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Hey everyone - my name is Julie Small and I live in Australia. This blog is all about travel..for the NOMAD and the nester. Road-trips, day-trips, BIG trips…you will find them all…close to home and far far away. And for the armchair traveller there are travel book reviews, film reviews and lots of photography (so you can see what you're missing!!). Enjoy. Please share, comment and don't be afraid to drop me a line. Safe travels….Julie

Latest Posts

Roadtripping the Aussie Outback: Ten Tips for A Great Trip

Roadtripping the Aussie Outback: Ten Tips for A Great Trip

Aug 22, 2016 | 7 Comments

Roadtripping the Aussie Outback is a dream of a lot of travellers to this country.  But it’s not just the backpackers and foreign tourists who are venturing out to the enigmatic  Australian Outback. It is attracting many local tourists too. There something intangible about the wide open spaces. There is something about the infinite emptiness and mesmerising beauty […]

Travel with Books: See the World From Your Couch

Travel with Books: See the World From Your Couch

Jul 31, 2016 | 7 Comments

You can’t always find the time or money to travel the world. But you can go vicariously through books. From New York, to Paris, to Sydney – let literature take you there.  Here are my top five recent releases -while not are all technically travel books, they will all transport you to another place – don’t […]

Things To Do In Barcelona – Bon dia, ens n’anem

Things To Do In Barcelona – Bon dia, ens n’anem

Jul 29, 2016 | 11 Comments

There are plenty of things to do in Barcelona, arguably one of Spain’s most vibrant cities.  This strident city is a  heady mix of Catalan culture, art, architecture, food and bustling city streets that are brimful of cafes, tapas bars and eclectic shopping. There is art on every street from the unmistakable form of Gaudi’s architecture to the […]

Street Photography Paris

Street Photography Paris

Jul 8, 2016 | 8 Comments

Street Photography Paris – the City of Light through a black and white lens.   “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast “When good Americans […]

I’d Like My Crayons Back, Please – Reclaiming Creativity

I’d Like My Crayons Back, Please – Reclaiming Creativity

Jun 27, 2016 | 14 Comments

Who do you think are the most creative people?  Who among us epitomises creativity? Is it artists? Writers? Actors? Or musicians? It’s none of these. The most creative among us are children.  That is until they are told they aren’t.   Children are natural creators, full of imagination and inspiration  but somewhere between building forts out of […]

A Night At Crackenback Farm

A Night At Crackenback Farm

Jun 10, 2016 | 18 Comments

The weather forecast was dire. A massive low pressure system was moving towards the east coast of Australia promising heavy, driving rain and fierce almost cyclonic winds. It was due to slam into the coast and inland New South Wales Friday night. On our calendar was a camping trip to the Snowy Mountains on Saturday. […]

Microadventure: When There’s No Time For Adventure

Microadventure: When There’s No Time For Adventure

May 29, 2016 | 16 Comments

There’s  a new buzz-word doing the rounds of the internet and I like it: Microadventure.  Alastair Humphreys – Adventurer (so it says on his business card)  has written an entire book about them called – unsurprisingly – Microadventures: Local Discoveries, Great Escapes. While his book is focussed on  the UK, the concept and inspiration behind them can be translated to […]

Meerkats – Up Close and Personal

Meerkats – Up Close and Personal

May 12, 2016 | 15 Comments

Our Saturday Morning at the Meerkats Manor How do you think you would react to having a funky smelling, beady eyed meerkat eating carrot from the top of your head? Or how about one standing sentry on your shoulder, nuzzling your ear and refusing to budge?  I would challenge anyone to maintain their composure.  These […]

Things to Do in Paris  (No Eiffel Towers here)

Things to Do in Paris (No Eiffel Towers here)

Apr 30, 2016 | 21 Comments

So you’ve been in Paris for a few days. You have managed to fight through the tourist hordes at the Louvre  to get your selfie with Mona Lisa. You have queued for three hours at the Eiffel Tower to sit at the top with a view over all of Paris and sip expensive cheap champagne from a […]

Khardung La: Driving the World’s Highest Motorable Road

Khardung La: Driving the World’s Highest Motorable Road

Apr 1, 2016 | 6 Comments

The Khardung La: “Surely the gods must live here, this is no place for men.” Rudyard Kipling We have reached an impasse.  Neither of us can move forward. The large, camouflage patterned army truck will not and cannot retreat. Our driver puts our car in reverse and, without breaking a sweat, slowly backs it up […]

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