All posts tagged: Travel

Hong Kong.

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“You can leave Hong Kong, but it will never leave you.” Nury Vittachi It sounds like a cliche, but sometimes things happen for a reason. I was lying on the floor of my parents place, less than 24 hours after being hospitalised for being as sick as I’d ever been. My brother threw up the idea of a sneaky bet on the footy, something I never do. My team played the reigning premiers with long […]

We were on a break.

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Sometimes it doesn’t matter how excited about or committed to something you are, life just gets in the way. When I started this site back in January I was ready to power through writing about 52 cities for the year (!), only to hit a bit of a road block when work started to get hectic and the idea of spending a couple of hours at home writing just seemed too much. I also took […]

Split.

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“Croatia has been glorious – it’s so beautiful, and I want to go back as often as I can.” Emilia Clarke “I don’t want to have things anymore,” she said, “I want to go places and see things instead.” It was hot and I’d bought an ice cream, scanning the Riva for a bench in the shade. I found one across from an elderly couple and almost immediately they started talking to me. The woman […]

Portland.

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“Something about Portland just really resonated with me.” Fred Armisen. Here’s the thing: although I am petrified of heights, I have never had an issue with aeroplane travel. In fact, I’m an excellent flyer. (I’m also one of those shit people who can sleep for 10 hours on a long haul flight. Don’t hate me.) Traveling to Portland, Oregon very nearly changed that. Last time in the US I went to Portland, Maine but this […]

Rome.

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“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.” Giotto di Bondone I’m going start with a very bold and very honest statement – I did not love Italy. I say this because it’s all too easy in forums such as this to wax lyrical about everywhere you’ve been and pretend that every city is a dream destination. It’s not. There are places I’ve been that I’ve adored, some […]

Ho Chi Minh City.

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“Our resistance will be long and painful, but whatever the sacrifices, however long the struggle, we shall fight to the end, until Vietnam is fully independent and reunified.” Ho Chi Minh Whenever I think of the places in the world that excite me to travel to, Asia rarely makes the list. I get caught up in thinking about the North American cities I’ve missed or want to revisit, or European countries with centuries of charm […]

Nashville.

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“It’s funny how certain cities get under your skin. I’ve been around, but there’s something captivating about Nashville, Tennessee…” Unknown. My brother and I were in a car together; we’d just picked him up from his flight home from Toronto, here for a short week to celebrate my dad’s retirement. We were talking about my upcoming trip – three months across the US, Canada, Cuba and Mexico – and a trip he was taking to […]

Auckland.

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“Last, loneliest, loveliest, exquisite, apart.” Rudyard Kipling. Australians are the great adventurers of the world. It takes us so long to get to most places that we almost always go big, then go home. But despite living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, I would wager more people are planning a trip to Paris or New York this year than the Great Barrier Reef, Broome or Uluru. I think maybe we’re […]

Berlin.

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“You are crazy, my child. You must go to Berlin.” Franz von Suppe. You don’t have to travel very far across Europe to see the scars still present from the two world wars past; and, that being the case, all roads historical lead naturally to Germany. So it would be easy to have expectations about the country and it’s long divided capital. Whatever mine were – my recollection is uncertain on this point – by […]

Los Angeles.

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“She stood there bright as the sun on that California coast…” Bob Seger There are few cities in the world as misunderstood as Los Angeles. For years I’ve listened to the common refrain from returning Australians, who tell you they don’t like it. They stop there on a trip to somewhere else (usually New York) and complain that the city is touristy, dirty, soul-less, difficult. There’s cars everywhere. You can’t walk anywhere. I’m gonna beg […]