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Shopping – do you ever give it much thought? Of course, you see an item of clothing you want – you go in, try it on, see if you can afford to buy it (doesn’t really [...]

PRODIJEE roadtrip – day 17

We have done quite the loop and now in Reno we are only around a 30 minute drive from Carson City where we were many miles, but only a few days ago. I thought that Reno would [...]

PRODIJEE roadtrip – days 15 & 16

Leaving the suburbs of Salt Lake City we are now heading towards our next major stop, Reno, with an overnight stay along the way at Battle Mountain. Our route takes us [...]

PRODIJEE roadtrip – days 13 & 14

Having just one full day in Bryce Canyon is nowhere near enough, so it is very reluctantly we pack up the car and head toward our next destination, Salt Lake City. We will be [...]

PRODIJEE roadtrip – days 10-12

Our next major stop after Carson City is Bryce Canyon, but as it’s approximately 10 hours driving time to get there, we will be cutting the grip in to two days stopping [...]

PRODIJEE roadtrip – Days 8 and 9

Carson City is quite a small place, even residents say that there isn’t much to do there, but the casinos are always busy but completely packed out on the weekends. The [...]

PRODIJEE roadtrip – Day 7

Placerville to Carson City My initial disappointment with Placerville has done a complete about face; I love this town and vow that I will be back when I can spend much more [...]

PRODIJEE roadtrip – Day 6

It was short but sweet, but now it’s time to depart San Francisco and head to our next destination – Placerville – which is approximately 4.5 hours on road time, but [...]

PRODIJEE roadtrip – Days 4 & 5

Today is our last day in Salinas, but as it’s less than two hours to our next destination, San Francisco, we will spend the morning at another prestigious event. Pebble [...]

PRODIJEE roadtrip – Days 2 and 3

Salinas will be our base for the next couple of days. The town is nicknamed the Salad Bowl of the World because the marine climate is ideal for the floral industry, grape [...]

PRODIJEE Roadtrip – day 1 USA

We’ve landed, collected our bags, picked up our rental car and are now heading off to Salinas, CA. According to historic information, Salinas’ earliest inhabitants [...]

PRODIJEE Roadtrip – day 1 AUS

This isn’t really our first official day of the trip, but it starts off the holiday with some nice downtime before jumping on the plane. We are spending the night before we [...]

Kathmandu celebrates 30th anniversary

The world is full of possibilities. Sometimes the only thing standing between us and our next big adventure is just the spark of inspiration and inspiration is exactly what [...]

Luxury with a view

I love having a bit of luxury when I am travelling and am now quite excited to visit the Nai Harn in Phuket. Phuket’s original luxury beach hotel, the Nai Harn, is further [...]


I have said it before, and I say it again, the best way for children to learn is when they are having fun. I dare to say, that nobody knows this better than the people at [...]

Abroad, Broke & Busted

As my next overseas trip gets closer, and my excitement builds, in the back of my mind lurks the little voice that whispers to me about things that could go wrong. We hear [...]


 It is well-known that children learn more and learn faster when they are having fun and Lonely Planet Kids has just released some new books that will help your child learn [...]

I need a break!

How many times do you think, or hear others say, ‘I need a holiday’? It is undeniable, our lives are getting busier, and it doesn’t seem to matter what stage of life [...]

Planning a trip? Here’s a warning!

Holiday planning, it’s exciting, but it can also be quite stressful. Even a simple holiday, where you fly/drive to one location and stay at that one place can often be not [...]

Long-haul flight survival tips

Long-haul flights. I have a love-hate relationship with them, and as my next long-haul flight gets closer and closer I start to wonder if I know as much as I should know [...]

Made in Vietnam

Vietnam is a country of breathtaking natural beauty, but it’s not only the scenery that lures travellers to visit. Fried Snapper with Rice Paper Influenced by Chinese [...]


When it comes to a party, Mardi Gras in New Orleans can’t be beaten. To New Orleanians, “Mardi Gras” specifically refers to the Tuesday before lent, the [...]

Screen dreams at your fingertips

On a visit to the USA a few years ago I decided to take a bus tour of the city of Chicago. The tour guide was excitedly pointing out some of the highlights of this amazing [...]

On-board for Marrakech

Located in the continent of Africa, Morocco covers 446,300 square kilometres of land and 250 square kilometres of water, making it the 58th largest nation in the world. [...]

Air travel changed our world

Last night I was invited to the media launch of Living in the Age of Airplanes at Melbourne’s IMAX theatre. Melbourne’s IMAX is an independent, single screen theatre [...]

Need a Holiday?

So, the Christmas and New Year festivities are over and most of us who were lucky enough to have some time off are back at the daily grind. Ho Hum. Not that I am complaining [...]

Even seasoned travellers need help

I would consider myself a pretty well-seasoned traveller but when it comes to packing for my trip I always either under pack or more often, over pack. Quite often my travels [...]

Travel – the best gift ever

It was like Christmas arriving early when I received the third edition of Lonely Planet’s internationally bestselling landmark title, The Travel Book. Featuring every [...]

