As heard on Newstalk ZB

On Sundays I get on the blower from wherever I am, or pop in to the studio at Newstalk ZB and have a chat to Andrew Dickens about places to travel to and some tips that only bloggers know 😉

Here are some links to our chats, so have a look around and I hope you will be inspired for your next trip!

December 4, 2016

Today I went into the  studio and we chatted about my upcoming tour to New Orleans and Houston to see Steven Adams play for the OKC Thunder against the Houston Rockets, plus jazz and Space Centers and all that good stuff! Here’s what we said >>

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November 27, 2016

Who knew you could holiday in Beverly Hills without breaking the bank? Here we talked about where to stay, eat, shop and what to do – including free stuff – in Beverly Hills. Here’s the IV >>

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November 20, 2016

Spending just 36 hours in San Francisco is almost cruel, but if that’s all you’ve got here’s how to make the most of it! You can listen to our chat here >>

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November 13, 2016

Having just spent 4 days in Chicago during the Cubs win and the All Blacks loss and the US elections, I chatted to Andrew about all of this! You can listen here >>>

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November 6, 2016

I was at the fateful All Blacks match in Chicago’s Soldier Field and whizzed outside at the end to find a (reasonably) quiet nook to talk about the fallout! You can listen here >>>

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October 30, 2016

I’m taking a small group to Houston and New Orleans next year to see Kiwi basketballer Steven Adams play with the OKC Thunder, plus stay in the French Quarter and a Plantation home. Here’s what we’ll be doing!

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October 2, 2016

I found one of New Zealand’s hidden gems – but Andrew Dickens knew all about it. Except he didn’t know about this accommodation find! Here our chat here >>

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September 18, 2016

If you’re not a skier, Queenstown still has lots to offer. In fact there is more to do here off the mountains and than on them. I stayed at 2 fab hotels and chatted with Bernadine Oliver-Kirby on why I loved them >>>

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September 11, 2016

I spent a night in Central Otago’s Cromwell in a gorgeous boatshed style apartment – and I got to experience some ridiculous fast laps in the McLaren, New Zealand’s fastest car!! Here’s our chat >>>

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September 4, 2016

Still in Indonesia and this time I had a whistle-stop visit to Bali. Not long enough to shop, find any cool bars or even hit the beach, but long enough to take a tour in a vintage VW jeep to Ubud. Hear all about it>>>

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August 28, 2016

One of my Bucket List places to visit was Komodo Island where the famous Komodo Dragons live! They are evil and spooky and I wandered among them. Here’s my chat with Andrew >>>

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August 21, 2016

Calling in from Indonesia, I wrote a post about what to do in 48 hours in Jakarta, so that’s what Andrew and I talked about today >>>

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August 7, 2016

Did you know the word cocktail originated in New Orleans? We chatted about this and the best places for a drink >>>

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July 24, 2016

I stayed a couple of nights in downtown LA – and I loved it! We talked about some great rooftop bars, how close you are to the Staples Center and some more places to eat in the revitalised downtown area >>

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July 17, 2016

I loved our cruise to Cuba and in this chat I explained how the Fathom cruise ship differs from other cruises I’ve ever done with their emphasis on “deep travel” >>>

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July 10, 2016

Last weekend I was in LA and got the chance to see an outdoor move in a cemetery! Hollywood Forever Cemetery has been hosting movies since 2002 among the graves. Here’s our chat >>

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June 26, 2016

Feeding alligators in the Miami everglades! As well as where we stayed on South Beach and some cool things to do in steamy Miami.

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June 19, 2016

I went to New Orleans via Houston and today we chatted about what to do on a stopover in H-Town: space center, baseball, food…

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May 29, 2016

I went to Vanuatu and made these 5 short videos showing various aspects of a holiday there: families, wining and dining, luxury, hidden gems and Tanna Island. Have a look and a listen here >>

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May 22, 2016

Visiting my family in Hawkes Bay for the weekend, I whizzed over to Napier to see the new mural art that was done by a team of visiting artists. Incredible work highlighting pollution in our oceans >>

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April 24, 2016

Three safety tips for travel that every person should know!

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April 17, 2016

My ideas on how to see the South Island if you have two weeks to try and do it all!

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April 10, 2016

I headed to Mildura. Where?! In the northern part of Victoria, bordering NSW and great for house boating, wines and motor and river sports.

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April 3, 2016

If you have one cruise in you, I say make it Alaska. Here’s why>>

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March 20, 2016

It’s the year of food in Ireland and each month they are focusing on a different aspect!

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March 13, 2016

I’m not a fighter, but SeaWorld has got me riled. Here’s why I’m boycotting the parks and I’ve not seen the movie Black Fish.

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February 14, 2016

Tipping is a conundrum around the world! I’ve researched tipping etiquette in 25 countries and we go through a few of them here >>

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December 6, 2015

I just spent five days in New Orleans. It was my 5th visit so I got do some things I hadn’t done before including a 3-hour cycle tour which was fantastic and then we stayed in Houmas House, a sugar plantation home about an hour’s drive away. Here’s our chat >>

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November 1, 2015

Live from Twickenham just after the All Blacks had WON the Rugby World Cup! Here’s my chat >>

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September 27, 2015

Today we talked about New Plymouth and the awesome new Len Lye Centre attached to the Govett-Brewster Gallery. Here’s our chit chat >>

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September 20, 2015

I made my first trip to Waitomo Caves! I can’t believe I hadn’t visited this incredible place before. Andrew and I talked about the caves, the stalactites and stalagmites and the weird life cycle of the glow worm. Here’s our chat >>

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September 13, 2015

Having just returned from a week in Hong Kong, I thought this time I would talk about my top tips for travelling alone. Some safety tips plus a couple just to make sure you don’t look sad and lonely! Here’s the audio >>

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September 6, 2015

Chatting from Hong Kong at Cathay Pacific HQ where I had been snooping through the giant kitchens, plus a snippet of my first couple of days in HK with some great shopping tips. Here’s our chat >>

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August 9, 2015

I went to Gisborne this week on a roadie from Hawkes Bay with my mum and cousin. We stayed at the Portside Hotel, a really lovely hotel right on the water and explored some of the city’s hidden gems. Here’s our chat >>

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August 2, 2015

With it still being so chilly it was only right that we talked about Fiji (again) and how right now you can stay at the Outrigger Fiji Resort with your kids and hire a nanny (mei mei) for $250 for 4 days! Here’s our chat >>

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July 26, 2015

Orlando! What I hadn’t had the chance to talk about was my recent visit to Orlando as it fell between Sundays. Here are my picks for highlights and the massive low light that is SeaWorld – and my boycott. Here’s our chat>>

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July 19, 2015

There’s a new last minute booking app in town – Booking Now! It’s for really last minute travel. Like tonight and tomorrow night only. I chatted about it to Andrew and my use of it spinning the weekend roulette wheel of fun!

