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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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Bar-hopping Through NYC's Literary History
The Sunday Age
, 14 December 2014

"'I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me,' recites tour guide Eric Chase, quoting Dylan Thomas. The Welsh poet was notorious in the 1950s for hitting New York on reading tours whenever his cash was running low, then boozing it up in Greenwich Village bars by night. One of his favourite haunts was the White Horse Tavern, where we're sitting at the start of the Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl. Opened in 1880, it was a hub of literary greatness for many years..."

Discovering literary heritage and beer on an entertaining tour in New York, USA
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Morbid Fascination
The Age, 6 December 2014

"The core of the museum is its second-floor gallery, where the current exhibition The Art of Mourning features decorative arts related to death. It's here that I find the death mask of L'Inconnue de la Seine, the unidentified woman pulled from the river in the 1880s. In an effort to establish her identity, the body was put on public display in the Paris mortuary, and became a sensation because of its beatific smile..."

Examining the intriguing exhibits within the Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York, USA
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Metro Marvels (One item authored by me)
Traveller (The Age & Sydney Morning Herald
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29 November
2014

"South Korea's capital has thrown off its over-earnest stereotype to reveal a city with a sense of style and fun. Its identity as a UNESCO City of Design was underlined in 2014 with the opening of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a spectacular building resembling a vast silver spaceship. Containing a museum, a design market and restaurants on the site of a former baseball park and historic fort, it's a compelling destination for both locals and visitors..."

One item
covering Seoul, South Korea, as part of a selection of top cities to visit in 2015.
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Get Down
RoyalAuto, December 2014

"The Melbourne CBD’s network of arcades, lane­ways and alleys has been described as a 'city within a city'. Add to that its rooftop venues, and there’s plenty to interest the visitor at ground level and above. Lesser known than these attractions are Melbourne’s underground secrets. Tucked beneath street level, often reached by anonymous-looking stairs, are shops, galleries, entertainment venues and eateries that are worth stepping into..."

Investigating attractions beneath the streets of Melbourne, Australia.
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Australia's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cultural and Natural Attractions
Traveller
, 26 November 2014

"What does the Great Barrier Reef have in common with the Great Wall of China, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the ruins of Great Zimbabwe? All four of these places – and over a thousand others mostly without the word 'great' in their titles – are on UNESCO's World Heritage List. According to the United Nations body, this makes their protection the common goal of humanity. So how easy is it for a place to make the list, and how many sites does Australia have in it? ..."

Exploring 19 World Heritage sites in Australia, including natural and cultural wonders.
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High Life in Oman
Traveller (The Age & Sydney Morning Herald), 1 November 2014

"When you peer over the lip of an infinity pool in our part of the world, you're usually looking at a scenic jungle or a wide blue ocean. Maybe both. Not at Jabal Akhdar, 2000 metres above sea level in the Al Hajar mountains of Oman. Within eyeshot of pool's edge at the new Alila Jabal Akhdar resort, opened in May, there's almost no greenery at all. Instead, I'm looking down into a spectacular gorge which drops more than 400 metres between bare rocky slopes..."

Reviewing the impressive new Alila Jabal Akhdar resort in Oman
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Taking it to the Streets
The Age, 1 November 2014

"'With street art, people think first of tags. Dogs marking their territory.' It's an opinion that rings true in Melbourne, where the public argument about the worthiness of street art centres on its appeal to the passer-by. Big, decorative illustrations earn the accolade of 'art', while obscure statements of the artist's identity are dismissed as 'tags'. Ben, our New Zealander guide on the Alternative Berlin Street Art Tour, is having none of this. 'Graffiti isn't made for the general public to enjoy...'"

Joining a tour of street art through the streets of Berlin, Germany
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The Origins of Halloween and the Best Places to Celebrate
Traveller
, 31 October 2014

"When I was growing up in country Western Australia, we hardly gave a thought to Halloween. The closest we came to its pumpkins and pageantry was via American television series. As Halloween has become more popular here over the years, Australians have drawn heavily on those American traditions. So it can come as a surprise to discover that Halloween's roots stretch across the Atlantic to Ireland..."

Explaining the cheapest ways to get to airports in Australian cities by public transport.
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A Crash Course in Modern Art
The Sunday Age
, 26 October 2014

"On the top floor of Cologne's Museum Ludwig, I discover a little secret. If you push through the glass doors next to the loos on this level, you end up on an empty brick-paved terrace with an excellent view of Cologne Cathedral. Somehow this seems fitting. The vast medieval cathedral is the city's pride and joy, and Germany's most visited attraction; while the museum houses an extensive modern art collection. Together they neatly bookend the city's art history, from the 13th century to the present day..."

Viewing the impressive modern art collection of a museum in Cologne, Germany
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Dockside Dining
Traveller (The Age & Sydney Morning Herald), 25 October 2014

"If you think Welsh food doesn't extend much beyond Welsh rarebit and leeks, you're not alone. That's all I could envision before arriving in Cardiff, perhaps with a slice of Caerphilly cheese on the side. There will be Welsh rarebit in the near future, as it turns out. But for the moment my wife and I are sitting in Ffresh, a beautiful contemporary restaurant in Cardiff Bay. And the bay area seems just the right place in which to consider Wales' 21st century cuisine..."

Experiencing excellent local cuisine in the restaurants of Cardiff, Wales
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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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