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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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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.
Available for republication (print only).

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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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Best Literary Walking Tours
Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2015
, October 2014

"Thereís no better way to pay tribute to your favourite author or characters than to follow in their footsteps via these entertaining tours..."

Listing ten distinctive literary walking tours in locales across the world, including the UK, USA, Sweden, Ireland, France, Romania, China and Australia.

This book can be purchased online from Amazon.com.

Not available for republication.

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Another Side to LA
BNE, October-November 2014

"Many travellers think they have Los Angeles figured out. Itís Disneyland on one side and the Pacific coast on the other, Hollywood up top, and lots of freeways in between. Right? Itís true that the combined appeal of Mickey Mouse, beaches and the silver screen isnít going to fade any time soon. However, in the heart of LA where tourists rarely go, there are attractions around the revived Downtown area which provide new insights into the City of Angels..."

Revealing lesser-known Los Angeles attractions for the Brisbane Airport magazine.
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Venerable and Hip in a Fascinating Mix
The Sunday Age
, 5 October 2014

"Despite its age, Spillers Records doesn't look like the oldest record shop in the world. When it opened in 1894, Spillers met the needs of Cardiff's music fans by selling recordings on wax cylinders and shellac discs. A sign on the wall says the shop has been an influential meeting place for Welsh musicians over the decades, and the steady flow of customers flicking through CDs and records suggests there may be life in the old dog yet. Much the same can be said for Cardiff's shopping arcades..."

Exploring the Victorian-era shopping arcades in Cardiff, UK
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Secret Routes: The Cheapest Ways to Get to Airports in Australia
Traveller
, 1 October 2014

"When you have to fly, you have to pay. Big time. And we're not talking airfares. In Australia, getting to the airport costs a packet. In fact, it's possible for the trip to the airport to be more expensive than the budget airline fare to your final destination, given the occasional eye-catching specials flung online by rival carriers. Not that designated airport public transport is much cheaper. However, there are ways around this expense..."

Explaining the cheapest ways to get to airports in Australian cities by public transport.
Available for republication (print only).

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As Hell Broke Loose, the Art of Survival Set the Scene
The Age, 20 September 2014

"Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war. When Shakespeare wrote that line, he was probably imagining creatures of a fierce, huge, wolf-like aspect. Not so the unknown British cartoonist who created the satirical illustration titled Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark! As the Great War broke out in August 1914, he depicted the nations of Europe as small scrappy dogs, superimposed on a map of the Continent..."

Visiting an exhibition of World War I cartoons at a London museum
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Welcome!

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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