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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

Photographing Silhouettes – #52PicsProject

Photographing Silhouettes – #52PicsProject

Feb 16, 2017 | 2 Comments

Photographing Silhouettes I love photographing silhouettes. I love the mystery the photo conveys, the drama, mood and emotion that can be evoked. To capture silhouettes you basically need a light source behind your subject. The beach at sunrise is a perfect place to capture photographs with great silhouettes. People are superb subjects to capture but so are natural […]

Things To Do In Leh: 48 Hours in the Himalayan Town

Things To Do In Leh: 48 Hours in the Himalayan Town

Feb 1, 2017 | No Comments

Arriving in Leh by plane will take your breath away – literally. The main town of Ladakh in the Indian Himalaya sits at a high altitude of  3524m. And that means less oxygen and breathing air as dry as powder.  Signs at the airport warn of the dangers of high altitude, giving arriving passengers advice to avoid exertion for […]

Simple Landscapes – #52PicsProject

Simple Landscapes – #52PicsProject

Jan 23, 2017 | 2 Comments

Week 3: Simple Landscapes Photographing large sweeping landscapes is really not my thing.  I find it difficult to capture an emotion, to capture the essence of a place. Simple landscapes are much easier for me to photograph. The beauty truly is in the simple details.  The striking contrast of simplicity in nature. No distractions and no […]

South Coast Hinterland -Beyond the Beaches

South Coast Hinterland -Beyond the Beaches

Jan 22, 2017 | 2 Comments

the nsw south coast hinterland The NSW South Coast is known for its stunning beaches, kilometres of golden sands and sapphire seas. But what do you do on those days when the blustery southerly winds have blown in and brought with it clouds, drizzle and a drop in temperature? The beach suddenly does not seem like such a great option. […]

Taronga Zoo – Capturing (Wild)Life #52PicsProject

Taronga Zoo – Capturing (Wild)Life #52PicsProject

Jan 15, 2017 | 2 Comments

#52PicsProject Week 2: I spent yesterday at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Zoo’s are not really my thing.  I understand they are necessary for conservation and do wonderful things with breeding programs.  They give thousands of people the opportunity to view some of the magnificent creatures that inhabit this fragile planet earth. Not everyone is fortunate enough or […]

Wilsons Promontory – 10 Things We Love About It

Wilsons Promontory – 10 Things We Love About It

Dec 30, 2016 | 8 Comments

Wilsons Promontory is a national park in South Gippsland, Victoria. We chose this place for our annual pre-Christmas holiday – a beautiful, and in parts wild, section of the coast, and the most southern tip of the Australian mainland. Talk about getting away from it all. Here are our 10 reasons why we love this part of […]

And so this is Christmas…

And so this is Christmas…

Dec 24, 2016 | 2 Comments

Happy Christmas And so another year passes. A year that’s seen us take 3 epic treks through New Zealand; drive the world’s highest motor able road; and take a lot of trips closer to home.  We looked at road tripping in the Aussie Outback; we took to indoor sky-diving; got up close and personal with a few […]

Summer Reading List: Books to Love These Holidays

Summer Reading List: Books to Love These Holidays

Dec 10, 2016 | 8 Comments

Summer holidays are almost here and that means a good summer reading list, one of my favourite things. Having endured the shopping centre crowds, the mad consumer frenzy, and the anxiety-inducing mania that is Christmas time, January offers up relaxation, time to wind-down and recharge for the year ahead.  For those heading off on a […]

Tso Moriri: In the Land of the Nomads

Tso Moriri: In the Land of the Nomads

Dec 3, 2016 | 6 Comments

tso moriri Located on the Changtang Plateau in Eastern Ladakh, Tso Moriri evokes images of a by-gone era. Here you are transported back to the ancient world of Silk Road traders, reclusive nomads, archaic traditions, mystical rites and fluid borders.  This really is a land that time forgot. This area is essentially a part of Western Tibet despite a heavily militarised border dictating […]

Snow Leopard Diaries: Chasing Ghosts

Snow Leopard Diaries: Chasing Ghosts

Nov 14, 2016 | 14 Comments

A QUEST TO FIND THE RARE AND ELUSIVE SNOW LEOPARD Day #1 – 22 September Chris and I are sitting in the courtyard of our guesthouse in Leh, the high altitude capital of Ladakh in the Indian Himalaya. It’s 2pm and we should have been on the road by now.  But all tourists require a […]

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