowing it was a date. My husband and I…

Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort

The Pan Pacific Nirwana The Pan Pacific Nirwana was an iconic hotel in Bali for a very long time. 20 years of serving customers and over 3 million guests, 1000 weddings it will be sad for this gem to be demolished. When the resort opened some 20 years ago it was Bali’s first integrated resort….