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Newcastle, Australia: From London to Newcastle—10,544 Miles

I am a fundamentally organized person. ‘Type A’ where the idea of 2,364 unread emails (junk or otherwise) gives me palpitations. Or even one unread email, come to think of it. The point is I couldn’t possibly move across the world without having anywhere to live, a job to start or really any other reason […]

Cairns, Australia: Working on a Banana Farm

As an Englishman, citizen, getting my hands on a one-year working holiday visa for Australia was straightforward. In fact, it took a grand total of around four hours. But, as I wanted to extend my visa for a second year, I had to complete three months of ‘regional’ work. In short, I had to find a […]

Cairns, Australia: The Barrier Reef and Mangroves

Growing up in Cairns was idyllic. At the time, it was a small town that was just starting to understand its appeal to tourists. For families and children living there year round, this made for a backdrop that was peaceful and serene. But it also had quick and easy access to one of the greatest […]

Daintree, Australia: Where Everything Wants To Kill You

I should probably warn you that everything in here wants to kill you – our tour guide, Stu, told us seconds before we stepped into Australia’s Daintree rainforest, in North East Queensland. I smiled indulgently. Two weeks of travelling in Australia and I’d realised that Australian folks have a strange sense of humour, which very […]

Perth to Darwin: An Australian Road Trip

I was done with Perth even before I lost my job on that fateful Monday in June 2015. Having been there two and a half months, I was starting to tire of West Australia and longed to move on. Now that I needed to find a new job, I figured I might as well do […]

Tahaa, French Polynesia: The Antidote to City Life

There comes a time when all you want to do is abandon life as you know it and set out in search of the unknown. I went through something similar about two years ago. Back then I didn’t realize that the decision to move to Tahaa, a remote island in the French Polynesia, would prove […]

Waitomo, New Zealand: Darkness and Light

Waitomo is a small town built around a limestone landscape. The word Waitomo roughly translates to ‘water passing through a hole’ and this couldn’t be a more apt description for this stunning landmark. The water rushing under the surface has generated one of the most spectacular cave systems in the world. Ruakuri Cave While traveling […]

Swan Valley, Australia: Wine, Chocolate and Koalas

Western Australia has some of the world’s best coastlines to explore, and it is easy to get drawn into visiting all the amazing beaches and attractions without considering other parts of what Perth and Western Australia has to offer – like the Swan Valley. When I had my friend from Germany visit recently, she was […]

New Zealand: Nau Mai Ki Zealand Hou

When thinking of New Zealand, we will forgive you for jumping to the conclusion that we are just off the coast of Australia – or worse yet, that we are one in the same. New Zealand, or Aotearoa as we call it, is located some 1,500 kilometres east of Australia. It is said that we were […]

Perth, Australia: The Ideal Childhood

Sunshine, sand and fresh air! Growing up in the quiet city of Perth, Western Australia was as carefree and safe as you can imagine. It was a little town with big city dreams, and I was a little girl with dreams to match! Although Western Australia has a land mass over twice the size of […]