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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.

A waspish visitor for breakfast

What it is I do not know. Nor do I want to find out, right now. Wildlife is best left alone, methinks. Vung Tau, Vietnam 2019 The post A waspish visitor for breakfast appeared first...
why does ‘good’ often taste so bad?

Why does ‘good’ often taste so bad?

The lovely ladies here reckon I need something healthier than iced coffee, BBQ scallops and Tiger beer. Hence: rau má, AKA pennywort or Centella asiatica. I gave it a go: ever imagined what the water would...
fare’s fair: travel smart

Fare’s fair: travel smart

#TravelSmart: why give that extra money to Qantas if the flight is Jetstar anyway? If needed, buy a Jetstar fare with extra baggage allowance. Always check the better offerings from Vietnam Airlines, Thai Airways, Singapore...
virgin air’s bali bargain

Virgin Air’s Bali bargain

Anyone for Bali? Virgin Australia has fares $299 one way and $499 return Melbourne to Bali to mark the launch of the airline’s new route. It includes 23kg of baggage – that’s a great price....
sold on the performance

Sold on the performance

Olivier, Gielgud, Jacobi, This Old Duck: the great performances of our time. The weathered, forlorn face and the old, crooked body … irresistible to the successful young couples in Vung Tau on their weekend...
monkey versus flea. flea is winning.

Monkey versus Flea. Flea is winning.

“Who’s idea was it for me to wear ‘hair product’?” A pet monkey would be fun … but I believe they are best left in their natural habitat, where we can still watch and...
where locals live, laugh and eat together

Where locals live, laugh and eat together

Wood smoke, big pot boiling meat, cool sea breeze: stroll down a narrow hem (laneway) off the busy main road, and discover an open enclave where the locals live, laugh and gather to eat...
the taste test: pass with distinction

The taste test: pass with distinction

Does this look good to you? It sure tastes good to me. See the bowl of sweet chilli dipping sauce? It packs a tickle more than a punch, but the red/orange chilli bits can be...
the old ways are still good ways

The old ways are still good ways

Sometimes the “old ways” are best: a cyclo rider and his passenger stop to buy fresh produce from a street fruit vendor’s hand cart. Vung Tau, Vietnam 2019 The post The old ways are still...
an apple a day … goes well with iced coffee

An apple a day … goes well with iced coffee

She’ll be apples: crunchy, not too sweet, and delicious. Vietnam’s little green apples, táo, add “healthy” to the breakfast of iced coffee with sweetened milk, and trà da (weak iced tea). I’ll skip on...