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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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Airline Review: Alaska Airlines Economy
, 11 March 2017

"The seats on this 737 are squeezed for width, particularly noticeable on this morning flight as the economy section is completely full. However, I'm pleasantly surprised by the relatively generous leg room, which avoids having my knees pressed into the seat ahead. Miraculously, the passenger in front of me doesn't recline his seat, which helps maintain the space..."

Reviewing the economy experience on a flight from Seattle to Los Angeles
Available for republication (print only).

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Melbourne to Sydney to Adelaide by Rail
, 5 February 2017

"Catching a train from platform one of Melbourne's Southern Cross Station is like boarding a flight from gate one of an international airport – rarely done, and all the more special for that. With its undulating wave-like roof, Melbourne's main station is an exciting place from which to depart on a long-distance rail adventure. This is a full-on rail trek, which will take me to three state capitals through a range of terrains, and home again – without boarding a single plane..."

Travelling through three Australian states via three different long-distance trains

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Masters on the Menu
Traveller (The Age & Sydney Morning Herald),
4 February

"I'm standing in front of The Tower of Babel, a crazed wedding cake of a building. Constructed of tapering layers, broken open on one side, this ancient skyscraper dwarfs the port city lying below it. Though this 1563 painting by Bruegel​ may resemble a mighty structure from Game of Thrones, it's outdone by the architecture within which it hangs. For I'm viewing it within the Kunsthistorisches​ (Art History) Museum, Vienna's greatest repository of art..."

Dining within a great cultural institution in Vienna, Austria

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The Kick of Stalin's Cow
1 February 2017

“Applying communism to Poland is like trying to saddle a cow.” - Josef Stalin

The Kick of Stalin’s Cow is an engaging and humorous travelogue. It traces a trip around Poland with emphasis on the communist past, including visits to significant communist-era relics, and interviews with Poles who lived through the period.

The book also charts my relationship with Poland over two decades - as a resident, a teacher, and a travel writer who’s made multiple visits to the Central European nation.

Available from Amazon.com as an ebook and paperback.

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See the Art of Fremantle Prison
Tiger Tales
, February-March 2017

"'Art is an interesting thing inside a prison,' says guide Janine Della Bosca. 'Is the prison supposed to be punishing you or rehabilitating you? There’s a tension between the two when it comes to art.' That tension was never greater than in the early 1990s, when Fremantle Prison was about to close. But a glimmer of light broke through into the dark, cramped cells in those final days..."

Joining a tour of art created by inmates at the former Fremantle Prison, in Western Australia.

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It'll be White on the Night
, 1 January 2017

"'Ballarat is a logical place to do this,' says White Night artistic director David Atkins. 'It has a fantastic history, it's the home of the southern hemisphere's longest running Eisteddfod, Her Majesty's Theatre has been going for 150 years. There are a range of things that put Ballarat into the box seat.' The box seat on this occasion is for White Night Ballarat..."

Previewing an all-night arts event in the Victorian regional city

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Best Travel Finds of 2016
Traveller (The Age & Sydney Morning Herald),
31 December

"You wouldn't expect to find a link to The Bard in Poland's historic Baltic port, but in the 17th-century, Gdańsk hosted English actors in a theatre based on an Elizabethan London playhouse. Constructed on the same site, the Shakespeare Theatre is an imposing structure of black brick, with a bright timber interior and a retractable roof. Take a guided tour for fine rooftop views of the city, or catch a surtitled play within..."

Introducing the Shakespeare Theatre in Gdańsk, Poland

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The Alternative Destinations to Europe's Most Crowded Tourist Cities
, 16 December 2016

"Many people in popular European cities rely on tourism for their income, but it seems even these places can hit a point at which the crowds become a problem. What's to be done? Ration arrivals to these cities, and place turnstiles at its parks and most popular streets? I have another solution in mind: go elsewhere. What if we... or at least some of us... chose other European cities to visit? Places that have charms of their own, without being swamped by tourists?"

Proposing attractive alternatives to the most crowded tourist cities of Europe

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Santa Barbara - History and Illusion
24 November 2016

"I’m standing outside the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and I’m 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. That’s 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
, 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 – or maybe fig leaf – must be presented to the Germans..."

Soaking my cares away in the glorious old bathhouses
of Germany.

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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.

I'm available to write on any subject, and also undertake business writing jobs such as proofreading, editing and copywriting.

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