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For Your Eyes Only: My New Secret Weapon

By Travelling Divas on January 11, 2017, 3:00 pm | 1 Comment

No, this is not a James Bond movie promotion I promise!  But I have certainly stumbled across one of the best travel beauty secret-weapons ever, thanks to some very good advice from a fabulous Diva.  

Two big problems I have when travelling is the impact of flying and hotel air-conditioning on my skin, and very interrupted sleep patterns. The sleep issue is particularly prevalent when I am on tour,  as I have to hit the ground running and there is so much on my mind that I wake up several times during the night.  

Of course, this leads to huge eye bags (think suitcase size)...
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3 Reasons to Love Iran

By Travelling Divas on August 1, 2016, 9:00 am | Leave a comment

I love having guest bloggers as they give a whole new perspective to places and spaces we may have only dreamed of, and share their passion for a destination that might not even be on our radar.  They open our eyes to new concepts, perceptions and opportunities, so when I asked Jemma from Mai Journeys to give us her 3 top reasons why she loves Iran she jumped at the chance to share!  So read all about her Iran below....

'Why Visit Iran Now?
Known as Persia until 1935, Iran's warm-hearted people and intense cultural heritage make it one of my favourite travel destinations.  It is one...
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My New Favourite 'Must Have' Travel Essentials!

By Travelling Divas on April 14, 2016, 9:00 pm | Leave a comment

I always have this vision that when I arrive off a long flight I am going to disembark looking a lot like Victoria Beckham:  dewy skinned, un-crumpled and somewhat stylish.  Of course the reality doesn't really match, and I am constantly searching for new products that will help deliver a more stylish arrival! These are the latest discoveries I want to share with you:  If you already know about them apologies but if you don't they are fabulous!

1.  The Miracle Mask I Want to Spend the Rest of my Life With!!
When I fly, by the time I arrive my skin resembles a death mask...
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What is Luxury Travel?

By Travelling Divas on March 30, 2016, 11:00 am | Leave a comment

There is a lot of chat these days about luxury travel as well as a huge number of 'luxury travel deals' on offer, sometimes so many in fact it becomes overwhelming.    I do a great deal of research online with Dr Google and physically visiting destinations, hotels, villas and local suppliers when looking at our tour product/inclusions. Many of these companies position themselves as luxury travel providers but the trick is to find the ones who really do provide a luxury product that suits your travel needs. 

I also use the phrase luxury travel to describe my tours, so I thought I...
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Why Sri Lanka is Hot Right Now!

By Travelling Divas on February 11, 2016, 9:00 am | 1 Comment

According to travel writers, travel magazines and bloggers, Sri Lanka is one of the hottest travel destinations on the planet right now.  We thought we should do our own research and check out the goss with our lovely tour guide (who is beyond passionate about Sri Lanka) why she loves it so much and why it should be on your travel bucket list.  Here is what Zoe has to say!



Sri Yoga Shala 

I first came to Sri Lanka as a volunteer to teach English to children, following the Boxing Day Tsunami.  I quickly fell under the spell of the island and moved over here to live full...
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My Love of Africa

By Travelling Divas on January 4, 2016, 9:00 am | Leave a comment

Africa has a wonderful, grounding and relaxing energy which touches your soul and makes you dream of returning to this magical continent. The locals say once you get the dust up your nose you can never leave....

I have had the privilege of living in Africa, namely the outskirts of Chobe National Park, in Botswana for 20 years. From the moment I arrived I was mesmerised by the wildlife, tranquility, people and persity of cultures.

Come on this journey with me.....



The Wildlife

Africa offers unrivalled wildlife to anywhere else on the planet. Botswana alone is home to the...

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Tips for 'Stress-free' Travel

By Travelling Divas on December 7, 2015, 9:00 am | Leave a comment

It is holiday time and so exciting for so many, as you write 'packing lists' and 'to-do' lists, and drag the suitcases out of storage in anticipation of getting away and escaping the every day!  But no matter where you are going, or what you are doing here are a few things you can do that will help ensure a stress free trip.  




