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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 […]

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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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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, […]

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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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Eating Out in Lisbon

We recently visited Lisbon for the first time. I’d never been to Portugal, and it was an interesting experience. While I absolutely loved the Azores and Porto, Lisbon didn’t quite do it for me. I’m not sure what it was. Whether it was the amount of people that offered to sell us drugs or the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Why I’ve Come Back to Wellington

It’s apparently 13 degrees as I type this, although it feels much less. Overnight, it will feel like three degrees. I’m grateful that I have enough money to be able to afford to sit under a heat pump, but I’m reminded of the sorry state of New Zealand housing. You don’t realise how bad it […]

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