No one ever tells you that travel ruins your 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.
I wasn’t warned that doing so would ruin my life. I had to find out the hard way. Continue reading
I read the first Harry Potter book when I was 15. It was the summer before my whole family was to move to the UK from Australia for 2 years.
That summer was hot. Continue reading
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.
Camping: I hate you. I’m breaking up with you. Continue reading
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
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
One of the things that surprised me most about the cruise I joined last year was the sheer size of Reflection, the Celebrity Cruises ship I was travelling on. There was so much to see and do on board that in the four days I called it home I barely scratched the surface. When Celebrity invited me to come and see another of their ships, Eclipse, in Southampton I was keen to delve a little further into all that a cruise ship has to offer.
Once again, a day was hardly enough time to cover everything on board, but being on the ship when there were no passengers gave us the chance to sneak a peek into a number of different cabins and to explore the vessel more freely. Here’s what I learned from the experience:
St. Petersburg is often called ‘Venice of the North’, but I beg to differ.
Sure, it’s built on a series of canals, but to compare it to the infamous Italian city is unfair. Russia’s St. Petersburg, although almost nothing like Italy, is a spectacular destination with its own identity that’s well worth taking the time to uncover.
If you have more than a few days you can take the time to head outside of the main part of the city, to places like The Catherine Palace or Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery, but for a 24 to 48 hour visit, make sure your itinerary includes the following sights and experiences in St. Petersburg, Russia. Continue reading
It’s not just ladies who want to look stylish while they travel, and yet there are hardly any resources out there for the style-savvy gentleman hoping to look trendy on his travels.
Enter Brendan: well travelled, packs like a pro, knows where to find adventure in a new destination, and dedicated to looking stylish while he’s at it. Oh, and he’s my husband.
You’ll be seeing his face around this blog here and there, as he’s going to be writing tips on how a man can travel without having to look like a backpacker. Continue reading
It’s one of the most recognisable structures in the world; up there with the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. It was originally known as a thirty-five million dollar steel harp, but you and I just know it as the Golden Gate Bridge. An iconic emblem of the city of San Francisco; just mentioning the name evokes images of the orange vermilion structure glowing in the sunlight, San Francisco’s famous fog rolling in from the background. Thousands – no, probably millions of photos have been taken of this stunning bridge and yet when you’re visiting San Francisco it’s impossible to resist pointing your lens its way. Continue reading
Moscow is so many things at once; it’s surprising and yet very much how you expect it to be. It’s intimidating and imposing, but also warm and inviting. It’s modern and at the same time so very traditional. It’s beautiful and forbidding. 24 hours is never enough time to delve beyond the surface of a city, but sometimes it’s all you have to work with. If you find yourself in the Russian capital with limited time, here’s a 24 hour guide to Moscow that will allow you to see the highlights and to experience the contrasts that make it such a fascinating destination. Continue reading