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July 12, 2015

Today Andrew and I chatted about the perfect 5-day road trip around Mackenzie Country from Christchurch to Tekapo, Mt Cook and Twizel and some very cool things to do there. Here’s the link>>

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July 5, 2015

Today I spoke from Tekapo where the cutest church with the best view in all the world is – AND how I was caught up in a marriage proposal, but the great things to do here like hot pools, spa and star gazing. Here’s our chat >>

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June 28, 2015

I’m an Uber fan! The cheap taxis all over the world aren’t just about saving money, they’re so convenient being app based and I reckon safer than a regular cab for solo riders. Here’s our chat >>

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June 21, 2015

Back home (finally) we chatted about Salt Lake City and my surprising find of it’s craft beer scene. But I did learn a curious fact about the Zion Curtain. Here’s our chat >>

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June 14, 2015

This Sunday I spoke to Andrew from Utah. Such a spectacular state to visit in summer if you hate skiing like I do! I hiked the Narrows and also Bryce Canyon. Incredible. Here’s our chat >>

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June 7, 2015

Today I spoke to Andrew with a cocktail in my hand in Dallas! I talked about the JFK scene, baseball and some new neighbourhoods I’d found for eating out and having a drink. Here’s our chat >>

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Palm SpringsMay 31, 2015

I spoke to Andrew from my Chevy Camaro convertible parked up at Joshua Tree National Park in California’s Palm Springs! It was hot and incredible. Here’s our chat >>

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May 24, 2015

Today I was in Fiji! I spoke to Andrew about my 1 night on Castaway Island and then my few days at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on the Coral Coast and the community project I got involved with. Here’s our chat >>

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Water music in poolMay 17, 2015

I went to Vanuatu to see how they are doing after Cyclone Pam ravaged the country in March. I found it to be remarkably good shape and in even better spirits. Here’s my audio with Andrew >>

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Macau TowerMay 10, 2015

I’ve just spent the week at Macau, an hour’s ferry ride from Hong Kong. It’s changed enormously since I was last there 8 years ago. Here is our chat about why I think Kiwis should consider a Macau stopover instead of Hong Kong >>

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May 3, 2015

I’m off the US for work and need to get my 5-year I Visa. Here’s how you go about getting your ESTA Visa Waiver or I Visas if you’re going as a journalist or just having a holiday. Here’s our chat >>

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DisneylandApril 26, 2015

We chatted about my tips for taking the family to Disneyland. The best time to go, the apps to use to find which rides have the quickest lines, apps for teens to go Treasure Hunting around the park and other stuff… Here’s the link to our chat >>

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Heritage hotel aucklandApril 19, 2015

Today I was all about Auckland staycations, having just spent a night in the historic Heritage Hotel. Kiwis of a certain age will remember this as the former Farmers Trading building with their iconic tearooms. Here’s what I thought >>
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In-and-Out-burger-bunApril 12, 2015

Who doesn’t love a burger and a beer in America? Today we talked about where to get the best burgers in LA – and I polarised some people by dissing In and Out! Here’s my chat and picks >>>

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Periscope appApril 5, 2015

Over Easter weekend I took part in a world first. I was invited by Skyscanner to be one of the 24 bloggers to showcase their cities on the new live video streaming app Periscope. Here’s our chat about what I did in Napier – in the most stressful hour of my life!

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Thanks to Cyclone Pam blasting through the Pacific Islands, my planned trip to Fiji was postponed. So I thought it was time to travel insurance! Here’s our chat on the tips and tricks to be aware of >>

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Hauraki GulfMarch 1, 2015

Today Andrew and I chatted about my cool experience out on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour with Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safaris. The sea was like glass and we spotted about 200 dolphins and a majestic Bryde’s whale. Here’s our chat>>

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Grenades tsaFebruary 22, 2015

Today we talked about the disturbing daily confiscations by TSA at US airports of hand guns and other explosives, knives and all sorts of dangers! Here’s our chat >>>

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Plane etiquetteFebruary 8, 2015

Today we talked about the most annoying passengers to sit next to on a plane – from my first hand experience of sitting next to the fingernail cutter mid flight! Here’s the audio>>

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Airplane wingFebruary 1, 2015

It’s time to set up my picks for the best destinations of 2015 – or at least the ones I plan on visiting! Listen to hear where I chose>>

 

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Ponant smJanuary 25, 2015

Today Andrew and I chatted about the merits of small ship v big ship cruising after we’d had a tour of the Ponant boutique ship that visited Auckland this week. Here’s our verdict >>>

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Tom Bradley TerminalDecember 14, 2014

I checked out the newly refurbished Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles. Air New Zealand have just moved in and they also won the contract to design and manage the Star Alliance Lounge. It’s a great space for awesome shopping and plenty of great dining options on your next LAX layover. Here’s my chat with Mel >>>

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Sonoma vinesDecember 7, 2014

I whipped over to Sonoma County (an hour’s drive north of San Francisco) where they have 400 cellar doors and yummy produce, plus the home of Charles Schulz’s Snoopy and Charlie Brown, walking wine tours, cooking classes and such cuteness. Here’s my chat with Mel Homer (because Andrew is on holiday in Europe for weeks!)

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Megan Singleton selfieNovember 30, 2014

Just rounding up my 5 days exploring Western Australia covering the amazing sunsets on the beaches, the plethora of wineries of the Margaret River, lighthouses, amazing underground caves and the new Qantas direct route from Auckland to Perth. Here’s our chat >> 

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Paris Christmas market smallNovember 23, 2014

We’re getting close to Christmas so I thought I’d cover some of my Bucket List travel destinations – at the top of my list is the German Christmas markets done via river cruise! I also covered off some of the best Christmas things around the world.

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Rottnest quokkerNovember 16, 2014

I’m now in Western Australia (just home in time to pack!) and reporting live (at 6.30am local time) from my hotel at Scarborough Beach in Perth about the day I spent yesterday on Rottnest Island – and which I would totally recommend you do! Here’s our chat>>>

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Chicago buildingsNovember 9, 2014

Finally home from the USA tour, and having spent the last few days in Chicago (see below) I talked about things to do in Chicago – including staying at the Trump Hotel, drinking cocktails with bacon in, the architecture and who makes the best deep dish pizza!

