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Finalist for Best Food Travel Story at the 2015 Australian Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence, with this article: Aussie Cafes Take Manhattan.
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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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Manhattan and More
BNE, May-June 2016

"New York, New York! As the old song says, itís a hell of a town. But thereís more to explore in the Big Apple than the well-worn tourist trails to the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park and the elevated walkway known as the High Line. At street level Manhattan and in the cityís other boroughs there are boutique tours, quirky sights and great places to eat and drink. After youíve given your regards to Broadway, here are some other places to check out..."

Revealing lesser-known New York City attractions for this Brisbane Airport magazine.
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Is This Portland's Best Street for Eating?
Good Food

13 April
2016

"'I'm not vegetarian,' says Eric, owner of MF Tasty. 'But I wanted the mushroom cemita to be so good that I'd want to eat it.' His outlet is, like so many in Portland, a kitchen on wheels. Food cart MF Tasty serves just two types of cemita, a Mexican snack involving a sesame seed bun: one filled with achiote-glazed pork,  the other with Korean barbecue marinated mushrooms. I shouldn't be eating before I join a food tour, but it's hard to resist the highly diverse output of Portland's food cart scene..."

Taking a walking tour of a popular eat street in Portland, USA
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Beyond Melbourne, Victoria's Arty Regional Centres
www.lonelyplanet.com, 12 April 2016

"In decades past, art was a conservative experience in rural Australia. While most locals focused on sport as entertainment, art snobs could view old landscapes in dusty municipal galleries. Times have changed dramatically, nowhere more so than Victoria. In the 21st century, the cultural energy of the state capital Melbourne has flowed to regional cities, creating numerous cutting-edge cultural hubs..."

Experiencing the Wall to Wall street art festival in Benalla, Australia
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Ten Things Every Train Commuter Needs to Know
Executive Style
, 4 April 2016

"A couple of years ago, a black and white photo of a crowded 1950s commuter train was making the rounds of social media. Not only did many of the gents in the image wear hats, but everyone in shot was reading a newspaper. We don't live in such a different world now - those hectares of newsprint have been replaced by smartphones in every hand. However, is there a better way to use your commute than playing Stack, or bantering with Facebook friends? ..."

Giving advice on getting the most out of business travel by train
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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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