5 Things to do in Geelong – The Perfect Day Trip from Melbourne

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The best things to do in Geelong, whether you’re visiting as a day trip from Melbourne or as a stop on the Great Ocean Road.  Geelong may seem like just another stop on a Great Ocean Road tour, but I found it to be an endearing seaside town. While I enjoyed many day trips from […]

A Guide to Getting a Work Visa in Australia for Americans

A Guide to Getting a Work Visa in Australia for Americans - The Atlas Heart

Getting a work visa in Australia can be as easy as filling out an online form in 15 minutes. It always surprises me how many Americans don’t know about the working holiday visa in Australia. To be fair, I was one of those Americans too, until I took my first solo venture to Europe and made […]

A Yarra Valley Day Trip: Wine Tasting in Victoria, Australia

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If you want to experience one of the best wine regions in Australia, doing a Yarra Valley day trip from Melbourne is a must. Even though I’ve spent the majority of my life a two-hour drive away from one of the best wine regions in the world, the Napa Valley, I had never been wine […]

My Favorite Towers from Around the World

There’s something about a good city view. I love looking at skylines and seeing what the city maze looks like from above. It gives you a whole new perspective on a place and sometimes even makes you stand back in awe at the city planners, architects, and designers that created such an intricate place that […]

2014: a year of growth

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world” – Mary Anne Radmacher 2013, to be sure, was a year to remember. I was constantly doing things and traveling, it was my first year of living abroad and everything was new and exciting. 2014 was a bit more […]

Recap: a year in Australia and Southeast Asia

Australia…. Where do I even begin. I apologize in advance, this is going to be one of those long-winded posts, however, I wanted to give my first travelversary the time it deserves, so here it goes. It’s funny, Australia was never at the top of my list of destinations I wanted to visit pronto. To be […]

Cairns: my last days in Australia

Like most places I visited on my short trip up the East Coast of Australia, I only spent a couple days in Cairns (pronounced “cans”). It was my last stop on my Australia itinerary before jumping on a plane to New Zealand, and heading into the unknown all over again. It was my last couple […]

Scuba Diving in the Great Barrier Reef

I woke up early the day of my dive trip, after a few relaxing days in beautiful Airlie Beach, I was ready to take on the open sea and find out exactly why the Whitsunday Islands are such a popular travel destination. I had read facts about the Great Barrier Reef and seen countless stunning […]

Airlie Beach, my kind of paradise

Airlie Beach lands on my top 5 list of most beautiful places I’ve see as of yet. It’s commercialized because of the popular dive trips that leave from the port for The Whitsundays. There are a lot of backpackers, and it’s very much on the tourist trail. If you can get past that, however, you’ll […]

Postcard from Surfers Paradise

The Gold Coast is popular with “schoolies” as they’re called in Australia, also known as the 18 year old high school crowd. It’s also a popular place for Kiwis, surprisingly enough, it’s one of the top destinations for Kiwis when they’re traveling to Oz. Of course, it’s also a mecca for surfers, business folk, amusement […]