My partner and I recently got back from holiday in Bali. At first I was a little apprehensive about going but it was years since we'd gone on holiday. Disclaimer — I'm a bit of a scrooge, I like to save a bit of coin where I can, so Bali was actually the perfect destination. We tried our hardest to stay away from the hugely "touristy" areas, staying on the island of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. We had a beautiful spot right on the beach. It was absolute magic. The views are surreal, it felt like we were standing in a painting. The people are lovely, the food is amazing. For me, it's my ideal holiday destination — beautiful, relaxing and cheap.


I was touring in Beijing and I decided to take a cheap flight to Singapore for the weekend to see an old friend. The ticket had a short stopover in Hong Kong, but it was cheap. I packed a small bag and off I went. I had such a great time, but on my way back I was stopped in Hong Kong by the flight attendant, who said I couldn't travel on, as my visa into Beijing was a single entry. All my luggage and my people were still in Beijing but I had to stay in Hong Kong. I met up with the touring party before flying back to New Zealand. Moral of the story — always check your visa.


Kiwi performer Rutene Spooner is playing Barry Belson in Jersey Boys at the Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, Sydney from August 29 to October 29.

House of Travel has 2 nights in Sydney, staying at Travelodge Hotel Sydney and an A reserve ticket to Jersey Boys at the Capitol Theatre Sydney from $379pp, share twin (land only). Flights are additional. Options to upgrade or extend are available.