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Poland to Ukraine by Sleeper Train
, 7 June 2018

"According to old movies, there were two types of European long-distance train. One was the sexy, luxurious sleeper such as the Orient Express, carrying exiled duchesses to elegant cities like Paris. The other was a shabby train packed with foreign agents and shady smugglers, hoping to slip unnoticed past the Iron Curtain. You might think that age of exoticism and intrigue on the rails is gone; replaced by shiny high-speed trains with bland open carriages, zipping across unmonitored borders. But you'd be wrong..."

Riding overnight on a train between Poland and Lviv, Ukraine; then on to Kiev.

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Alaska to Canada by Rail
, 29 May 2018

"It's an extraordinary engineering achievement. From sea level the railway climbs almost 900 metres over a 30-kilometre route, twisting and turning as it negotiates slopes, bridges and tunnels. The WP&YR closed in 1982, defeated by a new road and a mining slump, but reopened six years later for tourism. Nowadays it draws its riders from the cruise ship passengers who swarm the docks where Soapy met his end; along with hikers walking the popular Chilkoot Trail..."

Catching a narrow-gauge train through the mountains from Alaska, USA to Yukon, Canada.

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The Surprising Stories Behind Vancouver's Murals
, 29 May 2018

"The dire wolf leaps at me, its snarling mouth revealing terrifying long fangs. Its shiny blue coat is offset by flying shards of red, yellow and white, and its eyes glow an otherworldly yellow. It's a piece of street art, but a fiendishly dynamic one; part of a set of wolves that were painted by artist Ben Tour for the first Vancouver Mural Festival in 2016. Lurking behind bins, they stand ready to surprise the passer-by..."

Exploring the murals created by a street art festival in Vancouver, Canada.

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YVR Forever - Vancouver Airport Highlights
17 April 2018

"Even I have noticed the interior of Vancouver International Airport. Thereís something about its blue-green decor, dotted with timber carvings, that relaxes the incoming passenger on the long march to Customs. And Iím not the only passenger who likes the place. In 2017, YVR was named the Best Airport in North America in the Skytrax World Airport Awards. So whatís so good about this airport, and why does it make an attractive alternative entry point to North America?"

Detailing the highlights of Vancouver International Airport, Canada.

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Foodie Trails, Footscray: An African food tour of Melbourne
, 19 March 2018

"'We want to break down cultural barriers,' says Himanshi, tour guide and founder of Foodie Trails. 'When you're unfamiliar with a culture, you can be overwhelmed. But food can break down barriers because people are willing to try something different.' She has a point, especially as she's making it while we're seated at Khartoum Centre, a restaurant in Melbourne's fabulously multicultural suburb of Footscray..."

Joining a walking tour featuring African food and culture in Melbourne, Australia

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Yukon, Canada: The Gold Rush Town that Time Nearly Forgot
, 18 March 2018

"Yukon! Just the name of Canadaís remote north-western territory sparks excitement, with visions of wilderness and far frontiers. Yukon is still all that, even in the 21st century. Travellers regularly fly into Whitehorse, the territory capital, to hire an RV and head north to Dawson City and its relics of the 19th century Klondike gold rush. Before heading out, however, itís worth taking time to explore the Ďbig cityí (population 25,000)..."

Detailing the highlights of the capital city of Yukon, Canada.

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Enter the (Flying) Dragon
28 February 2018

"The first time I flew out of Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), I was lucky enough to have access to the Cathay Pacific lounge known as The Pier. Walking along its length, from room to room, feels like taking a stroll through the opening shot of an arthouse movie. Thereís a dedicated noodle room, a tea room, bars and relaxation rooms, and at the very end thereís a dimly-lit space dotted with comfy reclined chairs that are more like beds..."

Detailing the highlights of Hong Kong International Airport, China.

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Laneways Less Travelled
Issimo Magazine, 9 February 2018

"Melbourneís CBD laneways are its pride and joy, but some are more famous than others. The hole-in-the-wall eateries of Centre Place appear frequently in the media, and Hosier Lane is always packed with tourists eyeing its street art. At the other end of the scale, however, are laneways where tourists seldom tread..."

Investigating six less-visited laneways in Melbourne, Australa.

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Bellarine Bound
Jetstar Magazine
, February 2018

"Itís here Iíll be casting off for the 90-minute cruise to Portarlington, on the Bellarine Peninsula. The vessel, a two-deck 400-seater operated by Port Phillip Ferries, serves commuters heading to their Melbourne offices during the week. But at weekends its schedule is well suited to daytrippers wanting a break in the other direction. Once I reach Portarlington, Iíll have four hours to enjoy the attractions of the town and peninsula..."

Enjoying a cruise from Melbourne to Portarlington, Victoria, followed by a winery tour.

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I Travelled the World Without (Much) Cash
The Age & Sydney Morning Herald
31 January 2018

"It was at Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology that I finally had to stump up some cash. Since arriving in the Canadian city two days before, I'd been paying for everything via my phone using Apple Pay. It had been such a successful strategy that I still had the C$100 I'd arrived with in cash. Now, however, I needed to hire a locker before I enjoyed the institution's spectacular collection of First Nations totem poles. To do that, I had to break a note and put a Canadian quarter into the slot..."

Trying to pay for everything using contactless payment methods in Hong Kong, Canada, the USA & the UK.

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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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