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Winner of Best International Travel Story Under 1000 Words at the 2016 Australian Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence, for A Boy and a Coin.

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As HBO's Chernobyl Premieres, What Travellers Need to Know
lonelyplanet.com, 6 May 2019

"From 6 May 2019 a joint HBO/Sky television series will bring those grim events to life again in Chernobyl. This dramatic re-creation is sure to spark interest in the region of Ukraine where the disaster took place. Though it may come as a surprise, its possible to visit and walk through the eerie ruins of Chernobyl and its surrounds, as part of an authorised tour into the 30 kilometre exclusion zone around the former reactor complex..."

Explaining how to visit Chernobyl, Ukraine, on a guided tour

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Getting the Royal Treatment in Bendigo
, 23 April 2019

"I wasn't expecting to be having dinner with the Queen on a Friday night, and especially not in Bendigo. Over years of travel I've become comfortable with solo dining, and being at a table for one is no burden at The Dispensary. In the compact interior of this laneway restaurant, I'm working my way through tasty dishes and an interesting drinks menu (a 'broad-spectrum beverage offering', jokes the waiter), when I happen to look up. Above my table, suspended by chains within a gilt frame, is a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II..."

Experiencing good food and historic art on a visit to Bendigo, Australia.

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Spirit of Queensland Rail Journey: Like Business Class on a Plane
, 4 April 2019

"'WARNING: plastic snakes on station to deter birds.' This yellow-and-black sign at Townsville's railway station is undeniably eye-catching. It strikes me that plastic snakes might also deter humans. I look all around, but I can't find see any fake reptiles. No matter. What's more important is the train waiting for me at the platform. The Spirit of Queensland takes 25 hours to cover the 1681 kilometres from Cairns to Brisbane..."

Riding aboard a modern sleeper train along the Queensland coast.

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Model Citizens in a Model City
, 30 March 2019

"From where I'm standing, I can see the Empire State Building looming over the Statue of Liberty. On the other side of the harbour rises the unmistakeable red form of the Tokyo Tower, and in the distance I can see Taiwan's lofty Taipei 101 building. I'm not having delusions, and I'm not dreaming, though Tobu World Square does have dreamlike qualities. This theme park in the Nikko region north of Tokyo is a fine example of the Japanese obsession with detail..."

Enjoying the distinctive attractions of the Nikko region of Japan.

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A Stately Stay Close to Shadowfax Winery
, 28 March 2019

"On the western edge of Melbourne's metropolitan area, Mansion Hotel is far enough from the city centre to make it a good weekend getaway. Though it's close to suburbia, its setting among farms, golf courses and other greenery makes it feel like a country retreat. The surrounding Werribee Park is a collection of beautifully maintained gardens, an ideal place for strolling or picnicking..."

Reviewing the Mansion Hotel in Werribee, Melbourne, attached to a historic stately home.

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Here's How to See Australia by Train
lonelyplanet.com, 23 March 2019

"Australia is such a huge country that it seems logical to cross it by plane. But there is another option, one that becomes a memorable holiday in itself: the train. Piecing together connecting routes, its possible to take a great rail journey across the continent from savannah to forests to tropics, immersed in ever-changing scenery. Heres how to do it..."

Describing how to travel around Australia by rail
, from Queensland through NSW, Victoria and South Australia to either Darwin or Perth.

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A Quirky Town Where You Should Expect the Unexpected
, 19 March 2019

"When you visit Alaska you expect to see ice, and I'm seeing plenty of it just outside Juneau. The Mendenhall Glacier is a huge, impressive sight, a vast frozen object wedged between hills. At its base there are bright blue surfaces, from where icebergs have calved into the lake below. Though it's summer, the breeze is chilly as I sit on a bench marvelling at nature's handiwork. To the right of the glacier the Nugget Falls gush down from the mountains, and I can see tiny dots that are hikers admiring them up close..."

Investigating the diverse attractions of Juneau, the capital city of Alaska, USA.

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The Ride of Your Life: Chile Glacier Cruise
, 10 March 2019

"We're sitting in a small excursion craft off the coast of southern Chile, wrapped in orange lifejackets, when without warning our pilot rams the boat into a small iceberg. It's a surprise, but not as unexpected as what happens next. A crew member pulls out an ice-pick, bashes away at the berg, and extracts a large chunk of ice. Within moments we passengers are milling around on deck, clinking glasses as we toast each other with 12-year-old whisky containing 50,000-year-old ice..."

Recalling an impressive cruise, as one item in a set of memorable journeys.

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A Magic Bullet to Busan
, 7 March 2019

"As I enter Seoul Station, I have half an eye out for zombies. A week before flying to the South Korean capital I watched Train to Busan, the excellent 2016 movie about a train journey overtaken by a plague of the undead. It managed to both evoke horror, and depict Korail's high-speed rail network in a good light. In the midst of the action the rail company's staff were unfailingly cool under pressure (except when turned into zombies themselves, of course)..."

Catching high-speed trains from Seoul to Busan, South Korea.

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Visiting Seven Stories in the Ouseburn Valley
, 5 March 2019

"Seven Stories is housed within a Victorian-era flour mill in the Ouseburn Valley, a former industrial area east of the city centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. Its seven levels are dedicated to kids' books, with regular storytelling sessions in the Harry Potter-themed attic. Of most interest to adult visitors are the changing exhibitions. They're pitched at a level that works for any age, sparking nostalgia in grown-ups as well as delight..."

Investigating the attractions of the Ouseburn Valley district in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

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I'm a freelance writer with published articles on various topics: including travel, lifestyle, the arts, science, and pets. 

My writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites around the world. I'm also a writer of travel books for Lonely Planet.

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