Why women should explore Africa

Australian-born Justine Glen urges women to travel around Africa. The founder of Reis Voyage says travelling to Kenya on her own in 1995 was one of the best decisions she has ever made. She married there and both her children grew up there. Now she divides her time between Australia and Africa, creating bespoke tours for adventurousContinue reading “Why women should explore Africa”

So many wow moments on safari in Zambia

On safari in Zambia. Or Kenya. Or Tanzania. Or Rwanda. Surely this is one of life’s greatest travel experiences for adventurous women. Justine Glen, the founder of Reis Voyage says travelling to Kenya on her own in 1995 was one of the best decisions she’s ever made. Spending the next 15 years travelling in Africa and living in TanzaniaContinue reading “So many wow moments on safari in Zambia”

Girls who Travel – a novel giveaway

Girls who Travel by Nicole Trilivas alludes to “how far you have to travel to become the person you want to be”. In an age where women can ditch boring jobs, pack laptops and work almost anywhere on the planet, this is a lovely option if you happen to live in a First World country where suchContinue reading “Girls who Travel – a novel giveaway”

Aegina day trip to another world

I meet a fellow Athenian who’s lived in the Greek capital for over 35 years, and yet she’s never been to the island of Aegina. “I hear it’s nice,” she said. I gulp and blink. If you’re standing on the Acropolis looking out to sea, Aegina resembles a smoky blue, slumbering whale of mythical proportions. There’sContinue reading “Aegina day trip to another world”

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?”

Devour Barcelona

If you want to get to know the real Barcelona, then you must come to Gràcia and eat. I’m staying two minutes from this lovely square (pictured above) in the area, where sunlight is dappled on a cold morning. Terracotta, russet and greens dominate the late autumn palette. People linger at cafes over coffee andContinue reading “Devour Barcelona”

My iPhone’s solo globe-trotting adventure

Departing Greece bound for Australia, I left my iPhone in a friend’s car when I was dropped off at the airport. I went into a clammy iPhoneless panic. As you do when you and your mobile are inseparable travelling companions (pictured above enjoying freddo cappuccino together on Mykonos) and suddenly realise you’ve lost each other.Continue reading “My iPhone’s solo globe-trotting adventure”

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”

Life hacks for women travelling solo

Here’s my tips for solo women travellers, which include safety and cultural awareness. It’s a big, bad world, but going solo can be a lot of fun.