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Finalist for Travel Writer of the Year at the 2014 Australian Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence, for this set of three articles:
1. Pack It In: How to Travel With Only Carry-on Luggage; 2. Illuminating Signs of the Times; 3. Shift in the Cool.
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St Jerome's – The Hotel Review: Rooftop Glamping in Melbourne's CBD
Traveller
, 26 June 2015

"The last place you'd expect to find a campground is in the middle of the Melbourne CBD, but here it is – stretching over a concrete roof off Level 3 of the vast Melbourne Central shopping mall. Local entrepreneur Jerome Borazio, best known for innovative bars, has ventured into accommodation by co-opting this unused space for an experiment in luxury camping – or as it's sometimes inelegantly known, 'glamping'..."

Spending a night under canvas on top of a shopping mall in the heart of Melbourne.
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Passport Stamps Fading Away
Traveller
, 3 June 2015

"Legalities aside, passport stamps are a romantic reminder of your time on the road. Sometimes they're prized because they look particularly florid and exotic, other times because of the memories they evoke. As the old-fashioned passport stamp starts to fade away, replaced by electronic entry procedures, they'll become even more attractive as proof that you really were there..."

Considering the appeal of passport stamps in an era when they're becoming rarer.
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Singapore's Coffee Revolution
The Sunday Age
, 31 May 2015

"'Everyone loves to go out drinking coffee and having brunch. Brunch is like a sport here; on a Sunday we have queues down the road.' If this sounds familiar, it is – and it isn't. For cafe owner Harry Grover isn't talking about the brunching multitudes of Melbourne or Sydney. As we sit within Common Man Coffee Roasters, he's explaining how Australia's indie coffee scene has caught on in Singapore. 'It's exploded here, and a lot of that came from Aussie influence...'"

Investigating the coffee scene in Singapore
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The Hills Are a Bit Damp
The Age
, 30 May 2015

"'The plan was for six weeks' location shooting,' says David, our British guide on The Sound of Music bus tour. 'The weather had different ideas.' He's referring to the location filming of the 50-year-old cinematic favourite, but he might as well be talking about today's weather in Salzburg. The hills are alive above the picturesque Austrian city, but it's more with a steady drizzle than music on this cold, wet day..."

Taking a bus tour dedicated to The Sound of Music in Salzburg, Austria
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East End Eating
The Sunday Age
, 24 May 2015

"Can Eating London's new East End Food Tour deliver on its promise of 'London's best bacon sandwich'? My editor has charged me with finding out if this is so, and, dear reader, I am equal to the challenge. I feel, in fact, that all my previous visits to Britain have been mere training for the bacon sandwich that lies ahead. And it's a corker of a sandwich. As our small group takes its seats around a long table within the ex-bank interior of St John Bread & Wine, our young guide Ollie lovingly describes the bacon..."

Taking part in a new
East End food tour in London, UK.
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Field of Destiny: Waterloo Battlefield
www.lonelyplanet.com, 20 May 2015

"In ABBA’s winning song at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, the Swedish supergroup delivered a history lesson to their listeners. It was at Waterloo, the brightly-clad musicians informed the audience, that Napoleon surrendered. Indeed it was, after the great Battle of Waterloo which took place on 18 June 1815. Two centuries later, the custodians of the Waterloo battlefield are preparing for a resurgence of interest in the site..."

E
xploring this famous battlefield in Belgium on its 200th anniversary.
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Canberra's Hip Hood
The Sunday Age
, 17 May 2015

"The Elk & Pea cafe has something in common with the Tardis in Doctor Who – it's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. At least that's the impression when entering from Lonsdale Street, Braddon, a strip of narrow shopfronts which turn out to be surprisingly deep. The other thing I can't help notice is the strange mix of businesses along this Canberra strip, with hipster shops and cafes scattered among a collection of automotive workshops and supply stores..."

Checking out the hip streets of Braddon, Canberra
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Edgy Art Captivates Asia
The Age
, 2 May 2015

"'When I was at school I didn't have the option of art history,' says Audrey Yeo, owner of Singapore contemporary art gallery Yeo Workshop. 'So for my generation, it's something we're all catching up on very quickly. We love it, obviously, and the Singaporean public is hungry for it, but it's not something that I had the option to do when I was a kid.' Yeo's experience encapsulates the rapidly growing popularity of contemporary art in East and South-East Asia..."

Surveying the contemporary art scene in Singapore
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Thrifty Bucks: Melbourne
Tiger Tales
, May 2015

"Melbourne is famous for its cafe scene and vibrant laneways, and Krimper combines both with its industrial-style space in a hidden alley. I order the Hot Scram, scrambled eggs blended with chilli jam, sour cream, mustard seeds and cherry tomatoes. Served in a dish on a slate board with a toasted baguette on the side, it looks great. It tastes even better, the jam giving a sweet hint to the otherwise savoury goodness. On the side is a single origin long black, the ideal wake-up call..."

Taking up the challenge to eat three good meals in Melbourne for $50.
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Ten Things I Love About Poland
RoyalAuto
, May 2015
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"As you walk around this attractive southwestern city, you can’t help but notice its many statues of fairy-tale dwarves – above doorways, at street level, tucked into nooks and crannies. They’re a tribute to the dwarf-themed graffiti painted by a dissident group in the communist era, a quirky echo of the past..."

Detailing ten great attractions of the Central European nation.
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I'm a freelance writer with published articles on various topics: including travel, lifestyle, the arts, science, and pets. 

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