Since the Australian culture is quite closely related to the English culture, there is definitely more of a tea culture Down Under than I originally expected. People often call it “morning tea” or “afternoon tea” when they are having a snack with the beverage; a nice cup of tea is always on the list of things to do.
Hannah mentions … Read more
I know that most of you can’t just buy a ticket and come and join me in the land Down Under. I’d love it if you could come and visit, but in the meantime, I’ll just take you to Australia with me by giving you some of the best recent writing on WhyGo Australia, the other main site I work… Read more
After causing such a big fuss and drama with travelers some months ago, I finally had my first body scan experience while in San Francisco, and I must say that it was quite easy and about as un-dramatic as can be.
The process started fairly quickly. I must have been too busy tucking my passport and plane tickets in my… Read more
There’s been nothing quite like the good ol’ American holiday of July 4th to bring out the homesickness in just about every American abroad I know. Talking about barbecues and fireworks has taken over my blog feed lately, but I’ll tell you what, the homesickness factor became apparent in my local circle of friends a little sooner than that.
And… Read more
When you’re a budget traveler, you’re always out for the cheapest price on everything: accommodation, tours and transport. Airfare typically becomes a place where I go for cheap, regardless of the amenities on board or if it costs me an extra hour or two. Heck, I’ve flown Aeroflot before from Ukraine to Moscow to Bishkek because it was… Read more
Before heading to Chicago, I caught wind of a restaurant that serves up Russian food -- one that is also run by an Uzbek chef. Uhm... Central Asian influenced Russian food? Pat knew this was immediately going to be on our itinerary. And he was right.
Many moons ago, Pat and I moved out of our Killara apartment and into his parents’ house. It seemed like a good move because our lease was up and then we had two big international trips to partake in.
We’re now back in Sydney, back in his old bedroom, and we kind of… Read more
I love the backpacking, long-term travel community because everyone is so helpful and of the same mindset: we’re all a bit thrifty. When it comes to saving the pennies, valuing a dollar and making do with what we have, I have sure seen some of the best inspiration coming from other blogs.
Thus brings me to my reason for writing.… Read more
Living in another country, even if that country is the exotic and romanticized Australia, is not always easy. I tell this to everyone that asks me if I like it here that there are things I miss about America. At the same time, being in America would always leave me wishing for certain other things to be different. In… Read more
Day 170: Our missing piece of luggage, found the next day.
Some trips it is just not possible to carry it all in carry-on sized baggage. It depends on the weather, the airline’s carry-on baggage restrictions, your need to take certain stuff (maybe you have some books and gifts to bring along) that you normally wouldn’t. In our case, Pat… Read more
You know, before, when I talked about the reading light glitch on the flight from Sydney to America that caused me to not be able to read for the entire flight, I didn’t want to really call out the airline in the post. Hey, it’s a reading light, and if it’s get the light fixed… Read more