46 Travel Tools to Optimize Your Next Vacation

Last week I shared with you some of my favourite iPhone apps for when you’re in Australia. Yesterday I came across this great article featuring 46 travel apps and web tools to help you make the best out of your next vacation. As we bathe in the memory of friends, family and BBQ over this week’s Memorial Day holiday, our minds are now tuned up and ready to hit our favorite travel season – summer.…

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The Islands of Australia

Did you know that Australia has more than 8,000 islands? Most people probably only think of the main continent and perhaps Tasmania. Some of Australia’s islands are just off the coast, in bays, and have small towns, shipyards, or are wildlife areas. Many are uninhabited. Tasmania is the largest of Australia’s islands and it’s also a state. It has a population of about 507,626 and half of them reside in and around the capital city…

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5 Photographic Reasons to Visit Australia

Ok, so I haven’t travelled all of Australia. I’ve seen a tiny piece of Victoria and Tasmania. Nevertheless aside from the fact that Australia was recently named the world’s happiest nation by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, I’ve got some compelling reasons as to why you should visit Australia too. Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and the fashion, cultural, arts, and sporting capital of Australia. In August 2011, the Economist Intelligent Unit…

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10 Australian iPhone Apps

I was never able to get my beloved iPhone fully working while I was in Australia. I didn’t use it to make or receive phone calls and text messages, but I did use my apps while at home on the Wi-Fi. And I have some great apps! Here are a few of my favourite apps while travelling in Australia. There’s Nothing Like Australia is a guide to exploring the Lucky Country through the eyes of…

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The Food Problem

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The subject of food and obesity in America is a controversial one. Glenn Pendlay really struck a nerve with his rant about marketing and junk food in his Freshly Pressed piece I’m pissed. It’s a complicated subject and there are many points to consider, but let me share a personal story.

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Bogans and Utes: Is Australia a Country of Hicks?

When I first saw a “ute” on a Melbourne street, I thought (and apparently said out loud), “What on earth is that ugly thing?” Theo’s reaction was as if I’d committed blasphemy. He threatened I might not be able to continue living with him. Here’s a terrific blog entry on utes and bogan culture in Australia from Smuggling Budgies. Australia has been going through some soul-searching since President Obama came out in favor of gay…

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12 Fun Facts About Australia

Here are some things you probably didn’t know about Australia. Well, unless you’re Australian. There are about a million feral camels in central parts of Australia. Because Sydney and Melbourne couldn’t stop bickering over which city should be the capital of Australia, neither of them received the title. Instead, a new capital was built between them. Canberra is the capital of Australia. Voting in Australia is compulsory. Australian schools have a no hat/no play policy.…

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Sunday Gratitudes

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A few things that are making me happy this week and that I’m grateful for: Excellent Indian Food Butter chicken, goat meat spicy curry, lentils, chicken in spicy sauce, naan (bread).  Theo’s sister and her husband took us out for Indian food the Sunday before my departure and it was delicious. Qantas I’m grateful to have arrived home safe and sound and be able to travel on a comfortable Qantas flight. Young Adult Fiction I…

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