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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.…

Queuing at Wimbledon: How To Get Into Centre Court (and Have Fun Doing It)

Nobody queues quite like the British, and nowhere do they do it better than at Wimbledon. This oldest of Grand Slams has moved into the 21 st century in leaps and bounds in the last 10 years with a highly-publicised move to equal prize money in 2007 and a brand-new roof on Centre Court to…

Photo Essay: The Icefields Parkway in Black & White

Soaring mountaintops with hidden valleys filled with the unimaginably large icefields. Wide valleys filled with glacier-ground rocks and turquoise rivers rushing towards the next waterfall. Pine trees as far as the eye can see. All of these things are synonymous with Alberta’s Highway 93, which I’ll go out on a limb and say is one…

The SS Dicky: See It Before It’s Gone

On the 4th of February 1893, the SS Dicky was in the wrong place at the wrong time. In a strong storm and heavy seas, the crew knew that the trader ship from Rockhampton was lost and beached it at what is now Caloundra’s Dicky Beach, mainly to avoid crashing into the rocks at Moffat…

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