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111 of Tripp’s Top Travel Tips

Back in December, News Ltd Sunday papers and their online site were filled with promotion of an article I did on the 50 best travel tips.  It’s on their site at in the Melbourne paper but also across all others. I actually produced 111 of which they cherry picked what was appropriate for their […]

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The City of Ditches, Doobies & Daydreams

I love writing for Rhythms Magazine which is the premiere roots, blues, country, jazz, world and other niche music print and online site.  Overt the past three years, I’ve been compiling city guides to the top music destination urban areas outside of Australia, mostly int he US.  It’s been gratifying due to the feedback from […]

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Viva Lost Wages

I am not a real fan of Las Vegas but it can be a cool place to go to even for normal people.  This article is published in my regular travel column for Rhythms Magazine as of January 1 and may serve you as a guide to having fun rather than replaying ‘Hangover’. Here’s […]

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Old Red Eye Returns

My second fave city in the world next to Nawlins in Louisiana is Amsterdam which is featured in this month’s issue of Rhythms Magazine.  It’s a music destination of a different sort than the ones I’ve done over the past couple of years for Rhythms which were all in the US.  This one makes my […]

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Marvo Mavro!

Marvo is short for marvelous in Australian.  We Australians are lazy, don’t like wasting syllables and like to shorten names by cutting most of it and adding an o at the end, like John-o, Mike-o, or their last name shortened with an o. Had he emigrated to Australia like me, George Mavrothalassitis would have been […]

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West Side Story–Ko’olina Explodes for Food & Wine

I was wondering how I’d possibly make it through the last day of the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival with two events in one day.  Girls Got Game +1 in Waikiki’s Hyatt was a two hour tour de force for the female chef and after an hour ride to Marriott’s Ihilani Spa and Resort, I […]

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Girls Got Game +1

With a fascination for women’s volleyball and basketball and a team named the Rainbow Wahines, you’d think this Saturday event was going to be held in a dark, smoky sports bar. But no,  it was on the bright rooftop restaurant SHOR topping the mezzanine of the Hyatt Regency Hotel perched above Waikiki Beach. I love […]

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Coming up Trumped!

  It’s getting towards the sixth week on my trip over in the US with five of them in Hawaii.  Still a week to go and I’m staying in three more hotels. I just moved out of the Aqua Palms Spa which is my favorite little hotel if I have to pay, usually getting a […]

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Hi Ho Ho’oilo

  Like Amy and Dan who had migrated from Alaska and the Northwest US to escape the cold and establish Ho’oilo House, I was fleeing winter in Australia for Maui.   Ho’olio in Hawaiian for winter and this spacious six suite retreat, high in the West Maui mountains, is the perfect escape from it.   […]

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Maui and the Food Revolution

Counting down the days until the Ka’anapali Fresh Food Festival which is previewed in this fine mag Maui Time by Jen Russo

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