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December 2011

Postcard from Rottnest Island

It's hard to believe that the paradise-like Rottnest Island was once an Aboriginal prison, an internment camp and a military fortress. However, some forward-thinking tourism official saw the light and the island was turned into an A-class nature...
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What I’m going to do more of in 2012

I take new year's resolutions very seriously: I used to tape up my index card of the things I most wanted to change on my mirror, so that I would see it every day. Since I've been traveling, I carry them around with me in my wallet. It's a written...
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The Down Under edition comes to an end

Nothing in Australia went how I meant it to go. But, then again, I suppose it’s worked out better than I could have imagined. Either way, everyone said it would "change my life" (whatever that's supposed to mean--doesn't every day change your life?)...
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Postcard from the streets of Hobart

A small-town capital, Hobart is a city that shuts down squarely at 5 p.m.  The crisp peak of Mount Wellington overlooks the city's sparkling harbour, with the tidy streets of the CBD propped in neat squares and right angles in...
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Christine’s ABCs of travel

I'll be offline--and sans chargers and my straightener!--this week as I camp across the Australian Outback with Nullarbor Traveller. Learn a bit more about my favorite travel memories while I'm gone, and forgive any delays in responding to comments,...
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Postcard from Cockatoo Island

Sydney often seems too shiny and new to harbor any past secrets. However, a visit to Cockatoo Island is a sunshine-infused reminder of the city's convict and industrial past. And not a bad place to have a beer with a view, either... A former...
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7 Reasons why it’s Radelaide

Adelaide, the glorious little capital of South Australia, is constantly overshadowed by its bigger, better counterparts. Sydney with its beaches, Melbourne with its culture, Perth with its sunsets. But this “big country town” is a bit...
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Postcard of Maui clouds

The best part of Maui isn't clear blue skies. It's the clouds. Wispy or fat, pure white or infused with purple, sun shining through them or rainbow arcing on top of them...during my week in Maui for a family Thanksgiving, I just couldn't get...
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Outpost Project: the culture of Sydney street art

It's no secret that I love Sydney, sunshine and street art. Throw all three together on a (kind of) deserted island, add in a bar and breakdancing, and you've got my perfect day. The Outpost Project is a rare chance to see a wide variety of...
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The sacrifices of solo travel

I always get a pang of envy when I see someone rubbing sunscreen on a partner’s back. It’s a simple gesture of intimacy, trust, utility. It’s a reminder that not only am I alone, I will also have a splotchy and sunburned upper back in a few hours...
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