Paradise Rescued is a memoir by a British expat called David Stannard. It’s a gorgeous …READ MORE

Funny Travel Story: Froggy Fun

Funny Travel Story: Froggy

My mother’s nickname at school was Froggy because of her long legs. Now she’s in her eighties but she still attends school reunions where former classmates call her Froggy.

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A Healthy Weekend

Friday night finds me in bed at 8pm. There are six weeks left in my teaching qualification and, after 10.5 months of reading, workshops and assignments interspersed with 15

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A Waterhole in Zimbabwe

We eat a quick breakfast outside on the deck at Kanga Camp overlooking Kanga Pan. At the end of the dry season in October, it’s the only inland waterhole in Mana Pools National

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How to raise adventurous kids

How to Raise Adventurous Kids for Fearful Mums

The thought of my kids doing some of the things I did when I was younger makes me shudder. Hitch-hiking, being flashed at or moving to the other side of the world where they

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Remote Fraser Island Tour (for People Who Don’t Do Tours)

This is just the first stop on our Remote Fraser Island tour with Tasman Venture and it’s hard to believe we’re just a 60 minute boat ride from the malls and fast food joints of

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Changing your habits for better health

Other People CAN Help You Change Your Habits: Here’s How!

Want to change your habits for better health? Maybe you’d like to drink more water? Start meditating? Or exercise more? Spending time with like-minded people is a short cut

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Day Trip to Hervey Bay

A Heavenly Day Out in Hervey Bay

The sea’s as flat as the pancakes the kids at the table next to us are devouring; perfectly calm and ridiculously blue. We found plenty of things to do in Hervey Bay when we last

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Funny Travel Story: When Your Waiter Gets Arrested

One of my formative travel experiences was a low, low, low budget trip to Egypt with my best friend Fiona. We were typical poverty stricken London University students, but that didn’t stop our adventuring ways.

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America's Cup Sailing Experience in Auckland

America’s Cup Sailing Experience in Auckland

When NZ won the America’s Cup sailing race in 2000 it was a big deal. The nation was celebrating and we hopped on a ferry from Waiheke Island where we lived to downtown

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Earth Hour fun

3 Fun Things to Do During Earth Hour

My mum was a midwife and she still claims that nine months after a powercut there would be a local babyboom. I guess entertainment options are limited when there is no electricity

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Health Essentials for Busy Women

The 5 Health Essentials for Busy Women

When I was young I didn’t appreciate my good health and abused my body by smoking a pack of cigarettes a day and partying fartoo much. I’m often astonished by how resilient

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Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing: a Classic New Zealand Adventure

True friends add fun to life. Like family, they know you better than anyone else and love you just the way you are but without any of the emotional baggage that can affect family

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Haruki Murakami Quotes The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

My New Writer Crush #1: Haruki Murakami and the Quotes I Love

During a teppanyaki experience at the Bali Intercontinental last year, I was seated by a Swiss man. In case you’re not familiar with teppanyaki it’s a Japanese style of cooking where guests are seated around

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iPhone photography tips

15 iPhone Photography Tips Everyone Should Know

As a blogger I spend way to much time on the Internet and social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, StumbledUpon… Well, you get the idea. For many years Iresisted the urge to

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