Your Hit List for Australia’s Capital Cities

With a country this massive, any visit to Oz requires prioritization. In just 8 short months, I’ve traveled all 7 states and explored 6 of the 7 state capitals. Looking for suggestions of what to see and do in each? I’ve got you covered with all my favorites!

Discovering the beauty of Rottnest Island

I created my Australia bucket list in April 2015, five months prior to beginning my adventure, and without much knowledge of the great country that is Australia. I had a few ideas of what I wanted to see thanks to the help of travel blogs, Lonely Planet guides, and Instagram, and from there, I createdContinue reading “Discovering the beauty of Rottnest Island”

Finding Stability While Traveling

Stability is a part of life that we often don’t realize we need until it is stripped away, whether by choice or circumstance.  When we lack stability, we are often in search of it again.  The art of traveling is, at its core, the opposite of stability, and yet, even while on the road, weContinue reading “Finding Stability While Traveling”

Catching the bug (and unfortunately I don’t mean the travel bug…)

  “I think the Gators made me sick,” I told my new friend. “Sorry – who are the Gators?” Ugh. Sometimes it’s difficult living abroad. For one, your new friends are not usually the kind of friends you can share the typical banter from home. These new friends also come with a new set ofContinue reading “Catching the bug (and unfortunately I don’t mean the travel bug…)”

First Impressions of Oz

I’m here!  After 9 months of planning, excitement, and anticipation, Ali is finally in OZ!  It’s almost surreal–there are moments that feel like a dream.  There is much to learn, see and do in my new home of Australia but, for now, I will share my initial impressions of Sydney.  We all know first impressions areContinue reading “First Impressions of Oz”

How I Plan to Afford My Year Abroad

I’ve learned a lot about travel over the last year.  I have learned where to find the best travel resources, developed my own list of top travel apps, earned free flights using travel reward credit cards (thank you, Southwest!), and experienced the post-travel blues. After I returned from Italy, I found myself constantly thinking aboutContinue reading “How I Plan to Afford My Year Abroad”