Travel Tips


In-Flight Style – Travelling In Style Part Two

I’d been toying with the idea of posting ‘styling tips for a long-haul flight’ for a while now. But when Vicki Archer – one of my favourite bloggers of all time – put the idea out into the universe via this post, I knew I had to publish my thoughts sooner rather than later. Interestingly, Vicki […]

In-flight style

Avoiding In-flight Dehydration

Flying Equals Drying – Five Tips For Avoiding In-flight Dehydration

It’s well known that flying equals drying. And long haul flights – which is all we can do if we actually want visit anywhere outside Australia – can be particularly dehydrating. But despite the fact that I seem to spend half my life in airports, I didn’t realise how much flying could dry you out […]


How To Plan For A Trip To France

If you ask me, a truly spectacular visit to France requires more than a little forethought. If you want to experience the best France has to offer and avoid disappointment when it comes to things like accommodation and restaurant reservations, you’ll want to do some planning. We covered all the reasons trip planning is important […]

Plan for a trip to France

Why planning for France is so important

Why Planning For France Is So Important

Europe – and France in particular – holds such a fascination for so many people.  You rarely come across someone who doesn’t love travelling there. At the moment I have two of my staff (from my day job) heading to European destinations and another one who has just returned. With our own trip now a […]


Anticipating France

I’m one of those lucky people who enjoys the lead up to a big event almost as much as the event itself. I’ve been like it since I was a child. I adored the lead up to Christmas, and literally could not sleep on Christmas Eve because I was so excited. And you’ve got no […]

Anticipating France

Lessons from Paris

More Lessons From Paris

I’ve mentioned before that I love hearing about fellow traveller’s experiences of France. I’m intrigued by it all. Where they went. What they ate. How they travelled. And, most of all, what they learned. Which is why I’ve been so excited to have Distant Francophile reader Claire posting lately about her recent trip to France. […]


Managing Your Withdrawal Symptoms After A Visit To France

Some travellers suffer great distress when France, and most often Paris, doesn’t live up to their expectations. One of my closest friends – a very seasoned traveler – was very concerned before our first trip that France wouldn’t live up to my lofty hopes and I would join the ranks of those disappointed visitors. I […]

Managing Your Withdrawal Symptoms After A Visit To France

TGV

All Aboard – Why We Love The TGV

While many people might think rail is an outdated form of transport, the idea of belting through the French countryside at 300kmh on a double deck train with a café – or, if it is little later in the day, a bar – really appeals to Scott. Like you wouldn’t believe. Luckily for Scotty, the […]


Keep Calm And Carry-On Luggage

The week before last, I attended a conference for women in finance where I was absolutely delighted to receive a Lipault Weekender bag. In a fine show of generosity the bag was actually the sponsors goodie bag – a definite step up from the standard cloth bag that normally graces that sort of event. Now […]

Carry-on luggage

Liz Holtfreter's five of the best things to do in Bordeaux

Five Of The Best Things To Do In Bordeaux

It is around seven months until we head back to France. While that seems like an eternity (I’m wishing it was seven weeks, or even better, seven days) I am in full on planning mode. While I’ve developed some fairly decent desktop research skills, I still can’t go past recommendations from people who have already […]


Which Parisian Arrondissement Is Best To Stay In? Part Two

Last week, I provided the first instalment of a response to the question Which Parisian Arrondissement Is Best To Stay In?which was put to us by a Distant Francophile reader. Let’s be honest – it’s an extremely valid question. Paris is chock full of things to do and see, and it makes sense to locate […]

Which Parisian arrondissement is best to stay in?

Our Top Five Things To Do In Strasbourg

It was inevitable that one day Scott and I would spend time in Strasbourg. You see, Scott loves Germany almost as much as I love France so, given Strasbourg’s history, this very French city which is full of German flavour is almost the perfect destination for us. While we were confident that we would enjoy […]


15 Tips – How I Make Long Haul Flights Comfortable

How do you cope with the flights? That’s the question I get asked most often when I share that we are heading back to France. (Read how we deal with the other question we are regularly asked). Now, the question about coping with long haul flights is perfectly fair given we live in Melbourne. If […]


Four Of Our Favourite Travel Planning Tools

It has been years since we engaged with a travel agent to book our travel. The last time we did so, we received a stack of gift vouchers because we found the same flights on-line for a cheaper price than the agent could offer. After that incident, we decided to back ourselves and manage all […]


How We Save For Travel

Last week on Facebook, Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat. Pray. Love. fame, and more recently the author of Big Magic, an inspiring book for creative souls posted a thought-provoking piece on how little we need to give up in terms of every day luxuries in order to fulfil our travel dreams. Liz’s argument goes something like […]