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Crazy American smNovember 2, 2014

Chicago! I’m standing at Soldier Field in the freezing yet sunny day having just watched the mighty All Blacks slaughter the USA Eagles! Here’s my chat about what it was like here at the stadium as Americans (and a gazillion kiwi expats) packed the 63,500-seater ground)

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Washington DC barsOctober 26, 2014

As part of my 4-week trip to the US, I talked to Andrew from a little beachside town in Delaware – where I was staying with my AFS host family from aaaages back! But we’d just spent a few days in Washington DC so here’s our chat for where to go drinking in DC and why the Newseum should be on your list (after the Smithsonian of course!)

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Zip lining CatalinaOctober 19, 2014

Today Andrew phoned me whilst I was up to my neck in bargains shopping at the Citadel Outlets! But the main focus this week was to let people know about Catalina Island and what to do out there. I went zip lining. Scared the pants off me, but I did it! Here’s our chat about that and those outlets. Click here for the audio >>>

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Sofitel FijiOctober 12, 2014

I’m off! Flew out of Christchurch on Fiji Airways to Nadi where I spent 2 glorious days staying at the Sofitel on Denarau before heading on to LA. Here’s my chat with Andrew about the “arduous” month of travel through the States I have ahead of me. Click here for the audio >>>

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Fiji AirwaysOctober 5, 2014

I’m about to head off on a big 3-4 week trip via Fiji to the US. I’m going through Christchurch on Fiji Airways as the airline showcases their one-stop route to LA for South Islanders who don’t have to travel through Auckland. We also talked passports (I had to get mine renewed) and best ways to do US domestic flights. Here’s our chat >>>

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Hauraki Blue cruiseSeptember 21, 2014

There’s a new boat bobbing on Auckland Harbour, the Ipipiri, a 3-story cat with Hauraki Blue cruises. I spent a night on it with the husband, meeting fun people, drinking wine, kayaking, 3-course dinner and a cabin. Here’s what it was like>>>

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Bethells sand duneSeptember 14, 2014

Today I was a Westie! I set off for 2 nights to explore Auckland’s black sand west coast beaches and stay in B&Bs. First night at Bethells Beach, 2nd night at Kumeu, a visit to the gannets of Muriwai and shopping at a local farmers market. Here we go>>>

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RAK DayAugust 31, 2014

Today we gave away a holiday to New Caledonia to an amazing man who runs a charity for at-risk youth! I went into the studio and we rang the wonderful woman who nominated the prize winner. What a great day! Big thanks to Air New Zealand, Ramada Plaza Noumea and New Caledonia Tourism. Here’s the chat >>>

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Philly LOVE TNAugust 24, 2014

I love Philadelphia and today I told listeners about all the cool things to do there, from the history of the Declaration of Independence to the Rocky Steps, eating Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and watching an ice hockey match. Here’s the audio >>>

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NoumeaAugust 17, 2014

With RAK Day coming up, Andrew and I announced a giveaway for one lucky person to New Caledonia.  People were encouraged to nominate someone they knew deserved a holiday. Someone who goes above and beyond for others with no expectation. Here’s the audio>>>

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RAK hugs thumbAugust 10, 2014

Today I got to talk to Andrew about my real passion: being the co-founder of Random Acts of Kindness Day in New Zealand 10 years ago. Here is the audio of me explaining how we started a national day on September 1st.

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Isle of PinesAugust 3, 2014

New Caledonia part 2 – because there was too much to talk about last week! Today I spoke about all the things to do in Noumea including some great tips for families on eating out – and in. I also talked about the beautiful Isle of Pines with the many places to visit and a beach with sand like flour. Here’s our chat >>>

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NZ cemetery New Caledonia smJuly 27, 2014

I rang in from New Caledonia where in a week I had explored the mineral-rich south with its bright red soil and the “gold” of the nickel that is so plentiful here, plus my sighting of the rare kagu bird which hisses like a cat and barks like a dog. I also had spent 3 days in the north with a delightful French guide and we had a traditional lunch with a local kanak family, visited remote beaches and towns. Here’s our chat >>>

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Underground Tour SeattleJuly 20, 2014

Just back from Seattle and I still had more to say, so this week we talked about touring the Boeing Factory for plane spotters and the quirky underground tour of the city of Seattle that once had shops and businesses a whole story under the current street level. Here’s our chat >>>

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Dreamliner selfieJuly 13, 2014

I spent the week in Seattle exploring the Boeing Factory (see that blog here>>>) on the invitation of Air New Zealand to bring the brand spanking Dreamliner 787-9 down to Auckland on its delivery flight. This is the world’s first -9 model off the production line. Here is my photo blog inside the Dreamliner >>> and this link is my audio with Andrew Dickens>>>

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How to avoid a DVTJuly 6, 2014

I did a bit of research into DVTs caused by flying and found who’s most likely at risk – and who isn’t. We also talked about some simple exercises to do in your seat. Here’s my audio with Andrew >>>

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Georgia-neck-pillowJune 29, 2014

My top tips for travelling long haul including what I wear on every flight (for the last 5 years), what to pack (slippers and pashmina are musts!), the squishy pillow and more. Here’s our chat >>>

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TIA logoJune 22, 2014

The new safety standards were the main point of discussion at the annual Adventure Tourism conference, where I also ran a session to help tourism businesses get the most out of their websites and how to use social media as an effective marketing tool. Here’s the audio >>

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GK Enchanted Farm smJune 8, 2014

I’m in the Philippines! I was invited to speak at a conference to help the Meetings and Incentive Market and the general tourism industry to turn around the perception after Typhoon Haiyan. But one of my highlights was visiting the Gawad Kalinga entrepreneurial farm and meeting the locals and business students from around the world who are working to change the plight of this nation. Here’s our chat >>>

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Plane wing smJune 1, 2014

Today I talked about Travel Tips for Nervous Nellies when it comes to turbulence in the air. I have a video showing the 777 wing test in the Boeing factory – until is snaps (see it here >>) and here is our little chat >>>

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TRENZMay 25, 2014

We were all about Tourism Trends today following my visit to New Zealand’s annual TRENZ conference in Auckland where operators set up booths to meet buyers from around the world and local and international media. I also caught a few guest speakers who had some positive and prophetic things to say about the future of tourism. Here’s out chat >>>

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Unclaimed luggageMay 18, 2014

Where luggage goes to die! Who knew? In my researching the crazy things left behind on planes I came upon this massive 40,000 sq ft warehouse in Alabama where lost luggage is washed, sorted, and put out in this department store for sale. Here is our chat >>>

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Maui at Carrick thumbMay 11, 2014

I’ve just been campervanning around Queenstown and Wanaka in a 4-berth Maui Motorhome. You could drive between the 2 towns in an hour, but I did it in 5 days! Here is my chat with Andrew about where we went, what we did and 5 tips to know before you go campervanning >>>

