Aug 282014
 
Add a little Chile...

I entered Chile from the Bolivian border in the country’s north east not far from San Pedro de Atacama after the conclusion of my 3 day tour of Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia Salt Flats). These neighbouring countries unfortunately aren’t the best of friends and apart from a border they don’t share much else culturally, economically or politically.

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    Jul 122014
     
    Experiencing the beauty of Bolivia

    It’s a cold and miserable winter morning in Melbourne – if it wasnt for the rain one could be forgiven for mistaking this climate for that of Uyuni or Copacabana in Bolivia.  I’ve been back home now for a week and it doesn’t feel like much has changed – not that I was really expecting it

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      Jun 262014
       
      Working up a sweat in Cusco & Machu Picchu

      Bienvenidos a Chile –  I literally just arrived in San Pedro De Atacama after my 3 day tour of the Salar De Uyuni (Bolivia Salt Flats) and it feels like far more than 3 weeks since I visited Machu Picchu. At the time of writing this post I’m heading south towards La Serena – Valle De

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        Jun 012014
         
        Bogota Street Art and Graffiti

        Colombia just continues to amaze me in so many ways.  The past few days in Bogota have been so rich of art and culture with many museums and galleries visited. By far the standout for me is the amazing street art I discovered during the Bogota Street Art and Graffiti Tour a few days ago. There is a

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          May 252014
           
          A football miracle witnessed - Atlético Nacional V Junior

          I can’t even begin to describe how lucky we were to be at this Grand Final.  I’m not a huge soccer fan but this was definitely one of the most exciting games of sport I have ever seen. Club Atlético Nacional S.A., also known as Atlético Nacional, the home team based in Medellin are the current

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            May 242014
             
            Sailing Panama to Colombia via San Blas Islands

            Right now I’m sitting in my dorm room at the Pit Stop hostel in Medellin.  Words really can’t describe how crazy it has been here with the combination of people we have in this room. It’s part of the reason it has taken over ten days for me to post about the awesome San Blas

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              May 082014
               
              Best of Panama City...

              Right now I’m in a small port city called Portobelo in Colón Province, Panama.  In a few hours Ill be boarding the SY Mintaka sailboat with 4 other aussies, a german couple and a swedish girl destined for Cartagena, Colombia.  Our itinerary is to sail around the beautiful San Blas Islands for 3 days, do some

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                Apr 272014
                 
                Volcano Boarding Nicaragua's most active Volcano - Cerro Negro

                After spending about a week in Leon I was constantly coming across thrill-seeking travellers that were here solely for some of the best volcano boarding in the world.  I resisted as long as I could but due to the ‘real’ surf not really happening at Playa Las Penitas, my rational was that I’d at least

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                  Apr 182014
                   
                  A Good Friday in Leon (Nicaragua)

                  It’s 9:00pm on Good Friday coming to you live and direct from Hostel Latina in Leon.  I’ve been here just over 24 hours and I’m ashamed to say I’ve made the executive decision to skip tonight’s beach party due to returning home at 5:00am this morning following last nights festivities. One day in Leon has eclipsed seven days

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                    Apr 092014
                     
                    2 weeks in Guatemala

                    Right now it’s a lazy Saturday morning and I’m sitting literally on the beach at La Tortuga Verde a beautiful little eco-hotel 3km east of Playa El Cuco that doubles as a turtle sanctuary on the east coast of El Salvador. I’ve literally just finished a surf session and even though the waves were not

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                      Apr 032014
                       
                      Memoirs of Mexico

                      Mexico was the first stop of my Latin America world tour component.  After spending a few weeks back home over the New Year break I was fully recharged and eager to embark on a region I knew very little about and had not travelled to prior.   Many friends back home warned me about the

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                        Mar 092014
                         
                        Cuba: How I got local in Havana

                        As I started writing this post it was my second last day in Havana. I’ve been reflecting so much more than usual over the past few days and I thought I would capture these thoughts whilst I am in the moment rather than trying to recollect them as I have done on recent blog posts.

