I first visited Thailand in 1992 and loved it. So when Accor Hotels invited me to go there again in 2016 I was excited but also concerned. So often when …READ MORE

Easy Health Changes for Busy Women

5 Easy Health Changes for Busy Women

These easy health changes for busy women aren’t about weight loss, running or training for a triathlon. It’s about making a few tiny tweaks that

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Aussie Bogans

Bogan Watch! At a Queensland Beauty Spot

Summertime in Queensland. It’s stinking hot. Even here, in the relatively cooler hinterland, the thermometer records a stinking36°C (97°F). Waterfalls

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Adventure Squad: for Women Who Choose to be Courageous

Adventure Squad: for Women Who Choose to be Courageous

I’m starting an adventure group for women. Does that interest you? At the moment it’s just an idea to create a small, local group, but it occurred

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Reasons Lazy Holidays Rule

5 Reasons Lazy Holidays Rule

Hello Hot Spotters! It’s so good to see you here again. It’s been a while and this post is overdue but I’ll make no apologies for that because

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2017 Review

2017 in Numbers

Still overcommitted, I honestly don’t feel as if I’ve achieved much this year. I’m bogged down, battling with endless deadlines

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Biking around Hoi An

Biking off the Beaten Track in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An is charming but touristy. It’s especially crowded in the evenings when busloads of tourists arrive from Na Dang

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Bali Rental Villa

5 Reasons to Rent a Villa in Bali

There’s no doubt that Bali is a special place. Even though it was discovered decades ago, and is now very much part of

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I wish I was in Zimbabwe Now

I Wish I Was in Zimbabwe Now

A year in Zimbabwe shaped me and changed me like no other. The warmth and outlook of Zimbabweans coupled

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noosa triathlon tips for beginners

My First Triathlon: Noosa 2017: Tips for Beginners

Training for, and participating in, my first triathlon has been all-consuming this year. I didn’t plan it that way, I just signed

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noosa triathlon guide

My First Triathlon: Noosa 2017

Warning! Shameless boasting ahead… Smashed out my first triathlon in my hometown of Noosa on Sunday 5th November. It’s

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DNA testing for ethnicity

Using a DNA Test to Guide Your Travels

Have you ever wondered where some of your unique interests, habits or characteristics come from? For example, I’ve often

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How to Stay Motivated for Longterm Challenges

How to Stay Motivated for Longterm Challenges

I started training for the Noosa Triathlon nine months ago in February. I couldn’t swim or bike and certainly wasn’t planning on actually participating

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Travel Blog Hiatus

Hiatus

Hiatus is defined as “a pause or break in continuity in a sequence or activity” by Dictionary.com. I love the ritual of writing here every week and

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Travels with Luke

Traveling with a Teenager in Vietnam

If you’re thinking about travelling in Vietnam with a teenager it’s a choice. Once we finally got to Vietnam after the unfortunate visa debacle,

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