Travel Tuesday: The Safari Edition

I was born in South Africa to a father who is one of 14 children. Consequently, I have an enormous family, and it’s little wonder that we barely get to see one another. Every 3 or 4 years we try to get together in one part of the world or another, and this year it’s time for a reunion in South Africa. I’m leaving on Thursday for two weeks, starting with a few days in the Drakensberg for the family fun, then a three day safari (I’m not sure I could be any more excited about this part) and finally a week in Cape Town with more family. I’ll be writing all about it when I get back but for now, here’s some safari inspiration…

Stylish Travel: What to wear on an African safari

Those old khakis you see in films aren’t just some weird retro fashion statement; neutral tones mean you won’t draw attention to yourself in the wild. That doesn’t mean you have to look like David Attenborough though; here’s my perfect safari look for a comfortably chic day of game spotting!

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Travel Tuesday: Cruise Edition

I’ve just returned from a week on Celebrity Equinox, a cruise ship that took me from Venice to Dubrovnik, then to Mykonos and finally Istanbul. There’ll be details about my trip live soon but for now, I have cruising on the brain, and have compiled a roundup of the best cruise content you can find on the net.

Stylish Travel Look: a day at sea

A day at sea on a cruise ship is a time to explore all that the ship has to offer as well as concentrating on some serious relaxation. Whether you’re hitting the pool, the spa or the restaurants (or all three) you’ll want to be comfortable, practical and, of course, cute. Here’s the perfect sea day look:

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On travel writing, blogging and a bit of fiction

When Frankie of As the Bird Flies nominated me to take part in this little writing blog hop (kinda like a chain letter, but way cooler and less spammy) I jumped at the chance. Why? Well, to begin with I kind of love Frankie. I first met her at a conference in Brighton where she was wearing an incredibly pretty pink vintage polka-dot dress as she spoke about going freelance; a talk that has seriously shaped my future as you’ll read shortly. Also, she writes books. And she’s lovely.

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Anyway, the other reason I wanted to take part in this is because I’ve never really talked about my writing on this blog. It’s something I’m focusing on a lot more these days, so it makes sense to talk about it. This is just a little insight into my writing career so far: Continue reading

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Chicken and Waffle for Breakfast at Fremont Diner, Sonoma

The rain was pouring down as we left Sonoma.

It was February after all, and even though we were in California the rains still came. The weather seemed fitting, given our feelings about the famous wine region we’d just visited. When researching, we’d heard that Sonoma was the more down to earth version of its famous neighbour, Napa. That sounded like our kind of wine region but when we arrived, we discovered that the snootiness must have rubbed off.

Chicken & Waffle for Breakfast at Fremont Diner, Sonoma

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How Travelling Ruined My Life

No one ever tells you that travel ruins your life.

How Travelling Ruined My Life

No, they sing its praises, lauding it as an experience that enhances and enriches one’s life. It’s sold as an adventure; something that everyone should try at least once. I’ve seen a seemingly endless stream of quotes adorning walls, both online and off, inspiring and encouraging wanderlust and extolling the virtues of leaving one’s comfort zone in the pursuit of enlightenment and fulfilment.

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Dear Camping…I’m Breaking Up With You.

Dear camping...I'm breaking up with you

Dear camping,

I am sorry to just leave a note like this. It probably comes as a surprise. I know you expected me to be with you again tonight, but I just can’t pretend any longer. I have tried, I really have. But I firmly believe that honesty is the best policy, and for that reason I need to tell you the truth.

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Top 5 Sunglasses for Men

by Brendan Croft

As summer is currently in mid-flight for those of us that live in the Northern Hemisphere, I’ve been wearing a lot of what’s probably my number one accessory for summer: sunglasses. There is a plethora of different types, styles, and brands available, so it can be somewhat overwhelming to choose a pair of eyewear that suits you. Resting right in the middle of your face, good stylish sunglasses are essential to anyone’s outfit especially on a nice sun-soaked summer’s day. I have selected my top 5 sunglasses for men that each hit the perfect balance of style, class and sophistication, making them essential pieces in every stylish man’s wardrobe.

Schwood – Eugene select

Schwood Eugene Select sunglasses
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Amsterdam: a Day Trip From London

Amsterdam: a day trip from London

I genuinely think I can speak for all Aussies and Kiwis living in London when I say that there is very little in life that can generate as much excitement as the idea of a day trip to another country. From the city of Adelaide where I grew up, I had to drive for 8 hours (non-stop. No biggie) to hit the closest major city. And from there it’s another 12 hours to the next one. To fly to another country, the closest being New Zealand, is a flight of just over 4 hours. Continue reading

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