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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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Lost in the Old Port of Muscat
The Sunday Age
, 1 March 2014

"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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Flight Test: Qantas Premium Economy
Traveller (The Age & Sydney Morning Herald
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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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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.
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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.
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Six of the Best Melbourne Laneways
Traveller
, 30 January 2015

"This sloping alley set with rough bluestone paving stones is the epicentre of Melbourne's street art scene. There are always visitors huddled along here taking photos, as the walls are like a textbook featuring every sort of street art - tags, paste-ups, stencils and enormous colourful murals. The art is even more concentrated in connected Rutledge Lane, which wraps back to Hosier in a U-shape..."

Exploring the famous laneways of Melbourne, Australia.
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Flight Test: British Airways
Traveller (The Age & Sydney Morning Herald
),
24 January
2015

"My wife Narrelle opts for the most tongue-twisting dish I've ever seen on an airline menu: chicken malagueta with biro biro rice, roast peppers, okra caruru and chimichurri sauce. We joke about the airline making up some of the words, but Narrelle reports that it's a tasty dish, moist and tender. She still doesn't like okra (to which I reply 'Don't watch her show then'), but is positive about the orange chocolate mousse for dessert..."

Reviewing the premium economy experience on a flight from London to New York
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The Bars of Chinatown
roundtheworldflights.com, 21 January 2015

"'An artist told me he was upset with Chinatown because it was supposed to be the artistic centre of Hawaii, but it wasnít delivering,' says Brandon Reid, Honolulu bar owner. 'He said all we needed was wall space, lighting and a bar. It just unfolded from there.' For a long time Chinatown was the cityís notorious red light district, home of brothels and dodgy bars. However, in recent years the district has transformed itself into an attractive entertainment zone..."

Investigating the lively bar scene in Chinatown, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Available for republication (print and Web).
Images available.

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To Berlin by Rail
Get Up & Go, Summer 2015

"Most travellers arrive in London looking for history, but itís also there on your way out. Iím sipping great coffee within the cavernous interior of Caravan, a sleek modern cafe on Granary Square at Kings Cross. The huge brick building itís located in was once a storehouse for grain brought in by rail and barge. With that transport history, it seems the right place from which to set off on a grand rail journey to the Continent..."

Detailing a rail journey from London to Berlin, with stops at Brussels and Cologne.
Available for republication (print and Web).
Images available.

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The Wrong Abbey Road
The Sun-Herald
, 18 January 2015

"'There were two girls wandering around, looking at maps, and one of them asked me 'Where's Abbey Road?'' says Michael Grant. 'I smiled and pointed her to the sign, and she realised: 'This is the wrong station, isn't it?'" Although it's a considerable distance from the St John's Wood street made famous by the Beatles album, Grant and his neighbours often bump into bewildered music fans looking for the pedestrian crossing on the Abbey Road album cover..."

Investigating the attractions of the "wrong" Abbey Road, in West Ham, London.
Available for republication (print only).

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Secrets of the London Underground
Traveller
, 30 December 2014

"Inevitably, every visitor to London forms a relationship with the Tube. In other cities, underground railways are practical, no-nonsense ways to get around town quickly. But the London Underground has always seemed more than that. Its distinctive logo, its iconic route map, its many stations with curious names, and the strange unearthliness of its deep-level platforms, give it a personality all its own..."

Uncovering five Tube secrets, including fake facades, a missing crypt and a heart-wrenching memorial.
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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