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Wild Atlantic Way27 April, 2014

Exploring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – 2000km of coastal west coast road along the rugged and raw Atlantic coast from Donegal to Cork. Download a 40-page booklet of hidden gems to stop at and signature experiences along the way on my blog here, or listen to my chat with Andrew here >>>

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Alaska20 April, 2014

Today I talked to Andrew about one of the best cruises you could ever do: Alaska. Setting off from Seattle, stopping in front of the towering Margerie Glacier and watching it calve into the ocean, watching bears eat salmon in the river and whales dancing around the ship, buying Russian souvenirs. I loved it! Here is our chat >>>

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Kate and William13 April, 2014

Midway through the royal tour I have a chat to Andrew live from the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin while Kate and Wills watch a Rippa Rugby demo, then I take off in a Hercules plane to Queenstown. I’m having an absolute ball. What a lucky girl! Here is our audio if you want to listen >>>

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Media-pack-selfie6 April, 2014

I have an exciting new gig for the next 2 weeks – I’m working for Tourism New Zealand on the Royal Tour! That means writing the press kit that the international media will all get when they arrive to learn about NZ, and following William and Kate (and baby George) around NZ. Here is my photo blog behind the scenes, and listen to my chat with Andrew here >>>

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amazint thailand It begins30 March, 2014

Thailand! Today we talked about some cool things to do in Bangkok – the must-sees on every tourist’s Bucket List, and a few off the beaten track things that you may not have heard about (read my Top 10 blog here). Also which is the best time of year to go. Here is our audio >>>

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Christchurch Megan sm23 March, 2014

I was back in Christchurch for what has become my annual visit since the earthquakes. Here is my blog with pics on what’s happening in the CBD, new businesses, restaurants and bars that are open. And here is my audio with Andrew Dickens >>>

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singing-in-the-rain sm16 March, 2014

With Cyclone Lusi having skirted past Auckland and in fact most of NZ left mainly unscathed, it was a great time to talk about the best times of year to travel to avoid rainy seasons, heat waves and such. Here’s my blog on when to go>>> and this is our audio chat if you’d like to hear my dulcet tones!

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Cuba St sign thumb9 March, 2014

I was in Wellington for the weekend, so we covered things to do on and around Cuba Street and Simon Gault’s Crab Shack (here’s my blog on his crabs!) Listen to our audio chat here>>>

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Cruise ship luggage thumb2 March, 2014

Great tips on how to pack for a cruise! This is for all first timers who want to know what to take – and what to leave at home. Some little pearlers to make your voyage even better. Here’s my blog of Top Tips>>> and this is my chat with Andrew on what to take on a cruise>>>

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Riverhead thumb23 February, 2014

Today I cruised from Auckland’s Outboard Boating Club at Orakei, under the Harbour Bridge, past the Chelsea Sugar Works, around Herald Island all the way to New Zealand’s oldest riverside pub, the Riverhead. I never knew the Upper Waitemata stretched up this far. Here’s my chat with Andrew from the hull of our little boat>>>

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Gardens by the Bay Singapore16 February, 2014

Today I’m in Singapore chatting to Andrew about the new 777-200 plane out of Christchurch – and I got to fly Business Class! Then my visit to Sentosa Island to the Aquarium, lunch at Sentosa Cove, dinner on Boon Tat street for the best satay I’ve ever had just sitting outside in front of the many shacks that sell them. Here’s our chat >>>

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9 February, 2014

Tips for saving money travelling! I wrote a blog rounding up 11 tips (here>>>) and today talked about them with Andrew. Here’s our chat >>>

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Wellington NZ2 February, 2014

Today we talked about my blog on how to spend 2 weeks in the North Island of NZ. Some of our international visitors think they’ll scoot around the whole country in a week, but as you will hear from our chat, there’s a lot to see. Here’s my blog if you want to read it, and this is the link to my chat with Andrew>>>

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Church Road Napier15 December, 2013

Buying gifts for the traveller was today’s topic. Things like a GoPro camera that can be attached to your clothing for skydiving, parasailing (here’s my blog using a GoPro while parasailing in LA) and other action activities. I’m also going to fly to Church Road in Napier for lunch and a bit of wining and dining and those tickets are on sale with Grabaseat. The Kindle is a great idea for readers, noise cancelling headphones for a peaceful flight and a squishy neck pillow for sleeping sitting up. Here’s our chat>>>

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Parasail Marina del Rey8 December, 2013

My latest discovery for an LA stopover was Marina del Rey. It’s a haven for those who love water sports and I went fishing out in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Santa Monica, parasailing from Venice Beach to the Santa Monica Pier, learned to paddle board in the quiet marina and went on a lunch cruise. It’s also very close to LAX (a 15 minute cab ride) and while it doesn’t have any shopping, you can just cab it up to Santa Monica and return for a sunset drink on your balcony the affordable hotels like Jamaica Bay Inn. Here’s our chat>>>

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Declined24 November, 2013

Today we talked about the scamming of fake reviews! I am in the midst of drama trying to post a negative review about a house my family booked in New Orleans and it’s been kicked back 3 times in their quest for more proof that we stayed, photos, emails… Here’s my blog on that issue, and here’s the audio of my chat with Andrew>>>

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Tips for packing light17 November, 2013

Are you a roller or a folder? Today we talked about tips for packing lightly to save on baggage fees – or even take no checked in luggage at all. 9 practical tips for saving to bring home plenty of shopping. Here’s my blog>>>

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Megan surfing thumb10 November, 2013

Today I looked at some off-the-beaten-track things to do in Sydney. Things like sleeping over at Taronga Zoo as part of the Roar and Snore in luxury tents, taking a float plane up the Hawksbury River to Berowra Waters Inn for a 9-course amazing lunch and learning to surf on Bondi Beach. I was a disgrace. Here’s our chat>>>

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Travel insurance

3 November, 2013

Today was a cautionary tale of taking out travel insurance BEFORE you go – in fact at the time of booking your flights is essential in the case of something cropping up (like in our case, my husband’s broken leg) and you can’t travel at all. We talked about the more hilarious things companies pay out on, like dentures being thrown up overboard… Here’s our chat>>>

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A&P show27 October, 2013

It’s Hawkes Bay Anniversary weekend so I’m down in Hastings stomping around the A&P Show. This used to be the biggest event on the provincial calendar for my family – smocked frocks galore! These days I have nieces leading 1400kg bulls around the ring and another selling creative homewares from the stalls that are now about as prolific as the whizzy rides. Here’s our chat>>>

