Cool Travel Guide to London

Outstanding museums and art galleries, great bookstores and music shops, and brilliant eating – as long as you know where to find it – London has long been a place I’ve loved for a cultural and culinary escape, so here’s my Cool Travel Guide to London. SEE I know I’m back …

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An Update from the Road – from Australia to Asia

Wildlife spotting in Sabah on an Orion Expedition, testing out Relais and Chateaux’s luxury lodges in New Zealand, exploring Bangkok’s off the beaten track floating markets, trundling through Northern Thailand on Orient Express’ sumptuous Eastern & Oriental train, hiking to hill tribe villages in Sapa, cruising Halong Bay, and eating …

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Reflections on Remembering Loved Ones From Near and Afar

I had to hold back the tears upon hearing the news of the death of legendary Australian journalist Peter Harvey who died on the weekend. I remember first hearing his beautiful booming voice as a child when I watched the six o’clock news with my nan and pop during summer …

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Cool Travel Guide to Marrakech

Clear skies, crisp light, sunny days, cool nights. Marrakech has long been one of my favourite winter destinations, since my first visit to the terracotta city from our home in Abu Dhabi almost fourteen years ago. Back then the appeal was partly the respite from the sweltering Arabian Gulf heat …

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How to Find Cheap Flights

I was recently asked by a reader for tips as to how to find cheap flights and I prefaced that advice with this post over on Grantourismo about how to decide which airline to fly because cheap flights might not always be what I’m looking for. In fact, for long-haul …

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Find Luxury Hotels on Small Luxury Hotels of the World iPhone App

I find that a lot of hotel and travel apps are not all that compelling and not very useful, but the Small Luxury Hotels of the World iPhone app makes a good case for using an app instead of the website. When searching the web I continually get notifications on my …

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An Update from the Sea

When I blogged here more frequently I’d occasionally post an Update from the Road, a pretty poor excuse for not posting that would make apologies and feeble excuses, like, well, you know, we’re a tad busy working on a book. Now, I’m quite pleased to be giving you an Update …

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The Romance of Venice

Venice must be the world’s most romantic city. It’s the first place that always comes to mind when I’m asked to recommend destinations for couples keen on rekindling a romance or looking for ideas for luxury honeymoon hotels or special anniversary holidays. I was recently asked how I would …

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Contemplating Cruise Ship Travel

For the first time in my life I’m considering cruise ship travel. The other day I was wondering if I’m too old for hostels, now I’m thinking: am I too young for cruises? Or, regardless of age, is cruise travel right for me? The only cruises I’ve really contemplated doing …

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Find Cheap Hotels With Trivago

While researching hotel prices for a story on Sydney, I discovered trivago, supposedly the world’s largest hotel comparison site. My first thought was: why had I not been using the site before. I had heard about the site previously, took a quick peek, but I have to …

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