Quick guide to India’s spiritual capital, Varanasi

"Since the birth of time, the Indian city of Varanasi has been a place of holy pilgrimage. For Hindu’s from all walks of life, the river Ganges and its promise of spiritual nirvana have given the city an energy that pulls both the devoted and the intrigued.  The ageless beauty of Varanasi comes to light... Continue Reading →

Holy wow!

We held our hands up to our noses and tried to block the stench of stale urine as we walked through the narrow laneways.  There were cows being revered, Sadhu’s and beggars crouching on the cobbled paths and the faithful lined up outside the tiny temples, with their floors ashen and sooty from the burning... Continue Reading →

Lost in Leh

"Dramatically perched on the mountain tops, the monasteries and palaces of Leh make for both stunning vista’s and hard climbs. To reach the temples, the steep stairways of 100+ steps require at least a decent level of fitness. The views are truly stunning; whitewashed walls, painted Buddha’s and exposed mountain peaks. To reach the temples... Continue Reading →

Something about Facebook

What is our obsession with Facebook? It’s become our worldwide search engine, event planner, pentameter for self-esteem, our social circle and the soapbox of many. Hardly a day goes by where most of us don’t check in or check out. Is it just the voyeur in us or does it resonate at a deeper level... Continue Reading →

Leh’d in Leh (or so the t-shirt says anyway)

There's really no way around it, road tripping in India is tough going. Even when you learn how to navigate around the wayward livestock and doe-eyed cows peering through the car windows at the traffic lights, the roads with their sinking potholes and rubble surfaces take some getting used to. In Ladakh, they are so... Continue Reading →

Making the most of Fiji’s Coral Coast

Where the azure of the reef folds into the deep blue of the sea, the horizon of Fiji’s sparkling Coral Coast is picture perfect. Everywhere you look, your vision is framed by the curve of the palm trees and their long green fronds ebbing and flowing in the breeze. The water is calm and the... Continue Reading →

Top 10 travel tips

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”  I thought I was quite a good traveller; prepared, organised, packed light and knew not to carry oversized hand cream, but when I flew overseas last year on a passport that was short... Continue Reading →

Humanity, are we just faking it?

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou When I was in high school, there was one Chinese girl in my class. I remember her well;... Continue Reading →

Six ways to enjoy your Hobart weekend escape

"Much has been written about Tasmania’s picturesque capital city. That’s because its wide acclaim as one of Australia’s most delightful destinations is wholeheartedly true. It's rolling pale hills that hug the Derwent River build to the pinnacle of Mt Wellington and greet you to the wilderness Isle with a wide open sky and open heart."... Continue Reading →

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