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Abu Dhabi20 October, 2013

On my way home from Ireland flying Etihad, we stopped in Abu Dhabi for 3 days to see the sights. There’s not a huge amount to do, but heading into the desert for a bit of 4WD over sand dunes and posing like Sarah-Jessica Parker from Sex and City is a must. It also includes dinner, henna tattoos, a camel ride and a belly dance performance in a bedouin camp site. Here’s our chat>>>

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Ireland roadtrip13 October, 2013

I talked to Andrew today about my roadtrip around Ireland – from a castle in Dublin. I visited Waterford Crystal and Cork, Blarney Castle (yes I kissed the stone!), Limerick, the mighty Cliffs of Moher and Galway. I really loved Galway and reckon I’d base here for a few days next time. Here’s our chat>>>

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Guinness Storehouse6 October, 2013

Today I’m in Dublin. Shame on me for not visiting sooner. What a quaint city this is! I’m loving the traditional music at the many bars, the pub grub, the shopping. I took a photography tour to upskill – and the piece de resistence, learning how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse. Here’s our audio >>>

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St Louis Cemetery Number 129 September, 2013

I’m back in New Orleans this time to run my International Media Management course for a fantastic group of tourism operators and the CVB. I also got to take a cemetery tour in one of the many fascinating above ground cemeteries, and where Voodoo Queen Marie Leveau is entombed, plus a very cool local music venue called Tipitinas. Here’s our audio>>>

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Roosevelt Hollywood22 September, 2013

Hollywood, TMZ Tour to spot celebs and staying at the famous Roosevelt Hotel, made such by the fact that Marilyn Monroe lived for a year and to where JFK is rumoured to have snuck in. One of the crazy events you can do here (for a hefty sum) is head along for a night of debauchery at Beachers. Here’s my blog on it>>>

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I’m in Tahiti. Bora Bora to be exact, visiting 5 amazing resorts with over water bungalows, turtle sanctuaries, lunch at a table IN the ocean and generally being pampered like a regular honeymooner. Here’s my blog of the 5 resorts >>> and here is my chat with Andrew from an overwater bungalow at the Pearl Resort.

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San Francisco8 September, 2013

Team New Zealand have been keeping the country agonisingly on the edge of their seats winning 8 of 9 races to Oracle’s none. All eyes are on San Francisco as aside from the hijinks on the water there’s plenty to do on land, so while we all know the final result (which shall remain unspoken) here is my blog on 5 cool things to do in San Fran>>>

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dad1 September, 2013

It’s Father’s Day so I threw together a blog that covers last minute gifts for dads. Birthdays too – and you can get lots of them in voucher form online. Oh and in New Zealand September 1st is Random Acts of Kindness Day in NZ (of which I am co-founder)

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VLUU L100, M100 / Samsung L100, M10025 August, 2013

The big debate this week has been around some airlines introducing child-free sections on the plane. We discussed the merits, or not, of such a policy. Some people reckon family-only sections would be a better way to market them! Here’s the link to my blog on whether child-free zones are really likely to come in>>>

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Rundle mall small18 August, 2013

This week we talked Adelaide and all the great things to do in this part of Australia. The Adelaide Oval is being upgraded, Rundle Mall for 3 pedestrianised blocks of shopping, free trams around the city and even take one down to Glenelg Beach. And you’re only 30 minutes from the Adelaide Hills where a must-see is the quaint German town of Hahndorf. Here is the 6-minute audio of our chat on Adelaide >>>

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Murray thumb4 August, 2013

I was up the Murray River on a houseboat with 10 friends when we did our live cross. Fortunately the phone coverage was good! Here’s my chat from our 3-level boat while the girls were doing aerobics from the top deck using a monster watermelon as a weight ball and the boys were contemplating a bbq egg and bacon fry up. You can listen here>>>

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weird festivals28 July, 2013

There are some weird and wacky festivals around the world, many of them thought up to put an out-of-the-way town or village on the map. Here are 14 that I’ve picked out for their quirky, craziness – including 2 from New Zealand. You can read my blog about Yorkshire pudding boat racing, moose dropping festival, wife carrying and toe wrestling here >>>

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Motuarohia Island thumb21 July, 2013

This weekend I was up in the beautiful Bay of Islands to check out a few walks in the most pristine parts of New Zealand. I started with an historic walk around Russell, our first capital city. Then did a kiwi night walk on Flagstaff Hill. The next day I went out in a yacht to a couple of the islands and walked up hill and down dale, puffed and panted and took some great photos all to help them promote their upcoming walking weekend in October. Here’s my audio chat with Andrew>>>

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Paris TN14 July, 2013

Oooh la la it’s Bastille Day! Carly Flynn was filling in for Andrew so we discussed my favourite things to do in Paris for the second-time visitor who’s done the icons. Things like a tour through the majestic Opera Garnier (here’s my blog and some pics) and where to buy fabulous authentic souvenirs. (Here’s my blog about picking up antiques from the bouquinites along the Seine)

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Minnie Mouse girl thumb7 July, 2013

Today the terrible accident at SFO launched my segment with Andrew, then we chatted about Disneyland. I have just returned from my 4th trip in 3 years and have written a couple of blogs on how to get the best out of your visit. Here’s my blog on Tips for doing Disneyland Well and this one is about the Best Rides in California Adventure. Or if you’d prefer, here’s our little 6-minute audio>>>

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Grand Canyon helicopter tour30 June, 2013

Today we talked about my 5 days in Las Vegas. It’s kitsch and over the top and heaving with people – even in a heat wave. It was 45˚C when I visited the Grand Canyon by helicopter (here’s my blog on that with a little video I made). I also interviewed the 3 kiwi lads who call themselves Australian and strip every night with the Thunders from Downunder, and I got to see the brand new Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jackson One. It’s incredible.

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Preservation Hall thumb23 June, 2013

Today I spoke to Andrew from New Orleans where we’re having a family reunion – after escaping from the house from hell! What were we thinking, but we’d booked a house we now believe to have had fake reviews and escaped to Harrah’s Hotel. I did a cooking class and learned how to make gumbo and jambalaya, and found out where the locals go to listen to the best music in the city. And it’s not on Bourbon Street! Here’s my audio with Andrew explaining that a big family holiday needn’t cost the earth>>>

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Central BBQ sign16 June, 2013

I’m in Memphis! We’ve driven down from Nashville to spend 2 nights here at the famous Peabody Hotel which is just 2 blocks from Beale Street where the BB King Cafe and other blues and jazz is played. We visited Graceland, as you do, and here is my picture blog inside Elvis’s house. I learned how to make Memphis-style smoked Pork BBQ from Central BBQ and I visited the Civil Rights Museum on the spot where Martin Luther King Jnr was assassinated. Here’s my audio with Andrew >>>

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Johnny Cash thumb9 June, 2013

We flew from Hawaii to Nashville to start our roadtrip to Memphis and New Orleans. The Music Tour we’re calling it. We visited the newly opened Johnny Cash Museum (here’s my blog and pics), toured the Country Music Hall of Fame and the highlight was adding a Studio B Tour (here’s that blog), we hung out on Honky Tonk Row and found this really cool dueling piano bar with these young guys in T-shirts and jeans playing up a storm and taking requests. What an fantastic city!

