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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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Six of the Best Melbourne Laneways
Traveller
, 30 January 2015

"This sloping alley set with rough bluestone paving stones is the epicentre of Melbourne's street art scene. There are always visitors huddled along here taking photos, as the walls are like a textbook featuring every sort of street art - tags, paste-ups, stencils and enormous colourful murals. The art is even more concentrated in connected Rutledge Lane, which wraps back to Hosier in a U-shape..."

Exploring the famous laneways of Melbourne, Australia.
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Flight Test: British Airways
Traveller (The Age & Sydney Morning Herald
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24 January
2015

"My wife Narrelle opts for the most tongue-twisting dish I've ever seen on an airline menu: chicken malagueta with biro biro rice, roast peppers, okra caruru and chimichurri sauce. We joke about the airline making up some of the words, but Narrelle reports that it's a tasty dish, moist and tender. She still doesn't like okra (to which I reply 'Don't watch her show then'), but is positive about the orange chocolate mousse for dessert..."

Reviewing the premium economy experience on a flight from London to New York
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The Bars of Chinatown
roundtheworldflights.com, 21 January 2015

"'An artist told me he was upset with Chinatown because it was supposed to be the artistic centre of Hawaii, but it wasnít delivering,' says Brandon Reid, Honolulu bar owner. 'He said all we needed was wall space, lighting and a bar. It just unfolded from there.' For a long time Chinatown was the cityís notorious red light district, home of brothels and dodgy bars. However, in recent years the district has transformed itself into an attractive entertainment zone..."

Investigating the lively bar scene in Chinatown, Honolulu, Hawaii.
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To Berlin by Rail
Get Up & Go, Summer 2015

"Most travellers arrive in London looking for history, but itís also there on your way out. Iím sipping great coffee within the cavernous interior of Caravan, a sleek modern cafe on Granary Square at Kings Cross. The huge brick building itís located in was once a storehouse for grain brought in by rail and barge. With that transport history, it seems the right place from which to set off on a grand rail journey to the Continent..."

Detailing a rail journey from London to Berlin, with stops at Brussels and Cologne.
Available for republication (print and Web).
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The Wrong Abbey Road
The Sun-Herald
, 18 January 2015

"'There were two girls wandering around, looking at maps, and one of them asked me 'Where's Abbey Road?'' says Michael Grant. 'I smiled and pointed her to the sign, and she realised: 'This is the wrong station, isn't it?'" Although it's a considerable distance from the St John's Wood street made famous by the Beatles album, Grant and his neighbours often bump into bewildered music fans looking for the pedestrian crossing on the Abbey Road album cover..."

Investigating the attractions of the "wrong" Abbey Road, in West Ham, London.
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Secrets of the London Underground
Traveller
, 30 December 2014

"Inevitably, every visitor to London forms a relationship with the Tube. In other cities, underground railways are practical, no-nonsense ways to get around town quickly. But the London Underground has always seemed more than that. Its distinctive logo, its iconic route map, its many stations with curious names, and the strange unearthliness of its deep-level platforms, give it a personality all its own..."

Uncovering five Tube secrets, including fake facades, a missing crypt and a heart-wrenching memorial.
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Bar-hopping Through NYC's Literary History
The Sunday Age
, 14 December 2014

"'I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me,' recites tour guide Eric Chase, quoting Dylan Thomas. The Welsh poet was notorious in the 1950s for hitting New York on reading tours whenever his cash was running low, then boozing it up in Greenwich Village bars by night. One of his favourite haunts was the White Horse Tavern, where we're sitting at the start of the Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl. Opened in 1880, it was a hub of literary greatness for many years..."

Discovering literary heritage and beer on an entertaining tour in New York, USA
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Morbid Fascination
The Age, 6 December 2014

"The core of the museum is its second-floor gallery, where the current exhibition The Art of Mourning features decorative arts related to death. It's here that I find the death mask of L'Inconnue de la Seine, the unidentified woman pulled from the river in the 1880s. In an effort to establish her identity, the body was put on public display in the Paris mortuary, and became a sensation because of its beatific smile..."

Examining the intriguing exhibits within the Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York, USA
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Get Down
RoyalAuto, December 2014

"The Melbourne CBDís network of arcades, lane≠ways and alleys has been described as a 'city within a city'. Add to that its rooftop venues, and thereís plenty to interest the visitor at ground level and above. Lesser known than these attractions are Melbourneís underground secrets. Tucked beneath street level, often reached by anonymous-looking stairs, are shops, galleries, entertainment venues and eateries that are worth stepping into..."

Investigating attractions beneath the streets of Melbourne, Australia.
Available for republication (print and Web).
Images available.

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Metro Marvels (One item authored by me)
Traveller (The Age & Sydney Morning Herald
),
29 November
2014

"South Korea's capital has thrown off its over-earnest stereotype to reveal a city with a sense of style and fun. Its identity as a UNESCO City of Design was underlined in 2014 with the opening of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a spectacular building resembling a vast silver spaceship. Containing a museum, a design market and restaurants on the site of a former baseball park and historic fort, it's a compelling destination for both locals and visitors..."

One item
covering Seoul, South Korea, as part of a selection of top cities to visit in 2015.
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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.

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