1.  Don't pack all your money, credit cards and valuables in one place:  make sure you split them between carry on luggage and handbags/backpacks.  Also when you are out walking around, make sure that all valuables are locked up in the safe...
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Travel Tips & Tricks: How to squeeze everything into your suitcase!

By Travelling Divas on October 9, 2015, 9:00 am | Leave a comment

The beautiful, Merci Velez, is sharing her packing secrets with us - and as the owner of Ciao Bella Travel the online travel accessories go-to site, we know she might have some ideas we haven't thought of!  A girl can never have enough advice on packing (it is one of the most frequently asked questions), so read on and maximise your suitcase whenever, and wherever you go.  



Packing for travel can be challenging anytime and especially if you have to do it at the last minute. A lot has been said about packing light but for those who cannot fit everything in a backpack or...

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How To Start Your Cruise Holiday Hassle-Free!

By Travelling Divas on August 21, 2015, 9:00 am | Leave a comment

We have a lovely guest blog, from Lily about how to make the start of your cruise adventure hassle-free!  With the growth in cruise holidays it is always nice to have advice from someone in the know to ensure a smooth start to your lovely getaway.  So read on for her top tips and enjoy your trip!




6 Tips to Make Your Embarkation Hassle-Free....
The days leading up to a cruise holiday are usually busy ones.  There's so much to do to make sure you're ready for the trip, and for many people there isn't much time left to think about preparing for embarkation.  But it's...
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Short & Sweet: 3 Must Do's in New York

By Travelling Divas on August 3, 2015, 12:00 am | 2 Comments

Having just spent 2 weeks in New York with some private clients and researching our Girls' Getaway for 2016,  I have come away with my 3 latest 'Must Do's' that you simply have to experience when you are there.  There is so much to do in this city that sometimes it can feel overwhelming and make it hard to choose.   I appreciate that everyone has different needs, but these are the 3 that I now believe are unmissable!




1.  Helicopter Ride Over Manhattan

This is the ultimate way to see the city in one brief, exciting hit...  I took some of my clients...
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Business Class Review: British Airways & Air New Zealand

By Travelling Divas on July 28, 2015, 12:00 am | Leave a comment

Over the last 6 months we have been travelling the world, researching for Travelling Divas' 2016 tours, plus exploring new destinations and working on other business projects.  It has been a fantastic experience and really shows how life is so much more mobile now, with our office being on our laptops and being able to work from anywhere in the world.


Luxury travel is what we do and we decided to check out a few business class products to share our experiences on these airlines.  Whether you are travelling for work or a holiday, if you do travel business class it should be a...
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Be a Tourist in Your Home Town: Brisbane

By Travelling Divas on April 14, 2015, 12:00 am | Leave a comment

One of the most fun things you can do is be a tourist in your home town.  This is especially great, if you need to getaway but have very limited time!   It's no secret that I love to travel overseas.  Not only is it obvious in my chosen profession, but it is a personal passion that has been with me since I was 20 years old and took my first international flight.  However that doesn't mean I don't appreciate Australia and all it has to offer, and more and more I am creating tours here, and travelling at home for personal enjoyment.

So the first instalment in this series is all about...
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Why You Need a Holiday

By Travelling Divas on March 2, 2015, 12:00 am | Leave a comment

Many of us find an excuse why we shouldn't go on holiday.  Budget, time, weather, too much work, kids - the list is quite long, but in actual fact it is essential that you take a break.  It is needed to re-boot you, your life, your relationships and it is now a proven fact that a holiday is essential for your mind, body and soul.   Here are 6 reasons why you should book your time away now:


  • Regain your fitness: did you know that experts believe that you can reclaim up to 30% of your fitness just by going on holidays?  You are forced through sheer enjoyment to walk more when...
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5 Great Reasons Why You Should Travel With The Girls!

