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Hotel Review: Elements of Byron

Expectations can be both a blessing and a curse when travelling. They can either create a hopeful benchmark for an experience – and a reason for an internal happy dance when exceeded – or they can set an impossibly high...

Essential books to read before travelling

Planning a first-time trip to New Zealand? Then you should probably read ‘The Whale Rider’ or watch ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ then. At least that’s what New Zealand’s foreign ambassador to the United States, Tim...

Life along the river in Bangkok

Bangkok is one of my favourite cities. During a visit in October last year I was lucky enough to go on a long tail boat cruise through Bangkok’s canals – and it was a real eye-opener. It’s not a well...

Four quirky L.A. museums you need to visit

Los Angeles is renowned for its unique attractions. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre… these are tried and tested tourist haunts guaranteed to always draw a crowd. But...

Hotel Review: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

When Maureen and Tony Wheeler created the first Lonely Planet guide – Asia on the Cheap – in the 1970’s, they probably didn’t realise the travel revolution they would start. Years later, their...

Hotel Review: The Convent Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is one of those destinations that require multiple visits. It’s near impossible to truly appreciate the diverse vineyards, restaurants and attractions of the region in one trip (or two… or...

Hotel Review: Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11

I love a good design hotel. Any property that breaks out of the boring cookie-cutter mould to deliver something new or exciting is doing something right in my books. One brand making waves in this space is Aloft Hotels...

Griffith Observatory. Credit: Discover Los Angeles

Los Angeles’ most beautiful runs

Travel and staying healthy rarely go hand in hand, especially when you’re in a destination like the United States where supersized meal portions seem to be the norm. Sure, there may be those super dedicated people who...

Mackay: A forgotten gem

The term ‘best kept secret’ gets thrown around far too often these days, but in the case of Mackay – a coastal city located midway between Brisbane and Cairns – it’s quite fitting. Though...