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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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Stanley Park Tour Reveals its Secrets
Escape, 30 November 2017

"Will Woods likes to set a grand stage for his Secrets of Stanley Park walking tour. 'Cast your mind back 32 million years,' he says. 'We'd be floating in a giant lake.' At the end of a promontory and surrounded by water, 400ha Stanley Park is popular with residents and visitors. Not that tourists penetrate to the heart of its greenery, being more likely to skirt its edges by bus. This is where Woods comes in, venturing into the trees and the park’s lesser-known history..."

Learning the secrets of this vast park on a new walking tour in Vancouver, Canada.

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Sydney’s Martian Embassy
19 November 2017

"It’s as though the interior of the shop has been grown from the ground up, decorated with a series of curved wooden panels painted a livid green. In a cosy seating area at the front, visitors sit around a huge globe of Mars, while browsing such handy books as The Intergalactic Traveller’s Guide to Saturn. Nearby stands a large silver telescope which claims to provide views of street life on the Red Planet – if you use your imagination..."

Visiting an unusual alien-themed shop in Sydney, Australia.

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Airline Review: Cathay Pacific Premium Economy
, 17 November 2017

"The first thing I notice is that this is a snugger premium economy than others I've flown. As there are eight seats across in this class (compared to nine down the back of the plane), my seat is wider than those in economy but only by a small amount. In fact, the fixed armrests mean that the space available for my hips is similar to that in economy. Having said that, I'm definitely more comfortable than the folks in the cheap seats..."

Reviewing the Premium Economy experience on a flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong

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On the Trail of Sherlock Holmes' London
, 16 November 2017

"Like the disguised King of Bohemia in the Sherlock Holmes short story A Scandal in Bohemia, I've installed myself at the elegant Langham Hotel. But I'm bypassing its pleasures and hitting the streets on the trail of the Great Detective. It's 125 years since the first collection of Holmes short stories was published, and I'm seeking sites connected with the master sleuth..."

Roaming the London streets, searching for Sherlock Holmes as portrayed on screen, in print - and in wax.

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Christmas Here is Terrifying
, 14 November 2017

"St Nicholas is the wise old gent who rewards the well-behaved, while bad children have to deal with the Krampus. He's a figure that would definitely make you think twice about pulling your sister's hair. With a red face, horns and a sharp-toothed leer, the Krampus is a memorable part of Christmas in Salzburg and the surrounding region. I'm getting a close-up look at this sinister figure at Salzburg's dedicated Christmas Museum..."

Meeting Santa's demonic offsider and exploring festive culture in Salzburg, Austria.

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Eat Streets, Art Streets
10 November 2017

"Huge, colourful images of geishas line a brick wall off Adelaide’s Rundle Street, and they’re far more glamorous than the alley they overlook. A fine example of the street art to be found scattered through the city’s Central Business District, they’re attached to the wall of a nightclub called Sugar. Which seems appropriate, as the next stop on the Adelaide Feast tour is a chocolate shop. Or more elegantly, a chocolatier..."

Enjoying food and street art on a walking tour through Adelaide, South Australia.

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Writing on the Wall
The Globe & Mail
, 4 November 2017

"It's an atmospheric, undulating hike with lofty views to north and south. Always there's the wall to our right, and at one point we come upon the remains of a stone arch that would have allowed access between this Roman province of Britannia and the unruly north. On this overcast day in relatively empty countryside, it's easy to imagine Roman troops, some drawn from as far away as Syria or North Africa, patrolling here and dreaming of being transferred to a warmer climate..."

Exploring Hadrian's Wall, UK, by bus and on foot.

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Airline Review: Air Canada Premium Economy
, 4 November 2017

"In Premium Economy you're looking for more width and legroom than the passengers down the back are enjoying, and this seat has a good amount of both. The seat is reasonably firm but its angle of recline is generous, allowing me to snatch a few hours of sleep on this night-time flight (though there's still a subtle tussle between myself and the neighbouring passenger for our shared armrest)..."

Reviewing the Premium Economy experience on a flight from Vancouver to Brisbane

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52 Weekends Away: Indian Pacific
Good Weekend
, 28 October 2017

"One of the world's great rail journeys, the Indian Pacific crosses the continent over 4352 kilometres of track – including the longest dead-straight section in the world, 478 kilometres across the flat and empty Nullarbor Plain. It's a spectacular route through mountains, cities and vineyard country, past outback ghost towns, and across stark deserts..."

Detailing the experience aboard this long-distance train, as part of a collection of recommended accommodation.

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After Being Upgraded, I Can Never Travel Economy Again
Executive Style
, 3 October 2017

"It feels like I don't sleep much at all, but when I wake I'm surprised to see that I've actually managed five hours. If there's a moment I decide that business is worth the extra money, it's now. Having a decent chunk of sleep on a flight that lands at 6.30am means I can actually get the most out of the day once I've left the airport. It also makes me less likely to succumb to jet lag after crashing at my hotel at a random hour. From a business point of view, that's ideal..."

Experiencing the benefits of Business Class aboard a Qantas flight to Los Angeles, 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.

I'm available to write on any subject, and also undertake business writing jobs such as proofreading, editing and copywriting.

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