Monthly Archives: November 2016

No Leave No Life

Are you one of the millions of Australian workers who has weeks of annual leave unused?

We Aussies have one of the highest levels of not taking annual leave in the world – and it is not good for us!


Annual leave is essential for health and well being.  It allows us to relax and wind down, to rest and recharge.  It allows us to work better when we return because we are sharper and more able to deal with what life and our work throws at us.

It is more difficult to get away when you own your own business, but it is actually MORE essential you do it, because, especially if you are a solo trader, there is only you.  And it can be managed.

While it may not be possible to take the grand vacation of 6 -12 weeks right now in your business, it is possible to take a day and make it a long weekend.  It is possible to top and tail the Easter break and make it a week break.  It is possible to add a day to a public holiday and the world will not fall apart.

Doing this means you can escape for a few precious days.  Forward planning helps as flights tend to go quickly around holiday breaks, and that’s where a Personal Travelmanager comes in.  Give me a call and I can do all the planning for you.  It saves your precious time, I can find all the good deals and suggest ways to maximise your time away from work.

Think places no more than 3-4 hours flight away.  And from the east coast that includes South Pacific Islands and New Zealand as well as almost all of Australia.  From Adelaide there are direct flights of less than 3 hours to Cairns, Darwin and Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Alice Springs and Tasmania are all within reach.

This year the best Christmas present you can give yourself and your family is the gift of time.  Time spent with them, making memories you will have forever.  Time to relax and rejuvenate.  Do it for your health.  Do it for your family.  Do it for your sanity.  Do it because you deserve it.  And have a wonderful Christmas New year break.



Islands in the sun

I have just returned from a seven night cruise aboard the Pacific Eden from Cairns to the Trobriand and New Guinea Islands.  The beauty of cruising is that they take you to places you might not think to go, or be comfortable travelling to any other way.  This was the case for me.  I need the holiday and I could not see myself going to New Guinea any other way, so this cruise was perfect.

The Pacific Eden was a Holland America ship, the Statendam, which P&O bought and rebadged as a P&O ship.

Departing from Cairns and their heritage terminal we sailed for a day and our first port of call was Alotau on Milne Bay, scene of a major battle in World War II.  We arrived on the final day of the Kundu and Canoe festival which brings villages and tribes from all over the Milne Bay province to compete and share traditional dance and song.


We opted to do the traditional cooking class which was great fun.  All decked out in aprons and gloves we were set to chop vegetables and greens, scrap coconut and generally prepare the base of the claypot cooked traditional chicken and pork dishes.  We got to eat the food for lunch.  Traditional vegetable like yams and taro features strongly.  Very filling, and quite starchy, but good nonetheless.

And of course the locals were very friendly, especially the kids.