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Shoreline Hotel Waikiki Hawaii2 June, 2013

Starting my 3-week trip through the US in Hawaii, we stayed at a newly refurbished and really affordable hotel where dad lost his wallet and the concierge did such a great job for us that this blog has gone viral 🙂 I also rented a Mustang and drove around Oahu stopping at all sorts of little gems along the way. Here’s that blog and what to stop and do. And here’s my audio with Andrew while sitting on the North Shore of Oahu>>>

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19 May, 2013

Camels thumbToday I took listeners to the Kimberley in North-West Australia. It’s rugged desert with brick red soil and the most beautiful aqua blue ocean. There’s lots to do from camel riding to flight seeing, eco lodges and locally brewed beer. Here’s my blog about 5 things to do in Broome, and this one is about my flight over the desert. Here’s the audio of our chat>>>

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12 May, 2013

Raglan thumbThis weekend I was in Raglan to speak at the the Readers and Writer’s Festival. We went down on the Friday night and stayed in a cute little bolthole on a hill above this little arty village. Raglan is a very cute spot, and if you’re a surfer, you’ll already know about it. Here’s my blog on things to do in Raglan>>>

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5 May, 2013

SnoringToday I just had to tell Newstalk ZB’s listeners about the amazing buckwheat pillow my husband and I discovered while on a cruise earlier in the year. It stops snoring! Truly, it works at least 99% of the time. Something about it being like sleeping on a wheat bag which is akin to a bag of cement, but it allows the neck muscles to fully relax. Here’s my blog on the matter>>>

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28 April, 2013

Recycling soap thumbThe vexing issue of where hotel soaps go to die! It is a problem of the first world that we are throwing out mountains of one-use-only hotel soaps into land fills when ironically people are dying in the third world from hygiene related illnesses. SO! There is a company in the US that can wash the used soap and recycles it to be sent out as aid. Here’s the audio of our chat>>>

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21 April, 2013

High tea smallToday it was all about high tea in London. I talked about some of my favourite places for cute cakes, teeny scones and finger sandwiches, including the Goring Hotel where the Middletons got ready for the royal wedding. But as Andrew and I lamented that you can’t buy clotted cream in NZ, I blogged about a recipe so you can try it at home. Here’s the audio>>>

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14 April, 2013

Cuba thumbToday I talked Cuba with the gorgeous Carly Flynn who was filling in for Andrew. Of course we had to start with kiwi band Dragon’s April Sun in Cuba, then I talked about the weekend I had in Havana a few years back with my little brother, including drinking as many mojitos as we could find and visiting the Partagas Cigar Factory. Here’s the audio>>>

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7 April, 2013

Santa Monica pier signSanta Monica is my favourite place to stay in LA so today I told Andrew why: it’s got the most gorgeous beach with fantastic sunset views, is next door to Venice beach to do some crazy people watching and pick up your medical marijuana – if you dare. It’s also got all the shopping you need and some great bars and restaurants. I stayed at the newly refurbished Sheraton Delfina. Here’s my blog on the hotel >>>

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AT&T Park31 March, 2013

I stopped for 2 nights in San Francisco where I stayed at the very cool Hotel Vitale right in front of the Bay Bridge. I went to a baseball game in the corporate box for the Giants (alas they weren’t playing!), walked Fisherman’s Wharf, met a kiwi girl making meat pies and snooped around the new stuff being built for the upcoming America’s Cup. Here’s my chat with Andrew >>>

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Chichen Itza24 March, 2013

This week we talked Cancun, the beachfront resorts, the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza and things to do on the Caribbean side of Mexico. I’m really impressed and reckon it’s the next big thing for us downunder folks.

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Riu Palace Cabo17 March, 2013

Today I’m in Mexico! I flew south of LA down to the tip of the Baja Peninsula where humpback whales and their babies are frollicking in the bay in front of my hotel and it’s all you can eat the Riu Palace Resort. I loved Cabo and the fish tacos… Here is my chat with Andrew >>>

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10 March, 2013

Heading north from Christchurch all the way to Blenheim, I stopped for 2 nights in Hanmer Springs where I partook of a mojito cocktail spa treatment and a soak in the hot pools; then on to Kaikoura to see the mighty sperm whales and stay at gorgeous 5-star Hapuku Lodge in the treetops and eat crayfish on the windswept beach from Nins Bins, before staying the last night in Queen Charlotte Sound and sampling wineries in Blenehim

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Chch thumb3 March, 2013

Christchurch: 2 years on. I visited Christchurch 6 months ago so wanted to head back and see how it’s getting on. It’s desolate. The damaged buildings have mostly been cleared away although the Red Zone in the middle of the CBD is still cordoned off and many buildings are yet to be demolished. But new hotels and businesses are opening and there is a lightness to the city that I found inspiring. Here are my blogs on Christchurch and my chat with Andrew >>>

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24 February, 2013

It’s the Golden Globes tomorrow so we talked about spotting celebrities in LA, which ones own their own restaurants, which celebrity tour is worth taking and that Air Pacific is about to relaunch at Fiji Airways with a great deal to LA for $1499.

Here’s the audio if you want to hear us banging on!

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Oman TN17 February, 2013

Continuing with the Bucket List theme from last week, today was all about Oman. This would be probably the most photogenic country I’ve ever visited with incredible golden sand dunes, camels roaming freely, souks for silver and frankinsense, deserts, five-star hotels and wonderful Arabian food. Here is my blog on 5 things to do in Oman.

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Zambia thumb10 February, 2013

We talked about Bucket List travel today and my trip to Zambia in 2010. What an incredible place. I stayed within walking distance of Victoria Falls in a resort where zebra would graze by the pool at dusk and giraffe would lope through the trees next door. I went to Livingstone Island, only possible in the dry season, and watched craaazy tourists jump into the Devil’s Pool from the top of the falls. Here’s my blog with a video of them doing it. And here’s my chat with Andrew all about it!

