Seaside Artistry at the Swell Sculpture Festival

Currumbin Beach is one of my favourite spots on the Gold Coast. It’s a bit further away from the craziness that is Surfer’s Paradise and it’s got an awesome, laid-back vibe to it. Plus, Elephant Rock at the beach’s northern end provides endless photographic opportunities no matter what time of day, so it’s a spot…

The Liberation of Nijmegen: A Tale of Two Men

It’s always said that there are two sides to every story. In the small city of Nijmegen, near the Dutch border with Germany, I learned that no story can be so black-and-white as that. When a story involves something as awful as war, each story has so many sides, so many shades of grey that…

The Many Faces of Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is one of the most well-known mountains in all of Australia (which, granted, doesn’t exactly have its fair share of tall mountains). Its unique craggy shape, reflected in Dove Lake below, features on plenty of postcards and seeing/climbing it has been high on my to-do list from the minute I set foot in…

Chasing the Northern Lights in Jasper

I flipped the lights on and shook my mom. “Wake up!” I whispered, trying to get her attention without startling her. She slowly opened her eyes, squinting in the dim light of the hotel bedroom. “What?” she muttered. “The clouds are clearing. We need to go,” I said urgently. Somehow, we were all in the…

The Melting Majesty of the Athabasca Glacier

In my travels, I’ve always seemed to gravitate towards glaciers. If there’s an activity on or near a glacier, I’m there. I don’t know if it’s because the icy, harsh environment is so different from the one I am so used to (having spent most of my life living in the sub-tropical climates of Houston,…

Captain of My Own Boathouse at the Bicheno Hideaway

How do you imagine your oceanside holiday? Would you stay in a hut suspended over the sea or in a yurt perched high in the hills above unimaginably tall cliffs? I would definitely be happy to stay in either of those options if I ever had the chance, but given my beach holiday was in…

A Nighttime Encounter With Tassie Devils

There are plenty of distinctive animals on this planet, but Australia seems to have more than its fair share of them. From the much-feared dropbear to the adorable quokkas of Rottnest Island, there’s an animal in this country to catch anyone’s imagination. Of all those animals, I think one of the most famous yet misunderstood…

Conquering the Hazards and Mount Amos

Usually, if something is called a ‘Hazard,’ people have a natural instinct to stay away from it. Driving hazard? Nope. Health hazard? Nuh-uh. Workplace hazard? Get me out of here before I have to fill out the paperwork! Yet, when I heard about the Hazards Range at the entrance to Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s…

Having Plenty of Fun at the Color Run

Since the first Australian Color Run was held in Melbourne in late 2012, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of doing one. I know that it’s had its controversies — in particular, many people have accused it of cheapening the Hindu festival of Holi, where people take to the streets of India throwing coloured powder…

Avoiding Game of Thrones Withdrawal In King’s Landing (Err…Dubrovnik)

Despite the fact that Dubrovnik was not actually used in season 1 of Game of Thrones–the King’s Landing that Ned Stark saw then was actually Malta–it’s still the most recognised location on the show. So, it’s no surprise that you can now take Game of Thrones walking tours around the medieval old town of this Croatian city.…

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