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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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Flight Test: Malaysia Airlines Economy
Traveller (The Age & Sydney Morning Herald
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21 March
2015

"As you expect from a long-haul economy class seat, 38D seems very snug when the armrests are down, and there isn't a lot of room for my long legs. However, the flight is far from full and I've scored an entire empty row of four seats – the poor man's lie-flat bed! Up go the armrests and I have plenty of space to spread out. Pity it isn't a night flight, though in the middle of the flight I do stretch out full-length for a while and have a snooze..."

Reviewing the economy experience on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne
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Art Hits the Wall
The Sun-Herald
, 15 March 2015

"High  above a sea of tags is a vast painting of a fruit bat, its head emerging from an abstract structure of green and white. Because it's so high above ground level, the fruit bat is unlikely to be painted over by other street artists; but that also means it can only be seen from this car park. That, in a nutshell, is Melbourne's famous street art scene: balanced precariously between legal and illegal, on open display but hidden from view..."

Following a walking tour exploring the vibrant street art of Melbourne, Australia.
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Future-Proofing
The Sun-Herald
, 15 March 2015

"Behind me, traffic rushes along Sunset Boulevard, lined on each side by nondescript shopfronts in this gritty, semi-gentrified neighbourhood. In front of me is a display window containing a life-sized mannequin of a caveman meeting a tinny-looking sci-fi robot, to the backdrop of mountains and a strange shimmering effect. Welcome to the Time Travel Mart, LA's own supply store for a very specific clientele: time travellers..."

Visiting an unusual shop in the Echo Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles, USA.
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Converts' Guide: Long-Distance Train Travel
The Sun-Herald
, 15 March 2015

"There are many types of long-distance trains, from regularly scheduled services to those that resemble luxury cruise liners. What they have in common is ever-changing scenery. A train is a unique mode of transport, akin to a small town on wheels; always in contact with the world outside, but also slightly separate. It's difficult to get bored as the entire planet passes by your window: people, farms, forests, dramatic landscapes, and the normally hidden backyards of vibrant cities..."

Promoting the benefits of long-distance rail travel, in one of a set of travel essays.
Available for republication (print only).

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The Rhythm of LA
From the Bridge
, Autumn 2015

"Hooray for Hollywood! The film industry has made LA the dream factory of the world, spinning off iconic local attractions, from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Venice Beach, to nearby Disneyland. But beyond theme park rides and tours of celebrity homes, there are vibrant and quirky neighbourhoods waiting to be discovered. If you take a peek behind the silver-screen glitz you’ll find some real gems..."

Detailing several lesser-known attractions of Los Angeles, USA.
Available for republication (print only).


Review: Fairmont Miramar Hotel
The Sun-Herald
, 8 March 2015

"As the hotel is slightly removed from both the beach and the shopping streets (though it's an easy walk to each), the property has the detached feel of a resort. A long front drive leads to a vast Moreton Bay fig tree in front of the lobby entrance – legend says it was planted here in 1879 from a cutting provided by an Australian sailor who couldn't otherwise pay his bar tab..."

Reviewing an upmarket hotel near the beach in Santa Monica, USA.
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Lost in the Old Port of Muscat
The Sunday Age
, 1 March 2015

"Here and there I can spot old fortifications the same colour as the hills, as if their turrets have sprouted from the bare rock. The most spectacular martial remnant is the remains of a fort built by the Portuguese after conquering Muscat in the 16th century. There are the graceful lines of Islamic art here too, in the modern shelters along the foreshore, their domes criss-crossed by geometric patterns; and the beautiful patterned blue minaret of the mosque at the centre of the corniche..."

Exploring the souq and alleyways of Muttrah, the port district of Muscat, Oman
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Available for republication (print only).
Images available.

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Flight Test: Qantas Premium Economy
Traveller (The Age & Sydney Morning Herald
),
28 February
2015

"Situated upstairs behind business class, premium economy proves much more comfortable than economy. In many ways, it's similar to business class, with tables and video screens hidden beneath fixed armrests, which then swivel up as required. The seats are wide enough to comfortably seat me and my wife, both people who struggle with the tight conditions in economy. The seats are firm, but there's plenty of legroom..."

Reviewing the premium economy experience on a flight from Melbourne to Dubai
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Available for republication (print only).

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Making Right Royal Chocolate
The Sun-Herald
, 22 February 2015

"'A chocolate house is like a nightclub. You've got to be on the list. You want to meet the people at it because they're society's high fliers. It's music, dancing girls, and chocolate.' Food historian Marc Meltonville is giving me a whole new perspective on the humble cup of hot chocolate, as we stand chatting in a corridor at Hampton Court Palace. In the 17th century, he says, it was one of the 'big three' hot beverages introduced to Britain, and each had a distinctive place in society..."

Visiting the rediscovered royal chocolate kitchens at Hampton Court in London, UK.
Available for republication (print only).

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In the Heat of the Night
The Sun-Herald
, 1 February 2015

"I hadn't thought to pack a suit jacket for a destination where the daily maximum routinely passes 40 degrees in summer. In these temperatures, shorts and T-shirts were what I had in mind. However, it's a jacket I must find, if I'm to enter the Royal Opera House Muscat for tonight's performance. Opened in 2011, this cultural institution was a personal project of Oman's ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said..."

Attending a night of noisy entertainment at the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman.
Available for republication (print only).

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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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