3 reasons to actually plan your holiday

Sunday, 27, July, 2014 2 , , Permalink 2

I'm kind of known for my colour coordinated travel spreadsheets. I feel like I've just admitted the cardinal sin of the travel world. I know that "proper" travellers are meant to be comfortable flying by the seat of their pants - showing up in cities with just a backpack and an open mind - but that's just not me. I actually enjoy planning the holiday almost as much as going on it. And I don't think that makes me any less of an authentic traveller. I've used this same spreadsheet template for everything from a weekend in Tasmania, to 8 months in Europe, to 6 weeks in the US, to a week in New Zealand. I'll never forget sitting on the ...

Oktoberfest & Bucket Lists

Sunday, 20, July, 2014 0 , , Permalink 1

I've never quite grasped why Oktoberfest actually occurs in September. Anyway, in 2010 I met some friends from London in Munich - dirndl and all - to experience the famous Bavarian festivities. It's always been a bucket-list item for me - same as Fiesta de San Fermin ("running of the bulls"), La Tomatina, Christmas in New York and Carnivale - so I couldn't resist the opportunity to enjoy a stein and pretzel and tick this one off the list. My travel journal was (unsurprisingly) light on during my 4 days at Oktoberfest - any spare time (i.e. not at the beer halls) was spent exploring Munich and sampling the local delicacies (pork knuckle = amazing). It wasn't until I was leaving ...

3 Ways to Make Friends As Grown Ups

Sunday, 13, July, 2014 6 , Permalink 0

Why is making friends so much harder as a grown up? I’m not talking about Facebook friends or twitter followers - or even acquaintances or colleagues. I mean real friends. Over the years, I’ve worked out how to spot these ones – they are the friends who will offer to help you with the most dull but essential of tasks (like assembling ikea furniture or moving house). The ones who you don’t mind leaving alone with your family or letting see your ugly-crying face (you know what I mean). The friends that you can sit in comfortable silence with because you don’t need to impress each other or prove anything – you just are. Those friendships are rare and they can take ...

Weekend Escape: Sydney

Sunday, 6, July, 2014 2 , , , Permalink 1

There are hundreds of fun and unique things to do on any given weekend in Sydney - restaurants, shows, bars, markets, parks, sights, beaches. Last week, I travelled to Sydney for work and decided to stay the weekend (a great exercise in Roots & Wings if I do say so myself). I've visited Sydney a few times before - I did things like climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and visit Taronga Zoo - but this time I really just wanted to hang out. And I was lucky enough to have a fabulous local host to show me how to do this best. These are the highlights of my weekend:   Post work drinks at Opera Bar You might be thinking that Opera Bar is ...