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Finalist for Best Travel Story Under 1000 Words at the 2016 Australian Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence, with this article: A Boy and a Coin.
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A Week in Hawaii
roundtheworldflights.com, 11 July 2016

"Spending a week in the USAís island state? You wonít be lost for things to do. Between the urban delights of the Pacificís biggest city, Honolulu, and the natural attractions across the eight main islands, thereís plenty of material for a memorable trip. Here are some ideas..."

Suggesting attractions to visit over seven days in Hawaii, USA.
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The European Neighbourhood That Declared Independence
Traveller
, 6 July 2016

"There's more to Nina than meets the eye, and the same could be said for Freetown Christiania. After idealistic squatters moved into this abandoned military base in 1971, it became infamous for the open dealing of cannabis. There's still an air of tension when entering Christiania's Green Light District, on the aptly named Pusher Street. Here photography is forbidden, and the dealers standing by their stalls wear masks. The rest of Christiania, however, is a different world..."

Exploring the counter-culture enclave of Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark
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Artist's Haunt Paints a Picture
Traveller (The Sun-Herald
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26 June
2016

"I like using local laundromats when I travel. There's something soothing about taking time out of the sightseeing routine, and you inevitably get to meet locals. In this case, I meet up with an unforgettable local, though one who's been dead for 70 years: Emily Carr. The Emily Carr House, a museum devoted to an apparently well-loved local artist of whom I've never heard, is located a block away from where I'm sitting. So after the tumble dryer's done its work, I head there to learn more..."

Visiting the former home of a great artist in the James Bay district of Victoria, Canada
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So Far, So Noir
The Age
, 25 June 2016

"'There are 16 months in Denmark Ė and five of them are November,' says Christine, my guide on this Nordic Noir tour of central Copenhagen. As our small group huddles outside Vesterport train station, her observation seems particularly apt. This spring afternoon is as unwelcoming as a late-autumn day, the sky spitting drizzle and an icy wind swirling in every direction..."

Joining a tour devoted to 'Scandi noir' television series The Killing and The Bridge, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Entering the Dragon's Lair
www.lonelyplanet.com, 22 June 2016

"A two-hour drive north of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv lies the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, site of the worst nuclear accident ever recorded. In the aftermath of a reactor explosion in 1986, cities and villages were abandoned. Decades on, tourists can visit the zone to find an eerie landscape of crumbling buildings being reclaimed by nature. Itís a prime example of dark tourism..."

Joining an overnight tour to the strange radioactive sights of Chernobyl, Ukraine
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Ten Attractions Keeping Portland Weird
Traveller
, 21 June 2016

"If you watch the sketch comedy TV series Portlandia, you might assume the city of Portland is the epicentre of all that is hipster, eccentric, and downright odd on the west coast of the USA. You wouldn't be entirely wrong. In recent decades, this formerly gritty industrial city on the Columbia and Williamette Rivers has reinvented itself as a creative, diverse place with lively arts and food scenes, and with unusually good public transport. It's easy to get around, and it's also quirky..."

Listing ten unconventional attractions of Portland, USA
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Modern Day Myth Makers
The Sunday Age

29 May
2016

"'I wanted to create a superhero for my son,' says Ryan Griffen, the creator of upcoming ABC TV series Cleverman. 'A hero that was based on Aboriginal culture. When I was growing up, I would always tell people I was an Aboriginal, and would get into fights because of it. My son's nine now. He's very proud and calls himself a blackfella, and talks about his Aboriginal culture, but there'll be a point where people question that. So that was seeded into the growth of the character as well...'"

Previewing the TV series Cleverman and looking at Aboriginal superheroes of the past
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The New LAX
roundtheworldflights.com, 25 May 2016

"Itís fair to say that LAX has a poor reputation among travellers. For years its long queues, dingy terminal buildings and minimal facilities were an ordeal for those using the Californian airport as their gateway to the USA. Itís while waiting for a flight out of LAX that you notice vast improvements in the passenger experience, courtesy of an $8.5 billion dollar modernisation program which has been underway over the past few years..."

Outlining improvements to the passenger experience at Los Angeles International Airport, USA.
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Sleepers to Seattle
Traveller (The Age & Sydney Morning Herald
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21 May
2016

"'The last of the great train stations.' When it opened in May 1939, no-one could foresee that Los Angeles' Union Station would soon receive this accolade. Train travel had helped knit the vast territory of the United States together, after all, and every major city wanted a rail terminal that proclaimed its significance and prosperity. Even now that aircraft have taken most of the market for long-distance travel, LA's main station remains a magnificent piece of architecture..."

Taking a sleeper train from Los Angeles to Seattle, via San Francisco and Portland
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Going Light
Paradise, May-June 2016

"Are you up for a travel challenge? Here it is: could you travel anywhere in the world, taking only cabin luggage with you? It may sound impossible, but it isnít. For years, Iíve been honing my approach to packing light, to the point where I only ever take a single bag. The upside? I zip through airports, often bypassing the check-in desks entirely if the airline offers mobile check-in. When I leave the flight at the end of the trip, I can walk straight out of the airport..."

Explaining how to pack light for the inflight magazine of Air Niugini.
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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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