Field of flowers, sea of tears

Sydney Siege

It’s the fragrance of mourning blooms that brings me to tears. Inhaling the delicate, pure floral perfume of thousands of bouquets is something I’ll never forget, long after the horror of the Sydney siege fades. Many bunches of flowers have notes and cards attached – an outpouring of love, sympathy and sorrow for the dead, […]

What are the hardest languages to learn?

Acropolis

I was shopping for veges at an Athens urban produce market and in my dodgy Greek I asked for a hot dude, not a lettuce.  If you’re travelling through a foreign language country, or spending some time living there, do you learn the language, at least some useful phrases? Or do you assume English will […]

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 […]

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 […]

Life hacks for women travelling solo

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? […]

Chill out and visit Kiama

A Kiama Bay

 Take time to visit Kiama It’s not just about the blowhole and fish ‘n chips.  Kiama has so much more…   VISIT KIAMA CHECKLIST Click the link: Here’s the scoop on Kiama 120km south of Sydney 1.5 hours by car or over 2 hours by train Shops and eateries have seaside resort opening  times and days, so […]