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Wild and Weird Darwin

Wild and Weird Darwin

darwin

Bats gliding from tree to tree in the magic hour before darkness. A strong Aboriginal presence, from the galleries selling their famous pointillated artwork to the people escaping the heat under the Banyan tree. World War II history as Australia’s Pearl Harbor. Sunsets coating the tropical northern sky like grenadine. Gateway to the national parks. Backpackers and locals mingling over jugs of…

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Sunset Kayaking in Melbourne

Sunset Kayaking in Melbourne

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I’m always looking for unique local experiences when I travel and my trip to Melbourne was no different. While I had some bad luck the last time around, I was excited to try again and see the city in a different way. When I read about Melbourne Urban Adventures’ nighttime kayaking tour of the city, it sounded like something both Sammi and I would enjoy, as well as a different perspective of the…

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Sunset over #Pai, a formerly sleepy mountain town now frequented by dreadlocked backpackers in harem pants. #backpacking #thailand #southeastasia

Sunset over #Pai, a formerly sleepy mountain town now frequented by dreadlocked backpackers in harem pants. #backpacking #thailand #southeastasia






An Education in Australian Wildlife at Taronga Zoo

An Education in Australian Wildlife at Taronga Zoo

taronga zoo

Australia is full of unique creatures, most of which are native only to the island nation. They’re on their coins and coat of arms and I’ve been lucky to see many of them in the wild or throughout my travels. But for a well-rounded introduction to exactly what makes Australia a special place for wildlife, you should start at Sydney’s famous Taronga Zoo.

taronga zoo

I dismissed the zoo during my last time…

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Tune Hotels: A La Carte Luxury

Tune Hotels: A La Carte Luxury

tune hotels

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Budget travel is how I operate, as I try to get as much money out of an experience as I can, allowing me to travel for longer. I’m comfortable in hostels for this reason, but I occasionally stay in hotels when the value is right. When I was looking for a place to stay in Melbourne, I heard rave reviews about Tune Hotels, which opened their first Australia location in Melbourne recently.

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Tasting Melbourne’s Coffee Culture

Tasting Melbourne’s Coffee Culture

Tasting Melbourne's

I’m not much of a coffee drinker. In fact, I don’t drink it at all. Tea is my chosen beverage, followed shortly by Coca Cola. But by not drinking coffee, I’ve been missing out on important parts of the places I visit. No espresso in Italy, no drop coffee at New York diners and no flat whites in Sydney. But this time around, I vowed to say ‘yes’ to more and not get caught up in my picky…

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First noodle #soupstagram of the trip, courtesy of Sunday Night Walking Street. #soup #chiangmai #thailand  (at Chiangmai Walking Street (ถนนคนเดินเชียงใหม่))

First noodle #soupstagram of the trip, courtesy of Sunday Night Walking Street. #soup #chiangmai #thailand (at Chiangmai Walking Street (ถนนคนเดินเชียงใหม่))






Happy #songkran from Chiang Mai, #thailand! #chiangmai  (at Mojito Garden)

Happy #songkran from Chiang Mai, #thailand! #chiangmai (at Mojito Garden)






Greetings from Singapore’s Changi Airport, where @sams_musings and I have spent the last 6 hours en route to Thailand. @fansofchangi #singapore (at Changi Airport)

Greetings from Singapore’s Changi Airport, where @sams_musings and I have spent the last 6 hours en route to Thailand. @fansofchangi #singapore (at Changi Airport)






Visiting the Blue Mountains Independently

Visiting the Blue Mountains Independently

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When planning my trip back to Sydney, I knew I wanted to take Sammi to the Blue Mountains for a day hike. She’s the outdoorsy one of the three of us, plus I wanted her to see the famed Three Sisters. We looked at a number of options, but really wanted the flexibility of going on our own terms. The hop on hop off bus proved to be unnecessary and expensive. The idea of driving a rental car on the…

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