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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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Euro Trash to Treasure
The Sunday Age
, 23 August 2015

"As I step out of the Kettenbrückengasse​ U-Bahn station, I have to sidestep a couple absorbed in examining a pair of jeans they've just bought. The denim doesn't look much chop to me, faded as it is, with holes in both legs. But this could be the motto of Vienna's Saturday flea market, southwest of the historic Ringstrasse: 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.' A strange eclectic jumble of items that could be trash or treasure is at the heart of the term 'flea market', and never was it more apt than here..."

Examining the quirky merchandise of a flea market in Vienna, Austria
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The Past is Another Lingua Franca
The Age
, 22 August 2015

"Curious about the language and its creator, I've come to the Ludwik Zamenhof​ Centre in the eastern Polish city of Białystok to view its permanent exhibition: The Białystok of Young Zamenhof. Esperanto was invented by Zamenhof, a Russian-and Yiddish-speaking Jew who grew up in the city when it was part of the Russian Empire. After years of detailed work outside his hours as an ophthalmologist, he sprang his creation upon the world in book form in 1887, under the pseudonym 'Doktoro Esperanto'..."

Visiting a centre devoted to the constructed language Esperanto, in Bia
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Express Yourself
The Sun-Herald
, 26 July 2015

"It didn't take long for Sinatra to show up. I may be sitting in the beautifully appointed piano bar aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express, a luxury train rattling along the rails of Thailand, but New York, New York is being crooned by the Singaporean pianist. Seated near him is a cluster of passengers, still in suits and finery from dinner, singing self-consciously under our breath while clutching drinks. I'll have to give that song a more determined effort later. For the moment, however, there is plenty to explore..."

Riding the rails from Bangkok to Singapore aboard a luxury train.
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Many Worlds in One Place
The Sun-Herald
, 26 July 2015

"My new cartographic hero is Vincenzo Coronelli. The work of this 17th century Venetian map-making superstar is the first thing you see upon entering Vienna's Globe Museum, a boutique institution owned by Austria's National Library. First up is a pair created by Coronelli in 1693. In those days globes were made by hand, and always in twos – one a terrestrial globe, the other a celestial globe depicting the heavens. They functioned not only as practical objects but as art..."

Admiring the collection of the world's only Globe Museum, in Vienna, Austria.
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Along the Romantic Road
Get Up & Go, Winter 2015

"I arrive in the Bavarian town just as the sun is setting, and find my way to its Old Town on the east bank of the River Main. The view is impressive, with the mighty Marienberg Fortress perched high above the opposite bank. On my side, things are more mellow. People are milling about the old stone bridge here, chatting and sipping wine from nearby riverside restaurants. It’s a magical atmosphere. If this is the standard end of a workday for Würzburg locals, they’re lucky indeed..."

Travelling along a famous touring route through southern Germany.
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Afterlife of the Hollywood Stars
The Sun-Herald
, 19 July 2015

"'People are drawn to stars who die young,' says Karie Bible, guide on the Cemetery of the Stars Tour. 'They never grow old, or lose their looks, or make bad movies.' Her point is illustrated by the crypt we're standing next to: that of Rodolfo Guglielmi Valentino, 1895-1926. Better known as Rudolf Valentino, he was the first great Hollywood star of the silent movie era. For years after he died, a mysterious woman in black visited his crypt here at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, placing a single red rose..."

Touring a cemetery of the stars in Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA.
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Bright Lights of the Neon City
The Sunday Age
, 12 July 2015

"Huge scattered letters are propped along its outside walls, and the interior is hung with enormous signs. The first I spot is the Berlin sign, then there's a cavalcade of neon signs from all sorts of businesses: grocery stores, cafes, bars, restaurants, banks. Many are restored and lit, but scattered at floor level are others – often in pieces – that are faded and rusty. Somehow they're no less attractive than the working signs above them, an evocative reminder of the faded grandeur of the neon art..."

Inspecting the collection of the Neon Museum in Warsaw, Poland
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Raise a Glass to Munich's Food
The Sunday Age
, 5 July 2015

"If it's nowhere near Oktoberfest and I'm sipping a soft drink as I walk, can I possibly experience the real Munich? Apparently so, according to Iain, the British guide on Radius Tours' daily Bavarian Food Tour. Each member of our small group has a German soft drink thrust into their hands (mine's a cheeky pear and rhubarb flavour) as we head into the streets of the Old Town. Everyone knows about Munich's famous beer, so today is devoted to discovering its less-celebrated food..."

Taking a food tour featuring the highlights of Bavarian cuisine in Munich, Germany
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Walk the Line
Tiger Tales
, July 2015

"If there’s something Melbourne does exceptionally well, it’s cafés. It’s not just the quality of the coffee that stands out, but the venues themselves, often salvaged from old shopfronts past their prime. Two years ago, a shuttered, run-down milk bar was transformed into this bright, modern café, and its smashed avocado is excellent on a crisp Sunday morning. But I’m not just in Kew for the food. Nearby is another great example of Melbourne recycling its past..."

Strolling along one of Melbourne's rail trails, former railway lines turned into walking routes.
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Only in Seoul
Paradise
, July 2015

"Mostly concrete, glass and steel – and just a little bit boring. That’s how many people think of Seoul, dismissing the South Korean capital as lacking texture and personality. They are, however, wrong. Though Seoul remains the centre of the nation’s busy economy, it also contains many quirky corners and distinctive attractions. Here are some highlights..."

Examining the South Korean capital's quirks 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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