Postcard from 1000 Steps

Sometimes you just need a bit of time outdoors to clear your head. Hiking in the Dandenong Ranges was a great example of not needing a ton of travel money to see something beautiful: other than train fare, the experience was free! The 1000 Steps of the Kokoda Walk honors the Australian soldiers who followed […]

July 13, 2011 Continue reading…

The joy of doing nothing

I’ve realized that I really hate doing stuff. I can usually handle one “touristy” thing a day: a tour, a museum, a historical site. After that, I’d rather just do a whole lot of nothing–in the best possible way. I’m starting to learn that doing nothing can sometimes be a good thing, a way to […]

July 11, 2011 Continue reading…

Turn off computer. Go outside.

I walk that fine line between “outdoors person” and “city girl.” Really, I’m neither of the two: born and raised in the suburbs, I’m most at home in a car, in a strip mall, in a parking lot, in a cookie-cutter house with a pool in the backyard. Even so, I grew up outside. Many […]

July 10, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Newtown

Taking advantage of cheap flights, I hopped up to Sydney a couple of weekends ago. I spent one gloriously sunny day exploring Newtown: a colorful and slightly off-beat suburb. I wandered through countless bookstores on King Street, searched for street art in alleyways and ate the most delicious African food for lunch. Winning.

July 6, 2011 Continue reading…

My Seven Links

I was recently nominated by Steph at Twenty-Something Travel to take part in the Seven Links Project–and decided it would be a fun chance to look back at a few of my favorite posts. The goal of the Seven Links Project is to unite bloggers in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create […]

July 3, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Sydney Tower

Sydney is a gorgeous city, thanks to its idyllic harbor location and year-round sunny skies. However, you tend to soak it up at ground level: terraced houses in Glebe, the iconic Bondi Beach, in the streets of downtown Sydney. It wasn’t until I zipped up to the top of Sydney Tower until I realized just […]

June 29, 2011 Continue reading…

Generation Y: travelers of taste?

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it, Rudyard Kipling once said. But perhaps we should add that the next condition is to taste it, to drink it. Food and travel are inextricably linked. You might be able to skip museums or avoid much interaction with locals, but at some point, […]

June 28, 2011 Continue reading…