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                          Feb 162014
                           
                          Getting primitive in Jordan

                          I have tried to catch-up on my blog posts since returning home briefly for a surprise visit and this post on Jordan should finally bring me up to date.  Jordan is the dream destination for any history buff and for the budding photographer Jordan packs many punches from desert landscapes, interesting and diverse cities and obviously

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                            Jan 202014
                             
                            Best of the UAE

                            As I started writing this I just departed LA on a flight bound for Mexico City.  How ironic that I am sitting next to an American guy of Lebanese origin who is visiting his ‘girlfriend’ in Mexico.  Among the many things he tells me, most interesting is that there are lots of Lebanese people in Mexico.

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                              Jan 012014
                               
                              My Favourites List of 2013

                              After almost 7 months on the road (and a few weeks back home), by far the most common question asked is to name the city that has been my most favourite. My stock response to this questions is to qualify the persons definition of ‘favourite’ – Favourite food, nightlife, people etc. There are so many

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                                Dec 292013
                                 
                                [Reconsider] your need to travel... The West Bank, Palestine

                                After spending a night in Aqaba, I jumped on a bus headed for the Jordan capital of Amman where I then squashed into a ‘servees taxi’ headed for the King Hussein / Allenby Bridge border crossing to Israel & Palestine. The advice of many locals and those online was to cross the border down south

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                                  Dec 042013
                                   
                                  Inside the Dome of the Rock: The most contested piece of real estate on earth.

                                  Today was a defining moment for me.  At first I thought it was a defining point of my world tour but on further reflection it was more of a life defining experience.  What I experienced today will stay with me forever. After re-jigging my Jerusalem itinerary last night, I spent the day in Jerusalem Old

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                                    Dec 022013
                                     
                                    The magic of Morocco

                                    Right now I’m on a bus to Amman after just leaving Aqaba, which is near Jordanian/Saudi Arabia border. The next 4 hours should offer a good opportunity to catch up on my blog. My world tour has really shifted gears over the past month.  For starters I can only recall a handful of evening’s where

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                                      Nov 172013
                                       
                                      97 days in Europe comes to an end...

                                      Today marks day 171 of my world tour and as I am writing this I’m sitting right at the back of an Etihad airplane destined for Abu Dhabi (thanks to my sister Maz for hooking me up my first ever standby staff travel ticket). During the month since my last post I have covered quite

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                                        Oct 252013
                                         
                                        My pintxo bar experience in San Sebastián last night...

                                        Pintxos (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pincho) are a basque appetizer similar to tapas on small slices of bread.  San Sebastián has a huge amount of small bars that are well-known for their signature pintxo dishes. Leo (our hostel host) took us out on a pintxos tour a few nights ago.  We sampled so many great dishes and I have

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                                          Oct 222013
                                           
                                          Hangin' with the Homeboys

                                          So I’ve thought a lot about my trip since my last update in Zadar 14 days ago. Today represents 146 days on the road and I’m starting to get just a bit tired… Tired from living out of my macpac, tired of being woken up during the night and tired of being constantly on the

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                                            Oct 082013
                                             
                                            Get on board in Zadar.

                                            Zadar in Northern Dalmatia is about 400 km’s northwest from Dubrovnik.  My bus trip took nearly 8 hours with a few stops and border crossings into Bosnia along the way.  I was really looking forward to visiting Zadar as I had read some great reviews and knew it would be far less touristy than Dubrovnik.

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                                              Oct 012013
                                               
                                              On tourist duty in Dubrovnik...

                                              I’d heard so many positive things about Croatia – both during this trip as well as from friends and family that have travelled there before. I must admit my expectations were high even after some recent advice that Dubrovnik in particular was quite touristy and expensive. But I didn’t quite comprehend the magnitude and downplayed

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                                                Sep 192013
                                                 
                                                4 days in Belgrade…

                                                Belgrade was never on the itinerary of my solo world tour, but after reading an article (read here) sent to me from a friend I made in Krakow I thought I’d give it a shot. The overnight train from Budapest to Belgrade wasn’t the most comfortable trip unfortunately, even with my sleeper cabin.  The 2

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                                                  Aug 292013
                                                   
                                                  A Krakow of a time...

