5 Tips To Avoid Jetlag

5 Tips To Avoid Jetlag

Jetlag can cause havoc to many a traveller’s plan, both on the ground in a new country and on home soil as you try and slip back into everyday life. If you can avoid jetlag, do it at all costs because you will feel fresher, have more energy and you’ll have a clear mind as you travel. If you’re yet to master the art of evading jetlag, here are some helpful tips to make your next long haul journey that little bit more pleasant.

1. Keep Busy

Paklite Purple Suitcase

Upon your arrival abroad, hit the ground running and keep busy to avoid being tired. Adrenalin will kick in and you’ll be able to push through what’s left of your new time zone and collapse into bed at a respectable hour to reset your body clock. A great way to ensure you are kept busy in the first few days of your trip is to book yourself on a boutique tour, with operators such as Gypsian Boutique Tours, from the day you land so you have a set itinerary in place and people to help push you through the jetlag.

2. Use Your Stopover Wisely

Duty Free Flughafen Muenchen_hr_043If you have a stopover en route to your final destination, use your layover time to prepare yourself for the next flight so you can slip right into the correct time zone upon your arrival. If you are arriving early in the morning and will have to stay awake all day, make yourself tired during your stopover by walking, shopping and eating the entire time. Alternatively, if you are arriving at night and want to go straight to bed for a full night’s sleep in your final destination, have a nap during your stopover and try to stay awake for the entirety of the next flight.

3. Eat Well and Drink Lots of WaterWater bottles


While you are in transit it is important to drink lots of water and keep yourself hydrated, especially when flying. It’s also important to eat regularly and, if possible, in line with the time zone you are entering so your eating habits get used to the new routine. Eat a lot of fruit and vegetables when you can and avoid soft drink, alcohol and fast-food because it will make you feel fatigued and sluggish.

4. Keep Comfortable

airplane sleeping

If you need to sleep while in the air, ensure you are comfortable to give yourself the best chance. Always wear comfortable clothes while flying, ask for a blanket if you are cold and use your neck pillow. If you’re still struggling to sleep, drape a scarf loosely around your face to create darkness and listen to some calming music to block out all other sounds. I like to keep my noise cancelling headphones handy to block out crying babies and the aircraft noise.

5. Coffee Helps


When it gets to 10am and you’re feeling like it should be midnight, a cup of coffee will be your new best friend. Drink coffee in moderation throughout the day as you are adjusting to a new time zone as the injection of caffeine will help you stay awake without fatigue for at least a couple more hours. Once you are settling back into a routine, wean yourself off multiple coffees a day and return to just one in the morning.

Ultimately, it is near impossible to avoid jetlag of some degree, but if you take these tips on board, you’ll have the best chance of slipping straight into a new time zone without fatigue and tiredness impacting your plans.

What tips have you got to avoid jetlag?


Top notch dining in Bali – ilLido Bali Italian Restaurant Review

Top notch dining in Bali – ilLido Bali Italian Restaurant Review

Still stranded in Bali with closest re-booked flight being Friday (Fingers crossed!) I might as well do some blogging :)


While in Bali, myself and my guest ( My Mum) were lucky enough to be invited to experience the ilLido Bali Italian Restaurant in the trendy Seminyak district. I wasn’t aware of Bali bearings – its a bit hard to figure this out when you go on forums and tripadvisor as people have different opinions of places. Where we stayed in Fairmont Sanur, it was more quiet and was a more tranquil beach front with less people, lights and Westernisation in a way.

Most of the top rated restaurants are located in Seminyak. It is no different for ilLido Bali. The popular venue where ilLido Bail is now located  used to be taken up by a French and Mediterranian restaurant Warisan. Pierre (one of the managers) mentioned that many still call up to book Warisan and they have to explain that it is now a new restaurant. Somehow I think that it won’t take long for everyone to fall in love with ilLido and embrace this amazing new addition to the Bali dining culture.


The courtyard and the venue is beautiful. We attended for dinner so all the candles in the garden made the whole setting very intimate and relaxing. The staff were courteous and professional and we were immediately greeted by Pierre and Saurab who had relocated to Bali from Singapore and Dubai respectively to look after ilLido Bali. Having spent some time at ilLido group overseas, the duo have a breadth of experience to offer to this new Seminyak gem.

ilLido bali venue and setting Seminyak

Upon not being able to decide what to order as it all looked so enticing, we decided to try the very reasonably priced Tasting menu. At around 50,000 Rupiah, which translates to roughly $52-53 AUD per person, includes 6x courses and desserts. In Sydney, you can easily spend up to $150 per person on a meal like this one, without dessert/coffees and drinks.

