Travel

You might be in the US for work, to study or with your spouse. Even though you’ll spend a lot of time exploring your immediate surroundings, you’ll also want to see more of the country.

I’m working my way across the continent slowly, and writing about trips overseas too.

Visiting Alcatraz Island : The Inescapable Prison

I first tried visiting Alcatraz Island when I arrived in San Francisco almost two years ago. That’s when I found out you need to book tickets weeks ahead or there’ll be no Alcatraz for you. Exactly one year, eight months and 27 days after moving to San Francisco, I clambered onto the Alcatraz…

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National Park Week: Point Reyes Seashore

We closed out National Park Week with a proper hike to Point Reyes National Seashore. When I say “proper”, I mean the kind of hike that leaves you glued to the couch. With a bag of chips within easy reach and an IV of wine. It started off as a…

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Scenic World: The world’s steepest railway

Australia is home to the world’s steepest railway line. There are a few caveats that I have to add of course: Australia is home to the steepest cable-driven funicular railway. The world is so awesome and awe-inspiring that these little caveats matter now. There’s probably a steeper non-cable driven funicular…

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Hidden Gems of San Francisco: Hiking Marin Headlands Rodeo Beach

I stumbled on Marin Headlands’ Rodeo Beach by accident (another wrong turn and GPS confusion as well) but it turned out to be one of my favourite hiking adventures in San Francisco. It helped that it was a gorgeous day with a slight breeze and a warm sun overhead. There…

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San Francisco’s Ferry Building

I’ve lived in San Francisco for exactly one year and 10 months now and until yesterday, I’d never stepped foot inside the Ferry Building. This makes me a terrible tourist and a worse travel blogger considering the Ferry Building is such a San Francisco icon and perfect meeting spot. I’m…

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A Day at Sydney’s Hyde Park Barracks

 I’m guilty of a traveller’s worst sin – seeing more of other countries and cities than your own hometown. Not that Sydney’s a town. But there really are tonnes of tourist attractions, naturally beautiful landscapes and awesome things to see and do. Of which, I’ve done approximately half, although even…

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The Saratoga Blossom Festival

Spring is finally here. The morning air’s a little less crisp, the sun feels warmer on your skin and best of all there are flowers blooming everywhere in California. Saratoga, a small town on San Francisco’s peninsula, celebrates as it’s done since 1900 – with a fair. If Lorelai and…

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Traipsing Tasmania’s Overland Track (Part 2)

Tasmania’s Overland Track is not for the feint-hearted. It’s 65 kilometres of hiking – sometimes it feels like we were just hiking uphill to go down and then up again. I know that nature doesn’t really have any regard for my legs and feet, but I wouldn’t have minded a…

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Trekking Tasmania: The Overland Track (Part 1)

   WARNING: The Overland Track is a serious undertaking, requiring well-prepared walkers with a good level of fitness, who understand the risks of walking in a remote alpine area. The weather can change rapidly and frequently, within just a few hours, from burning sun to sleet and snow. Deaths have occurred…

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Visiting Vancouver: 8 Things to see and do

Trying to find cheap flights and accommodation over Thanksgiving weekend in the US is akin to performing dentistry on a crocodile. Impossible without sedatives. Also the sedatives don’t increase your chances at all in this instance. Who brought up sedatives? This is ridiculous. So I set the parameters a little…

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