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Passion Passport Twitter Chat: Road Trips!

Interesting fact about me: I hate driving, but I love a road trip. I grew up in California--that automobile utopia--and have spent a significant amount of my life in traffic and a hefty amount of money on gas, maintenance and car insurance. One of my...
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Postcard from Adelaide

Adelaide is a city that a) I wish I had more time to explore and b) I think is one of the most underrated destinations in Australia. The capital of South Australia maintains that "big country town" vibe while still offering beaches, sunshine, parks...
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Happy Australia Day!

It's Australia Day! Please commence eating Vegemite now. Whether you want to do a Working Holiday, volunteer abroad or simply take a long vacation: Australia is an incredible place to do it. I met some of the best people, created some...
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Australia: I miss you. Here’s why.

There's  still a little bit of me that still feels like Australia is the one that got away. There's a lingering heartache, a touch of guilt: I chose to leave Australia when I was still madly in love with the cities, the beaches, the people. When...
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Capture the Season: Australia edition

As temperatures cool and days lazily stretch into fall in the Northern Hemisphere, I can't help but feel a bit nostalgic for Australia. Springtime in Melbourne was my favorite part of the year: Spring Racing Carnival, afternoons at the Botanic...
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An Aboriginal experience in Western Australia

Aboriginals in Australia tend to be a touchy subject. (I’m not saying it’s right, I’m not saying it’s wrong, I’m just saying it is). The relationship between white Australians and indigenous Australians is not always easy going. And despite the...
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Postcard from the Great Australian Bight

Before we rocked up to the dramatic vertical cliffs dropping straight into the ocean, I had never heard of the Great Australian Bight. I didn’t even know what a bight was. To be honest, I still don’t.  (Although I did decide it would be responsible...
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Five non-wine things to do in Margaret River

Sure, the wine is the main reason most people go to Margaret River. But it is fully possible to have a brilliant time in this adorable seaside town south of Perth without stepping foot in a vineyard. If you do want to go wine tasting, give...
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Awesome hikes in South and Western Australia

The best way to get your heart pumping and blood flowing again after hours in the car crossing the Nullarbor? Head out for one of Australia’s awesome hiking opportunities: a brilliant way to squeeze in a workout, spot some wildlife up close and enjoy...
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Postcard from Eyre Highway

It’s easy to think the drive across the Nullarbor would be boring. It means “treeless plain” and the landscape can be a bit repetitive: it’s hundreds of kilometers between towns, service stations, even toilets. But on a clear day, the view...
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