The dishes on the night included:

Grilled Octopus with Nduja (5 stars)

Grilled Asparagus with Beetroot, Garlic and Almonds

Linguine with Crab and Mascarpone (5 stars)

Ricotta Cheese Tortelli with Amatriciana

Duck Leg Confit with Smoked Breast (5 stars)

Snapper with Fennel and Beetroot

White wine and Chianti

A tasting plate of fantastic desserts – the Pannacotta is divine.

ilLido Bali Dessert

Pannacotta and Coulant with Chocolate Gelato

I have tagged the dishes I would recommend as favourites with ’5 stars’, however, I would recommend all items on that tasting menu and would order it all again.

Some notes:

I don’t usually eat duck but the Duck Leg Confit with Smoked Breast was incredibly delicious. There were a lot of flavours to the meat, but not overpowering and with enough of a softness and crisp.

ilLido Bali Fish and Duck Confit

Snapper with Fennel and Duck Leg Confit with Smoked Breast

The Linguine with Crab had the most delicious light sauce with crab meat, both delicate and incredibly flavoursome.

My mum also enjoyed the Grilled Asparagus with Beetroot. This dish would suit even those who are not massive fans of beetroot because the asparagus is placed on a bed of sauce which is rich with beetroot puree, so it is more of a dressing rather than the full vegetable.

Beetroot and Asparagus ilLido bali

Grilled Octopus with Nduja and Asparagus with Beetroot

For restaurant bookings go directly to ilLido Bali Website 

Menu can be found on there also, just click on MENU section of the website and then scroll down below the pretty dish pictures to click on the PDF links to download. (That part of the website is a bit tricky).





Jalan Raya Kerobokan No 38

Banjar Taman, Kuta
Bali 80361, Indonesia

Parking is available 

+62 361 731175 



The dress I wore out to dinner is by Boohoo Australia.

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Details of the Ida Beaded Maxi Dress in Black


Photos taken on location at Fairmont Sanur Resort, Sanur Beach, Bali.

Photography by Theo Widharto (one of the two cool photographers I had a chance to do photoshoots with in Bali)

Theo’s work can be seen on his website or on Instagram.

I must be very lucky but the work of photographers I met in Bali is just superb!

Additional reviews on ilLido Bali:



Bali Getaway – Excited to Report from Aussie’s Favourite Holiday Destination

Bali Getaway – Excited to Report from Aussie’s Favourite Holiday Destination

I went out on a limb to title this post “Bali,  Aussies favourite destination” but then having googled around, it turns out that Bali is the number one destination for Australians to visit. Aussie tourists are staying on the island longer than any other island holiday destination, and there is no sign of a deterrent from this choice. Bali is trying to attract more premium end holiday crowds and there are multiple luxury resorts popping up here and there.

This travel and lifestyle blogger is currently reporting from a 5 star resort on Australia’s favourite holiday island. I have never been to Bali before and this is just a quick 5 day getaway. This trip is a bit last minute, as are all my recent travels. I can’t seem to plan my life that far ahead any more which is both stressful and exciting. To alleviate the stress of last minute plane hopping, I booked direct flights Sydney to Densapar (Bali’s international airport). After all, a 6.5 hour flight from Sydney to another country is nothing! Sorry New Zealand, I don’t see you as an international destination any more :)

I am also travelling with my mum. I decided that it’s a great idea for us to spend some time together, relax and unwind, and neither of us have ever been to Bali before. Usually I wouldn’t always go for a 5 star resort, but since its just me and mum and we are not going to doing too much venturing out, I wanted to pick a nice resort that had everything we needed for the 5 days.

I booked a Direct flight with Jetstar to Bali and on the way back we are also flying directly but with Virgin. I used Skyscanner app first to see what the lowest rate would be to go direct, and the best price was through Expedia. There  is also IWantThatFlight.com.au but I found their system confusing and I couldn’t sort by direct flights, only by price. You should have seen some of the options that were available e.g. a 7 stopover via the rest of the world haha – that would have been interesting! I would recommend using IWantThatFlight.com.au for direct route destinations or if you know you have to have a layover somewhere anyway.

