Travel tip: Nail polish detects date rape drugs

Nail polish

A new nail polish detects date rape drugs such as GBH, Xanax and Rohypnol. This extraordinary invention has been revealed on one of my favourite websites Not Impossible Now. Four students at North Carolina State University invented  the nail polish. The brand is called Undercover Colors.  Women can simply dip their fingers into their drinks, which […]

Resin Jewellery Australia Gum Leaf Design

Resin Bracelet: Gold and SIlver Leaf

The Resin Jewellery Australia Gum Leaf Design is inspired by the beauty of our continent’s landscape, parts of which are densely populated with gum trees.  Taste for Travel’s online shop stocks these limited-edition Australian resin jewellery items created by Paris/Sydney jewellery company Mo Resin. Slender gum leaves have a unique beauty yet they and the tree are […]

High Tea cookbook giveaway

Fancy High Tea

This has nothing to do with travel but everything to do with a cause close to my heart. Breast cancer affects women all over the world. This deadly, insidious disease knows no boundaries. High Tea: 200 Delightful Recipes for Friends and Family is Penguin Australia’s campaign to raise money for the McGrath Foundation to expand their […]

Best and worst liveable cities

Melbourne 1

One of the joys of travelling is finding an exciting new city where you’d like to put down roots for a while. If you’re looking for a criteria, this will help. The latest results of the  2014 Economist Intelligence Unit Liveable Cities survey rank the best and worst liveable cities with Damascus at the bottom […]

Women solo travel tips

Patagonia Torres del Paine Chile

Here’s my tips for solo women travellers, which include safety and cultural awareness. It’s a big, bad world, but going solo can be a lot of fun.

Mobile phone calls on planes? Just say no

Best and worst airline seats - Qantas

So you’re finally sitting comfortably in your seat, kicked off your shoes, the plane is cruising smoothly at 30,000 feet, you’ve ordered a drink and you’re five minutes into a good movie. Suddenly a mobile phone rings shrilly and the woman sitting next to you answers it. “YeahhowareyouyeahI’m fine yeah. Yeahyeahwe’vejustakenoffandtheflightisOKsofar. Andyeahyeahwhatdidyousay? Ohreallyhowwasthatforyou? NoIdunnowhatwewillgetfordinneryet. Ohmygoddidhereallysaythat? […]

Things Can Only Get Feta

Marjory McGinn

Read on for the great Greek book giveaway! Two British journalists decide to leave Scotland for Greece, with dog in tow. Just as the economic crisis hits hard. The challenging first year of the adventure, living in a remote hillside village, became a highly entertaining book, Things Can Only Get Feta (Bene Factum Publishing), where […]