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I love you. We first met 38 years ago and I instantly fell in love. You were in fact my first international love; the first place I travelled to outside Australia. I was immediately captivated by your natural beauty, the warmth of your people and (at that time) your innocence …

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We have our house on the market and of course our friends regularly ask us where we are going to move to. Our throwaway response is “not sure, maybe the south of France”. Actually, that isn’t very likely: although if we did find ourselves suddenly homeless, travel would be …

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I continue to be amazed when I hear the sad and stressful stories from friends whose family or close friends die intestate or are critically ill but have no power of attorney in place. Just like manners and courtesy there is seemingly no socio-economic pattern here either. I wonder …

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… and I don’t mind saying it. Why you might ask? Well, I seem to witness a lack of manners and courtesy on a regular basis. Maybe it’s because I have been bingeing on Downton Abbey where manners are considered essential, maybe it’s because …

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I remember the day so well. Facing some health issues I had decided to take time out from my IT career and move to Port Stephens; concentrate on getting well and create a new vision for my life. I spent twelve months at Hawks Nest; walking on the beach, meditating …

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The Wheel of Life is the perfect tool for planning your retirement. Answer the questions, ‘How is my life now?’ and ‘How do I want to be?’ and you are on your way. The Wheel is a great tool for both evaluating your current level of …

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We love living a disintermediated life (one where we deal direct with the supplier rather than through an intermediary) and using Airbnb is a great example of that. No hotel chain, no travel agent involved; we research the available accommodation in an area, choose one and book direct with the …

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…. is not enough. But a week we had and we made the most of it. We stayed in an apartment in the 11th arrondisement.  This area is away from the main tourist areas and for us, was perfect. The location meant we could do some shopping and cooking for ourselves …

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Staying young; your mental attitude and interactions with others positively impact your later years. My Mum was a really great example of how to maintain an ageless attitude. Most of us know the importance of keeping physically and mentally healthy, and there is no doubt that regular exercise of mind …

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Jet lag is one of the unfortunate downsides of long haul international travel, but there are ways to minimise the impact and maximise your enjoyment of your holiday. You can’t avoid jet lag but you can minimise the effects and these are our tips. We recommend you cherry pick …

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