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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

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Taronga Zoo – Capturing (Wild)Life #52PicsProject

Taronga Zoo – Capturing (Wild)Life #52PicsProject

Jan 15, 2017 | No 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 | One Comment

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 […]

Things to Do in Delhi (Not Another Bloody Fort?)

Things to Do in Delhi (Not Another Bloody Fort?)

Nov 3, 2016 | 6 Comments

Nope, I’m done with forts and palaces and tombs.  I’ve visited the  impressive terracotta coloured tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, a trial run for the  building of the Taj Mahal.  I’ve viewed the tallest brick minaret (73m) in the world at the Qutub Minar. And have fought the tourists crowds at the place the Mughal Emperors called home […]

Street Photography Workshop: Delhi

Street Photography Workshop: Delhi

Oct 17, 2016 | 18 Comments

It’s only 7 o’clock in the morning and already the damp heat  of Delhi’s  late summer is steaming up my eye-glasses. Sweat trickles down my back and my t-shirt is clinging to my clammy skin. I fan myself with some errant piece of paper found in my bag with the hope of some relief from the incessant heat. Around me […]

Snow Leopards: In Search of the Grey Ghost

Snow Leopards: In Search of the Grey Ghost

Sep 12, 2016 | 5 Comments

Three years ago I climbed a 5000m pass in the Indian Himalaya looking for snow leopards. I struggled with the altitude and each deep breath I took felt raspy on my throat as I drew in the cold, arid air of the high altitude desert that is the Markha Valley in Ladakh. The higher I went the more difficult […]

Indoor Skydiving in Sydney Suburbia – iFLY Downunder

Indoor Skydiving in Sydney Suburbia – iFLY Downunder

Sep 3, 2016 | 10 Comments

Did you know that on the outskirts of Sydney’s sprawling suburbia you can learn to fly like a super hero? Indoor skydiving is the current craze to hit in action and adrenaline sports and it was for this that we found ourselves one wintry Saturday morning taking the long drive out through Sydney’s sprawling western suburbs […]

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