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I asked it: Traveller’s Resolutions 2017

Best of the Blog, Reflection and Stories By January, 2017 Tags: , , 2 Comments

I was disappointed to wake up yesterday and see the news; political dramas around the world, deaths thanks to drink driving and drug overdoses.

Another horrible terrorist attack in Istanbul.

Disheartened and feeling like 2017 would be just as bleak as its predecessor, I ignored all those New Year’s Resolution posts on Facebook and formulated my own question:

Instead of asking what your personal goals are for the coming months, how about we focus on the larger picture. What would you like to see improve worldwide in 2017? And, if possible, how can we as travellers start making those changes?

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Seven Years in Review: NYE in three countries and five locations

Australia, Halls Creek, Locations, Queensland, Reflection and Stories, Roma, Western Australia By January, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Happy New Year!

Well, it’s finally done.  2016 has been a difficult year for most and has left many people reeling and eagerly waiting for the calendar to switch over.   We’re all hoping that 2017 will prove to be better year.

With 2016 nothing more than a memory, I decided to go back and look over some New Year’s Eves from the past; the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly.

Given that it’s 2017, I decided that 7 was a pretty good number.

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The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge 2016!

Best of the Blog, Reflection and Stories, Suitcase Living By December, 2016 Tags: , 19 Comments

With the last days of 2016 steadily ticking by it’s time to stop and reflect on the year that has been.  The ups, the downs, the places and the faces; the things that made us laugh or cry and all the things that inspired that deep set wanderlust for travel.

2016 has all been about ‘home’ for me.  It’s been time to go back to the basics, shed materialistic things and experience life living out of a suitcase (ok, ok, two suitcases.  And a carry on, but who’s counting?).  I’ve had a lot of personal landmark moments over these last twelve months; I’ve lived in three different states, paid off credit card debt and then impulse booked a one way international flight for next year.

I also started this blog.

So what exactly is The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge?

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Top 10 Long Distance Travel Songs

Suitcase Living By December, 2016 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

These are the songs of life lovers and experience chasers; those roaming to quench their wanderlust. They should make you want to pack your bags and hit the road; or maybe grab your phone to close great distances with a call. Either way, they are inspiring, mood setting and heartening and while classics like Highway to Hell will always hold a place in my heart, as will We Gotta Get out of this Place (for great escapes from horrible locations) they didn’t quite make the list. I’ve tried to focus on songs from the last ten years with a blend of mainstream and indie so hopefully there will be something for everyone.

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Hurricane Jess: The Aftermath.

Nhulunbuy, Reflection and Stories, Working Nomad By August, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

As I mentioned, I went into overdrive during the turbulence that Jess left behind. I hit the net, applying for jobs with my polished resume, my eye even leading me towards positions in a place I never thought I’d go. Home. Back to Brisbane. Back to the daily grind of network buses and busy people with no places to be. But at least it wouldn’t be here, and at least I’d be back with friends (friends who I miss dearly). And really, when one sits down and does the math, I would be in the same place financially as I am here.

So yes, I looked at giving away this life and turning tail back home.

when a stranger becomes your hurricane

When a stranger becomes your Hurricane

Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Reflection and Stories, Working Nomad By August, 2016 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Sometimes you have the opportunity to meet people who can completely blow you away; floor you in a remarkable sense.  Sometimes these people are good for you and sometimes they are not.  Either way, these people, these Hurricanes, are an important part of life on the road.

So I’d like to take the time to introduce you to Jess.  Jess was my hurricane.

Getting to know people 101

Locations, Nhulunbuy, Reflection and Stories, Working Nomad By August, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

I’ve been in my new location for just over a week now and it has been flat out at work since the moment I stepped off the plane. Sleep is a rare commodity, solitude has almost been unheard of. Yet still, when there was a knock on the door to my staff quarters (affectionately referred to as ‘The Dungeon’) and the opened doorway revealed two woman from another department, I jumped at the chance to get out and get to know them.