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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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