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LA Lowdown: 3 Unique LA Experiences!

Monday, 31, October, 2016 0 , , Permalink 0

If you're anything like (old) me, you will have only ever gone to Los Angeles begrudgingly after being told by some annoyingly-unhelpful Flight Centre person that there was no alternative flight path options to get to [insert dream holiday destination]. However, each time I've been to LA I have managed to progressively improve the experience, and now, I actually really enjoy it. It started with hiring a red mustang convertible on my second trip - whilst a helicopter really is the ideal LA mode of transport, if your budget doesn't permit, a snazzy car not only helps to get around, but also lets you cruise Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills like a local (rather than like a tourist dag on a Homes ...

My European Highlights

Tuesday, 1, September, 2015 0 , , , , , , Permalink 1

I knew this Monday was going to be more difficult than usual. Nevertheless, at 8.42am, I found myself staring blankly past my computer screen in a zombie-like state (due, in large part, to jet lag) unnervingly surprised at the sudden - almost physically painful - onset of post-holiday blues. This time last week, I was lying on a sunny beach in Sicily with a book in hand, basically getting a free hot stone massage from the pebbly shoreline that Italians call a beach. It was divine. And it sure as hell beat the uncomfortably-ergonomic office chair (with no massage features) that I’m sitting in this Monday. Yes, I have just returned from 4 blissful weeks of (unpaid - gah!) leave in Europe. ...

5 Tips for the Bay of Islands

Tuesday, 28, April, 2015 0 , , Permalink 0

Another long weekend spent in picturesque New Zealand. And it contained all my favourite things - a road trip, good food, good wine, fresh air and amazing company. I barely scraped the surface of the Bay of Islands but there are plenty of articles and websites that you can find with the must-see attractions. Here are my personal 5 tips for a cracking long weekend:     1.       Stay in Russell at Robin’s Air BNB apartment The view from Robin's place Perfect location, perfect size, great views – enough said? Air BNB is absolutely my preferred accommodation when I travel. "Belong anywhere" is their aim and Robin's place in Russell made us feel right at home.   2.       Have the seafood chowder at Sally’s Restaurant Dinnertime view from Sally's Located ...

5 date ideas for the stay-at-home traveller

If there was ever an opportunity for harmonising roots and wings in a single blog post - well, this is it. Dating can be difficult at the best of times - a "roots" endeavour, for most of us it's essentially about finding a life partner. So, for a wanderlust-infected traveller - a lover of "wings", so to speak - it can be difficult to stay anywhere long enough to really lay the foundations of a relationship. There needs to be a compromise - a middle ground between roots and wings - but who says you can't stay put and still get that travel buzz? Enter, the “staycation”. We've all heard of it – the seemingly-less fun, holiday at home - and I realise ...

A long weekend in Auckland

Tuesday, 10, February, 2015 0 , , Permalink 0

If you live on the East Coast of Australia, going overseas for an indulgent and picturesque long weekend is not as impossible as it sounds. Just 3.5 hours of flying will get you to a destination that has views reminiscent of the Greek Islands, mountains and lakes as grand as Switzerland, vineyards to rival Tuscany and harbours as bustling as Venice. Next surprise? It’s all on the lesser-travelled North Island of New Zealand – Auckland. Now, frankly speaking, the actual city itself is nothing particularly special. But it’s a great place to kick-start a long weekend. Here is my sample itinerary and tips for a long weekend in Auckland:   Day 1 in Auckland (Friday) A day in Auckland is going to be plenty. After ...

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Top 10 Must Eats in NYC

Sunday, 21, September, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 0

There is so much to do in NYC. But what do you do if you've seen the Empire State Building, Rockafella Centre and Top of the Rock? If you've strolled through Central Park, Little Italy, Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales? If you've toured the UN, the 9/11 Memorial and all the museums? At least twice. Well, I say it leaves guilt-free space in your itinerary for eating your way around the city. On my recent trip to NYC - my fourth bite of The Big Apple - I was able to really get a taste for New York. Food is a huge part of my travelling experience - I'd prioritise eating a croissant in Paris over the Louvre any day. So, here ...

5 Steps to The Ultimate Upper East Side Experience

Sunday, 7, September, 2014 2 , , , Permalink 3

During this last week in NYC, I had the most perfect, unplanned day on the Upper East Side. I love it when that happens when travelling. Everything just fell into place - I didn't get the wrong subway or find the shop/restaurant/museum closed or feel like I was rushing around with an itinerary. The day - spent entirely by myself - seemed to just flow, ticking off a lot of must-see / must-do activities without feeling remotely touristy or hectic. So, here is my guide to the ultimate Upper East Side experience:   1. Have a true NYC breakfast First things first. Start the day with a bagel at the famous Ess-A-Bagel near the corner of Third Ave and 51st Street. Get there early, because ...

16 Must Have Travel Apps

Sunday, 31, August, 2014 1 , , Permalink 0

It seemed only fitting that my second Lifehack article be more "wings" than "roots". So, here are the 16 Best Travel Apps You Must Have For Your Next Trip. I've tried and tested all of these! However, I've recently decided that the Jetlag Genie - although great in theory - is not the ideal way to handle jetlag. I know this, because I'm writing this post from LAX after a 14 hour flight from Melbourne, while waiting for my (delayed - grr!) flight to JFK. This week I used the Jetlag Genie to try adjusting to the NY timezone before my trip and maximise my holiday time (by waking up at stupid times like 4.30am on a Tuesday). All that's happened, is ...