The 80/20 rule of budget travel

I first learned about the Pareto principle in my university marketing courses: it states that roughly 80 percent of sales come from 20 percent of clients. The 4-Hour Work Week applied it to personal life as well: one thing that stuck with me is that we wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of […]

July 26, 2011 Continue reading…

Defining Australian world-class culture

“New York City is where you go to make it,” said the producer of Masterchef, a popular cooking reality TV show, when asked why the show took finalists for a week in the Big Apple. It struck me as odd that in order to “make it,” Australians need to leave their own country. Australian culture […]

July 23, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard of ice skating at Bondi Beach

Winter in Australia: it’s ice skating on a beach, curling up with a hot chocolate in front of a fake fire, wearing a beanie and gloves when you barely need a jacket. It might not snow in Sydney, but that doesn’t stop Australians from embracing the Hollywood vision of a winter wonderland.   Growing up […]

July 20, 2011 Continue reading…

Photography: the art of observation

There’s something about photography exhibits that I can’t resist. Photographs move me in a different way than other art forms. Perhaps it’s because it’s not created as much as captured: while the individual photographer is important, so are the surrounds. You can take awful photos on amazing cameras, and phenomenal photos on so-so cameras: it’s […]

July 18, 2011 Continue reading…

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…