Set­jet­ters glamp­ing it up

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con­ven­tional travel des­ti­na­tions in favour of more re­mote or un­usual des­ti­na­tions); flash­packer (noun, col­lo­quial; a back­packer who trav­els in rel­a­tive lux­ury; granny sea­son (noun, col­lo­quial, in Aus­tralia; win­ter, dur­ing which many older mem­bers of the pop­u­la­tion travel north, es­pe­cially with car­a­vans, camper­vans, etc in search of warmer weather); film tourism (noun; tourism oc­ca­sioned by the wish to visit a well-known lo­ca­tion used in a film or tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion); well­ness tourism (noun; tourism em­pha­sis­ing the achieve­ment of a state of well­ness, as by phys­i­cally healthy ac­tiv­i­ties such as walk­ing com­bined with mind ther­a­pies such as spa treat­ments, good nutri­tion etc). You have un­til mid­night (Jan­uary 31) to log on and vote; www.mac­quar­iedic­tionary.com.au.

IN the spirit of ex­pand­ing the Travel&In­dul­gence lex­i­con, Lounge would love to hear from read­ers who know of, or have in­vented, clever tourism words and phrases. The best will be pub­lished, with at­tri­bu­tions, in an up­com­ing col­umn and Lounge has a stash of lovely travel books as prizes. Send sug­ges­tions by March 1 to: kuro­sawas@theaus­tralian.com.au. (Please clearly in­di­cate if you do not wish your name to be pub­lished.)

QUEENS­LAND

Food pur­veyor Black Pearl Epi­cure in For­ti­tude Val­ley presents guest chef classes and pantry tours with ed­u­ca­tional tast­ings (cheeses, caviar, chocolate); classes fea­ture in­gre­di­ents bought at the shop. www.black­pearl.com.au.

Chef Do­minique Rizzo at Mondo Or­gan­ics in Bris­bane’s West End teaches hands-on skills and health aware­ness for veg­e­tar­i­ans and meat-eaters alike. www.mondo-or­gan­ics.com.au.

Food per­son­al­ity Jacki Pass­more runs classes at Ex­ec­u­tive Chef, South Bris­bane; ba­sics to gourmet and Chi­nese cook­ing, guest demon­stra­tions and chil­dren’s classes in the school hol­i­days. www.ex­ec­chef.com.

On the Sun­shine Coast, ex-Dar­ley Street Thai chef Paul Blain teaches Thai cui­sine at Spirit House Restau­rant and Cook­ing School, Yan­d­ina, and The Tamarind, in Maleny (re­open­ing with ex­ten­sions midyear). www.spirit­house.com.au; www.theta­marind .co.au.

Wild Lime Cook­ing School, Worendo, 90 min­utes from Bris­bane or the Gold Coast, teaches Asian and Mediter­ranean cui­sine us­ing wild food. www.worendo.com.au.

CROSS­ING BOR­DERS

the French global cook­ing school, has its Aus­tralian bases in Syd­ney and Ade­laide. Within the Ryde cam­pus of North Syd­ney In­sti­tute of TAFE, the Syd­ney branch teaches clas­si­cal French cui­sine, patis­serie and culi­nary arts man­age­ment. Ade­laide of­fers de­grees in ho­tel and restau­rant man­age­ment and gas­tron­omy. www.lecor­don­bleu.com.au.

He Cooks, based in Mel­bourne and Syd­ney, throws open the kitchen door to men who are novice cooks. Ba­sic and ad­vanced classes un­der food groups, and spe­cialty classes (Ja­panese, Thai, duck, desserts) for men and women. Ad­vice on nutri­tion, shop­ping, sea­sonal pro­duce, kitchen safety, care of ap­pli­ances and knife skills. www.he­cooks.com.au. Ho­bart, run by Rod­ney Dunn (for­mer Tet­suya Wakuda ap­pren­tice) and Sev­er­ine De­manet. Classes in­clude a two-day en­counter with a whole pig, cut­ting and noseto-tail use (sausages, slow-roasted belly, trot­ters, ter­rine), clas­sic pas­tries, pre­serves and home-made ice creams. www.thea­grar­i­ankitchen.com.

Off­shore, ar­ti­sanal or­ganic cow’s and goat’s milk cheese­maker Bruny Is­land Cheese Co of­fers full-day work­shops on cheese­mak­ing, bread and hand­made but­ter. www.brun­y­is­land­cheese.com.au.

THERE are so many hol­i­day bar­gains about that Barry Oliver is post­ing more Daily Deals than ever on our web­site. Travel con­sumers are quickly be­com­ing au fait with the now-com­mon no­tion of added ex­tras. Ad­di­tional ho­tel nights at no cost, spa treat­ments, air­port trans­fers, break­fasts, even cook­ing lessons and free happy-hour cock­tails: no one is set­tling for a bare-bones deal. www.theaus­tralian.com.au/travel/dd.

WE­know there’s value to be had in the hol­i­day uni­verse, but where should we go? Berlin, say in­dus­try in­sid­ers, is Europe’s most af­ford­able city. An over­sup­ply

LOUNGE loathes: The prospect of miser tourism mak­ing it into the Mac­quarie Dic­tio­nary’s 2009 new-word list.

LOUNGE loves: The new Ber­litz In­ter­ac­tive lan­guage-learn­ing CD set, which com­bines au­dio in­struc­tion with the Ber­litz World Trav­eller CD-ROM (the lat­ter is avail­able on the en­ter­tain­ment sys­tems of car­ri­ers such as Sin­ga­pore Air­lines and Lufthansa). $49.95 in a range of lan­guages; 1800 021 987; www.berl­itzpub­lish­ing.com.

Mel­bourne’s South­ern Star is up, up and away. In the style of the and the Sin­ga­pore Flyer, this aerial jaunt of­fers stun­ning views over the CBD and be­yond. $29, adults; $17, chil­dren; flights are 30 min­utes. (03) 8688 9688; www.the­south­ern­star.com.au.

Il­lus­tra­tion: Tom Jel­lett

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