A guide to Brisbane

I only spent a few days in Queensland’s biggest city, but I quickly learned what to check out from my local couchsurfing host and an array of friends who grew up in the city or went to university there. After spending 8 months between Melbourne and Sydney, Brisbane felt like a country town disguised as a […]

The natural wonders of Fraser Island

When I initially planned my travels up the East Coast of Australia, I didn’t put that much thought into Fraser Island. All I knew was that it’s the largest sand island in the world, and you can find dingoes on the island. Those two facts alone sold me, but nothing would prepare me for the […]

That Festival Feeling: Part III

Over the year I spent in Australia, I had the chance to volunteer at multiple summer music festivals all over the country. These are the honest stories and awesome experiences I had. Check out my other segments about my summer of festivals here: That Festival Feeling: Part I & That Festival Feeling: Part II Falls Fest is […]

8 Things to do in Byron Bay for the Perfect Hippie Weekend

The best things to do in Byron Bay for the perfect hippie weekend on the East Coast of Australia. Byron Bay is the smaller Aussie version of my hometown: Santa Cruz, California. With the dreadlocks, the choice of vegan and vegetarian restaurants, healthy smoothies, the tie-dye stores, the local hippies playing bongos on the grass, […]

That Festival Feeling: Part II

Over the year I spent in Australia, I had the chance to volunteer at multiple summer music festivals all over the country. These are the honest stories and awesome experiences I had. Check out my other segments about my summer of festivals here: That Festival Feeling: Part I & That Festival Feeling: Part III I heard about Meredith […]

That Festival Feeling: Part I

Over the summer I spent in Australia, I had the chance to volunteer at multiple music festivals all over the country. These are the honest stories and awesome experiences I had. Check out my other segments about my summer of festivals here: That Festival Feeling: Part II & That Festival Feeling: Part III. I’ve always felt a higher […]

Exploring another side of New South Wales

When most people think of New South Wales, their mind is immediately drawn to the beautiful city of Sydney and the Opera House, The Blue Mountains, or maybe even one of the huge national parks ripe for exploring, read: Ku-Ring-Gai Chase and The Royal National Park. I had enjoyed all of my day trips thus […]

Adventures in NSW: The Royal National Park

The Royal National Park was next on my list for a day trip from Sydney life. Established in 1879, making it the second oldest national park in the world (After Yellowstone in the US), the Royal National Park is a monster of a park at 16,000 hectares. You can tackle whatever outdoorsy activity suits your fancy, […]

Adventures in NSW: The Blue Mountains

I heard about the Blue Mountains when I was still in Melbourne, the areas surrounding the iconic bushland were in the news for the major wildfires that hit New South Wales in 2013. Luckily, the wildfires didn’t make it as far as the famous Three Sisters lookout, a fact which I was thankful for when I […]

Take a moment to enjoy it

I turned 24 on Monday, and it inevitably made me think back on my 23rd year. I’ve gone into detail and referenced in passing how much this last year has meant to me, how much I have grown in the process, and how many new experiences I have been blessed to have. More importantly, this year […]