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Feeling like a rock star in Monaco

I vividly remember the stories my Mum told me of her trip to Monaco in the eighties: the lavish accommodations and restaurants, the beautiful people and her evening in the Monte Carlo Casino where she rubbed shoulders with the world’s rich and famous. Since then, I’d always wanted to visit this little principality in the […]

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Plane views: Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is an historic, walled town near the southernmost tip of Croatia. The town can trace its roots back to the 7th century AD and at its pinnacle in the 15th and 16th centuries, Dubrovnik rivalled Venice in terms of trade and wealth. These days, Dubrovnik (map) is a popular destination for travellers from around […]

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Book a window seat if you fly to these airports

I published a post a while ago about ten airports to book a window seat for. I chose those ten airports because of the amazing window seat views one can enjoy either before landing or after take-off. Many of my readers suggested other airports so here’s Part Two: another ten airports to book a window […]

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Plane views: Paris

I’ve flown over Paris dozens of times but on my recent flight to Barcelona, the weather was clear and Paris shimmered in the morning sun. The plane was at a cruising altitude of 30,000+ feet but the aerial view of Paris was spectacular. I could easily spot the most iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel […]

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My first ever solo trip, at age 14, from Sydney to Melbourne. This photo was taken in Canberra.

My favourite travel memories

I was bitten by the travel bug at a very young age. My first overseas trip was at age 7 (to Hong Kong) and the tally now stands at 88 countries (as at January 2019) across six continents. That equals quite a few terabytes of memory I guess! The breadth and depth of the travel […]

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Incredible views from a plane window

It’s one of my favourite things to do when I fly: watching the scenery that unfolds outside the plane window. As soon as the plane takes off, I’ll turn on the flight tracking on the entertainment system, put my headphones on and just gaze out the window. During my travels around the world, I’ve had […]

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A bird’s eye view of Reunion Island

Reunion Island is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius (map). A French overseas department, Reunion Island is a wondrous place with a huge diversity of landscapes and micro-climates – measuring just 2,500 square kilometers, Reunion Island is home to a dry savannah, lush tropical forests and Mars-like […]

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A flight back in time on a Dakota DC3

I come from a family of aviation enthusiasts. Hmmm… on second thought, that’s not entirely true. Whereas my father was a true aviation geek and my brother and I share his enthusiasm, my Mum and sister are pretty oblivious, often managing little more than “it was a big/small plane” when asked which aircraft type they’d […]

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A helicopter tour of Mauritius

I was wide awake before the alarm went off. I was THAT excited, knowing what was in store for me that day. I’d been booked on a helicopter tour of Mauritius and I couldn’t wait to get started! I arrived on this stunning tropical island in the Indian Ocean just the day before and I […]

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Me and my J-Pillow. Notice my happy face. ;-)

How to sleep well on a plane

Sleeping on a plane was never something I could do well. I could cope with the noise from the engines and the dry air in the cabin, and I would often take a mild sleeping pill on flights longer than ten hours, but even then, I would wake up each time my head tipped forward […]

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