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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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Santa Barbara - History and Illusion
roundtheworldflights.com,
24 November 2016

"Iím standing outside the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and Iím impressed. With its lofty tower and a Spanish inscription carved above its archway, I assume it must be a relic from the 19th century. I later find out it was built in 1929. Thatís one of the interesting things about this Californian city; you can never tell how old anything really is. It some ways though, it makes sense that Santa Barbara resembles a Hollywood set..."

Exploring the attractive Spanish-style architecture of Santa Barbara, USA.
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Getting Naked in Germany's Bathhouses
Traveller
, 17 November 2016

"Which of the world's many nationalities are the most casual about going nude? Could it be the Koreans or Japanese with their traditions of public bathhouses? Or the Finns with their famous saunas? These are strong contenders. But for Olympic levels of nuding up in public, the laurel wreath Ė or maybe fig leaf Ė must be presented to the Germans..."

Soaking my cares away in the glorious old bathhouses
of Germany.
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Ocean Rail: Riding the Pacific Surfliner
Traveller (The Age & Sydney Morning Herald),
12 November
2016

"The year 1915 was a big one for San Diego. To celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal, California's southernmost city threw a two-year-long party: the Panama-California Exposition. To welcome visitors to this event, a new train station, the Santa Fe Depot, was built in the pseudo-Spanish Mission Revival style. I'm at that station to catch Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner train, which runs north through Los Angeles and Santa Barbara before terminating at San Luis Obispo..."

Heading north along the Pacific coast by rail, through Southern California, USA
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A Love Story
Discover, Spring/Summer 2016

"The Romantic Road touring route through southern Germany has lost none of its charm with age. Established in 1950, itís a showcase of beautiful towns and cities which match our storybook expectations of Central Europe..." 

Highlighting the attractions along this popular route through Bavaria, Germany.
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Unknown Nevada
lonelyplanet.com, November 2016

"If all you know about Nevada is the razzmatazz of Las Vegas, youíre in for a surprise. The Silver State is packed with unexpected experiences. Step into its vast wilderness and youíll find lonely deserts, eerie ghost towns and spectacular night skies. Who knows? You might even spot a UFO as you travel Nevadaís wide-open roads in search of these lesser-known lures..."

Investigating attractions across the wide open expanses of Nevada
, USA.
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Exploring the First Forest: Białowieża National Park
lonelyplanet.com, 28 October 2016

"In eastern Poland, straddling the border with Belarus, is an ancient forest where wild European bison roam. Thatís reason enough to visit Białowieża National Park, but its greenery is a marvel too, little touched by human activity and home to numerous species of animals and plants. While borders and human populations around it have dramatically altered, this remarkable natural refuge has endured..."

Walking within the Strictly Protected Area of an age-old forest in Poland
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Singapore Art Deco Walking Tour
Traveller
, 21 October 2016

"'It's not technically a fire escape, it's a boyfriend escape,' says Lip Sin, pointing to the stairs on an apartment building in Tiong Bahru. 'A lot of rich businessmen housed their mistresses here.' It seems Singapore is not the buttoned-up puritanical state it's often depicted as; or at least it wasn't back in the 1930s. That's when this residential neighbourhood was built on a reclaimed swamp, with graceful art deco buildings replacing squatters' huts and rutted, muddy roads..."

Taking a free walking tour of the attractive art deco district of Tiong Bahru,
Singapore.
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Top 10: Comedy Clubs Around the World
Traveller
, 7 October 2016

"Co-founded in 1972 by Mitzi Shore, this club on LA's infamous Sunset Strip has hosted an array of comedians who became stars, including David Letterman, Roseanne Barr, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg. It's still a great place to spot both established and upcoming comics. The entry fee gets you a long bill of performers, each doing a snappy set, so there's plenty of bang for your buck..."

Listing great comedy venues in the USA
, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore.
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Lights! Camera! Oahu!
roundtheworldflights.com,
28 September 2016

"'The stuff that goes on in making movies? They ought to make a movie about it,' says veteran film scout Randy Spangler. And he should know. Spanglerís been working in Hawaiiís busy film industry since the 1970s, when he got his start finding locations for the TV series Hawaii Five-O. So many productions have been filmed on the most populous island, Oahu, that I wonder why itís so attractive to Hollywood and television studios..."

Exploring television and movie locations in Hawaii, USA.
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Comic-Con: The World's Biggest Pop Culture Convention
Traveller
, 16 September 2016

"It's the male Wonder Woman that finally conveys to me the true meaning of the San Diego Comic-Con International. I've spent the morning strolling vast distances between panels, before queuing to get into each one. Now I'm squeezing my way past the hordes shuffling through the cavernous Exhibit Hall, where traders sell every item imaginable. Then I see him Ė an Asian-American guy dressed as Wonder Woman..."

Experiencing the queues and costumes of this massive pop culture event in San Diego, USA
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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.

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