Something which I have noticed Australian cities do very well are stylish, self-contained apartment hotels. Whilst an ‘apartment hotel’ may sound like a contradiction in terms, done well this type of accommodation can offer the best of both worlds to business and leisure travellers alike. The Punthill in Brisbane is one such apartment hotel which strikes the balance just right.
In Egypt you can choose to shop at the markets and malls or let the shops come to you! I’ve never been anywhere with as many and varied shopping opportunities hiding around every corner as there are in Egypt. Behind pillars in temples, in front of ancient pyramids and even along the banks of the Nile!
Locals call the vendors ‘sharks’ as they can be a little predatory, ready to pounce at passing tourists. But some of their stock is so good a travelling shopaholic cannot help but be tempted. From ornaments, to books, spices, trinkets and even carpets, items will be waved in front of you, and I for one can’t help but buy them.
As a self-diagnosed shopaholic, packing a single suitcase for my year long, solo trip around the world was one of the harder things I’ve ever done. To ensure I was choosing pieces that were practical, and that I would be comfortable wearing day in and day out for the next 365 days, I devised a “test” which I subjected every potential article of clothing to:
Could it be hand-washed in a sink?
Would I be okay if it was ruined or lost?
Could it sustain a year of wear?
Would I be sick of it after a week?
If my respective answers were not: yes, yes, yes, no, the piece was out. I ended up with a wardrobe of earth-hues and muted patterns; a collection of relatively simple, light-weight pieces with details that added whimsy and character, and clothes that could easily make the transition from day to night, summer to fall, city to beach (I won’t be anywhere colder than 50 degrees Fahrenheit).
Tenerife, the largest and most populous of the seven Canary Islands, is truly a year round destination (it’s currently 27 degrees in September!) I’ve visited with my family as a child and with friends as an adult and, in addition to the warm weather, there was a variety of things to see and do on the island to keep me entertained on both visits. Below are some of the best things to do in Tenerife.
I attended a blogging conference last week which was set on the gorgeous Gold Coast of Australia. Although I spent most of my time inside picking the brains of professional bloggers I did make the most of the free time in-between sessions to take in the serene surroundings. (See above for prime example!)
The hotel was named Lindos View and it was easy to see why. The pool, restaurant and dining area were on the edge of a cliff. The valley dipped beneath us but standing proudly on an elevated section of rock directly in front was the ancient Acropolis, which Lindos Rhodes is famed for. The place should have been called Staggering Lindos View – it was that good.
Living in the big city certainly has its advantages – bright lights, plenty to do, and where else can you get that perfect Starbucks latte hit at 10pm? Still, all that energy and excitement can lead to a bit of burnout, and anyone who’s lived in a city for any length of time knows that every so often you just need to get out, if only so you can be reminded how much you love city life once you get back.
Once you’ve decided that it’s time to take your little mini-break, it’s then time to decide where you’re going and, perhaps more importantly, what you’re going to do to refresh yourself. Visiting some old friends around the country is an option, but if you can get a few of them together you can pool together and snag yourself a break that’s sure to be as memorable as it is revitalising. There’s no end of options when it comes to choosing somewhere and everyone’s going to have a different idea as to what makes the perfect relaxing break – so here’s a few ideas to get you started.
We’ve fallen in love… with a suitcase. Can you just picture yourself rolling this across departures, the mint green luggage coordinating with your pastel-coloured outfit? Or rolling into a boutique hotel with these fresh blooms on your luggage? Ladies will swoon at the luggage carousel, men will fall over themselves to help carry it.
Ok, maybe we’ve gone a bit too far.
You can still smell the fresh paint. The Emporium is Melbourne’s newest shopping mall, so fresh that new stores are opening every week. On our visit last week, when the paint still smelt fresh and floors were impressively shiny, The Emporium was welcoming two trendy new vendors – Topshop and Kate Spade New York.