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Winner of Best International Travel Story Under 1000 Words at the 2016 Australian Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence, for A Boy and a Coin.
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Melbourne Laneways: Six of the Best Secret Spots
, 14 July 2017

"If Hosier Lane is the acknowledged queen of Melbourne street art laneways, Union Lane is its disreputable young sister... an empty stretch of brick walls and disused loading bays – all covered, literally layered, with art. There are some expertly painted figures, but mostly it's a collection of artists' tags of all sizes and shades, plastered over each other without a gap. Think of the laneway as a single, ever-changing piece of art, and you'll get the gist...."

Exploring the famous laneways of Melbourne, Australia.
Available for republication (print only).

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Using Uber Overseas: Why it’s Better than Taxis
Escape, 14 July 2017

"My favourite Uber driver in California was the musician who drove to make money between gigs. His band toured a lot — even overseas, like Queen before they were world-famous. He was 'big in Japan'. Another Uber driver who picked me up from a comedy venue on LA’s Sunset Strip was a showman who led a passionate discussion of superheroes. He also chanted 'Five stars!' to encourage me to grant him that rating on the ride-sharing service’s app..."

Relating my experiences of using the ride-sharing service in California, USA.

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Hong Kong's New Hotspot
Paradise, July-August 2017

"Hong Kong’s new South Island MTR line opened at the end of last year, reaching Wong Chuk Hang. Not a moment too soon for the inquisitive traveller, as the former industrial district has been gradually transforming into a fascinating hotspot of art, design and food. In the 20th century this was an area crammed with numerous factories. The empty space became a playground for creative types. As a result there’s still a measure of grit, but also plenty of cutting-edge venues to explore..."

Exploring a cool Hong Kong 'hood for the inflight magazine of Air Niugini.

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Coast to Coast: Across Australia by Rail
www.lonelyplanet.com, 12 June 2017

"For almost half a century, Australia's Indian Pacific train has traced a three-day journey by rail between Sydney and Perth. Its 4,352km route between the Pacific and Indian Oceans takes in mountains, native bushland, desert, wheat fields and urban sprawl. Those taking this trip gain a close-up experience of Australia’s immense size and diversity, as its dramatic landscape slides past..."

Travelling across Australia via this great transcontinental train

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How to Score the Best Economy Class Seat on a Plane
Escape, 6 June 2017

"Squeezed in tight, with a battle for the armrest and a seatback in your face. We’ve all been there – it’s a battle for space when you fly long-distance in Economy Class. It doesn’t matter how great the plane’s entertainment system is, or how tolerable the airline food, if you can barely move with discomfort. But take heart, because I’m going to reveal my formula for securing the best Economy Seat on any plane..."

Revealing how I choose the optimum airline seat in Economy Class.

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Review: The Redbury Hollywood
Traveller, 20 May 2017

"The hotel seems to have soaked up some of the louche glamour of Hollywood's golden age. Its public spaces are decked out with heavy drapes, low lounges, and giant photographs of actress femme fatales. The dominant colour is a deep wine red, accentuating the air of forbidden luxury – as if one had stumbled into the private hideaway of a reclusive starlet..."

Reviewing a vibrant hotel located on Hollywood & Vine, in Los Angeles, USA.

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Airline Review: Cathay Pacific Economy
, 15 May 2017

"This is a brand-new aircraft which only recently started on the Melbourne-Hong Kong run, so all the fixtures and fittings are in top condition. Though seat width is snug, the leg room is surprisingly generous in economy - I can extend my legs beneath the seat in front without my knees coming close to bumping the seat pocket..."

Reviewing economy class on an Airbus A350 flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong

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Spirits of the West
10 May 2017

"I get the feeling the World of Whisky tour is popular with blokes. There are twelve of us on the tour tonight, standing in the broad plaza outside Perth’s former General Post Office. Presumably women enjoy whisky too, but they’re somewhere else on this Wednesday evening. No matter, we’re men with a mission – to learn more about the many and varied varieties of whisky..."

Joining a specialty small bar tour of central Perth, Western Australia.
Available for republication (print and Web).
Images available.

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Lviv's Coffee Secrets
www.lonelyplanet.com, 10 May 2017

"Lviv is rightly proud of its beautiful architecture and its role as a hub of Ukrainian culture. Just over a century ago, however, it lay within the boundaries of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its famous coffee-house tradition – a coffee scene Lviv helped found. That caffeinated obsession lives on, with distinctive local cafes creating a brew of quality and novelty..."

Exploring the rich coffee-house culture of this city in western Ukraine

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The Real Westeros (and Beyond)
The Sunday Age

 7 May

"The spectacular settings in Game of Thrones are shot at locations across two continents. Seek these out on your next overseas quest...." (This was originally a text box as part of a longer article in print.)
Listing filming locations of scenes in the popular fantasy TV series
Game of Thrones.

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I'm a freelance writer with published articles on various topics: including travel, lifestyle, the arts, science, and pets. 

My writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites around the world. I'm also an author of travel books for Lonely Planet.

I'm available to write on any subject, and also undertake business writing jobs such as proofreading, editing and copywriting.

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