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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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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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Chants Encounter
Issimo Magazine, 28 March 2016

"The most memorable moment of my Korean temple stay involves a giant drum. Weíve been led to an open-sided pavilion supported by intricately painted green pillars, to witness an ancient tradition. Standing in front of a vast drum, a robed Buddhist monk beats its surface with precision, producing a rhythmic beat. My eye, however, is caught by the monk standing behind him, recording the performance on a tablet computer..."

Staying overnight at an ancient Buddhist temple in South Korea.
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Visiting LA? Ten Reasons to Go Downtown
roundtheworldflights.com, 22 March 2016

"Believe it or not, Los Angeles has a Downtown. Though it was the hub of the city before 20th century urban sprawl stretched LA in every direction, many travellers never set foot there. Itís fair to say that Downtown has a reputation. Many assume itís a dump, and a dangerous dump at that. But thatís increasingly a faded memory of the crime-ridden bad old days. Nowadays the district is a lively place with a great architectural heritage..."

Exploring the highlights of Downtown Los Angeles, USA.
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Warsaw, Silesia, Wielkopolska, and Mazovia & Podlasie chapters
Lonely Planet: Poland (ed. 8),
March 2016

A comprehensive guide to these Polish regions, covering sights, hotels, restaurants, entertainment, history and culture.

This book can be purchased online from Amazon.com.

Not available for republication.


Take a Good Hard Look at Your Privilege
Executive Style
, 26 February 2016

"Since it shot through the stratosphere of social media into everyday speech, the expression 'check your privilege' has carried various shades of meaning. The obvious interpretation, 'take a good hard look at your privilege' is how most people take it. However, I also like the interpretation that you might check in your privilege in the manner of a coat check. Whatever the best way of heeding its message, I've been thinking a lot about this expression lately. Because I seem, mysteriously, to have reached Peak Privilege..."

Examining the conceived of inherent privilege,
based on my own recent experiences.
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Cats vs Dogs in Seoul's Hippest Neighbourhood
Traveller
, 16 February 2016

"Are you a cat person or a dog person? For many years, that was a question that many inhabitants of East Asia's most densely populated cities couldn't answer. Then, in 1998, the world's first cat cafť opened in Taiwan. The concept spread to Japan, where it became a craze, then onward to the rest of the world. Seoul was no exception. But in the South Korean capital I'm faced with an additional option: a dog cafť..."

Investigating a cat cafe and a dog cafe in the Hongdae district of Seoul, South Korea
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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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