Summer at the Opera House

The Opera House is a masterpiece that belongs to all Australians. It is the country’s number one tourist destination and its busiest performing arts centre, welcoming more [...]

Planning a trip in 2017?

Global travel authority Lonely Planet has just unveiled its 12th annual collection of the world’s best trends, destinations, journeys & experiences for the year [...]

Gastronomic tour of the world

With gastronomic tourism booming it’s easy to believe that food is one of the key ways in which we experience a place when travelling. Lonely Planet has now scoured the [...]

Care for an Antarctic expedition?

Heading to somewhere a little bit further than ‘off the beaten track’, such as the Antarctic, requires lots of professional help and information, and that’s exactly [...]

Hang Fire Cooking

Two Celtic girls, working in London, travel the USA in search of the best BBQs. It sounds like the start of a joke, but it’s not. Samantha Evans and Shauna Guinn ditched [...]

Jet into the Illawarra

Sydney, Australia: The skies over Shellharbour and Wollongong will play host to one of Australia’s largest and most spectacular air shows, Wings Over Illawarra, on Saturday [...]

Lap of Tassie

We’ve previously brought you our initial drive impressions of the Mazda CX-5 but recently we had the chance to conduct an extended road test during a 10-day exploration of [...]

Destination Dubai

by Carol Sheridan. Behind Dubai’s wow factor is a city with history and culture that is still rooted in Islam and trade. The Arab culture and folklore is expressed through [...]

Be RFID safe

In Australia, we have become used to heightening our awareness of safety when we travel overseas, but it is now a very sad that we are advised to heighten that awareness in [...]

Love is in the air

Melbourne, Australia: Love will literally be in the air this Valentine’s Day as couples flock to Melbourne’s Eureka Skydeck to celebrate the year’s most romantic day. [...]

Meanwhile in New Zealand: a Kiwi Xmas

Auckland, New Zealand: Air New Zealand has created Christmas magic again this year with the release of the latest episode of the award winning Meanwhile in New Zealand series [...]

Carnaby’s very disco Christmas

London, UK: Carnaby is pulling out all the stops to throw the biggest Christmas party in London in celebration of its world famous Christmas installations. Carnaby, renowned [...]

Retro Paris

by Carol Sheridan Paris is often referred to as the most romantic city in the world – and while I have no personal experience of the city, I absolutely love it. Place de la [...]

One gift, endless possibilities

Toronto, Canada: If you are looking for a different kind of gift this Christmas then consider a Four Seasons Gift Card. The gift cards are redeemable for overnight stays, [...]

Top Wildlife Sites of the World

The natural world never fails to amaze, with its beauty, ingenuity and magnificence. Over a million wildebeest migrating across the plains of the Serengeti in pursuit of [...]

Marlborough Inspiration

Marlborough, New Zealand: Australian designers We Are Handsome have designed a limited edition scarf that has captured the beauty of New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds as a [...]

Teddies picnic at Palazzo Versace?

Gold Coast, Australia: Palazzo Versace Gold Coast will evoke the true spirit of Christmas by raising funds for three, carefully selected, local Gold Coast charities this [...]

The complete rejuvenation package

It’s nearing the end of the year and you are probably feeling worn out and thinking about that relaxing holiday you deserve. Thailand has long been a holiday destination [...]

Ride and Seek Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Around 12 hours flying time, and approximately 6,703 kilometres from Melbourne, Australia, you will find Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. If you are [...]

Sydney set for night of nights

Sydney, Australia: NYE Party At The House will be Sydney’s hottest ticket this year, with food by Matt Moran’s ARIA Catering and music by dynamic duo L’Tric, set [...]

Autumn days in Jiangxi Wuyuan County

Wuyuan, China: On November 13, 2015, Shicheng Village in Wuyuan County will welcome the first wave of visitors that have come to the region to see the autumn colours of the [...]

Lovin’ the Big Apple

“Start spreadin’ the news, I’m leaving today I want to be a part of it, New York, New York…” Those opening words from the famous song, written by Fred Ebb and John [...]

Island getaway – Part two

Words: Carol Sheridan. Photos: Darren House. We took the Tasman Highway along the East Coast for our trip to Launceston, through the beautiful coastal villages of Triabunna, [...]

Appease the ghosts

Performers prepare backstage at a Chinese opera during the month of Hungry Ghost Festival (Yu Lan) on August 14, 2015 in Hong Kong. The Hungry Ghost Festival is intrinsically [...]

Island getaway – Part one

Words: Carol Sheridan. Photos: Darren House. Beautiful blue skies, magnificent scenery, friendly people, pure air, pristine water and amazing produce. I have just returned [...]

Travel with style

Whether you are globetrotting or just travelling from state to state, if you want to do it in style – GUCCI IT! Black techno Canvas duffel carry-on bag – AU$1510   [...]

Mt Buller set for a bumper season

Mt Buller, AUSTRALIA: Mt Buller has already welcomed the first snowfalls for the year ahead of the 2015 snow season, which kicks off on June 6. It’s shaping up to be [...]