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5 Years of Travel Blogging: Yes you can be sued!

By on Aug 5, 2014 in Travel Coloumn | 0 comments

As I sit here in front of my trusty laptop, the third one I’ve owned over the last 5 years, I’ve realised that my travel blog has finally come of age and that I’ve done a complete circle. You see it was about this time in 2009 that I started my first travel blog to share some of my stories with friends and family. Don’t laugh but it was originally called focus2focus.net. Don’t ask me what it meant, I was young and dumb, and just went with it. I remember the first few months where blogging was at its purest form for me; the first page views, the nervousness when you released a post and the first comments. It was addictive! The more I read about blogging, the more I absorbed. Everything from analytics, SEO, CSS, PHP, WordPress, servers, RSS, social media and the list goes on. My website was evolving rapidly and it wasn’t long before I realised my domain error and...

Get Your Mud on in Fiji

By on Dec 10, 2013 in Fiji, Pacific | 0 comments

There is no better way to make friends for life then to strip to near nakedness and rub each other down with mud. No, I’m not talking about some sleazy mud action, I’m talking about the Sabeto Hot Springs in the foothills of the Sabeto Mountains about 20 minutes north of Nadi in Fiji. Now I have to admit I’m not really a spa treatment type of guy, I love a good massage (hell who doesn’t?), but the idea of getting mud pushed into every crevice of my body for everyone to see wasn’t exactly something that I thought would be relaxing. So when I rocked up to the springs with two of my colleagues, stripped down to my bathers in a middle of a field (subsequently blinding everyone in the local vicinity with my overly pasty British skin) and was then unceremoniously slapped with buckets full of mud by a very friendly Fijian man, I thought my worst nightmares had come true. Then, I...

Cruising Fiji’s Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands [Photo Junket]

By on Nov 18, 2013 in Fiji, Pacific, Photo Junkets | 0 comments

There’s paradises and then there’s Fiji! A truly beautiful place with the most welcoming peoples and pristine landscapes that look like they’ve come straight out of a national geographic magazine. These photos are from my recent trip cruising the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands in northern Fiji, a place I guarantee will leave a smile on your face long after you’ve returned home.       Fiji’s recent tourism promotion is something like Happiness Lives Here, I reckon they might just be right about that.  

India Part 1 – I’m Getting Too Old For This

By on Jul 12, 2013 in India | 0 comments

As I laid in a gurney in Kuala Lumpur Airport’s emergency medical clinic shivering with intense rigors and screaming out in pain as a nurse dishonourably stabbed a needle into my bum cheek, I started to question why I went to India and for the first time in my life, I asked myself if I was getting too old for this shit? I asked myself if backpacking on small amounts of cash to some of the most deprived places in the world is all that it’s cracked up to be? Did it make a difference to the places I was visiting or was it just another passport stamp to me? It was also the first time that I made the realisation that I’m not Superman and that under the right (or wrong) situation, anyone can quickly fall incredibly ill. All these thoughts ran on repeat as Niki and I were raced across the tarmac in an ambulance heading for some major hospital in KL. Looking back it had been one of those days,...

My Five Favourite Australian Tourism Adverts

By on Jun 24, 2013 in Australia, Travel Coloumn | 0 comments

Having worked in travel and tourism here in Australia for the past fifteen years, I have always enjoyed when a new Australian tourism advert is launched. The campaigns often spark debate and with every launch, I wait with bated breathe to see if the marketers do Australia the promotional  justice it deserves. Over the years there have been some fantastic campaigns that have shown off Australia in all its glory and then, there was “Where the bloody hell are you?” – lets just forget about that one shall we?  An effective campaign can not only evoke emotion within us and a sense of curiosity, however ultimately it persuades us to holiday in one destination over another. So I wanted to share with you my five favorite Australian Tourism adverts from over the last three decades that for one reason or another, have left a lasting impression on me and makes me proud to call...

Upstate New York in Summer

By on Apr 15, 2013 in North America, USA | 0 comments

If you are planning an upcoming trip from Australia to America, you may have thought seriously about visiting New York City. This metropolis is one of the biggest cities on the planet, and it is home to some incredible landmarks. Unfortunately, however, it is crowded, and hot and sticky during the summer months. Even the local residents get out of the city whenever possible, and they are usually seeking out the seclusion and peace of Upstate New York. If this sounds like the perfect holiday destination for you this summer, read on for more information on planning your trip and seeing all of the top destinations and attractions. Planning Your Trip to Upstate New York One of the key things to remember about Upstate New York in the summer is that accommodation can sell out quickly during peak weeks. Your best bet is to plan ahead and book flights and hotels as early as possible. Since...