We are very lucky to be in Bali at all, as there was a volcanic eruption which caused flight cancellations from Thursday 2nd July. There was a 2 hour delay in the airport on Sunday night as we were waiting to depart. People started to cheer when there was a final clearance announcement and we hurriedly boarded the plane. Jetstar flights are generally just ok and that is what you pay for. A Jetstar flight is really a glorified busride.

Since I booked flights with Expedia, I presumably could get up to 55% OFF deal on any hotel I booked in Bali through Expedia too. I narrowed it down to a few places with the following criteria:

Star rating: 4-5

Price range: $100-$250/night

Location: 30-40 min from airport (I don’t think this was a selection criteria on the website, but this was definitely incorporated into my decision making)

Type: Hotel/Villas

The hotel I chose is Fairmont Bali located in Sanur. Well within the budget and located in a pristine quiet area of Bali. Fairmont is a 5 star hotel with 2x swimming pools (one family and the other a beautiful infinity pool), 2x restaurants and some of the most amazing garden/fountain and water lights I’ve ever seen.

(Some snaps from the upper deck and garden areas)




So far, this short holiday has been quite relaxing, the staff at the resort have been amazing and generally the locals are a bunch of very good natured people. The island is really beautiful. I am very excited to detail more shortly.

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Beautiful photography by Dhika Wilama 

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La Biosthetique Signature Treatment Review. Now available at Luxurious Lizard Island Essentia Spa!

La Biosthetique Signature Treatment Review. Now available at Luxurious Lizard Island Essentia Spa!

If you’re thinking of your next travel destination for a getaway, have a think about receiving a premium spa treatment with luxurious Parisian range of skincare products form La Biosthetique at an exclusive island resort with a cool name.

Lizard Island had officially reopened its doors to guests this month. The Essentia Day Spa is going to be providing signature treatments for guests and as there is only one resort on the island, you can completely relax in the tranquility of North Queensland tropics and enjoy all the Day spa has to offer.

Lizard Island Kayaking

Lizard Island Paradise

A bit of history on Lizard Island -

It was named Lizard Island by captain Cook because lots of large lizards aka iguanas were spotted living on this remote piece of land in the Pacific Ocean.

Due to cyclone damage earlier this year the resort had to be rebuilt and fixed up. A multi million dollar investment went into the island to make it pristine, beautiful and superbly luxurious again. With all that work, Lizard Island is set to reclaim its position as one of the World’s leading premium resort.

Now although I haven’t been to the resort yet, I have been able to try out the signature spa treatment at the Sydney HQ for La Biosthetique – Bauhaus Hair in Waterloo.

Bauhaus Hair Waterloo Sign

Bauhaus Hair Lobby Collage

Bauhaus Hair Salon Interier

Bauhaus Hair: Entry, Lobby and Salon

This treatment is now available at Essentia, the island spa. It’s a 2 hour treatment that lets your tension melt away and gives your body a full nourishment and relaxation.

The treatment I had was a full body exfoliation and a customised facial using La Biosthetique products inspired by a Nobel Prize discovery in age management.

Bauhaus Hair is a great salon. I’ve walked passed a few times but didn’t realise how big it was on the inside. It’s mainly a hair salon but they also do body and facial treatments.

For the first time in my life I was going through a La Biosthetique skin test with special colourful serums which upon wiping the side of my jaw and nose, could tell me which type of skin I had – oily vs dry, dehydrated or normal. It turns out I have dehydrated skin, so I’ll be extra careful from now on with nourishing my body with enough water during the day and then also using skincare products to moisturise my skin really well.

La Biosthetique Skin Testing Products

La Biosthetique Skin Testing

Sarah, who was my beauty and spa therapist, walked me through the treatment after doing the skin consultation.

The scrub was extremely gentle and the wrap relaxed me so much I wanted to fall asleep immediately. Talk about complete relaxation!

When I was all wrapped up and cozy Sarah started the facial.

Essentia Spa Brushes

La Biosthetique Essentia Spa Brushes

I loved it so much and my skin is still glowing with radiance from all the beautiful products that were put on my skin. The whole procedure starts with a ritualistic brush massage which welcomes you to the signature treatment at the spa and helps release any tension. It’s easy to continue chatting away, but after the soft bristles started to swirl around my complexion, all I wanted to do was be quite and very still and just enjoy the experience.

