GREG HACKETT

 

Greg HackettHi, I’m Greg Hackett, the Editor/publisher of Haxtrax.com – both a career journalist, and editor.

I know exactly how mainstream media travel coverage works, having being a Travel Editor for News Corp (Herald Sun Escape), as well as many other roles in print and digital media. I treat the function of the media in the global sense, the delivery of information, and the necessity for impartiality, very seriously.

Also, I love the opportunities of the evolving digital age. Now we all have a voice. Bring it on! So please join us on Haxtrax.com as we share the truth about travel destinations. And have a laugh along the way!

Travel reviews in the advertising-dependent, revenue reliant, mainstream media excel at telling us everything about a destination…

except often what it is truly like. The authors will tell us how good their free flight was, how good their free meal was, how good their free accommodation was… maybe even how good their free VIP treatment was.

They have to, or they won’t get another free invite. And you, dear paying traveller, pay for their ‘free’ air travel, meals, & accommodation. Don’t ever forget that.

For these reasons, most travel journalism is much like a ‘doctored’, or photo shopped, picture. Sure, it’s appealing – but it is just… not… real.

Here at HaxTrax.com, we give you our honest opinions on what YOU, the paying customer, can expect to experience. The good and the bad. How it really is.

So, join us on our travels and adventures, and let’s use social media and the evolving digital age to share our true and real experiences.

THE BEST PART ABOUT TRAVEL IS…

Coming home to these two. Doesn’t it feel good to be wanted? Travel helps us to appreciate other cultures and what we have at home… The post THE BEST PART ABOUT TRAVEL IS… appeared first on HaxTrax.

MORNING COFFEE, HOI ANH, VIETNAM

Is there a better way to start the day? The post MORNING COFFEE, HOI ANH, VIETNAM appeared first on HaxTrax.

HALAL? HELLO! NOW I CAN DIE A HAPPY MAN…

Variety is the spice of life. I’ve spiced up mine, with this Indian lunch in Vietnam: Chicken tikka masala, DaNang style (US$5.70). Medium spice; maximum taste. For vege heads, char grilled eggplant could replace chicken. Now please excuse me, I need an arvo nap… The...

Beef with a sizzling sauce

Chewy beef and tender noodles are merely supporting cast; the star is the sauce, lightly laced with chilli spice and fortified with Cambodia’s renowned hot Kampot pepper. $US6.25 small (I’ve been overeating) at Phnom Penh’s TiNAT Restaurant (a “premium economy” eatery) #travel_media #airlines #cruising #cruise...

WHO DOESN’T LIKE TOM YUM?

Bangkok, Siem Reap, Hoi An, Lombok, Hikkaduwa, Hong Kong, KL, East St Kilda … anywhere, anytime. Even Australia’s sorry “seafood extender” substitute seems at home with prawns and crunchy vegies in the spicy hot-and-sour Thai consomme. The post WHO DOESN’T LIKE TOM YUM? appeared first...

LOADED LUNCHBOX

Why I’ve been frequenting St Kilda’s Dear Liza of late: heaps of fries, grilled corn cob, coleslaw – the creamiest, best I’ve tasted – and fried “chicken ribs” which are like big wings but without fat and gristle, coated in Chinese 5 spice crumbs....

JUST MY LUCK TO LOB AT DANANG BEACH ON “VIETNAM IRONMAN” WEEKEND…

I shall prudently wait a couple of days before I strip down to my boardies and strut DaNang beach. For the sake of Australia’s national pride and our good international image… The post JUST MY LUCK TO LOB AT DANANG BEACH ON “VIETNAM IRONMAN” WEEKEND…...

JUST A PRETTY PICTURE…

Buddhist River Lotus Festival on the Hoi An “Ancient City” canal, Vietnam.  The post JUST A PRETTY PICTURE… appeared first on HaxTrax.

St Kilda Sea Baths: dip into your budget

Trying online to get prices for the fabulous St Kilda Sea Baths: Nope. The website insists on getting your contact details so a rep can call you back (upsell, your details on data base etc). It must be pricey! Is everything a marketing ploy...

Re-cycling the cyclo – good for the air

Great to see so many cyclos back on the streets of Phnom Penh. They’re everywhere, carrying mostly elderly Cambodians – and couriering freight! No longer just catering to tour groups. And so much better for the environment than tuk tuk and motorbike. 2 years...