Bucket List #17 | Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef | Cairns, Australia

We first got SCUBA certified in a freezing cold lake in Minnesota, where the water touching the smallest bit of surface area of the skin burned like being stabbed with a frozen knife. From there, it only got better, with a week spent diving in the tropical waters of Roatán, Honduras, earning college credit on... Continue Reading →

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Monkey Forest & Bali Swing | Ubud | Bali, Indonesia

Long before ever being invited on a group trip to Bali, I had mixed feelings about visiting the Indonesian island. On the one hand, I'd heard many accounts of how touristy it is, being described as the "Cancún for Australians," an Asian destination that would be overly-westernized and a far cry from an authentic, southeast... Continue Reading →

Highlights of Cairns City | Australia

Last month, I spent three glorious weeks relaxing in Cairns, in Queensland, Australia. Pronounced like "Cahns" by Aussies, (if you say the R they will probably make fun of you) this is not the Cannes where the film festival is, believe it or not. I incorrectly thought that until maybe two years ago, when I... Continue Reading →

A Day Trip to Rottnest Island to get a #QuokkaSelfie | WA

The favorite day trip for visitors to Perth or Fremantle is a ferry ride to Rottnest Island. Rottnest, or Rotto, is a little sandy island right off the coast of Fremantle in Western Australia. It's a fantastic spot for a day trip to stretch out on a beautiful beach, and get up close and personal... Continue Reading →

A Home Away From Home | Fremantle, Western Australia

My transition from Cairns to Perth was a bit, awkward. Upon arriving in Perth City, I was exhausted and wanted to collapse in my hostel before reassembling my life in a new place. Travel days are always stressful days. Not only do I need to get to my new spot, but I have to figure... Continue Reading →

The Most Beautiful Sunset | Broome, Western Australia

After leaving sunny, tropical Cairns, I flew across the country to Perth, to the complete opposite side of Australia. While I had grown to love Cairns, the friendly people at Calypso Inn Hostel, and the weather, I felt that with the change of the month from May to June, it was time to change my... Continue Reading →

Why it’s OK to feel culture shock.

I haven't felt compelled to write lately. It's not for lack of content, I have about 5-10 blog posts in the "brainstorm" queue, I just haven't been able to muster the creativity to piece them together. Instead of forcing it, I wanted to give myself a break and wait until I felt some inspiration to... Continue Reading →

The Most Beautiful Beach in Australia | Day Trip to Fitzroy Island

In Cairns City, there aren't any sandy beaches. Despite being the famed jumping-off point for visits to the Great Barrier Reef, you won't find a place to swim in the ocean in Cairns. It's a massive mud pit that potentially has crocodiles lurking beneath the surface. A brief, 45-minute ferry ride away, however, is one... Continue Reading →

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