London at Christmas: Ten Unmissable Spots

Somerset House skating

Will Peach is one of the site editors over at Gap Daemon, the gap year travel website for backpackers and young travellers. He has written a guest post for me on Christmas in London, which I know from experience is one of the best places to spend Christmas. Will has done a great job researching […]

Sydney contest: Win a cookie construction

Aussie surf shack cookie construction

That Roulla Yiacoumi is a clever cookie! She is a successful freelance technology journalist in Sydney and now she is also a baking entrepreneur. She has just launched her new business Cookie Constructions and is rushed off her feet with Christmas orders. For Christmas she is selling gingerbread houses in various sizes, in both a classic fairytale construction […]

New courses for Passports with Purpose sponsor Freestyle Escape

Freestyle Escape has updated its cooking class schedule for next year and it looks like a fantastic program. New additions to the schedule since my prize post include a class with Alex Herbert of Bird Cow Fish on July 7. Passports with Purpose ends this week – you need to donate by midnight Seattle time […]

Passports with Purpose: Building a library in Zambia

Zambia child

Passports with Purpose has rolled around again and I’m proud to be a participating blogger for the fourth year in a row. I’m thrilled about the prizes I have secured – just one more day before the big reveal! I will give you some clues… One is a travel prize based in northern California and, […]

Country landscapes and cultural life in Maleny


The year I turned 13 I lived in south-east Queensland for a year. My mum and I moved back to Sydney at the end of that year but over the years various family members migrated north. Now my Grandma, two aunts, two uncles, four cousins and assorted partners and children all live up there, either […]

Best prizes in 2010 Passports with Purpose raffle


It’s been another super-awesome year for Passports with Purpose! We set ourselves a goal of raising $50,000 for LAFTI to build a village in India for people from the Dalit (“Untouchable”) caste. We’ve raised $52,000 so far! That is thanks to the collective efforts of the founders, participating bloggers, sponsors and everyone who has bought […]

An insider’s guide to the Fairmont Olympic and Seattle

Fairmont Olympic

The historic Fairmont Olympic in Seattle has donated an overnight stay in its executive suite as a prize in this year’s Passports with Purpose. Read all about the hotel and the prize in my previous post – or head directly over to the Passports with Purpose donation page for your chance to win. Raffle tickets […]

Passports with Purpose: Fairmont Olympic in Seattle

Fairmont Olympic interior

The Fairmont Olympic in Seattle is a corporate hero to those of us involved in Passports with Purpose. Our travel blogging fundraiser has only been running for three years and Fairmont has been with us every step of the way. This is their third year to sponsor a prize and this year I am the […]

Passports with Purpose: Fly with Airship Ventures

Airship Ventures

Since moving here last year, I have been seduced by the beauty of San Francisco and the California coast. The sweeping red arches of the Golden Gate Bridge never fail to move me and I fell in love with the sparkling waters and wild cliffs of the coast on my Highway 1 road trip last […]

Carnival of Cities for 30 December 2009 – From New York to Nairobi

Carnival of Cities - A blog carnival about cities and towns

Happy new year! I am delighted to be hosting the Carnival of Cities this week. What a great round-up of interesting posts about cities around the world. To all the participating bloggers, thank you and don’t forget to promote this post! Please note, the Carnival of Cities is a blog carnival for posts about any […]