My favourite part was the masque that was applied and also I think vitamin capsules! Sarah explained to me that the vitamin capsules were like multivitamins for your skin. To be used especially in times of stress or lack of rest. Just like our body, our skin needs nourishment and this treatment surely delivers all the goodness in one little capsule, like a serum, but in a little silicon pill.

I might do a cheeky getaway to Lizard Island soon just to experience the spa treatments in this amazing resort, since I am already sold on the treatments!


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Hotel Tonight? Australia, Get Ready to Plan Less, Live More!

Hotel Tonight? Australia, Get Ready to Plan Less, Live More!

Australia, get ready to hotel it up!

The new Hotel Tonight – fresh out of San Francisco, has officially launched in Sydney.

I ended up at Radisson Blu on Tuesday night (random right?) after the official launch event at a ‘secret’ hotel location. The experience was SPONTANEOUS. The whole idea behind the Hotel Tonight APP is PLAN LESS< LIVE MORE.

And that is exactly what happened – completely unplanned, I was checking into a hotel room at 10.30 at night on a tuesday. Yay room service!

The evening of Tuesday night we got invited to a secret hotel at a secret location with a secret dinner (you get the idea, it was secret! And that is what made it extra fun!)

I got my mystery hat on and came along for the ride!


We got cocktails and dinner – PLAN LESS. TASTE MORE.

hotel tonight launch Australia

We got a preview of what it’s like to be booking though the Hotel Tonight App on the night. PLAN LESS. SURF MORE.

Plan less surf more hotel tonight


And at the end of the night we got to spin a wheel of fortune and I WON a Free night’s stay at Radisson Blu. Completely random! We even received a very thoughtful overnight bag that had all the ‘essentials’ in order to be spontaneous.



Room service rocks!

It takes less than 10 seconds in most instances to be booked into a hotel room of your choice. The choices are only the top luxury hotels in your location, and you don’t get too many ( I think we were told around 15 hotels per night will be available in your city of choice so that you only get the top deals).

The value you save on hotels can be up to 70% off the original price per night and the longer you wait the better the deal gets.

Shhh, insider tip – after 3pm each day, the deals get better!

More on the official launch here from Techly

The app is completely free to download so go nuts and live spontaneously – go on you need a bit of fun in your life!

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Visiting Hobart for the Weekend – Top Things To Do

Visiting Hobart for the Weekend – Top Things To Do

Those following me on Instagram and Snapchat (@liveshoptravel) must have seen some photos from our recent Hobart Trip.

It was only a weekend getaway, short but sweet.

We arrived on Friday night (Flying Virgin). I love flying Virgin Australia because they let you download the Virgin Entertainment app and watch it on any device through their onboard Wi-Fi system. The selection of movies and TV shows is quite extensive and I enjoy having my own device on the plane, that way you can continue to watch during takeoff and landing. The only times you can’t tune in is during announcements and when their Wi-Fi doesn’t work. So far it happened 1 out of 3 flights I was on this year.

Arriving in Hobart at 9.45pm meant the temperature had time to drop a bit and when we walked out onto the tarmac it was around 10 degrees celsius. Luckily Matt and I were in the Yukon 2 months ago and this weather didn’t scare us at all (we consider ourselves to be well accustomed to the cold since the dogsledding on the frozen lake adventure, which is probably ambitious).

We were greeted by a driver with our names and delivered straight to the RACV Hobart Hotel in the middle of the city. It was a swift ride of about 20 minutes.

The hotel staff at reception welcomed us warmly and there was even a platter of food left for us in the fridge in case we arrived famished, which we did. By the way did you know that there is a separate customs declaration rule in Tasmania, where you can’t import fish or something rather. Fish products and seafood anyway. Embarassingly enough, I was smuggling sushi with me in my handbag – who knows why I decided to bring it to Tasmania. In the bin it went!  All before exiting the airport, and because of flight delays I was actually looking forward to eating that (probably not so great any more) sushi.

I was exuberant when we found the cheese and other goodness platter in our fridge (yay!) Weekend was off to a good start.

Quick snaps of the hotel room, which was a gorgeous suite on the 8th floor, and off to bed.

