Livvy May takes on Thailand

We recently partnered with our friends at Busabout to send fashion, food and lifestyle blogger Livvy May on an eight-day trip to Thailand to experience the new Busabout Asia tour itinerary, taking in Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai and Pai in Northern Thailand during her stay. The trip also coincided with the Thai New Year celebrations of Songkran – here’s how it all went down.     Recently, … Continue reading

Surfing Hawaii’s fabled North Shore

With great weather year round, surf’s always up somewhere in Oahu making anytime the right time to holiday in Hawaii. As Hawaii’s most famous and iconic beach, Waikiki Beach is reputed to be one of the best places to learn to surf, thanks to the gentle rolling waves, consistent breaks and plethora of surf schools guaranteeing to help newbies stand up on the board on … Continue reading

5 awesome things to know about Eurovision host city Vienna

Every year for 60 years, the Eurovision Song Contest makes for must-see TV. Held in the home country of the 2014 winner – the fabulously hirsute Conchita Wurst, for the first time ever, and perhaps rather confusingly, Australia will feature as a guest entrant in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Owing to the strong cultural ties we have with Europe we’ve slipped in there, represented by … Continue reading

Llamas, lagoons and low altitude on the Bolivian Altiplano

The world’s driest desert, the Atacama Desert, lies on the border between Bolivia and Chile exactly between nowhere and nowhere. Why did we go there? I don’t know exactly; I guess my adventurous spirit got to me. Getting to the starting point is a trek in itself; first we flew to a dusty new airport in northern Chile called Calama. The abundance of mining vehicles … Continue reading

Eating all the foods: Hawaii edition

Big waves. Big mountain hikes. Big trucks. Big shopping malls. Big cocktails. Better bring your (big) appetite to Hawaii. The US Aloha state may be credited with inventing Pacific Rim cuisine (think Pacific island ingredients, Asian cooking styles, Portuguese baking and US serving sizes), but if you want to dine like a local, here’s the homegrown faves you need to squeeze in between surf sessions … Continue reading

The world’s best flower festivals

If, as American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson famously wrote that “Earth laughs in flowers…”, then in certain parts of the globe at certain times of the year, the laughter runs through the colourful streets for all to enjoy. Join us for a tour of the world’s best flower festivals.   Pasadena Rose Parade Kicking off the biggest and bestest global flower parades for the year, the … Continue reading

The eco lessons I learnt in Bali

The first time I went to Bali, I had my heart set on letting my inner hippie come out to play in the Indonesian region’s cultural centre, Ubud, and making the most of my newfound diving skills in search of the giant mola molas and manta rays.     Reality was different, to a degree, as my travelling partner was adamant we needed to stay amongst … Continue reading

Must-visit New Zealand winter festivals

Giant Cadbury Jaffas hurtling down the world’s steepest street. Free parties as part of Queenstown’s biggest party. Month-long Maori New Year celebrations. The future stars of world football. And something called Beervana. Beervana. Whoever said NZ in winter was reserved for ski junkies, off-peak holiday prices and extra ooooh ahhhhh-worthy glaciers have perhaps yet to have the fortune of attending the following New Zealand winter … Continue reading

Set your sights on Sri Lanka

A jewel in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is jam-packed with ancient sites, fascinating culture, beautiful wilderness and idyllic beaches. From the ancient Anuradhapura city and the well-preserved Polonnaruwa ruins to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and the impressive Sigiriya rock fortress, Sri Lankan culture spans more than 2,000 years and still remains vibrant and alive today. Trek through lush tea plantations, indulge … Continue reading

8 cities for Insta-worthy street art

Urban centres have long been a breeding ground for creative expression with colourful murals and political messages spilling out onto the streets. Graffiti is now a legit form of art with many major cities turning dedicated walls over to famous artists like Banksy, Anthony Lister and Os Gemeos. If you prefer your canvases on the street than in a museum, here’s eight cities to strike … Continue reading