How to hang with Hello Kitty around the world

The fancy feline with the most FB fans (15 million-plus, take that Grumpy Cat), Hello Kitty turns 40 today! What began as a super-kawaii cat cartoon, officially born in 1974, is now a global icon recognised by her choice of hair adornment (red bow) and lack of expression (said to be deliberate so people can project their own feelings onto her face).     The … Continue reading

World’s most haunted cities

Boo! It’s Halloween today and revellers around the world will be donning some spooky, or just kooky, costumes to scare the bejesus out of commuters and children – always a fun thing to do, and not just at Halloween (search YouTube for some classic examples). But some places around the world don’t just get their ghost on every October 31. Some cities have a spectre … Continue reading

5 things to try in Seoul

South Korea. It’s not normally on the top of anyone’s list of places to visit.  But you know what? That’s what makes it such a great destination to check out! Get off the tourist trail and try something different. Why not spend a night or two in the capital, Seoul, on your way to Europe or North America (ask your SF consultant about a free … Continue reading

Travel Obsessions: South Africa

South Africa is having a bit of a moment. Sometimes one country just seems to capture the zeitgeist perfectly and right now that hotspot is the fascinating and multi-faceted nation at the base of Africa. Suddenly everyone I know seems to be planning a trip here next year, and with attractions ranging from wild safaris to world-class surf beaches, iconic mountains to fields of wildflowers … Continue reading

Find your inner puck head: an insider guide to ice hockey

While we prepare to suffer through the blistering summer months here in Oz, the winter is coming in the Northern Hemisphere. That can only mean one thing to cold temp junkies like me: ice hockey! The regular season kicked off at the end of September, which means we only have six short months to prepare for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. We better get started.   … Continue reading

A hipster guide to Wellington

Canberra may be the OECD’s pick for the best place in the world to live, ranking tops for income, jobs, environment and access to services, but for a capital that truly reps a cool cachet, head over the ditch to Wellington. New Zealand’s capital city has weekend markets, fashion-forward designers, buzzing bars, eclectic eateries and arts and culture plus viticulture, just an hour north in … Continue reading

Travel Confessions: Writer Sarah Webb on biking around Europe

Tired of living vicariously through other people’s adventures, Sarah Webb traded her journalism job to circumnavigate the globe by cycle with her boyfriend, Scott Daniel-Guiterrez, in tow, to capture and experience the world on an epic four-year, round-the-world trip dubbed the ‘Long Rode Home‘. I caught up with Sarah five months into their tour on their way through Germany to find out about their life on the road … Continue reading

My Japan top 5

Food. Booze. Crazy. Awesome. If you gave me four words to sum up Japan, these would be them. I was lucky enough to finally visit the Land of The Rising Sun for a brief jaunt on the way to Europe. Now, a week is not nearly enough time to even graze the surface of this weird and wonderful country, I knew that going in. However, … Continue reading

Where to have a sausage fest in Europe

Who invented the hotdog? According to (yes, really), the humble frankfurter hails from Frankfurt in Germany, although snacking on street sausages was mentioned as far back as ancient Greek times. A dog encased in a long bun and topped with ketchup and mustard may be synonymous with baseball games and street stands in NYC, but pretty much every city and country around the world … Continue reading

Top 5 hotspots to visit in India

I’ll have to be honest; narrowing down a top 5 destinations list for a country as diverse as India is pretty tough. With a landscape that stretches from sleepy beachside bungalows to soaring mountain peaks, not to mention the chaos of the major cities, India is a country that can cater for all travel types, be it the traversing backpacker or the retired meanderer. However, … Continue reading