Depressed? How travel might help

Writer Matt Haig thinks travel is useful for people who suffer from depression because “it takes you out of yourself”.  Depression tends to envelop and compress your world, and literally getting away from the small space into which you’ve shrunk yourself, allows you to focus on something else. It takes your mind off it. He wasContinue reading “Depressed? How travel might help”

Italian Joy by Carla Coulson – giveaway

WHO: Australian Carla Coulson left her corporate job and Sydney life to start a new life in Europe as a photographer. In her first book, Italian Joy, she describes the joys and hardships of her first five years, spent living in Florence. WHAT: More than a decade after Italian Joy  was published, it has been reprinted into aContinue reading “Italian Joy by Carla Coulson – giveaway”

Home stay or hotel?

Airbnb and other home stay companies allow travellers to stay in frugal or fantastic accommodation all over the world. The concept opens up destinations to people who couldn’t otherwise afford it (yes, that’s me), and to people who want to engage with communities and cultures at a grassroots level. Is that you? The idea ofContinue reading “Home stay or hotel?”

Taste the Cotswolds

Enterprising Cotswolds residents Becky and Robin Simpson have taken the quaint villages tour one step further. They invite travellers into their historic, thatched cottage home to eat the best of quintessential English food this region has to offer. I met the couple on Twitter, we got chatting, and I was intrigued about their venture whichContinue reading “Taste the Cotswolds”

A novel romance in The Country Practice

Taste for Travel has a copy of  The Country Practice to give away. READ ON…. WHO: Meredith Appleyard lives in the Clare Valley wine-growing region of South Australia, two hours north of Adelaide. As a registered nurse and midwife, she has worked in many country health practice settings, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service. She’s done agency nursingContinue reading “A novel romance in The Country Practice”

How fly in fly out messes with your life

WHO: Aussie born, Scotland based Georgina Penney has written about the hazards of the peripatetic FIFO lifestyle in her newly-published novel Fly in Fly out. It’s also about growing up to eventually become better people, if we choose. THE PLOT: After months working on an oil rig in the Atlantic Ocean, engineer Jo Blaine can’t wait toContinue reading “How fly in fly out messes with your life”

Hot chocolate in Athens at Le Petite Fleur

A day without chocolate is a day without sunshine Wintery weather in Athens demands hot chocolate on a Sunday. But not any old hot chocolate will do. We’re at the elegant Le Petite Fleur in the upper crust suburb of Kifissia. The tiny interior is pink, white and pastel girly chic, with splashes of pillarContinue reading “Hot chocolate in Athens at Le Petite Fleur”

What are the hardest languages to learn?

I was shopping for veges at an Athens urban produce market and in my dodgy Greek I asked for a hot dude, not a lettuce.  If you’re travelling through a foreign language country, or spending some time living there, do you learn the language, at least some useful phrases? Or do you assume English willContinue reading “What are the hardest languages to learn?”

Travel tip: Nail polish detects date rape drugs

A new nail polish detects date rape drugs such as GBH, Xanax and Rohypnol. This extraordinary invention has been revealed on one of my favourite websites Not Impossible Now. Four students at North Carolina State University invented  the nail polish. The brand is called Undercover Colors.  Women can simply dip their fingers into their drinks, whichContinue reading “Travel tip: Nail polish detects date rape drugs”

Does photography ruin travel?

Are we snapping away so much we miss the moment? The full 3-D experience? I was as guilty as the next traveller of taking too many pictures. I could be such a snappy happy little addict. Couldn’t wait to get my next fix. But I had a sneaking feeling it was sabotaging my memories. IContinue reading “Does photography ruin travel?”