Magic at the MELBOURNE Cup Race

Kristina Foster takes readers inside Australia’s famous Melbourne Cup, where socialites, celebrities, and grand marquees make this race a true spectacle.  At 3pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, for about three and a half minutes on the first Tuesday in November, something very strange happens nation-wide in Australia. Homes, offices, restaurants and cafés all press pause. Eyes are glued … [Read more...]

OAKLAND: Crafting a New California Art Scene

Mark Hiss explores the other City by the Bay as it comes out from behind San Francisco's shadow and enjoys its day in the sun. “Let her sing! Let her sing,” insisted a young woman as she pushed her friend to the front of a crowd watching a pair of buskers at Oakland’s monthly Art Murmur street festival. The musicians, playing electric guitar and drums, were bashing out instrumental … [Read more...]


Hotels in national capitals are invariably configured for expediency – after all most beds are slept in by politicians, lobbyists and convention delegates. So what a treat to discover Australia’s new sleek Canberra East Hotel packed with soul and clever contemporary comforts.   Wake to a golden calm dawn punctuated by a bevy of hot air balloons visible from your bespoke slumber … [Read more...]

How to Score the CHEAPEST AIRFARES This Holiday Season

It's that time of  year again when people start thinking about end of the year travels either to visit family or escape to some sunny hideaway. Whichever direction you're headed, we wanted to make sure you know about the "Goldilocks zone," shoulder season deals, and multiple fights discounts that will save you money you can use at your destination instead of on your plane ticket. Following are … [Read more...]

KANGALUNA CAMP: Outback Safari in SA

From sleeping in a swagon in the Gawler Ranges to swimming with sea lions on the Eyre Peninsula, this corner of South Australia offers a variety of outback and coastal adventures you won’t want to miss. For a truly amazing and authentic outback experience there is no greater guide than Geoff Scholz, the quintessentially Australian proprietor of Kangaluna Camp in the Gawler Ranges. Born … [Read more...]

Awards Season Hotel Packages in LOS ANGELES

Liz Laing shows you how to live like a celebrity at these luxe hotels near Hollywood. While the rest of the country is getting their parkas and mittens ready for a wintry season, Angelenos are shopping for Louboutins and designer gowns for awards season. It’s an exciting time in Los Angeles, which is home to some of the most prestigious awards shows, including the American Music Awards, … [Read more...]

BANNISTERS: Mollymook’s Motel with the Mostest

Kate Ayrton finds something fishy and fabulous on Australia's scenic South Coast. Bannisters guests generally fall into two categories: those who have been and those who have not. The first are a devoted lot who return on a regular basis to graze at Rick Stein’s famous table while taking in the fresh seaside air and stunning ocean views. The second simply don’t know what they’re … [Read more...]

A Peak Experience Awaits This Winter in WHISTLER, BC

Liz Laing nestles in at Nita Lake Lodge in British Columbia's winter wonderland. Now that it's November, summer already seems like a distant memory for those of us in the northern hemisphere. That means the search is on for the ultimate winter playground. So here's a haute tip: point your skis, snowboard or snowshoes towards one of the world's most coveted mountain resorts, Whistler … [Read more...]

NEW FOUNDLAND: Inspiration at the Edge of the World

Deirdre Mendoza travels to Canada's East Coast for an unforgettable stay filled with windswept waves, Humpback whale sightings and charming fishing communities.  Writers and artists periodically seek a kind of self-imposed exile, a chance to unplug from screens and gadgets, and connect with the beauty of the natural world. This desire to check out and check in was the motive for my … [Read more...]

ENGLAND: Westward Ho!

Michael Webb explores the historic and ancient treasures of England's western countryside. It’s easy to mock Masterpiece Theater and Downton Abbey for their idealized portrait of English country life. In the sprawling cities of the south, cars and asphalt prevail, and the generic suburbs seem endless. Growing up in London I spent many weekends braving traffic jams and the inevitable … [Read more...]