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Thursday, November 21, 2019

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.

choice: in with the new while keeping the old

Choice: In with the new while keeping the old

A view to the future: Ibis will be a perfect fit for the foreshore at Vung Tau, Vietnam. The popular weekend escape for Ho Chi Minh City’s populace, Vung Tau is balancing the accomm options...
sharks: don’t put profit before people

Sharks: Don’t put profit before people

Baiting tells sharks to come and eat. More sharks. Hungry sharks. Isn’t that obvious? As for recent “alarmist publicity” about shark attacks: mate, I would now be alarmed if my loved ones snorkelled on the...
easy to digest

Easy to Digest

Growing up, my brother and I often sought refuge in Readers’ Digest books. I’ve found a hard cover classic here – add tropical weather and a big, frosty glass of freshly squeezed watermelon … who’s...
it’s all about the salad. and the pork. and the rice …

It’s all about the salad. And the pork. And the rice …

You don’t like eating vegies? Then come to South-East Asia: the salads are so good, sometimes I could treat the meat as the garnish. Not this time – I last recall eating pork this...
crumbs! i forgot to save you one …

Crumbs! I forgot to save you one …

These golden balls are mashed potato, cheese, onion and bacon, crumbed and deep fried. Made by the cook, of course. I did mean to save you one … but I forgot. “Khoai tây tán chiên voí phô...

Dogs love a weekend at the beach

He loves the Vung Tau beach, he’s been for a swim, he’s had his shower and shampoo, now for the long ride home with Mum and Dad back to Ho Chi Minh City … The...
grass jelly in your belly

Grass jelly in your belly

Black Grass Jelly: Suong Sao, also called Chinese Mesona, it’s from a type of mint plant. Add sugar and ice, and Vietnamese love it. Yes, I gave it a go. I found it odourless and tasteless...
a 24-carat lunch for $us3.40

A 24-carat lunch for $US3.40

Carrots add character: this colorful combo is fried egg, fried rice, salad and a chicken leg with a slightly spicy salsa of tomato, onion and carrot cubes. It’s served in a “hot pot”, I presume...

Don’t tangle with a terrier

Behold: My little Jack Russell, Ruby, shows her “death hold” and “killer shake” – on a squeaky toy.  Let soft, squeaky toys everywhere be warned … (My dogs: why, as a traveller, I always look...
morning coffee and an egg – but cooked, and not mixed together

Morning coffee and an egg – but cooked, and not mixed together

Vietnamese Egg Coffee: I’ve tried – by God, I’ve tried – from Vung Tau to Phu Quoc, both iced and hot, I did my best, folks, but for me it is NOT. *Pic: iced egg...