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Marathon3 February, 2013

One of my most popular blogs is The Best Marathons for 2013. I’ve trawled the dates and websites for the ones I reckon are the best – and the quirkiest, with practical details for all the runners out there who’d rather sweat it out than take the car (!) Here’s my audio with Andrew on the where and when for best marathons in 2013.

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Cruising out of Miami27 January, 2013

Last week’s cruise chat was so popular with listeners that I thought I’d talk about 4 of my best cruises: Alaska, Caribbean, Mediterranean and the Murray River (which Andrew teased was not really counted because it wasn’t a ship!) I wrote a blog about each and also had a hot deal for last minute cruises.

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Silversea small21 January, 2013

We’re back for the new year, chit chatting about cruising on the very fancy Silversea ship Silver Shadow. It was on a 14-day itinerary from Sydney and I joined for the last 3 nights in Wellington, stopping in Napier, Tauranga and finishing in Auckland. Here is my blog of photos onboard and this is the audio of our chat.

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2013 destinations23 December, 2012

It’s the end of the year and after visiting 10 countries and about 30 cities, I have picked my top 5 favourite destinations that I would recommend to my friends for 2013. They are… drum roll please ….. In no particular order: Houseboating on the Murray River Australia, Istanbul Turkey, Delphi Greece, Dubai UAE, Moorea Tahiti. Here’s my blog with why >>>

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Lumix FZ4016 December, 2012

With kiwis about to take off on their summer holidays, we talked about how to take great holiday photos without needing an expensive camera. In my 14 years as a travel writer/blogger, I always provide photos with my stories and blogs and many are published. I have spent a lot of time watching how the professionals do it and have learned a trick or two. Here are my tips with examples of what I’m going on about.. And here’s my audio of our chat >>>

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9 December, 2012

I was up in Dubai today waxing lyrical about Emirates business class with the stand up bar on the A380 and a few of things I got up to, including attending Emirates Make Up school and learning some startling tips about skin care in the sky, skiing in the snow at the Mall of the Emirates, drinking Camel’s milk, standing at the top of the 828m tall Burj Khalifa and more. Click here to hear the audio of our chat >>>

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2 December, 2012

Today we discussed my top picks for what to get the traveller for Christmas. Top 10 includes luggage, noise cancelling headphones, Kindle, slippers (yes I wear slippers on the plane!), head cushion, wine skin wrap to take wine in your luggage, camera and links to where you buy them. Read the 10 Great Christmas Gifts ideas here >>>

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25 November, 2012

I went to Auckland Airport to get a sneak peek at Air New Zealand’s new Hobbit plane, so we talked about that, plus how to get the best seats in economy class – without paying extra!

Click here to see Air NZ’s 777 in all her Hobbity glory >>> and click here for my tips on grabbing the best seats >>> 

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18 November, 2012

Today we talked about the business end of travel. I was in the Bay of Islands taking my newly created Blogger at Lunch media workshops for the travel operators there to help them the inside track on how to effectively work with media to promote themselves. It was a brilliant morning with some key action points that this motivated bunch are going to start rolling out soon. Here is my blog on exactly what it’s all about. The Blogger at Lunch Media Workshop >>>

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Pan Pacific lobby11 November, 2012

Today I’m in Singapore at the newly refurbished Pan Pacific Hotel at Marina Bay. Here’s my blog about the hotel, their restaurants, what’s nearby and also a great Spanish Tapas restaurant called Foodbar Dada that we enjoyed the fruits of – as well as the hot looking chefs! (Here’s that blog. With pics 🙂

To hear my chat with Andrew on the above, jump on this link>>>

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4 November, 2012

It’s been a while since I was last in London and goodness, transport is pricey! But I got my Oyster Card and stayed at 2 fabulous hotels, Flemings Mayfair (read my blog here), and Ampersand in South Kensington (read that blog here). I also popped into Mary Portas’ shop in House of Fraser and met her staff from the TV series and learned all about Kinky Knickers (here’s that blog).

Here is my chat with Andrew Dickens if you’d rather listen than read>>>

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28 October, 2012

Calling in from Nice, France, Andrew and I talked about this great hotel overlooking the French Riviera and our wonderful 8-day cruise to here from Istanbul stopping at iconic ancient sites in Greece and Sicily, and the tragic mummified ruins of Pompei.

Here is the clip of our chat if you want to hear it>>>

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21 October, 2012

Today I chatted to Andrew from Istanbul about the highlights of this great city. Here’s our audio here about where we stayed and meeting a local student who is a friend of my family and who is happy to show Blogger at Large readers around.

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14 October, 2012

With summer warming the hearts of young lovers in NZ, we talked about affordable honeymoons and some of my favourite websites to keep an eye on for deals to Tahiti, housesitting opportunities around the world offering amazing free accommodation in return for feeding pets, and a website for searching for flight deals. If you want to read the blog, click here for Affordable Honeymoons>>>

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7 October, 2012

Today we talked about driving the iconic Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles to San Francisco. I did it in 5 days and spent 2 of them in Santa Barbara – the prettiest city in the US I say! Here’s my blog with a 5-day itinerary.

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30 September, 2012

A new tour company to India just launched in NZ and they’re kicking off next February (2013) with a culinary tour taking in palaces and street food, spice markets and beaches. There’ll be time for sightseeing – and I’m going! Here’s my blog all about it (you can come too) and here is the link to my audio recording with Andrew Dickens all about the Culinary Tour of India.

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23 September, 2012

Today we talked about the new and exciting launch of Hawaiian Airlines into New Zealand and their hot launch fare of $1117. You can listen to our 4 minute chit-chat here if you so desire! Then I wrote this blog on my picks for 10 cool things to do in Honolulu.

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16 September, 2012

Today we talked NYC! The New York Marathon is coming up and as luck would have it, I was there to watch my brother compete in 2010. Here are his top tips for race day, then this blog on How to do New York on the Cheap.

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9 September, 2012

Today we revisited Thailand with this: medical makeovers! The burgeoning medical industry and Thailand’s state-of-the-art hospitals for boob jobs, tummy tucks, face lifts and dental work. It’s a hugely important industry to Thailand so they don’t want to get it wrong! Here’s my blog on Medical Makeovers and here’s the clip of our chat on Newstalk ZB.

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2 September, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness Day was yesterday. I was so thrilled to be in Napier to see so many businesses doing random kind things like giving out coffee vouchers, jewellery, sweets. Here’s my chat with Andrew about RAK Day, how I started it and what happened this year.