By Travelling Divas on January 8, 2015, 12:00 am | Leave a comment

My annual getaway with my 'besties' ensures that regardless of how strung out I am,  I return home feeling renewed, re-energised and very, very blessed to have such amazing friends.

Travelling with the girls is fun;  we listen to each other, we drink wonderful wine, eat fabulous food, explore the world and offer friendship and support no matter what!  It is as essential as breathing!

So below are my 5 top reasons on why you should travel with the girls whether they be your best mates or ones you meet on a girls’ getaway with total strangers!

  • Total Honesty - sounds scary...
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Christmas around the world

By Travelling Divas on December 19, 2014, 9:00 am | Leave a comment

Christmas is one of my favourite times of year – it is one of the few occasions that our family is physically together in one place. And this year will be extra special as we celebrate the first Christmas with my gorgeous granddaughter, who will undoubtedly be spoiled by Santa (and grandma)! 


While this year will be spent soaking up the summer heat of Queensland, I can’t help but feel a little excited in anticipation of our Christmas Tale Tour in 2015. A white Christmas sojourn across the other side of the globe is calling my name. Next December we will visit three of the...
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Keep your fitness on track during the holidays

By Travelling Divas on November 28, 2014, 9:00 am | Leave a comment

The holiday season is a challenge no matter which way you turn with parties, lots of lovely champagne, canapés and the general need to lay low as the mercury climbs to its highest levels! 

Even organising yourself (and whoever may be travelling with you) to get out the door and onto a flight for the holidays can be a challenge, so once you arrive and relax - it can be tempting to let your fitness regime take a break as well. 

There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking it easy, but trust me when I say you will feel better if you keep some kind of routine going. So unless you...
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Tech Savvy Tips For A Diva Abroad

By Travelling Divas on November 6, 2014, 12:00 am | Leave a comment

We live in a world where there seems to be an app or gadget for almost everything. While I wouldn’t call myself a technology expert, I have found some really great inventions that can come in handy whilst travelling abroad. 
Here are my top 5 travel tech essential that I promise will make life easier: 

1. Get h-app-y: 
I wasn’t joking when I said there’s an app for almost everything. These apps are all free and available on both android and iphones and will have you wondering how you ever survived without them before. Take into consideration it’s probably best to download...
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Travelling Beauty: Beauty tips and tricks for Divas that travel!

By Travelling Divas on October 24, 2014, 12:00 am | Leave a comment

Even as a Diva, I know looking good whilst travelling can be difficult at the best of times, and whilst travelling the world is thrilling, the plane ride can be quite the opposite, especially for your skin. Below are my top tips for feeling fresh-faced and beautiful at 30,000 feet: 

1. Tie it up! 
Whether you are travelling a short distance, or embarking on a long haul journey, avoid attempting to maintain runway styled hair and keep it simple! If you’re like me and have short hair, treat your locks to a leave in moisturising treatment before you fly, and slick it back and away...
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OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE PART TWO: PLAYING IN EAST LONDON!

By Travelling Divas on September 24, 2014, 9:00 am | Leave a comment

So now it is time to share what to do and where to shop in East London - and there is plenty! So read on and plot your own escape to a new and exciting part of London that perhaps hasn’t been on your radar before....

SHOP: There are some great options to choose from, and for those of you who love vintage it is everywhere (we note one below but ask Dr. Google for more)! From Westfield in Stratford City, to on-trend boutiques and a quirky chocolate shop in Brick Lane, there is something for everyone in this neck of the woods! 

The Vintage Emporium: Only offers vintage from the...
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East London - out of my comfort zone

By Travelling Divas on September 8, 2014, 12:00 am | Leave a comment

As a frequent London visitor, and one time resident, I have to confess that most of my time has been spent staying in hotels/apartments that are a radius of no more than a 5 minute walk, tube or taxi ride from Harvey Nichols and its surrounds. When I lived here it was Richmond and its royal environs.

