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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.
Download the annual report of my travel writing activities, with details of all trips taken and stories written in 2014: Click here for the PDF.

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The Queen of Museums
The Sun-Herald
, 19 April 2015

"At the fair, visitors crossed from the Trylon to the Perisphere on the world's longest escalator, then walked around its 60-metre wide interior to view a city of the future. That sounds like fun. But I'll take what I can get, which in this case is the Unisphere, a relic of a later World's Fair in 1964. Referencing the Perisphere, it's a huge globe of the world, with the continents floating on a sphere of curved steel beams representing longitude and latitude..."

Exploring the history surrounding a museum in the borough of Queens, New York City, USA.
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Aussie Cafes Take Manhattan
The Sunday Age
, 5 April 2015

"'Several times a day, someone comes in and asks "What's the charcoal chook?"' says Leon Unglik, ex-Melburnian owner of Little Collins, a cafe on Lexington Avenue. There are many challenges facing an Australian cafe owner who decides to set up shop in New York, and language is one of them. Aside from the Charcoal Chook sandwich, the Little Collins menu includes items such as The Convict (Vegemite toast) and The Big Dill (a sandwich of salmon, scrambled egg, dill and chives)..."

Visiting five Australian-owned cafes in New York City, USA
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Leipzig: The Music of History
Skylife
, April 2015
(Turkish Airlines inflight magazine)

"I wonder who will reach me first  – the accordion player, or the waiter bringing my lunch? As I sit outside Zill’s Tunnel, a popular restaurant, I can see the accordion player making his way between restaurant tables on each side of the narrow lane. His music floats across the tightly-packed seating, as sunshine gleams through the umbrellas above the tables. This part of Leipzig is known as the Drallewatsch, a zone of restaurants within a maze of beautiful buildings from the Renaissance, Baroque and later periods..."

Outlining the attractions of Leipzig, Germany
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Available for republication (print and Web).
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One Day Three Ways: Santa Barbara, USA
Traveller (The Age & Sydney Morning Herald
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28 March
2015

"Breakfast at Scarlett Begonia, a café within a beautiful garden courtyard. Its shrimp & grits involves sautéed prawns, poached eggs, paprika sausage and roasted capsicum. Then join the Segway Mission Tour from the wharf to the historic Santa Barbara Mission. Enjoy lunch at stylish Bouchon, with dishes such as a shallot-glazed rack of lamb, before taking advantage of Santa Barbara Zoo's exclusive Backstage Pass..."

Detailing the attractions of the Californian coastal city, from inexpensive to luxurious
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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.
Available for republication (print only).

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

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