The Best Wild Swimming Spots in New Zealand

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

The pleasure of swimming in wild settings could be one of the most human exercises we can undertake. New Zealand then, is a country offering ultimate outdoor therapy. As well as boasting glorious beaches, New Zealand is a patchwork of rivers, waterholes and lakes that are perfect to take a dip or dive in. Continue reading “The Best Wild Swimming Spots in New Zealand”

Discover Zhongshan Mountain, Nanjing’s Historical, Architectural, and Cultural Epicentre

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

Nanjing is known as the ‘ancient capital of six dynasties’, having served as the centre of dynasties and kingdoms throughout its centuries-long history. Zhongshan Mountain is at the heart of this legacy. 

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Tourists Often Pay More Than the Locals. Is That Fair?

Written for the ABC.

Being “ripped off” is often part of the travel experience. Whether it’s those tourist menus with prices double what locals pay, unregulated taxis charging five times the regular price, or seeing someone at a market pay less than half for a T-shirt you bought two days ago. But does the fact it happens so often make it fair?

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Tips on Helping Someone Living with Dementia Through the Pandemic

Originally published on HelloCare.  

Maintaining a routine is extremely important for anyone living with dementia. The coronavirus pandemic has inevitably disrupted those routines, regardless of whether the person living with dementia is in a residential facility or at home.

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Why I Won’t Give up on Sri Lanka and you Shouldn’t Either

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

“Welcome to Sri Lanka!” was one of the first greetings I heard in Colombo, the country’s bustling big city. A local graced me with those lovely words from across the street. Not a storekeeper, nor a hawker. Just a person who wanted to pass on a warm hello.
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How to Eat Through Southern Spain Like it’s Your Last Week on Earth

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

A fusion of Arabic cuisines and the Mediterranean diet, Andalucian food is about the simple pleasures – affordable and unpretentious. It is Moorish food, within Moorish surrounds and it’s easy to let your stomach run wild – the food is vibrant and prices are reasonable. Continue reading “How to Eat Through Southern Spain Like it’s Your Last Week on Earth”

Urban Ground Is a Massive, All-in-One Food-Truck Park, Health-Food Cafe and Distillery in Mordialloc

Originally published on Broadsheet.

A co-founder of Carlton’s D.O.C and his former head chef have teamed up to transform an old car-wrecking site into a buzzing, family-friendly space that gets moving at 7am and doesn’t stop until near midnight. And there’s room for 250 people, plus dogs. Continue reading “Urban Ground Is a Massive, All-in-One Food-Truck Park, Health-Food Cafe and Distillery in Mordialloc”

The New-Look Ponyfish Island Is a Slice of Palm Springs Smack Bang in the Middle of the Yarra

Originally published on Broadsheet.

The redesign, by award-winning Adelaide firm Studio Gram, features dramatic curved archways, terrazzo-topped tables and soft green sunshades. Step aboard for Ponystar Martinis, rosé-sangria jugs and – soon – an Asian-focussed menu. Continue reading “The New-Look Ponyfish Island Is a Slice of Palm Springs Smack Bang in the Middle of the Yarra”

First Look: Piccolina’s Sleek New Richmond Store Looks More Like a Cocktail Bar Than a Gelateria

Originally published on Broadsheet.

The fourth outpost has an industrial-chic fit-out by Melbourne firm Hecker Guthrie – and greyscale never looked quite so good. Plus, get your favourite gelato crowned by a new whipped-cream machine, just like in Italy.

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