Photo Essay: Great Ocean Road Australia

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We are saying our good-byes in Melbourne after spending two days with our friend Damien, a jazz musician we met in New York four years ago, when he asks, “Where are you headed now?" “I’m not really sure,” Ryan says. “We’re heading towards Sydney and we thought we’d hit the Great Ocean Road on the way.” “Um. You know that’s…

6 unglamorous realities of working while traveling

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“Get away!” I shout while trying to type and swat flies away from my mouth simultaneously. I realize I’m a ridiculous sight to behold, swearing and sweating in the front seat of a camper van in the middle of a stunning Australian nature reserve while the engine is running to charge my Mac laptop in the cigarette lighter. It’s clear…

Cocklebiddy: What you get for driving across the Nullarbor

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My question was met with a vacant stare from the skinny, unkempt man about my age behind the gas station counter. It wasn’t just that he didn’t appear to understand the words that came out of my mouth; he seemed to be slowly scanning the outline of my head, as though trying to figure out what planet I’d come from…

Coolgardie, Western Australia: Worth its weight in gold

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The most impressive thing about driving halfway across Western Australia is that you can drive for five hours without seeing anything. That is, unless you count some bushes, a great deal of dust and kangaroo road kill as “anything.” Every now and then I spotted a lone house on the horizon in a seemingly uninhabitable place and wondered if it…

How to fight off big, hairy robbers in the Australian Outback

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I’m startled awake at 5 am as the sun rises over Western Australia, causing me to sit up too quickly and smack my head. As I try to work out why the ceiling is so low, I realize I’m clutching my iPhone to my chest like some kind of plastic security blanket. The iPhone screen shows I’ve typed in “000”…

On travel and the joy of new beginnings

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Ryan turns the key in the ignition of our “Adventure Camper” and pulls out onto the long, straight, dusty road that leads to National Highway 94, on to Coolgardie, down to Norseman and across the 1,100 kilometer (684 mile) stretch of Nullarbor Plain. Every Australian we’ve met has told us this is the longest, dullest stretch of nothingness we will…

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