Where to Stay in Melbourne

Melbourne is one of Australia’s biggest cities, and regarded as the ‘cultural capital’ of the country. Famed for its many shopping streets, cafe culture and events, it’s regarded as one of the best cities in the world to live. The centre of Melbourne is packed with things to do and see, while the inner suburbs offer…

Discovering Melbourne Part 1: The City Centre

Melbourne is an inspiring city and a favourite holiday destination of both Australians and overseas visitors. There’s a lot to see, so we’ll begin our two-part guide to Melbourne with a look at the city centre. This area is known locally as the CBD (Central Business District) and wherever you’re staying in Melbourne, it is easy…

Peaks and Valleys – Where to Stay in San Francisco

The Mission District Before the dot -com boom hit San Francisco in the early Noughties, the Mission District was primarily home to working-class Latin-American families. The area has since significantly gentrified, although still nods to its heritage, especially around the south end and 24th street. Those interested in the history, art and architecture of San…

Things to Do in Sydney Part 2

Stunning natural beauty, a thriving cultural scene and citywide love of the good life – Sydney has style and substance. The area has been home for 30,000 years to indigenous peoples who are now known locally as the Eora, which means ‘from this place‘. Today, the Sydney region is made up of 658 suburbs bordered by…

The Modern Traveler’s Guide to the Selfie Stick

Selfie Sticks are long smartphone-gripping poles used for taking the eponymous self-portrait of the smartphone generation. While a normal selfie barely fits a face (let alone the background) into the frame, a Selfie Stick distances the lens further and allows the taker to include more in the frame. The Selfie Stick trend burst onto the scene…

Things to Do in Sydney – Part 1

Sydney is an extraordinarily beautiful city and regularly tops polls for being one of the world’s favourite destinations. Unusually for a big city, it is known for its for natural wonders as well as its cityscape, and locals enjoy an enviable lifestyle and excellent weather. If you are staying in Sydney, there is a lot…

Style and Substance : Where to Shop in Hong Kong

Shopping in Hong KongShopping in Hong Kong is popularly regarded as the national pastime, and millions of visitors each year are drawn to its dense network of modern malls, packed markets and carefully curated boutiques. Most items sold do not have any tax attached, and this combined with the huge number of competing stores makes prices…

Our Guide to the Best Films Set in Europe

The European summer is here, the sun is shining and it feels like time for a continental holiday. To get into the mood, we’ve put together a list of some classic European films, and the cities that made them great – Berlin, London, Paris and Rome! BERLIN Wings of Desire A story of angels floating above…

Out and About in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s greatest cultural centres; a trove of museums, galleries and clubs set on a maze of canals. The list of places to see and things to do is immense, but it’s easy to avoid being overwhelmed by planning a little before the trip. Visitors might find that many of the places they plan…

Dutch Appeal: Discovering the best districts of Amsterdam

Over the last millennium, Amsterdam has slowly developed from small fishing village to medieval powerhouse; wartime occupied territory to modern, graceful world city. Its growth can be tracked in the unique layout of the city, with concentric canals circling the oldest part with most parkland and institutions further out. During the Golden Age of the…