With amazing apps and tailored tours, today's solo woman traveller has the world at her feet.
Catherine Marshall started her career as a hard news journalist in her native South Africa as a naive 20-year-old. More than two decades later the Sydney-based writer specialises in travel writing.
A Jewish love affair with music will be celebrated half a world away when a new exhibition opens in Sydney this month.
"This is going to be your best cruise ever," says our guide. "Because you're in West Africa, the happy place."
There's extreme cold, and then there's Siberia in winter, where the cold is simply unfathomable.
Inhale centuries of Arabian culture during rose harvest time in the Al Hajar mountain range.
Precious space is invaded when the man sitting in front of me flings back his seat, almost hitting me in the face as I peruse my screen.
Suddenly, there it is: a juvenile gorilla lazing in the crook of a tree, stuffing leaves in his mouth, looking directly at me.
There's something about being separated from a bag that brings out the worst in us.
Marine iguanas forage for algae on a bed of volcanic rocks, sea lions corkscrew playfully through the water - snorkelling in the Galapagos Islands is just like being in a nature documentary.
I long ago learnt that a slumberous flight requires mental preparation.
A profusion of fairy-tale turrets, belltowers and bling-lacquered domes circle Veliky Ustyug's town square.
Iran has been largely overlooked by tourists but now its dazzling ancient treasures and physical beauty is attracting a record number of visitors.
From the Black Sea port of Odessa to the colourful farmlands along the Dnieper River, cruising Ukraine guarantees spectacle and rich historical detail, ancient and more recent.
Monaco is dripping with wealth but for the casual observer a simpler value can be found in its spectacular setting.
It's been a long cold winter and mushrooms are starting to sprout - everywhere.