Saturday, March 25th, 2017

My 13 Best Travel Moments of 2013

In a year of travel taking me from Austria to Australia, Boston to Bangkok, Malta to Macedonia, Kyoto to Koh Lanta, the good times have been so good. To commemorate the year, I decided to do a round-up of my best travel moments of 2013. Rest assured, as good as the times rolled, it certainly wasn’t […]

Is Australia a Value Destination?

It’s one of the most expensive countries in the world. Is Australia worth the cost? Over my three weeks Down Under, I choked at prices several times. The first time was at a little general store and cafe near Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory when I wanted to buy a cup of coffee. […]

Australia’s Northern Territory in Black and White

The Northern Territory is an extreme environment. The climate is harsh; the wildlife is dangerous. The people who have survived here before modern development and technology are truly warriors, because this environment can kill you quickly — whether it’s through heatstroke or dehydration, a snake bite or a croc attack. While looking through my Northern […]

10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Uluru

Just a rock in the middle of the desert? No way. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is so much more than that. Without a doubt, it was one of my favorite destinations in all of Australia. You probably already know Uluru is smack dab in the middle of Australia and that the desert is scorching during […]

The UNESCO Hunt: 62-71

At this point, I can say that I’ve been to more than 70 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I’m chugging along in my UNESCO hunt — but I didn’t think it would take three months to visit the last ten! Were there missed opportunities? In Japan, most certainly. I easily could have visited Nara for the Historic […]

It’s Always Croc Season in Darwin and the Top End

“It’s man-made, and it’s croc-free!” The voiceover announcer seems to beam with pride at this statement as we ride past a lake surrounded by palm trees. I turn to Mario. “Croc-free? Do they actually have to mention that?” It’s a Sunday afternoon in Darwin, the city that sits at the very top of Australia. We […]

The Brutal World of Kakadu National Park

Ever since I’ve started visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites more conscientiously, I’ve discovered that there’s something that makes these destinations special: they might not be the best known attractions in the world, but once you learn a bit about them, they are incredibly impressive. I didn’t know much about Kakadu beyond that it was one […]

SOTM Tour: Month Four of Twelve

It’s been four months on the road for the SOTM Tour! Our fourth month was one of the busiest of the trip so far. We traveled like mad, visited some incredibly beautiful places, took part in tons of activities, met up with countless friends. This month also had some of the lowest points of the […]

Hello from Australia! Here’s what I’m up to.

As this post goes live, I will be in Australia for the very first time, camping in Kakadu National Park! With an incredibly busy schedule in the Northern Territory over the next week, the next few posts have been scheduled ahead of time. My itinerary will be as follows: Darwin: September 15 and 18-19 I […]