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 […]

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.

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 […]

Greek tourism 2014 set to sizzle

Mykonos Greece

Gorgeous Greece expects another bumper season for tourism in 2014, with sporadic civil unrest unlikely to affect visitor numbers. Greece has a long and colourful history of protests and strikes, but these have become progressively fewer over the past 12 months. The pictures of violent protests in international media from downtown Athens understandably make travellers […]

Aussie girl's guide to Delicious Days in Paris

Delicious Days in Paris

WHAT: Delicious Days in Paris by Jane Paech, published by Lantern, an imprint of Penguin Books, $A35. It comprises 14 walking tours to explore the city’s food and culture and where to buy the best goodies. Each chapter is named according to Jane’s favourite foods and drinks – for example Chapter 4 is called Mousse au […]