money

How to Save Money While Travelling

You might have noticed I do a wee bit of travel. Funnily enough, it doesn’t always cost as much as others think it does. Yes, I do get the luxury of discounted flights, but I did many trips before this was a reality. People always asked me – how do you manage to travel so […]

TRAVEL

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24 Hours in Bali

Bali had never been a place that held much appeal for me. When I was a teenager, it seemed like everyone was going there. To me, travelling to a place full of Australians and New Zealanders just didn’t feel that exotic. Add the 2002 Bali Bombings and the Schapelle Corby trial into the mix, and […]

Porto

The Port Caves of Porto

I’m going to start this post with a disclaimer: I don’t even like Port. For those of you that haven’t drunk it, Port is a fortified wine, typically red, and rather sweet. We visited the Port Caves of Porto solely for the benefit of my husband, but I enjoyed seeing them, too. I may have […]

Horse

Explore the World on Horseback

You may have noticed that I like riding horses. Whether its having a go at a tölt on an Icelandic horse or galloping through the desert on an Arabian ex-racehorse, I try and fit in a ride when I can. I’m not going to lie. I’m a terrible rider, and I mainly just bounce around in the saddle, […]

Travels

Travels with my Mother

The first time mum and I travelled together, I was around 21. At that stage in my life, I felt like other young people would be happier on a drunken Contiki tour than exploring Europe with their mum. I was happy about it, though. I didn’t drink, I didn’t party, and I knew my mum […]

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Hike the Azores – Quatro fábricas da Luz

The moment we landed on the island of São Miguel, I knew we were going to love it. There is something about islands that I really enjoy. Maybe it’s the easygoing nature of island life, or the fact that nobody really seems to care what you wear or do. Whatever it is, I love spending […]

money

How to Save Money While Travelling

You might have noticed I do a wee bit of travel. Funnily enough, it doesn’t always cost as much as others think it does. Yes, I do get the luxury of discounted flights, but I did many trips before this was a reality. People always asked me – how do you manage to travel so […]

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Exploring Belém, Lisbon

Who could resist visiting the area where Portugal’s most famous explorers set off from? The southwestern-most district of Lisbon, Belém is a historical area that was once the launching port of some of Portugals most epic journeys. Several of the monuments in Belém either commemorate the seafaring past, or were funded by the vast wealth that flowed […]

Croatia Money

Guest Post: Croatian Money, Money, Money

This guest post is brought to you by 45 Degrees Sailing, a sailing business based in Split, Croatia and run by two New Zealanders, Nick and Mahina Hathaway. Visit their website at http://www.45degreessailing.com for more information, video logs or to book a trip! We often get asked questions about the currency here in Croatia, how […]

Soko

Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge

I’ve always brushed off the concept of ‘service’ at hotels that don’t cost the earth. If you aren’t paying top dollar to stay somewhere, you can only expect so much. When I booked in for the five star Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge in St Petersburg last year, I wasn’t sure what to expect in […]

SpeakCroatian

Guest Post: Hello, Goodbye and Thank You in Croatian

This guest post is brought to you by 45 Degrees Sailing, a sailing business based in Split, Croatia and run by two New Zealanders, Nick and Mahina Hathaway. Visit their website at http://www.45degreessailing.com for more information, video logs or to book a trip! A few years ago, we got an awesomely cheap deal to fly […]

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DUBAI

Steigenberger

The Spa at the Steigenberger Hotel, Dubai

I remember the first time I saw the Steigenberger Hotel in Business Bay. Situated near a BlomBank and the Fakhruddin Building, I thought someone was making up funny sounding business names just to mess with me. Little did I know that the Steigenberger Hotel chain was founded in 1930. Its overarching company, Deutsche Hospitality, has […]

License

Transfer Your Ex-pat Driver’s License to a UAE license

Looking to take a road trip in the UAE? There are a few things you should know! Read on to follow my guide on how to transfer your ex-pat driver’s license to a UAE license. Once you are a resident of the UAE, you cannot drive on an international drivers license, or a license from […]

HOME & LIVING

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Yislamoo – Creative Arabian Art

One of the best aspects of moving to Dubai was the chance to decorate a new house. A blank canvas with fresh white walls awaited me, ready to be adorned. I had only packed a few prints and paintings from New Zealand, so was pretty excited to be able to choose new art pieces when […]

VAT

Beat the VAT – Fly and Buy

Having access to international travel on a regular basis does have some advantages. One of these is bringing back tasty treats (as well as useful household items) from overseas. This is one way you can beat the VAT recently introduced to Dubai. Remember, hold on to your receipts, just in case. Alcohol and cigarette limits […]

Winterbooks

Book Reviews – Winter Edition

Okay, so I didn’t really get a winter vacation. I had three days off over Christmas, and I just spent five days in Spain. Apart from that, I worked right through. But, after my earlier book review post, covering the first half of at the year, I thought I should cover the second half. For […]

FOOD AND DRINK

Porto

The Port Caves of Porto

I’m going to start this post with a disclaimer: I don’t even like Port. For those of you that haven’t drunk it, Port is a fortified wine, typically red, and rather sweet. We visited the Port Caves of Porto solely for the benefit of my husband, but I enjoyed seeing them, too. I may have […]

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