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 →
“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 →
“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 →
"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 →
"Over the years, Cockatoo Island was home to the sulphur-crested cockatoo's and with their social, gregarious nature and attraction for the rich native flora of the island, I guess that's how its name came to be and it's exactly what makes people flock to the Island today. When we arrived on a weekday it was... Continue Reading →
Behind the perfect world of 5 star resorts are the beautiful people who make it happen. We went a little off the beaten track to experience a taste of village life and the simplicity that lies at the heart of the real Fiji.
“How does a flight get cancelled just like that?” we asked ourselves, sipping a morning coffee and thinking we had plenty of time to leisurely reach the Airport. An email alert popped up letting us know that the next direct flight to Hobart was the following day; well, being a Saturday that just wouldn't do... Continue Reading →
"There are backwaters and then there are backwaters, an entire hidden river system teaming with life that you won’t find on any poster or the pages of a magazine. From our low flat boat, we boarded one smaller and gently glided through the narrow rivulets and channels, taking in the bright tropical foliage, coconut... Continue Reading →
"For three years I called New Delhi home. In a city that is a living breathing reflection of India’s cultural heart, I guess as an expat I stood out. Though we foreigners may wear the clothes, soak up the festivities and get our feet dusty wearing sandals all year round, unless you’re one of those... Continue Reading →
We often think of holidays with an excitement that’s measured in distance, the further away the destination the more captivating and inviting. When we think about the joy, the breath of fresh air and the revitalisation that a holiday can bring, maybe we don't have to go so far. That doesn’t mean glamping it up... Continue Reading →
It was while sitting on one of the hospital beds in the far corner of the ward that she looked up and saw the thin grey apparition drift past, wearing a billowy long skirt and then disappear. “Something just brushed my leg,” she said quietly to me, “it was like a chilled breeze.” A pale... Continue Reading →
"I love to walk a city, whether I've been there once or a hundred times before. It's amazing what sort of inspiration you'll find when you steal a second glance." Erin Hiemstra
We love adventures both big and small, that's what adventure in our teacups is all about. Sometimes it's the little getaways that are the most precious. We live in a world where many of us are absorbed by pressure, routine, obligation and stress and it's hard to take out time for ourselves. We're all familiar with... Continue Reading →
Delhi is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a magnificent blend of wondrous history as well as a complex labyrinth of connecting towns, unspoken rules and as a vibrant reflection of the broader country, where all the worlds converge into a steamy and eclectic melting pot of ambition, celebration and creation. Without a guide to show... Continue Reading →
In the mid-1930s before the Partition between India and Pakistan, a young Army Officer, extremely polished and wearing a freshly pressed cream linen suit, stepped on a train from New Delhi in search of land to purchase. He was heading towards the Punjab, not far from what would later be called Pakistan with the idea... Continue Reading →
"Cochin, in India’s south-western state of Kerala, is a lot of things: a fort, a beach, a harbour, a modern Indian city that is home to Christians, Hindus, Muslims and Jews. She wears her illustrious history well; from the Arabic and Portuguese traders travelling the spice route in the 15th century, the Dutch invasion of... Continue Reading →
“If I were to assign a personality to Delhi, she’d be a grand old lady and you’d forgive her folly’s in favour of her warmth, humour and colourful past. You’d welcome her eccentricities and admire her temperament. Most of all, you’d love the enriching stories she’d weave from her elegant drawing room and the... Continue Reading →
A big thank you and shout out to http://www.expatessentials.com for publishing our blog “Popping the Expat Bubble.” It is now online at http://expatessentials.net/expat-essentials-popping-the-expat-bubble-expat-blogs/. Happy reading!
The story of Old Delhi is a fascinating one, once you know where to start that is. There we were at 9.00am on a cold wintery morning in the centre of one of the main crossroads, surrounded by a swirling circle of traffic made partially invisible by the slow rising fog of a December morning.... Continue Reading →
There’s something magical about travelling, doors open, we see with fresh eyes, a kind of alchemy happens; we become immersed in new and interesting experiences and learn about ourselves while understanding others, pushing new boundaries that change who we are. Here's our top 5 reasons we think adventure and travel (even being a tourist at... Continue Reading →
Everyone knows someone who has struggled with back pain or some sort of physical pain. We are all deserving of a fulfilling, wonderful and healthy life and we hope this story of PRP Prolotherapy treatment might be the magic that changes your life too.
Maybe if we’d been there during the night we’d have felt the presence of the spirits, but as it was seeing the Agresen Stepwell in the soft morning sunlight, you’d hardly know you were in one of India’s most haunted places. They say that the murky water at its depths attracted depressed and saddened souls... Continue Reading →
After a few weeks of recently enjoying Sydney's better-known tourist spots, we chose our favourite eight, which include some not so predictable getaways. Thank you once again to Travel Belles for publishing another guest blog. https://www.travelbelles.com/2016/12/eight-must-see-sydney-attractions/
I’m not sure if the grass is ever greener on the other side, except if you’ve escaped the shroud of pea-soup thick smog that’s taken over Delhi, then the grass here is definitely greener along with the trees and the shrubs. So much so that we’ve been taking pictures of the leaves and sending them... Continue Reading →
Every heartwarming story has its sprinkle of sadness, a dash of masala and a cupful of hope; after spending a casual morning with Masterchef India contestant Rohini Chawla, I see too that her story has all of these ingredients. It was her father who inspired her lifelong connection to cooking along with her decision to... Continue Reading →
Thank you to Travel Belles for publishing our blog "Things to do in Siem Reap - Top 5 Must See Attractions." Please click on the below link for our top tips and to the team at Travel Belles, thanks again! Happy travels everyone! https://www.travelbelles.com/2016/10/things-to-do-in-siem-reap/
As an experience for us as tourists it was one of our most treasured afternoons, walking through narrow stairwells, a soft breeze whispering through the trees and the smiles of the Gods etched into eternity.
I used to think that the term expat was some sort of official title given to people who moved abroad with an embassy or government posting. It took me a while to realise when I first moved overseas that I had joined this particular circle, a foreign network of sorts, no more or less official... Continue Reading →
For mainstream travel, some might consider Cambodia off the beaten track. It wasn’t the kind of place we expected or wanted to be a luxury holiday. That’s why we chose it. When we first arrived the sun was just going down and as we drove through town we crossed the foyers of Thai inspired hotels,... Continue Reading →
"Do you have another passport?" are not really the words you want to hear when you're about to board an international flight. I panicked, flapped around questioning myself and wondering how I had picked up my expired passport instead of my current one. Three hours to go, maybe just maybe there's time to go back... Continue Reading →
One of the first things you notice about Australia, anywhere you land, is the sheer vastness of it, especially the sky. Whether you arrive at night and see the inky stretch dotted with clusters of stars or the broad blue openness of the morning sky, you get the feeling right away that it’s a wide... Continue Reading →