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5 Reasons to Visit Western Australia

When foreigners think of Australia, the first thing to come to mind is Sydney. While, I can’t begrudge the famous opera house’s place in the international community’s travel dreams, what I will never understand is why so few travelers ever make it to Western Australia. Yes, the east coast has most of Australia’s population, but… Read More 5 Reasons to Visit Western Australia

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A Note on Coming Home

I left Australia in tears. Kane dropped me off at the bus station and no matter how much I told myself I wouldn’t cry, the tears still came. I boarded the bus that muggy evening in Katherine with puffy eyes and a sniffling, running nose. Not exactly the picture of having-it-together perfection. You see, coming… Read More A Note on Coming Home

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What to Pack for Long Term Travel: A Woman’s Guide to Packing

Most new backpackers have no idea what to pack for long term travel. I get it, when your trip spans six months and as many climates it can be daunting to figure out what deserves its coveted space in the backpack. The good news is that, through trial and error, most backpackers are old pros… Read More What to Pack for Long Term Travel: A Woman’s Guide to Packing

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Kangaroo Korma: Ethical Meat Consumption

A couple of weeks ago I visited the Kangaroo Haven in Kununurra, Western Australia. It was a wonderful experience where I got to squeal with delight as I cuddled joeys and watched them happily chugging away at their bottles. There was little Norris, the 6-month-old wallaby who thought he was a big red with how… Read More Kangaroo Korma: Ethical Meat Consumption

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Kangaroo Cuddles at the Kangaroo Haven in Kununurra, Australia

Imagine a creature that has big doe eyes, comically large ears, and a tail so full of muscle that it can be used to balance on. Now add funny little bowed front legs that pack quite a punch, powerful hind legs, and a pouch for jelly bean-esque babies and you have the most famous of… Read More Kangaroo Cuddles at the Kangaroo Haven in Kununurra, Australia

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Social Media and Travel Blogging: A Hostile Takeover

The heyday of the traditional travel blog is over. The public doesn’t want to commit 10 minutes of their time to read a couple thousand words about the reality of travel anymore; no, they’d rather spend approximately half a second to like an edited photo of an attractive women’s butt in a pretty place. The… Read More Social Media and Travel Blogging: A Hostile Takeover

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From Perth to Darwin: An Australian Road Trip

And that’s a wrap! As of today, my great Australian road trip is over. Over the past 72 days, we have driven over 8,000 kilometers, crossed 34 rivers, seen 11 gorges, and gotten bitten by an innumerable number of bugs. I am ending this trip a tanner, tougher, more weathered version of myself. My heels… Read More From Perth to Darwin: An Australian Road Trip

Best of the Blog, Personal Ramblings

To Love Your Body, Embrace Dirt

A funny thing happened about a week into our trip along the Gibb River Road in the northwest of Australia. After hours of bouncing along dusty, corrugated dirt roads with no air conditioning I would emerge from the car covered in a thick layer of dirt, sweating dripping from my fragrant armpits, set up camp,… Read More To Love Your Body, Embrace Dirt

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An Adventure on the Gibb River Road

In 1956 the Gibb River Road was completed to assist in the trucking of live cattle from Wyndham to Derby. Now, in 2017, Wyndham has been forgotten by the passing of time and the road mainly shuttles tourists from Kununurra to Derby, allowing anyone with a four-wheel drive and the desire to traverse 660 kilometers… Read More An Adventure on the Gibb River Road

Australia, Best of the Blog, Destinations, Oceania, Stories from the Road

A Campfire Wake: The Grey Nomads of Australia

America is in love with youth. We see nubile faces splattered across billboards selling everything from sports cars to hamburgers, their sex appeal being bartered for higher profit margins. Yet, once that pretty, young face gathers some smile lines here, some crow’s feet there, she is discarded, thrown aside in favor of the newer model.… Read More A Campfire Wake: The Grey Nomads of Australia