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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.

perplexing pappadams

PERPLEXING PAPPADAMS

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Pappadams bought from Woolies Supermarket. The same brand, type and ingredients. 2 from one box, 2 from another box and cooked together. The outcome: completely different texture, colour and taste. Huh? Please explain that...
Woo Hooo The Return Of Foster’s Lager

Woo hooo the return of Foster’s Lager

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Foster’s Lager, crafted, eh? Can’t say I ever noticed fruity nuances either, 30 years ago. “Fruity” just wasn’t a word used by beer drinkers back then. But it sure got us pissed when we...
What Has 48 Legs, Very Nasty Venomous Pincers And Visits You As You’re Turning Off The Bedroom Light To Sleep In Vietnam…

WHAT HAS 48 LEGS, VERY NASTY VENOMOUS PINCERS AND VISITS YOU AS YOU’RE TURNING...

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Scolopendra subspinipes, AKA “Chinese Redhead” centipede. I told him to “shoo” with my shoe, and out the door he went. In guest house DaNang, Vietnam. I hope he’s not the vengeful type… And I think I...
cheers to sars

CHEERS TO SARS

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Oooh yeah. Sarsaparilla root, licorice root, molasses and vanilla beans: a serious soft drink for serious grown-ups. $4. (All bulldust aside, I’ve been hanging out for a good old sarsaparilla for yonks…)   The post CHEERS...
st kilda mural: usa artist highlights plight of great barrier reef

St Kilda mural: USA artist highlights plight of Great Barrier Reef

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New York street artist Elle (ellestreetart.com) is creating the huge wall mural on the new Ode hi-rise apartments, on St Kilda’s Grey Street. Theme: “Bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef”. This American artist is...
once bitter, now mellow in a tastebuds tango

ONCE BITTER, NOW MELLOW IN A TASTEBUDS TANGO

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Doing the X-word and trying a new drop, called Once Bitter (pot $3.50), at the Grocery Bar on Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. Made by Collins St Brewing Co (new to me), I’d place this...
end of the road for bangkok’s khao san road?

End of the road for Bangkok’s Khao San Road?

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No! Say it isn’t so! Has the entire world gone mad? Bangkok authorities have banned all street food stalls, according to Fairfax Media. The Thai capital will have none by year’s end…https://amp.smh.com.au/world/every-street-vendor-will-have-to-move-out-bangkok-to-cease-being-finest-street-food-destination-20170418-gvms5a.html Street food vendor...
coconut tree: a natural gender bender

Coconut tree: a natural gender bender

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Travel Trivia: a coconut tree is hermaphrodite, or monoecious; the tree is male and female, differing during the year. Did you know that? Do you care? Haha. (I think we know which phase this...
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WHO DOESN’T LIKE TOM YUM?

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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...
loaded lunchbox

LOADED LUNCHBOX

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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...