Middle East travel before the madness

Doesn’t Syria look warm and inviting in this vintage Middle East travel poster? It was an alluring destination. Now Syria is the most war-torn place on the planet. Syria used to be: Sophisticated Culturally and religiously diverse Had four international airports A popular destination for ancient monuments A revered place of learning Arabic, particularly Famous forContinue reading “Middle East travel before the madness”

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”

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”

Field of flowers, sea of tears

It’s the fragrance of mourning blooms that brings me to tears. Inhaling the delicate, pure floral perfume of thousands of bouquets is something I’ll never forget, long after the horror of the Sydney siege fades. Many bunches of flowers have notes and cards attached – an outpouring of love, sympathy and sorrow for the dead,Continue reading “Field of flowers, sea of tears”

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?”

High Tea cookbook giveaway

This has nothing to do with travel but everything to do with a cause close to my heart. Breast cancer affects women all over the world. This deadly, insidious disease knows no boundaries. High Tea: 200 Delightful Recipes for Friends and Family is Penguin Australia’s campaign to raise money for the McGrath Foundation to expand theirContinue reading “High Tea cookbook giveaway”