Superwoman traveller Nicole: Solo travel is completely liberating

Welcome Nicole, from the delightful Woman Seeks World blog, who is our latest superwoman traveller. Nicole is a fellow Aussie who figured out at age 22 that there was more to life than a perfectly planned career path (and that's pretty much exactly what I decided at 25 - so she was smarter than … [Read more...]

Anzac Day 101: What to expect in Australia on April 25

I can't explain this, but although I'm a real anti-fan of war, I'm a big fan of Anzac Day. But of course, most of the world has no idea what Anzac Day is. A lot of people visiting Australia come across Anzac biscuits (I once posted an Anzac biscuit recipe) and I'll always remember telling my English … [Read more...]

Paul Theroux on visiting the uncool places

I'm a big fan of the writing of Paul Theroux (a little less of the person, although I've long wondered if the grumpy projection is just a marketing ploy - perhaps he's actually quite a teddy bear), and particularly of his two books encompassing Trans-Siberian journeys because, as most of you would … [Read more...]

My top three castles: Bojnice, Osaka and Heidelberg

Coming from Australia, where castles don't really exist - well, except for the movie The Castle! - I've long been fascinated by these structures, right from when I was a kid and the Disney castle would show up on TV every Sunday night. And my sentimental yearning for the Disney castle is what has … [Read more...]

Superwoman traveller Megan: Travelling is deep in her veins

It's well and truly time for me to introduce you to another Superwoman Traveller here: you're about to hear from Megan, who I met online (thanks to the wonderful world of blogging!). Megan is from a small town in south-east Victoria, Australia, and had long dreamt of doing a big trip - but … [Read more...]

The Bardo Museum of Tunis with mosaics galore

I'm always saying I'm going to tell you more about Tunisia, one of my all-time favourite places to visit, and especially since it's been in the news of late I feel even more compelled to tell you all the good reasons to go there (not just the political curiosities). So, let me introduce you to one … [Read more...]

Superwoman traveller Charlotte: Solo travel is total freedom

Let me introduce you to Charlotte, my next Superwoman Traveller. We met teaching in Bratislava (meeting place for many great women, including Jen from this series, too), mid-way through Charlotte's decade of solo travel adventures - she's just recently returned home to Canada. Charlotte has kept my … [Read more...]

Superwoman traveller Aki: Solo travel is finding a new personality

Meet Aki, my next Superwoman Traveller. Aki's from Japan and I met her when she showed up in my class here in Perth to learn English. I should say that her English was already very good so I'm not sure I taught her very much! Aki always impressed me because she was happy to travel around on her own, … [Read more...]

25 years ago in Europe: Greece, and my first experience with snow

A lot of my readers probably don't remember the first time they saw snow. For most Europeans or North Americans, snow is just something you grow up with, the way Australians grow up with the beach. But down here in the south-west corner of Australia, it doesn't snow. Well, maybe once a decade or so … [Read more...]

Picture pirouette: Jellyfish in Singapore

I wasn't exactly blown away with Singapore's Underwater World when we visited on a stopover from Europe. But I do rather like this photograph I took of their jellyfish collection. Very strange creatures! (And a nice background colour.) If you want to go to an aquarium on your travels, I still … [Read more...]