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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.

Day Tripping to Epping

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These hills that greet visitors on Melbourne’s northern approaches once were dotted with sheep and rocks. Now they are blanketed with houses and huge shopping centres. For lunch, a taste of Japanese tonkatsu at...
evening serenity

Evening Serenity

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Magenta sunset brings calm on the Mekong River/ Tonle Sap, in Cambodia, 2015. The floating vegetation are clumps of hyacinth.
instant noodles have their place, but …

Instant noodles have their place, but …

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Food TV in 2021? A “serious” doco on how Maggi instant noodles is now integral in the modern cuisines of the World – India, Singapore etc. No kidding. Chefs, CEOs, experts all trotted out to opine...
grandma has boozy breath after brekky?

Grandma has boozy breath after brekky?

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Marmalade meets sav blanc. Artisanal (?) orange fruit preserve infused with sauvignon blanc wine (0.1% alcohol by volume). Verdict: yes, zesty tasty. $4 at ALDI Australia

Travel can be a bit ‘touch and go’

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The experiences of a Travel Editor can at times seem a little too hands on, as Greg Hackett recalls with a laugh If I moved any farther away from him, I would be hanging out...

Off-the-shelf pasta pesto

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This little one was on the “bargain shelf” at Woolies. (The sauce, not the dog.) Not bad for an “off-shelf” pasta pesto. Ingredients include orange, tomato, almonds, capsicum, and pecorino romano cheese. Add a...
big jack or fake mac?

Big Jack or Fake Mac?

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The beast in all its glory: meet the Big Jack, the burger that’s giving McDonald’s so much indigestion. Maccas is suing Hungry Jacks, claiming the Big Jack is a fake Big Mac. Taste test: Jack...
a man’s boots

A man’s boots

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We are gathered here today to honor and pay tribute to the life of a great pair of leather boots. Their reliability was unparalleled, their comfort never in question, their dedication above reproach. While...
pork perfection

Pork perfection

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Form a queue please, no pushing in: pork sausages pan-fried with pepper, rosemary, Worcestershire sauce and served on wholemeal with garlic & herb mustard, and Colway (semi) hot English mustard. Enjoyed on the sunlit,...
food tester: flamin’ hot cheeto puffs

Food Tester: Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Puffs

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Hot, sweet, spicy and addictive: Think of a steamy night dancing with a beautiful woman in Buenos Aries … no, scratch that thought. This is nothing like that, this is just sh*t food. Pink...