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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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After Being Upgraded, I Can Never Travel Economy Again
Executive Style
, 3 October 2017

"It feels like I don't sleep much at all, but when I wake I'm surprised to see that I've actually managed five hours. If there's a moment I decide that business is worth the extra money, it's now. Having a decent chunk of sleep on a flight that lands at 6.30am means I can actually get the most out of the day once I've left the airport. It also makes me less likely to succumb to jet lag after crashing at my hotel at a random hour. From a business point of view, that's ideal..."

Experiencing the benefits of Business Class aboard a Qantas flight to Los Angeles, USA.

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Poland chapter
Lonely Planet: Europe (ed. 2)
October 2017

A guide to the Central European nation, including attractions, accommodation, dining, nightlife, history and culture.

This book can be purchased online from Amazon.com.

Poland chapter
Lonely Planet: Eastern Europe (ed. 14)
October 2017

A comprehensive guide to the European nation, covering attractions, accommodation, dining, nightlife, history and culture.

This book can be purchased online from Amazon.com.

Feed Yourself in Freo
, 29 September 2017

"Freo! Even the nickname for Perth's port city sounds relaxed. Compared with the business-related rhythms of Perth's CBD, Fremantle's heart has a leisurely beat. Dominated by low-rise, elegant buildings of the colonial era, Fremantle – still a working port – is a place for the traveller to chill. And to eat and drink. Famed for its pubs and cafes, in recent years Freo's food scene has expanded in quality and sophistication..."

Eating and drinking my way through the best new restaurants in Fremantle, Australia.

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Rottnest Island: Beyond the Quokka Selfies
www.lonelyplanet.com, 23 September 2017

"Rottnest Island or Wadjemup (its Aboriginal name) has long been a playground for Perth’s outdoorsy population. A short ferry ride across the Indian Ocean, Rottnest remains popular with locals and travellers alike. However there’s more to Rotto than sandy beaches, cute quokkas and a laidback-holiday vibe. The island has a fascinating – and often grim – history to discover..."

Detailing the attractions - historic and natural - of this island off the coast of Perth, Australia

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How to Build a DIY Rail and Cruise Tour of Canada and Alaska
www.lonelyplanet.com, 14 September 2017

"A luxury rail journey combined with a coastal cruise is the hottest way to see western Canada and southeast Alaska. Each summer, thousands take a gourmet train journey through the Rocky Mountains, then admire the Inside Passage by sea. If you’re an independent traveler, however, it’s possible to bypass the expense and crowds by piecing together your own rail tour and cruise..."

Piecing together a train and ferry journey to western Canada and the coast of Alaska, USA

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Walking the History of Gdańsk
www.lonelyplanet.com, 9 September 2017

"Port cities are always interesting. Their architecture is a legacy of trading prosperity, and their cultures are influenced by a cosmopolitan past of merchants and sailors. Poland’s Baltic city Gdańsk has all that and more, with a tumultuous history that’s left its mark and added character. The best way to experience this vibrant place is by walking its historic heart..."

Outlining a walking tour through the historic streets of
Gdańsk, Poland.

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Spirit of the Outback: into the Wild, Wild West
, 8 September 2017

"The adjoining Tuckerbox restaurant car is similarly colour-coded, but more eccentrically decorated. The dividers between table booths are each topped by metal frames containing livestock brands of famous cattle and sheep stations, such as Bowen Downs, Wellshot and Isis Downs. Above the tables there's a curve of corrugated iron, a reminder of rural Australia's favourite building material. The effect is that of a quirky Outback-themed eatery. Tacky or fun? I'm going with the latter..."

Talking the sleeper train from Brisbane to the attractions of Longreach, Queensland.

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A Walking Tour with the Emperor of the United States
, 17 August 2017

"It's not every day you draw a royal as a tour guide. And what a splendid personage is this Emperor Norton I (channelled by Joseph Amster). Clad in a fine military uniform with gold epaulettes, a scarlet cummerbund and a hat festooned in colourful plumes, Norton stands out even in San Francisco, a city no stranger to strangeness. Which is fitting, as the real-life Norton was the king of the city's eccentrics in the 19th century..."

Joining a tour delving into the eccentric past of San Francisco, USA.

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What Can Poland Teach Us About Freedom?
BBC Travel
, 7 August 2017

"What really caught my eye, however, is the older structure next to it: a sturdy set of metal gates attached to a blue guardhouse, with the words Stocznia Gdańska in huge block letters above. This is no ordinary gate – in fact it might be the most significant in modern European history. For this is Gate Two of what was once the Lenin Shipyard. It was near here that electrician Lech Wałęsa scaled the wall to organise a strike by workers against Poland’s then-communist government..."

Learning about Poland's struggle for freedom, at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk.

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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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