A Change Would Do You Good


I’ve had Sheryl Crow singing these words in my ear on almost every road trip I’ve ever taken. “A change would do you good.” Well Sheryl, I’ve finally decided to listen to you. 40before30 has been my baby for the last (almost) 5 years. I’ve been to and blogged about 40 fantastic Read more

The Expat Guide To Aussie Lingo


Living with an Aussie in London had me somewhat prepped for the new lingo I would encounter whilst living in Oz. I was already throwing ‘heaps’ into conversation and telling people “no worries” like I actually had none. But these first few weeks have taught me I still have Read more

The Best Apps For Selfies


It's been a case of me, my selfie and Sydney since I've arrived in the city. I've been sampling sweet treats, taking in sensational views and tweeting from Summer Bay using free data roaming thanks to Three mobile's Feel At Home. As I've been sightseeing on my own I've Read more

A Day In Summer Bay: The Home and Away Tour In Sydney


“You know we belong together. You and I forever and ever. I’m walking on air…” Over and over, in my head, all day long. That’s what happens when you take a soap opera tour, you sing the theme tune all day long. Sometimes out loud. Sometimes on camera. An obsession with Read more

The Room With THE View: Review of Shangri-La Hotel Sydney


Staying at the Shangri-La Sydney feels more like a cinematic experience than a night at a hotel. After taking the whizzy lift up to the 17th floor, I felt magnetically compelled to the window as soon as I opened the door to my Deluxe Grand Harbour View Room. I pretty Read more

Behind The Scenes Of Travel Blogging – Work Diary Video Week 5


This week's update comes from somewhere a little more glamourous than my dining table. Press play to find out more! Where I’m Working: From a luscious room on the 17th floor of the Shangri-La Sydney. Not only does this hotel come with exemplary service and drool-worthy views but it also has Read more

Sweet Treats In Sydney


Those of you who follow my Instagram account will know I have been filling my pie hole with some very good cake since we touched down in Sydney. There is a reason for that. Aside from bringing me unbridled joy, the cake-tasting has been all in the name of Read more

Road Trip Essentials – Share Yours And Win


What do you always pack for an open road trip? Tea bags? Duct tape? I’ve been perfecting my packing kit for a number of years and have narrowed my road trip essentials down to these 8. Read on to find out why these items always make the list PLUS how Read more

A Change Would Do You Good

Posted on by Jayne in 40 before 30 challenge, Blogging | 4 Comments

I’ve had Sheryl Crow singing these words in my ear on almost every road trip I’ve ever taken.

“A change would do you good.”

Well Sheryl, I’ve finally decided to listen to you.

40before30 has been my baby for the last (almost) 5 years. I’ve been to and blogged about 40 fantastic places and (shock! horror!) at the end of this year I will actually turn 30.

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The Expat Guide To Aussie Lingo

Posted on by Jayne in Settling In Sydney | 12 Comments

She'll Be Right!

Living with an Aussie in London had me somewhat prepped for the new lingo I would encounter whilst living in Oz. I was already throwing ‘heaps’ into conversation and telling people “no worries” like I actually had none. But these first few weeks have taught me I still have much to learn. So for the sake of any new or potential expats moving to Oz, below is my guide to understanding Aussie lingo.

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The Best Apps For Selfies

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It’s been a case of me, my selfie and Sydney since I’ve arrived in the city. I’ve been sampling sweet treats, taking in sensational views and tweeting from Summer Bay using free data roaming thanks to Three mobile’s Feel At Home. As I’ve been sightseeing on my own I’ve had to try and perfect the art of the selfie – with a little help from some nifty mobile apps.

So these are my top 5 apps for taking or editing selfies along with a little demonstration of what they can do. The original image I am using here was taken on my iPhone 5s in HDR from the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney. I would also recommend the front cameras on the Google Nexus 5 and HTC One, both of which I also have in my camera phone collection!

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A Day In Summer Bay: The Home and Away Tour In Sydney

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“You know we belong together. You and I forever and ever. I’m walking on air…”

Over and over, in my head, all day long. That’s what happens when you take a soap opera tour, you sing the theme tune all day long. Sometimes out loud. Sometimes on camera.

Summer Bay

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The Room With THE View: Review of Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

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Staying at the Shangri-La Sydney feels more like a cinematic experience than a night at a hotel. After taking the whizzy lift up to the 17th floor, I felt magnetically compelled to the window as soon as I opened the door to my Deluxe Grand Harbour View Room. I pretty much stayed there, like a plastic sucker holding up a car window sign, for the next 12 hours. Watching blue skies turn to purple, headlights head over the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House go to sleep and Sydney wake back up again.

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Behind The Scenes Of Travel Blogging – Work Diary Video Week 5

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This week’s update comes from somewhere a little more glamourous than my dining table. Press play to find out more!

shangri la sydney officeWhere I’m Working:

From a luscious room on the 17th floor of the Shangri-La Sydney. Not only does this hotel come with exemplary service and drool-worthy views but it also has one of the fastest and FREE wifi services offered in the city. Great base for a travel blogger needing internet and inspiration. A full review will follow shortly.

What I’m Reading:

How A Password Changed My Life > loved this article on Medium in which one guy shares how he turned a tedious task into positive changes.

