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Carmen

Carmen Jenner is a travel, food, and lifestyle writer, wanna-be photographer and the founder of Fluffy Towel. She specialises in travel memoirs, destination pieces, hotel reviews, guidebook contributor, travel advice, restaurant reviews, family travel, and copywriting.

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Happy International Towel Day

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I’m asked all the time why I chose the business name Fluffy Towel, and on International Towel Day, it seems only fitting to celebrate the Extra.Ordinary. talent of Douglas Adams. I don’t think I can put it any more eloquently than the late author did in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Fluffy Travels, Carmen Jenner.

“A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini-raft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.” – Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

It’s Kung Hei Fat Choy time again

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It’s that time of the year again when you’re happily slurping up your noodles and then suddenly there’s a dragon and its show time

This auspicious day falls on 31st January and is followed by 15 days of celebrations all over the world.

Perth is no exception with plenty of horsing around all over the city but most notably is the community event held in Northbridge by the Chung Wah Association on 9th February. Along James Street there will …

Fluffy Towel’s Travel Trivia Challenge

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If you’re a fan of Fluffy Towel’s Facebook page you would have probably noticed, if not participated in Fluffy Towel’s inaugural Travel Trivia Challenge. Last week I released four questions a day as below and the person who answered the most correctly is the winner of a $50 Amazon voucher. Wanna know who the winner was? Well, you’ll have to like the page to find out. I know, I know, I can be such a tease sometimes. Anyway, here’s the …

How to survive a health retreat

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Whether it’s an ashram in rural India or a 5-star facility in some far flung destination, you’ve done the research and selected the ideal health retreat. Or so you thought as you’re poked and prodded, basted in oil and prescribed foul tasting medicinal potions. Here are 10 reasons to stick it out.yoga

 

  1. Feeling good. No matter what happens, or how tired or confronted or hungry or sick you feel, it passes. You will feel better and be healthier than

Around the world in 43 fluffy days

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Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

The past few weeks have been quite a journey. I traversed the globe in 43 days from Perth to Qatar, New York, Philadelphia, Alabama, Memphis, back to New York then San Francisco and onto the Ubud Writer’s Festival in Bali. I’ve met many wonderful and inspiring people along the way and encountered overwhelming hospitality and generosity. I’ve been awe of astounding beauty, music and art. Hell, I’ve been to Graceland, walked in Jack Kerouac’s footsteps …

Fluffy Towel Relaunch

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Just doing my thing in the stunning Santo Domingo Church and former monastery in Oaxaca, Mexico

Just doing my thing in the stunning Santo Domingo Church and former monastery in Oaxaca, Mexico

Welcome to the relaunch of the Fluffy Towel web-site. The Fluffy Towel travel philosophy remains intact and is for travellers (armchair travellers included) who enjoy their adventures with a fluffy towel at the end of the day. Although sometimes the towels won’t necessarily be all that fluffy, like for example with my upcoming trip to Western Australia’s Greater Southern region in a campervan. Yes, …

Don’t look out the front windscreen

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When travelling around Third World and developing countries I have a rule. It’s the only thing I have control over when being flung around the back of a stinky taxi in KL or griping onto the side of a tuk-tuk in India. DON’T look out the front windscreen. Trust me, its better that way. You don’t see the oncoming trucks or the cows who refuse to move away from a mad intersection. You don’t even notice the look of terror …

More mooning, aka Nakation

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If you read my post on 10 ways to moon your honey post and it left you wanting more (or is that less?) then these adrenaline pumping activities in the buff may satiate. Or if you’ve got any other suggestions, don’t be shy?

 

Water nymphs:

Public nudity in Asia is generally frowned upon, which makes skinny dipping so thrilling. However, law abiding naked bods should head to Australia to let it all hang out. And while you’re down there, …

10 ways to moon your honey

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Up for a risqué holiday? Then you may want to check out one of these 10 retreats where the romance is high and the clothing in optional.

Afterall, what’s more enticing than your lover frolicking without a care in the world? Well, whisking your beloved off to an exotic location donning little more than a smile would probably trump it. Here are some ways to moon your honey, but you don’t necessarily need to wait until the honeymoon to …

One drink 1,000 tastes: How tea has conquered the world

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I know it’s the weekend and you may have more potent drinks on your mind, but fancy a cup of char? After all, tea did conquer the world…China, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Japan, India, England, Russia, Tibet, and even beer-swilling Australia.

One drink 1,000 tastes: How tea has conquered the world Published on CNNGo.com 18 January 2012

Still want more tea madness then read my articlle Liquid Gastronomy: Tea inspired cuisine

The launch of Fluffy Towel Travels

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NOW AVAILABLE AT DYMOCKS KARRINYUP & SUBIACO, BODHI TREE & PLANET BOOKS FOR $20

ALSO AT KALM WELLNESS CENTRE WITH TRAVEL TOWELS FOR $40

I will also have a stall at the Festival of Christmas markets at the Perth Cultural Centre on 9th December. Well done to  Events and Beyond for utilising Perth’s public spaces with cultural events  http://eventsandbeyond.com.au/

My travel memoir, Fluffy Towel Travels was launched on 21st October at Quinlan’s Cafe Fremantle in a flurry of wine, …