On the road again – Toronto to California to the Rockies

  Our last trip to the States was disastrous. Fun, but still disastrous. My handbag was stolen in Las Vegas. This was not just a mild inconvenience. It’s a huge inconvenience, worry, panic and money-suck when that handbag contains: yours and your husbands passports; your work visa for the country you live in; your house keys […]

Top Five Bucket List Destinations

When you’ve visited Bora Bora, you get to wondering if that’s the bucket list completely done. I know there are other people who would put historical European castle tours and wonders of the world like the Egyptian pyramids at the top of their bucket list, but my perfect holidays include warm water, tropical islands, swimming […]

Evergreen Brickworks – Toronto, Canada

I don’t know if Toronto was always a densely packed urban jungle, or if that is the influence of residential construction and condo living in recent years. But when compared to cities like Sydney and San Francisco, I’ve noticed how thick the urbanisation is in Toronto. The condo skyline reminds me of New York’s, and the […]

Calico Ghost Town – Mojave Desert, California

There are two types of ghost towns in America. The first are the modern ghost towns – the depressing and tragic reality of the American economy. On a drive through the Mid-West you’ll pass many abandoned and derelict small towns. It’s scary how new and contemporary some of the buildings look in these modern ghost […]

Bottomless Lakes State Park – Roswell, New Mexico, United States

If you only stopped in Roswell’s main town, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was all alien paraphernalia and 50s diners. And for dwelling on the confrontingly high level of morbid obesity in the area. But if you drive 30 minutes past town out to Bottomless Lakes, you’ll find a place of unexpected beauty – […]

Ruined Castle – Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Like Ahab chasing Moby Dick, I obsessed over Ruined Castle. Each time I planned a hike to this sandstone rock formation cluster in NSW’s Blue Mountains, the gods of bushwalking looked unkindly on me and it had to be postponed. I didn’t just want to know what you could see five hours hike deep into […]