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”

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”

World snubs top beaches in Australia. Good!

The latest list of the world’s 10 best beaches doesn’t include one stretch of Australian sand. It makes me jump for joy. Lists like these will help our beautiful beaches remain unspoiled for longer on an increasingly crowded planet. Who wants to follow the crowds, anyway? I’m thrilled millions of TripAdvisor reviewers went to swim somewhere else. TheContinue reading “World snubs top beaches in Australia. Good!”

Provencal markets go green

Provencal markets have been going eco green as France tries to put an end to food waste. Travellers and tourists can also do their bit to help. Eat ugly vege, recycle glass jars and be a chic bag lady. France passed a law in December to reduce the estimated 7 million tonnes of food wastedContinue reading “Provencal markets go green”

Discover cities with Lonely Planet app

Lonely Planet has launched Guides, a new, free, city guide mobile app – a pocket travel companion on the road, or when planning a trip. Available now for iOS and Android, Lonely Planet says the app will get you straight to the heart of a destination on your phone. There was time when many travellers tucked copies of LonelyContinue reading “Discover cities with Lonely Planet app”

Best art, travel photo workshops Italy 2016

Art travel photo workshops Italy Five words meaning adventures of a lifetime. Here’s my five recommended workshops for 2016 combining exploring, culture, good company and artistic endeavour. And wine. Almost anyone who can pick up a brush or pencil or squint behind a lens wants to go to Italy at some stage of their lives. The rest of us simplyContinue reading “Best art, travel photo workshops Italy 2016”

Sweetest show on earth: Salon du Chocolat!

I hope your only rocky road is chocolate THE world’s largest and most stylish celebration of chocolate is set to mark two decades of innovative trends in Paris from late October. A vast space of 2,000 sq m will hold Salon du Chocolat which has has grown from one French couple’s love of our favourite sweet, to massive annual events worldwide attractingContinue reading “Sweetest show on earth: Salon du Chocolat!”

Greek tourism urges visitors to come on over

  The sun still shines, beaches are gorgeous, beer is cold and ancient ruins mostly standing. If you want to help Greece get out of the financial snake pit, go there. If you don’t give a toss, by going there you will inadvertently help anyway. Greek tourism operators are slashing prices up to 50 perContinue reading “Greek tourism urges visitors to come on over”

Whale watching in Australia makes a splash

Imagine waking up to the spectacular sight of a whale breaching or spotting a whale with her baby calf in tow? Whale watching in Australia is a winter/spring highlight – particularly on Australia’s east coast. About 20,000 whales from Antarctica escape the frigid southern ocean and migrate to Australia to warm up, relax and breed everyContinue reading “Whale watching in Australia makes a splash”

Between a rock and a hard place for Greece

Not too far away from where you’re enjoying your Greek vacation, locals may be protesting and lining up half the night to get paltry amounts of cash out of ATMs. They’re also bracing for tough choices in Sunday’s referendum, a climactic vote in the longstanding debt crisis. Banks say they have a €1bn cash bufferContinue reading “Between a rock and a hard place for Greece”