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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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Lights! Camera! Oahu!
roundtheworldflights.com,
28 September 2016

"'The stuff that goes on in making movies? They ought to make a movie about it,' says veteran film scout Randy Spangler. And he should know. Spangler’s been working in Hawaii’s busy film industry since the 1970s, when he got his start finding locations for the TV series Hawaii Five-O. So many productions have been filmed on the most populous island, Oahu, that I wonder why it’s so attractive to Hollywood and television studios..."

Exploring television and movie locations in Hawaii, USA.
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Comic-Con: The World's Biggest Pop Culture Convention
Traveller
, 16 September 2016

"It's the male Wonder Woman that finally conveys to me the true meaning of the San Diego Comic-Con International. I've spent the morning strolling vast distances between panels, before queuing to get into each one. Now I'm squeezing my way past the hordes shuffling through the cavernous Exhibit Hall, where traders sell every item imaginable. Then I see him – an Asian-American guy dressed as Wonder Woman..."

Experiencing the queues and costumes of this massive pop culture event in San Diego, USA
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San Luis Obispo: the Perfect Pitstop
lonelyplanet.com, 1 September 2016

"There’s nothing like an American road trip, and the coast road between Los Angeles and San Francisco offers one of the best. Hitting the wide open road between these two cities, you’ll encounter ocean views, historic sites, wineries and pretty towns. These attractions merge neatly in San Luis Obispo on California’s Central Coast, making it the perfect place to take a break..."

Exploring attractions in and around
San Luis Obispo, USA.
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10 Things in Australia You Can Only Experience by Train
Traveller
, 29 August 2016

"It's a big country, and there's no better way of experiencing its vastness than by train. Australia is blessed with two transcontinental rail journeys: the Indian Pacific which runs east-west to link Sydney with Perth; and The Ghan which runs north-south between Adelaide and Darwin. Along these two routes, and others, there's an array of unique experiences..."

Discussing unique aspects of long-distance train travel in Australia
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Airline Review: Qantas Premium Economy
Traveller
, 26 August 2016

"The Premium Economy section is located on the upper deck of this big aircraft between Business and a small outpost of Economy. Qantas' version of Premium Economy has distinctly wider seating than Economy, and more generous legroom. Tray tables and video screens are concealed beneath armrests, leaving plenty of width for a larger-than-average person like me..."

Reviewing the premium economy experience on a flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles
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The Science of LA
lonelyplanet.com, 24 August 2016

"You might think that Los Angeles is all about entertainment, with major drawcards such as Hollywood and Disneyland. But there’s another side to the city, in which science and technology are celebrated. From prehistoric fossils to space travel, LA is home to excellent museums which explore human ingenuity and the world around us. Here are four of the best..."

Investigating insitutions dedicated to science and technology in Los Angeles, USA
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Masters of Marzipan: Lübeck's Sweet Success
lonelyplanet.com, 3 August 2016

"Central Europe is famous for producing a delicious sweet treat that doesn’t grow in its neighbourhood: chocolate. For the true sweet-toothed connoisseur, however, there’s an even more exotic delicacy to be found in northern Germany. Since the 18th century, confectioners in Lübeck have used almond paste to produce the finest marzipan. Once the indulgence of kings, it’s now available to everyone..."

Sampling the marzipan delights created in
Lübeck, Germany.
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Hamburg's Coffee Connection
lonelyplanet.com, 3 August 2016

"Vienna, Melbourne and Seattle are all cities renowned for excellent coffee and lively cafe scenes. But there’s another place that can be added to the list, and it may surprise you: Hamburg. This port city in northern Germany has long thrived on trade, and with the coffee bean having passed through its docks and warehouses for centuries, there’s plenty here to interest lovers of the brew..."

Investigating the coffee history of the port city of Hamburg, Germany
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Danish Town is Bard to the Bone
Traveller (The Sun-Herald
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24 July
2016

"'Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.' I have Hamlet on my mind as I stand inside the train station at Helsingør, north of Copenhagen. As well I might, because this Danish town is better known in English as Elsinore, the setting for William Shakespeare's play. The station's interior does indeed seem crazed. A huge chandelier hangs from intricately carved roof panels, above an ornately decorated staircase and walls bearing coats of arms. And yet there is method in it..."

Exploring the town and castle which inspired Shakespeare in Helsingør, Denmark
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A Week in Hawaii
roundtheworldflights.com, 11 July 2016

"Spending a week in the USA’s island state? You won’t be lost for things to do. Between the urban delights of the Pacific’s biggest city, Honolulu, and the natural attractions across the eight main islands, there’s plenty of material for a memorable trip. Here are some ideas..."

Suggesting attractions to visit over seven days in Hawaii, USA.
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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 an author of travel books for Lonely Planet.

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