So it was with some trepidation that I departed out of my comfort zone and headed east to stay in Bethnal Green - a world away in so many ways from what I am used to! In saying that, it has been a great experience, with a different vibe and cultural feel, some excellent restaurants,...
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Going the distance: How to travel (and return home) as friends....

By Travelling Divas on August 26, 2014, 9:00 am | Leave a comment

Since launching Divas & Co. I have been speaking with many people about the different experiences they have had when travelling either together as a couple, with friends or solo.

Many people believe overseas travel is the ‘ultimate’ relationship test! Some of our guests choose to leave their partners at home and let their inner travelling-diva run wild – while others sometimes enjoy sharing the travel experience in mixed company, whether that be with a partner or best friend.



Personally, I have experienced travelling solo, with my best friend and with my husband....
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Style Tips with ‘Honorary Travelling Diva’ Fleur Marks

By Travelling Divas on August 4, 2014, 12:00 am | Leave a comment

I spent my whole adult life believing I had a pear-shaped figure. So you can imagine my surprise to discover that I was in fact hiding an hour-glass shape underneath ill-suited clothing for years.

This revelation came as a result of a one-on-one styling session with the ever-fabulous Fleur Marks, director of boutique shopping and styling studio Chic in the City. Fleur’s creative passion for style has seen her work with many international stylists and celebrities on TV and print shoots across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Italy, and Singapore.

We have been lucky...

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Travel in style from London to Paris…

By Travelling Divas on July 23, 2014, 12:00 am | Leave a comment

When you think style capital of the world Paris automatically springs to mind. But why wait to rendezvous under the Eiffel Tower to indulge in a little ‘French Style’? 

Many Australian travelers will choose to explore the fabulous city of London before heading off to Paris – which poses a dilemma; plane or train? There are a many online forums creating confusion about how to travel between these two divine cities. For me however, it is a no brainer - aside from convenience and price, train travel offers a certain romance and Eurostar makes the journey feel truly stylish. 

Eurostar...

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Five French Must Dos

By Travelling Divas on June 30, 2014, 9:00 am | Leave a comment

There is something truly magical about Paris. Its all-encompassing charm, rolling vineyards, elegantly dressed people, gastronomic delights and champagne bubbles offer an abundance of unique travel experiences just waiting to be discovered.

For those Divas eager to visit the French capital I’ve put together five of my favourite must-do experiences - albeit there are soo many more!

  1.  Eat at La Tour D'Argent in Paris. This famous restaurant has been around since the 1500's and is fabulous and the list of diners is amazing.  The view over Notre Dame is extraordinary.
  2. Visit...
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Paris - the city of sweets!

By Travelling Divas on June 16, 2014, 9:00 am | Leave a comment

Paris! The city of love, the city of lights, but most importantly the city of sweets! Whether Marie Antoinette truly did declare ‘let them eat cake’ is irrelevant because if you’re heading to Paris, I’m demanding it of you now.

Here at Travelling Divas we’re all about unique travel experiences and often it is the finer details, such as that praline macaron or tarte tatin, nibbled on a sunny afternoon in the Jardin Du Luxembourg, that make the best memories.

However in a city of this size and extravagance, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the selection, so we’ve developed a list of...

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French Champagne Soiree

By Travelling Divas on June 3, 2014, 9:00 am | Leave a comment

On Wednesday 7 May, I was joined by 25 divine Travelling Divas to a French Champagne Soiree at Urbane restaurant, run by renowned champagne consultant and educator Bernadette O’Shea.

It was an evening filled with flowing, French bubbles including the beautiful Louis Roederer Brut Premier and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. Each was perfectly accompanied by divine canapés such as herb cured salmon with crème fraiche, crispy pork belly, and jamon with pear chutney on rye (I’m drooling just writing this). Bernadette’s abundant wealth of knowledge and information about our favourite...

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