A Weekend on the Great Ocean Road | Australia

In the past three years of living abroad, I've been so lucky to have multiple friends from home visit me in several destinations, making it a priority to see me while exploring a new part of the world. Words cannot express the deep gratitude I have for having these people in my life. They are... Continue Reading →

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Eating & Exploring in Singapore

When I got the news that Anthony Bourdain had passed away, I was sitting in a hostel in Perth, surrounded by backpackers playing beer pong late in the evening. They had never heard of him, nor read his books or seen any of his TV series. The devastation I felt and must have expressed on... Continue Reading →

Holiday Season in NYC & Lower East Side Tour

So this post is beyond overdue, but I thought it was still worth writing about my trip to NYC last December for a quick weekend to see Christmas windows and explore a bit with my mom. I feel really lucky, I've been to New York many times in my short life, and I've had incredible... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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