The 18 Ikea Items Found In Every First Apartment > as we’ve been racing around furniture stores over the last few weeks this article made me chuckle. We’re trying to avoid this happening but I can’t deny there will be some Ikea items sneaking into the flat.

What I’ve Been Posting:

naritaA Day In Japan - details of our recent layover in Tokyo Narita

My Road Trip Essentials – share yours for the chance to win a £1k road trip

Sweet Treats In Sydney – the results of my dedicated research into Sydney’s cakes

Guide to Newtown Sydney for Urban Adventures – bars, boutiques and bakeries

The Stylish Side of Sin City – a guide to Downtown Vegas for Flight Centre UK

New York Shopping Secrets – for Travelling Shopaholic

What I’m Working On:

sydneysunset2Sourcing (humble) holiday braggies for Three mobile using Feel At Home. I hope to visit the set of my favourite Aussie soap next week…

What I’m Watching;

More Aussie dramas. Although I miss the US dramas we binged on via Netflix back in London I have found some great Aussie dramas to partially fill the void. We started watching weepy Offspring this week and got hooked on the love lives of 4 couples living in a shared house in Coogee (thank you Wonderlust).

What I’m Eating:

cake montageLess cake lest I kill myself! Had some great steak last night at Pony Dining on The Rocks. Succulent meat, chicken salt potatoes and some moreish game chips.

Got any questions you would like me to answer next week about living in Sydney or working as a travel blogger? Leave them in the comments below and I’ll include them in the next vid.

Sweet Treats In Sydney

Posted on by Jayne in Cakes, Eats | 13 Comments

workingThose of you who follow my Instagram account will know I have been filling my pie hole with some very good cake since we touched down in Sydney. There is a reason for that. Aside from bringing me unbridled joy, the cake-tasting has been all in the name of research – I felt it was my duty to bring you a confirmed list of the best sweet treats in Sydney. Plus Three Mobile challenged me to tweet my best #HolidayBraggies whilst in Australia and Oz does give envy-inducing cake.

So without further ado, these are my favourite sweet treats I have so far sampled in Sydney.

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Road Trip Essentials – Share Yours And Win

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What do you always pack for an open road trip? Tea bags? Duct tape?

I’ve been perfecting my packing kit for a number of years and have narrowed my road trip essentials down to these 8. Read on to find out why these items always make the list PLUS how you could win a £1000 road trip by sharing your own #openroadessentials courtesy of Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK.

My #OpenRoadEssentials

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A Day In Japan – Layover in Tokyo Narita

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From the moment I popped into Japan I wished I was staying longer. After a dazzling welcome from passport control we were gutted we only had 6 hours to play with. But it turns out you can fit a lot of temples, tempura and tea in just 6 hours in Japan – it’s well worth taking a long layover in Tokyo Narita.

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#HolidayBraggie Update Week 3

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Last week was the third and final week Three mobile asked entrants to submit their best #HolidayBraggie for the chance to win a £5k holiday for 2 to one of 16 Feel At Home destinations. In week 1 we admired your bragging selfies, in week 2 we sighed at all the sunsets and in week 3 we were wowed by your freestyling!

Just in case you weren’t sure by now this is what we mean by a #HolidayBraggie:

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Behind The Scenes Of Travel Blogging – Work Diary Video Week 4

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It’s Friday arvo (got the lingo down already) here in Sydney and rather than writing I decided I would natter to the webcam about what I’ve been up to this week instead. I hope you’ve all had fun, productive weeks. If there is anything I mention in the vlog that you would like to know more about, feel free to send me a note at jayneytravels@gmail.com. Thanks for watching!

Campos CoffeeWhere I’m Working

Dining table of our short term rental/cafes in Newtown, Redfern and Surry Hills.

What I’m Reading:

Vietnamese Baby by This Battered Suitcase. Brenna’s honest and beautifully written account of a love affair born in Vietnam.

We Broke Up by Vicky Flip Flop. A raw yet inspiring account of Vicky’s recent relationship breakdown and her travel plans for the future. (See you in Bali chick!)

Pros and Cons of a Digital Office by Y Travel Blog. Working from a beach = great. Sand in your laptop = not so good.

houses in darlinghurstWhat I’ve Been Posting:

First Time Flying First Class – not quite what we hoped.

House hunting in Sydney – harder than we hoped.

#AirFranceTravel Trends On Twitter – go us!

What I’m Working On:

Judging the final week of the #HolidayBraggie entries in the Three Mobile contest and researching lots of great cake and coffee places in Sydney (it’s a tough job but…)

What I’m Watching;

House Husbands and Winners and Losers (the best Aussie dramas I have found so far, although there seems to be a limited pool of actors in Oz, pretty sure everyone has been on Neighbours at some point.)

kepos kitchen redfernWhat I’m Eating:

Cake, way too much cake. Like the berry brownie and mascarpone cupcake (seen right) and a Tim Tam pie from The Pin Tin. Sometimes I also eat salad too. Big fan of the gluten free range at Thrive.

Check out my Instagram account for more Aussie pics.

House Hunting In Sydney

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“What’s this one on for then guys?”

A man passing the group of us couples loitering outside a property for lease in Darlinghurst stopped to ask me more.

“$625 a week” I said.

“Rooms? Parking?” he asked.

“2 bed, 1 bath, 1 car.” I reeled off the details scribbled in my notebook.

“That’s great!” he said. We knew, that’s why we were there. “I might take a look myself.”

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