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26 August, 2012

Thailand! I have been a busy beaver this week and written 4 new blogs about Thailand looking at Bangkok’s best high-end shopping malls, markets and rooftop bars, plus some top hotel recommendations in Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui. Here is the audio of my chat with Andrew Dickens on Newstalk ZB >>>

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August 19, 2012

I spent 4 days in Christchurch meeting lots of really amazing people who are opening new businesses, getting their old ones up and running again and creating amazing things in this city devastated by the February 2010 earthquake. It’s a good news story! My blogs include places to stay in the CBD, the Gap Filler project filling demolished sites with projects of whimsy, the Re:Start pop up mall and the unique new Cardboard Cathedral.

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Oman Grand MosqueAugust 12, 2012

Today I was all about Oman. Probably the most remarkable country I’ve ever visited. Still traditional with camels roaming through the desert, but Muscat is a modern city with 5-star hotels and then a very cool traditional souk where I bought frankincense and raw perfume spices. These blogs include luxury ‘glamping’ at the foot of golden sand dunes, crossing the desert in a 4WD and 5 great things to do in Oman. Jump here to read about Oman.

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August 5, 2012

Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter turned 1 this weekend, opening in time for the Rugby World Cup. I stayed at the Sofitel, Auckland Harbour and took part in the sabrage. What?! you ask. Indeed. This is a Napoleonic ceremony of popping the cork off a bottle of expensive French champagne with a sabre. Here’s a 2-min vid I made of my attempt. Ahh, 2nd time lucky. Sabrage! >>>

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July 29, 2012

I stayed at the very swanky Cape Kidnappers Lodge in Hawkes Bay, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This blog is a sneak peek through the lodge and each course of our 5-course dinner. Such a treat to stay here and now I have my sights set on Kauri Cliffs and Matakauri! Here’s my blog on Cape Kidnappers Lodge >>> Here’s the audio of my chat with Andrew >>>

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July 22, 2012

Let’s talk London. With the Olympics about to start I listed 5 of my favourite things to see and do in London where I lived for 5 years on my OE. It includes laughing at the ‘art’ at the Tate Modern, crashing a court case at the Old Bailey, shopping Oxford Street, where to get the best views, where to go for a drink with vibe and the best place for high tea. Here’s my blog on What do in London and what not to bother with >>>

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July 15, 2012

The NZ Staycation! I went to Northland and stayed at lovely Waipoua Lodge, about 2km from the mighty kauri tree, Tane Mahuta. This is where I did a fine-dining cooking class with owner Fran Farrant, then we went over the Russell and stayed at the cute Duke of Marlborough – the 1st pub in NZ.

Here is my blog on Waipoua Lodge – and how I made pressed pork belly (which I’ve now tried at home!) Here is my blog on the Duke of Marlborough on the waters’ edge of Russell.

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July 8, 2012

Ahh the shopping holiday! Lynda Hallinan was filling in for Andrew this week and we talked about travelling to save squillions – particularly to Shanghai where kiwi woman Suzy Fewtrell runs a brilliant shopping tour. Here is my link to the blog on Shopping in Shanghai to Die For and how to go about joining in!

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July Museum of Death LA1, 2012

Today we talked about Dark Tourism. Where do we draw the line? Is it ok to visit dead bodies or museums that make money out of crime scene photos? Is a visit to Auschwitz or Ground Zero in New York about paying homage or a macabre interest in death?

Here is the recording of my chat with Andrew Dickens.

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June 24, 2012

Today we talked cruising! I’m a big fan of the unpack once yet see loads of new cities, riverside villages or amazing scenery without having to drive or train and book hotels along the way. I’ve done 6 cruises now and each has their own unique quality. Here is a bunch of my cruise blogs for you to peruse if you’re wondering which one would best suit you.

And if you want to hear our chat on my opinions on cruising Alaska, Caribbean, Mississippi and the high seas, click here >>>

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June 17, 2012

I was in Disney’s California Adventure Park for the grand opening of the $1.1 billion Cars Land. Here are links to the 3 rides in the new park: the main one with up to 4-hour long queues Radiator Springs Racers; Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree; Luigi’s Flying Tires.

Here is our chat on Newstalk ZB about breakfast with Goofy and peanut butter pizza as well as what to expect in Cars Land.

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June 10, 2012

Andrew had been in Perth so we chatted about the new laneway bars hidden in Perth’s back alleys and the most amazing woman I’ve ever met – Sheila Humphries, an Aboriginal elder who is now a sought after painter but her unique story, that she tells through her painting workshops in her own home, is that was a child of Australia’s stolen generation, raised in an orphanage. Here is her story and the painting I commissioned.

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Mud and bubblesJune 3, 2012

Andrew was away so Wendyl Nissen and I chatted about the most awkward and weird spa treatments we’ve ever had. Including having our boobs massaged!! Here are a few blogs of my harrowing spa experiences Mud & Bubbles on the beach in West Australia; the belching masseuse who gave my boobs a good going over in Tawian; being buried in sawdust in Taipei; having my feet nibbled (tortured) by fish in Kuala Lumpur; and my guide to the etiquette of spa treatments – kit on or off??

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May 20, 2012

Our party of 10 descended on the Tongariro Chateau in the central North Island for a big birthday with a zero on it. We stayed one night, had a delicious 3-course dinner and breakfast the next day before heading off to Taupo to stay another night. The Bayview Chateau (for this is what it is officially called) was a great spot for it and here is my blog including pictures of the hotel and our fancy dinner.

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May 13, 2012

It’s Mother’s Day so I went into the studio and talked about taking your mum on your travels. I took mine to Jamaica a few years ago for my brother’s wedding and while there took a taxi to Nine Mile to Bob Marley’s birthplace.

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May 6, 2012

I called in from my overwater bungalow (don’t hate me!) at the Intercontinental Resort in Tahiti and told Andrew all about Moorea and some inside tips on how not to spend a fortune, plus helmet diving among the amazing tropical fish. I also made this 3-minute video of my highlights on Moorea if you need any further inspiration!

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April 22, 2012

This week I’m in West Hollywood on the rooftop of the London Hotel talking about dining at Gordon Ramsay’s fancy pants restaurant and the launch of the first ever marketing campaign by the United States to promote the entire country as a tourism destination. Here’s the Brand USA theme song written by Roseanne Cash – Johnny’s daughter.

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April 15, 2012 

From Los Angeles Convention Centre I got on the blower with Andrew and we discussed hanging out with the crazies on Venice Beach (this blog includes photos) and when’s the best time to visit Disneyland

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April 8, 2012

Click here to listen to my chat with Andrew Dickens on houseboating on the Murray River, a tour to Cuba with Peter Urlich and a hot deal to Tahiti. And for a quick look, here’s my blog on how to drive a houseboat >>> And this one on Cuba and your chance to join the tour with Peter Urlich >>>

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