RACV Hotel Hobart Suite Living Room Kitchen

RACV Hobart Hotel Luxury Suite Bed

In the morning we woke up to a view that was breathtaking…a quaint town with an olden charm opened up to us. A nice change from the busy headlights of Sydney..

RACV Hobart Hotel Luxury Suite View over Hobart

The plan for the day was to visit Salamanca Market (est 1972 – one of the oldest in Australia and still going strong). There are over 300 stalls and some are permanent. I compiled these facts from a grocery bag and a very reliable source ;)

Salamanca Markets Hobart People

Salamanca Markets People and Places

The markets are hustling and bustling and full of people. Not so many thought that you feel like you’re in a tourist town, not steering, but rather being pushed in the general direction of the public flow. This was quite relaxing. The wind picked up around midday and we did catch up with a brother in law and his girlfriend who were visiting Hobart from Melbourne. Such a coincidence! This is why I find it very hard to plan my life – things tend to happen at various times, but I am the more grateful for those moments of randomness.

Salamanca Markets Hobart Stalls

When the first drops of rain appeared, I acquired a couple of scarves. Black and Yellow, I always wanted a yellow scarf. Don’t ask me if I’ve been influenced by Wiz Kalifa in any fashion or shopping decision making. Yeah uh huh, you know what it is
Black and yellow Black and yellow Black and yellow Black and yellow.

All four of us sat in a cozy cafe, sipping on our coffees and tees, as the people hurried away in their crinkled raincoats outside the window. We were planning what other weekend trip we’d be bumping into each other next, perhaps a ski trip? I’d very much like that.

When the rain stopped Matt and I walked to the Marina. Although I was very tempted to go back to the hotel room, climb into that giant bed and take a long snooze, I pushed myself for at least another 30 minutes and agreed to a stroll around. After all, we’ve never been to Hobart before and even though the weather could have been nicer that particular morning, we couldn’t help but notice that when the clouds cleared, a magnificent rainbow graced the sky.

Hobart Marina Boat and RainbowTasmania Harbour Hobart Rainbow

I took a photo on my iPhone and posted it on instagram. The result was such that the photo looked photoshopped. Surely the pot of gold was not that close to us? I remembered an interesting fact, did you know that rainbows are actually colourful circles, if you’re looking at them from above?

Hobart Tasmania Things to See Waterfront Statues

What else is there to see? Well, we saw a group of statues and then I took a photo of a man his dog.

RACV hotel Hobart Location and lobbyWhen we returned to our hotel. RACV Hobart is currently going though transformations, so don’t be surprised that in a few months, you see a very luxurious bar and lobby with elegant top floor rooms and 5 star service. The view from our balcony continued to want to be captured on camera.

Hobart View Pink Sky Morning RACV Hotel View

RACV Hotel Hobart View

There was a knock on the door and in came a surprise bottle of Tassie pinot, from Home Hill Winery (next time we made a note to make sure we check out this winery with a restaurant, just 30 minutes away from RACV Hobart Hotel. We met one of the owners of this winery at the degustation dinner that evening. Rosemary is such a beautiful person and I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to her about everything! )and a cheese platter.

Cheese Platter and Tasmanian Wine RACV Hobart Hotel

For the rest of the afternoon, we chilled with our coffees until the degustation dinner in the hotel. Did I mention the balcony has an outdoor spa? (Maybe for the warmer months).

Blue Nails with Cup on Balcony Hobart Tasmania View

Hobart Tasmania Balcony View RACV Hotel

Weekend in Hobart:

Friday 29th May:

Evening arrival to RACV Hobart Hotel

Located in the heart of Hobart’s cultural city centre,

the RACV Hobart Apartment Hotel is within easy walking distance of Constitution Dock, the shopping precinct and Hobart’s iconic Salamanca Markets.

Saturday 30th  May:

Room service breakfast

Salamanca Markets

Degustation Dinner: 6pm

Sunday 31st May:

9.30am ferry to MONA

Day at MONA (post about MONA coming separately)

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is arguably one of the most controversial private collections of modern art and antiquities.

Located in Berriedale, 30 minutes from the city, MONA is described by its owner as a ‘subversive adult Disneyland’.

In all, the collection takes up three floors within a subterranean architectural masterpiece and is guaranteed to impress, with over 400 pieces art works.

Flight out to Sydney