Top 20 Best Music Albums to Travel With

Top Travel Albums: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Back in the old days, before the Sony Discman became extinct, choosing your top 20 travel albums was pretty important because that was about as many CDs as you’d be able to fit into a travel CD wallet. Nowdays, it’s still pretty important to determine what fits on your iPod Nano. Here’s the music I always carry around with me on a trip. Read More →

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The 2015 Soundwave Music Festival in Sydney

Killer Be Killed Playing at Soundwave 2015 Sydney

The Soundwave Festival is the biggest rock music festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Held annually in late Summer, Soundwave 2015 was for the first time held over two days, a regime that allowed for a greater number of bands on the bill whilst minimising clashes and sheer number of stages. Though I love live music, I generally hate festivals- too many people, too much noise, too tiring. But the Soundwave festival has such an impressive array of incredible punk and metal bands on the bill that clearly, an exception must be made. I went along this year for both days to see what was up. Read More →

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A Roadtrip Around the Netherlands and Belgium-

GoPro and Canon 6D

The Netherlands and Belgium? They’re flat as stroepwafels, rather small and half under-water. Who’d want to go there when you could visit France, Germany and the UK? Me. If you enjoy canals, cheese, bikes, very tall blonds or geoengineering then you’ll enjoy the Netherlands, while if waffles, apple pie, beer, chocolate or national disunity are your bag then you’d really dig Belgium. I’ll be honest- all of those things appeal to me.

Begins in Amsterdam, travel to the Hague, Zeeland, Bruges, Ghent and Brussels.
Features the music of Ray Charles, Dungen, The Shadows, Incubus and Ghost.

Read the story of this trip: “A Roadtrip Through The Netherlands and Belgium

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How to Find Love on the Road

Happy Paragliders, Queenstown, New Zealand

American actress Loretta Young once said “Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you”. Though she had a point, the problem with Love is that, being blind and all, it could be looking for you in Norway or Thailand. That’s right- Love may be confused about the continent in which you reside. If you’re at home, stuck inside a shell preventing the petals of love from raining down upon thee, some travel may be a blessing. But be aware that travel can itself be the shell which imprisons you. Here’s some tips to using your wanderlust to your romantic advantage and finding love on the road. Read More →

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A Roadtrip Through The Netherlands and Belgium

Part 2: Bruges, Ghent and Brussels

Chocolate Shop in Bruges, Belgium

In last week’s episode, (Part 1: Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague and Zeeland), we’re unable to resist the tempation of a roadside corn maze and we’re running late for an important work conference call as we cross the border into Belgium. It begins raining torrentially, and somehow, inevitably, we miss a critical turnoff to Bruges and have to double back, wasting precious time. But I still don’t panic, because we’ve booked ahead of time, and the hotel website loudly proclaimed “FREE WiFi in all rooms and public areas”. What could possibly go wrong? Read More →

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A Roadtrip Through The Netherlands and Belgium

Part 1: Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague and Zeeland

Amsterdam Canal with Dreamlike Bridge and House

The Netherlands and Belgium? They’re flat as stroepwafels, rather small and half under-water. Who’d want to go there when you could visit France, Germany and the UK? Me. The lowlands of Europe are oft-maligned yet among the best the continent has to offer. If you enjoy canals, cheese, bikes, very tall blonds or geoengineering then you’ll enjoy the Netherlands, while if waffles, apple pie, beer, chocolate or national disunity are your bag then you’d really dig Belgium. I’ll be honest- all of those things appeal to me, which is why my roadtrip through The Netherlands and Belgium was so long overdue. Read More →

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Why You Shouldn’t Quit Your Job to Travel

The coast at Cannon Beach, Oregon, where I lived and worked for 2 years

It’s almost the perfect fantasy. “Quit your job and travel the world!” I hear it all the time when travelling, and in the travel blogging community, the argument that one should quit one’s job and travel is almost de-rigueur. But what if I told you that you shouldn’t? About ten years ago, I was burnt out at work and so took 3 months of leave without pay to go surfing in the Maldives followed by 3 months of backpacking in Europe. I was about 3 weeks into the trip, when, one day in Norway, I got an email from my boss back home with some bad news. Read More →

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Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve Fireworks Photos

Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve 2015 Fireworks

Despite living in Sydney most my life, I’d never really seen the famed Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve fireworks display properly. We went to a fun waterfront party in Point Piper in 2010, and I packed my tripod and camera with great anticipation, only for smoke to block all but the first couple of minutes. This year was going to be different. These photos are slightly different from your average fireworks photos. We were on a floating platform, so a long exposure was not possible, nor was using a tripod, and I had to make do with a high ISO. Because of this, these photos show a lot more detail in the smoke and explosion than you might usually see in regular fireworks photographs. We were also really close to one of the fireworks barges in the harbour which enhanced this effect. Read More →

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The Last Place on Earth I Expected to get Married-

Our Quest to Convince the Catholic Church to Marry Us in the Most Beautiful Church in Brazil

Wedding day at Dom Bosco, Brasila

Brasilia is not usually regarded as one of the world’s beautiful cities. Spawned in 1956 from dusty red-dirt surrounds almost identical to the Australian Outback, the planned capital of Brazil resembles a curved white concrete dystopia in the middle of a desert- a vision perhaps of a future that never eventuated. But in the middle of this metropolis stands the world’s most beautiful church.

It was probably the last place on Earth I ever expected to get married. Read More →

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The Time US Customs Found Nitroglycerine on My Cell Phone

Confiscated Toothpaste airport security check

I love Americans and I love visiting the US. The people are friendly, talkative and (mostly) clever, and they love Australians, so why shouldn’t I love them back?! There’s just one problem- and that’s that American airline companies and airport security don’t love me. At all. A case in point is the day US Customs found nitroglycerine on my cell phone. Read More →

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