Australia, Best of the Blog, Destinations, Oceania, Personal Ramblings

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

Australia, Destinations, General Advice, Oceania, Travel Resources

Fifty Nights in a Tent: The Realities of Long Term Camping

Tonight will mark the 50th consecutive night I have slept in a tent and I felt I should write something to commemorate spending fifty nights on a cheap air mattress. There are many wonderful aspects of long term camping, from breaking away from all semblance of routine to reconnecting with our natural world, but to… Read More Fifty Nights in a Tent: The Realities of Long Term Camping

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

Learning to Drive Manual, Aussie Style

A red cloud of fine dust swirls outside my open window, dancing over the spinifex covered plains like the brush strokes of an over enthusiastic painter. This tenacious red dirt has found its way into every crack and crevice in Terrance, our 1999 series Land Cruiser Troop Carrier. It covers his wheels, infiltrates our food… Read More Learning to Drive Manual, Aussie Style

Best of the Blog, Personal Ramblings

The Privilege of Travel

In middle school I was good friends with a girl who knew what she wanted, let’s call her K. K was smart, gregarious, and confident for a pre-teen trying to figure out the complex social structure of the cesspool that is an American middle school. She was always dreaming of far away places and adventures,… Read More The Privilege of Travel

Australia, Destinations, Oceania

Driving the Ningaloo Coast

The Ningaloo Coast is home to 160 miles of fringing reef, the largest fringing reef in Australia and the only large coral reef positioned close to any land mass. The Ningaloo Coast is a World Heritage Site that covers 1,742,130 acres and is home to more than 500 distinct species of fish, 300 species of… Read More Driving the Ningaloo Coast

Australia, Destinations, Oceania

Everything You Need to Know to Visit Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park is an ancient land of red rock in the heart of the Pilbara in Western Australia. The iron ore that gives the land its striking color, a deep rust red that covers everything in sight, originated over 2000 million years ago. Fast forward many millennia and the erosion, caused by a drop… Read More Everything You Need to Know to Visit Karijini National Park

Australia, Best of the Blog, Destinations, Oceania, Personal Ramblings

Unplugged in the Outback: A Case Study of Travel Blogging Offline

The internet has changed the world. We can now be in constant contact with almost anyone in the world from anywhere at anytime. It does not matter anymore how far away you are, if you have a phone plan with data you will likely be able to get online and reach the world. This has… Read More Unplugged in the Outback: A Case Study of Travel Blogging Offline

Best of the Blog, Destinations, North America, Personal Ramblings, The United States

A Hawaii Family Vacation, Local Style

Hawaii is a chain of volcanic islands far off the west coast of the United States. It is the first choice destination for many American vacationers when they are in need of sun, sand, and more than a few pineapples. It makes sense why this island state is on the short list for many family… Read More A Hawaii Family Vacation, Local Style

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The Lonely Planet Effect: Are Travel Writers Ruining the World?

It is rather ironic that the day after I get my first publication (in a month In The Know Traveler will be publishing a piece I wrote about hiking Tajumulco) I started to read Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?. Its scandalous title caught my eye two days ago and I am almost finished with… Read More The Lonely Planet Effect: Are Travel Writers Ruining the World?