                                                  It’s been almost 2 weeks for me in Poland.  Having spent 5 nights in Warsaw, I was almost kicking myself after arriving in Krakow because of how much I adore this beautiful city.  It was a genuine case of love at first sight when I got off the train last week and  ventured out for

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                                                    Aug 192013
                                                     
                                                    The Amsterdam come down.

                                                    I arrived in Amsterdam by bus on the 9th August and stayed for 6 days.  I really enjoyed Amsterdam during my first visit 5 years ago which is why I decided to return this time. Amsterdam is a beautiful city with its canals, alleyways and gothic architecture – some of the buildings date as far

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                                                      Aug 062013
                                                       
                                                      Paris rockets to pole position...

                                                      Well all I can say is that at exactly this time yesterday, I was ready to bounce the hell out of Paris. I wasn’t feeling the vibe on my 2nd trip here in 5 years but that all changed following one integral decision I made yesterday – change hostels.  For 3 nights I was staying

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                                                        Aug 032013
                                                         
                                                        New York - Thanks for the memories...

                                                        It’s 5:14 am here in Paris… I can’t sleep and can’t stop thinking about my time in New York. 13 amazing days have passed since my last blog update, there has just been so much going on. Today also marks day 64 of my solo world tour, time has gone by so fast – it

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                                                          Jul 212013
                                                           
                                                          Can I get some real hip hop?

                                                          It’s Sunday morning, well afternoon actually – its 12:27pm to be exact. I’m recovering from a big night in a little French café next door to my hostel in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  Probably not the most desirable suburb according to locals, but it suits me just fine. So if you have looked at my Facebook, Instagram

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                                                            Jul 152013
                                                             
                                                            I love New York. I love the USA.

                                                            It’s been over a week since my last post and as usual a lot has happened in that space of time. My solo world tour has now spanned 6 incredible weeks and is officially my longest ever time spent outside Australia.  So I guess if I were to do a world tour health check now

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                                                              Jul 052013
                                                               
                                                              Note to self: 4 days in San Francisco is not enough…

                                                              San Francisco was probably the city most people said I had to visit when discussing my upcoming travel plans. It’s funny because there weren’t any defining reasons given – it was just somewhere I had to check out. Some cities are known for their nightlife, others for their coastline, or architecture, culture and so on…

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                                                                Jun 292013
                                                                 
                                                                Good things just happened...

                                                                It’s Saturday morning, I’m chilling in a pretty cool café in San Francisco’s financial district called Sugar Cafe. After sleeping over 12 hours last night I feel great today and ready to see what San Francisco is all about. But I really want to wrap up my 11 days in San Diego by writing about

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                                                                  Jun 232013
                                                                   
                                                                  SD in San Diego...

                                                                  So it’s Sunday morning in beautiful San Diego, I’m sitting in an awesome bagel shop called Brooklyn’s Finest eating a cheddar jalapeno bagel with cream cheese whilst sipping on a cafe latte.  I know I said I’d try to post more frequently but I never knew what San Diego had in store for me. I

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                                                                    Jun 182013
                                                                     
                                                                    LA Wrap Up

                                                                    After 8 days in Los Angeles, I was ready to move to my next destination. Staying in Hollywood, I was right in the thick of the action – metres away from Hollywood Boulevard.  Walking along this famous strip, I quickly learned it is a huge tourist trap whilst I avoided tripping over every 2nd person

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                                                                      Jun 122013
                                                                       
                                                                      California love... LA / Hollywood / Santa Ana

                                                                      So I have been in the USA for nearly 4 days and it’s definitely time for an update. As much as I enjoy Fiji, I’m so glad I made the call to leave early. This is my third visit to the USA and I love this country more and more with each visit. So where

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                                                                        May 302013
                                                                         

                                                                        After 2 months of planning and anticipation, my solo world tour has finally commenced and I find myself in an all too familiar destination to kick things off – Fiji. Fiji and I have a long and treasured track record spanning almost 8 years of regular visits. During my corporate days at Optus I attended

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