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 reserve and holiday destination in 1917. With no cars or pets allowed, Rottnest Island is overrun with […]

December 29, 2011 Continue reading…

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 reminder to hold myself accountable, […]

December 28, 2011 Continue reading…

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?) and I suppose it has. First, I didn’t plan on staying in […]

December 25, 2011 Continue reading…

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 between.                           You would […]

December 22, 2011 Continue reading…

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, tweets or emails.  A: Age you went on your first international trip: 11 years old. I […]

December 19, 2011 Continue reading…

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 imperial prison and once Sydney’s biggest shipyard, the prison buildings of […]

December 14, 2011 Continue reading…

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 underrated, if not off the radar of most travelers. A popular jumping off point for overland trips to Perth […]

December 11, 2011 Continue reading…