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Winner of the Travel Industry Analysis Award at the 2013 Australian Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence,
for the article World's Most Expensive Cities Not So Bad ... If You're Australian
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Fifty Things We Love About Travel Right Now (Five items authored by me)
The Age & Sydney Morning Herald
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28 June
2014

"It's always been easy to figure out how to use public transport in a foreign city - as long as it ran on rails. Train and tram routes were easy to decipher, but local buses remained an impenetrable mystery. As more and more cities around the world make their transport data available to Google Maps, however, that puzzle has largely been solved. Tap in a query about getting from A to B, and the app will tell you which buses to catch and where to transfer. It opens up a whole new way of getting around in the company of locals..."

Five items of fifty, covering
Los Angeles, Seoul, Ballarat, and useful travel technology.
My items available for republication (print only).
Images available.

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Escape the Concrete Jungle: Pockets of the Past in Modern Seoul
www.lonelyplanet.com, 26 June 2014

"Concrete. Glass. Steel. Thatís the common perception of Seoul. And when you consider the damage done to the city during the Korean War, followed by its rapid industrialisation, itís not surprising that the first thing you notice about the South Korean capital is its modernity. But believe it or not, thereís more to Seoul than shiny corporate towers. Here and there, pockets of its 2000-year-old past are tucked between 21st century structures..."

Detailing the quieter nooks and crannies of the South Korean capital.
Not available for republication.

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A Fine Desert Bromance
The Sunday Age
, 22 June 2014

"The concealed hole by the main door has us puzzled. Was it really created in order to unleash a shotgun blast on bandits wanting the householderís gold? Or was it just a theatrical gimmick to amuse guests? At Scottyís Castle, a stately home deep within Death Valley, little is truly as it seems. For a start, it's a mansion rather than a castle. Secondly, it didn't belong to Scotty, although this mercurial con man did hang around the place in the interwar years..."

Taking a tour of a desert mansion with a bromance at its heart,
in Death Valley, USA.
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Design Landmark Bends the Rules
The Age
, 21 June 2014

"'Zaha Hadid is famous for her irregularly shaped buildings,' says Helen, my South Korean guide to Seoulís new Dongdaemun Design Plaza. 'She likes to emancipate buildings from right angles and T-squares.' She certainly does. As I gaze up at the new centrepiece of this UNESCO City of Design, thereís not an angle to be seen in the British architectís extraordinary creation. The vast lip of the building curves above us, like a slowly breaking wave or a strange metallic tongue..."

Exploring a stunning new design precinct in Seoul, South Korea.
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Secret Las Vegas: Where the Locals Go to Party
Fairfax Traveller
, 18 June 2014

"Iíve been invited to a party further south on The Strip, which will prove to be an insanely over-the-top event at an enormous pool within a lavishly decorated casino, including go-go dancers writhing around poles. Well, thatís Vegas. Or is it? The west end of Fremont Street does share the dazzle of The Strip, housing some of the cityís oldest casinos beneath a zipline and a canopy of night-time illuminations. A short walk away, however, Fremont East is where the locals come to drink..."

Seeking out small Vegas bars away from the bright lights of The Strip.
Available for republication (print only).

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Flight Test: Cathay Pacific
The Age & Sydney Morning Herald
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14 June
2014

"On this afternoon flight, drinks are served after departure and it's a gin and tonic (with Bombay Sapphire, naturally) for me, thanks. For my late lunch starter I choose the Iberico ham with smoked paprika chickpeas, followed by a main of lamb korma with turmeric rice and vegetable jalfrezi. The entree is presented more attractively than the main (the latter looks much like any airline meal, though in a ceramic dish), but both are flavoursome..."

Reviewing the business class experience aboard the Hong Kong-based airline
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Available for republication (print only).

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Bare Necessities
The Sun-Herald, 8 June 2014

"I know there's compulsory nudity involved, but I'm not sure when it begins. Having entered the men-only fifth floor of the Dragon Hill Spa, I've followed a couple of locals into a locker area. Thank god for smartphones - I pretend to be checking mine while waiting to see what my unwitting companions do next. As I inspect imaginary text messages, they strip off completely, then wander back to the foyer. OK. When in Rome... or Seoul. I strip, then wander cautiously through the foyer..."

Exploring the world of the traditional Korean bathhouse in Seoul, South Korea
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Available for republication (print only).
Images available.

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Flight Test: Oman Air
The Age & Sydney Morning Herald
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7 June
2014

"An early lunch is served an hour into the flight, with a choice of chicken, seafood or a vegetarian dish, each served with rice. I snag the last serve of chicken. It doesn't look like much, but turns out to be surprisingly tasty. In fact, it's delicious and thankfully much spicier than you expect airline food to be, which I attribute to the Thai catering staff at our point of origin..."

Reviewing the economy class experience aboard the Middle Eastern airline
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Available for republication (print only).

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It's Rooted: Aussie Terms that Foreigners Just Won't Get
Fairfax Traveller
, 21 May 2014

"Australian travellers love heading offshore; and with our dollar still defying gravity, we're not about to stop. The only problem? Sometimes the locals, and other travellers from beyond this wide brown land, have trouble following what we're saying. So here's a guide to problematic Aussie-isms when you're going OS. In fact, let's start with 'OS'..."

Identifying ten Aussie slang words and terms which don't travel well overseas.
Available for republication (print only).

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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.

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

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