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With a stampede of travel apps on the market, it’s hard to wade through the tide of pretenders to find the one or two truly special ones that you’ll actually use on the road. Now the International Travel Writers Alliance has compiled a list of stand-out apps, based on suggestions from its travel journalists and tourism industry members. Steve Madgwick picks through them to find 10 simple, do-one-thing-really-well apps that stand out so much that even hardened travel writers rate them. 1. Passbook – scan instead of print out your tickets Passbook stores bar-coded tickets in your phone/device so they can be scanned...
A pinch of good advice can go a long way when it comes to taking great holiday photos. And who better to give photography advice than multi-award winning and AAIP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) Grand Master photographer David Oliver. Try out these simple tips for size (and let us know how you go)... 1. Go it alone Designate some time for yourself to go out shooting alone. If you're travelling with family or in a large group, this ensures that you won't be holding anyone up or missing shots due to other plans. Sunrise or early morning are particularly...
Small in size but big on hydration, these mini products - creams, moisturisers, balms - are a must for winter travel 1. Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream, $135 (50ml) When it comes to hydration, hyaluronic acid is your best friend, thanks to its ability to draw moisture to and hold it in the skin; and this day cream from Clarins has it in spades. Throw in shea and mango butter and even the driest skin will be singing. clarins.com 2. Antipodes Moisture Boost Minis, $19.95 These two best-sellers have been miniaturised but still offer a double-edged attack on dryness. The...
Actually, you don’t need a complicated camera to get a good shot. These next-generation cameras do all the hard work for you (and in travel-friendly sizes) 1. Nikon Coolpix s6500 Total novice? This camera is for you: it takes a great shot, has in-built high-definition video capacity, plus a handy editing tool with various effects (a little like in-built Instagram filters). From $160, nikon.com.au 2. Canon EOS M If you’re a budding photographer, choose this: it’ll give you images nearing professional quality (really) in a compact body, with the option of interchangeable lenses once you’re more confident. From $460, canon.com.au...
These 10 gadgets may very well change the way you travel. Then again... (By Steve Madgwick) 1. Brace(let) for the sun The ‘June’ bracelet, designed by Louis Vuitton no less, monitors your sun exposure, with a know-it-all app reminding you when to re-apply sunscreen or slap on your Panama hat. Available in gold, gunmetal and platinum (in 2nd quarter of 2014) for around $140. See Netatmo 2. Stopping goggle-eyed jet lag? These white-framed, green-lit goggles are designed (at Flinders University) to improve your sleep when your circadian rhythms are upset – i.e. they are supposed to help with jet lag. Do...
Add some ‘in-tents’ luxury to your next glamping trip with this all-Australian beauty. By Michelle Bateman. 1. MOR Marshmallow Deluxe Soy Candle,$49.95 Bring the boudoir to the bush with this tasseladorned, vanilla-musk scented treat – it’ll help camouflage all but the most mothball-laced sleeping bag. See morcosmetics.com 2. Aurora Spa Rosemary & Clove Thermal Balm, $25 Slip one of these in your carry-on and we swear you’ll never run out of uses for it. Designed as a petrochemical free muscle balm, it also works a treat to relieve headaches, soften skin and assist with breathing when sinuses are blocked. See...
Indigenous artwork is never cheap, but you can avoid the CBD tax by heading straight to the source… and seeing some truly amazing parts of Australia along the way. By Annabel Downing Papunya Tjupi Art Centre, NT, by appointment only A spectacular three-hour drive on the Stuart Highway, 240 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs, will bring you to a thriving art hub and the birthplace of one of Australia’s most well known pieces of indigenous art, the Honey Ant Mural. Make an appointment to see the artists in action – but you will require a permit (clc.org.au) if you plan...
Can't go camping without you creature comforts, prefer espresso to rain water? These gadgets might just be for you. Perfectly camp If you’re going to sleep in a tent, it’d better be a good one. This piece of art is outstanding in its field. From $281; fieldcandy.com Sartorial sleep This season’s must-have – a quilted onesie that doubles as a sleeping bag. Removable booties zip together into a pillow. From $110; selkbag.com.au Wilderness with one This hand-held espresso maker works like a bicycle pump to produce café-quality espresso. Just add water. Around $199; handpresso.com Flamin’ Facebook This wooden stove comes...
Few things say summer like a swanky new pair of Speedos. But Australia’s favourite swimwear brand has come a long way since launching its first woollen cossie 85 years ago. Since then we’ve seen a host of milestones and questionable fashion statements, from the revolutionary Racerback, which got Australian gold medallist Clare Dennis in hot water at the 1932 Olympics for ‘showing too much shoulder’, to the ever-divisive budgie smugglers. Causing more controversy was the Speedo bikini, which was banned by beach inspectors during the tail-end of the ’40s. But it wasn’t until 1957, when the brand released togs in the...
Oh thanks, another towel… No, here a selection of beach towels that won't just be thrown at the back of the cupboard straight after Christmas. Maslin & Co. zebra This zebra-inspired design from Maslin & Co is crafted out of 100 per cent cotton and imitates the shape of a zebra hide – as opposed to your hum-drum rectangular sorts – to fit two sunbathing babes. And it all comes neatly packaged in a genuine leather holster. From $225. Versace Medusa For those who enjoy the finer things in life and a penchant for the understated, this soft block-colour design...
We hope Santa is reading this... here are Australian Traveller's top 3 essential gadgets for the summer holidays. Sony Three-In-One Walkman Tripling as headphones, a wireless digital music player and speakers, the new Walkman WH Series has all bases covered: earphones and wireless music from your smartphone for road trips, plus in-built surround-sound speakers for tunes at the beach. From $199. sony.com.au Nikon waterproof & Shockproof camera An Aussie first – the new digital Nikon 1 AW1 comes with an interchangeable lens that can be used underwater. It’s also shockproof against drops from up to two metres, and comes with an in-built compass,...
No matter where in Australia you’re travelling, there are a number of smartphone apps that one can’t leave home without downloading. (words Ryan Auberson-Walsh) 1. Posse A bit of an underdog in the app-crazy world of social hunters and gatherers (crazy kids seeking out new eats, shops, bars and services in many cities around the globe through mobile technology) Posse is emerging as a free Australian-made gem. Founded in ’10, users can follow people (including the rich and famous) in their network and head to locations they recommend. 2. Historypin All true city explorers will be happy to see this free...
Most of the Australian Traveller staff hadn't even been born back in the 60s but we are loving these slices of life from the 'good ol' days' of Aussie life and travel. They are just a small selection of photographs from ‘Those Were the Days: Australia in the Sixties’ a coffee table book by Newcastle-based authors Ron & Elizabeth Morrison, capturing their take on the 1960s. The colour and black & white images span the Swinging Sixties, showing the gaping difference between the beginning and end of the decade. They make us wonder what ever happened to billycarts, bush picnics...
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