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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

Microadventure: When There’s No Time For Adventure

Microadventure: When There’s No Time For Adventure

May 29, 2016 | 9 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 | 14 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 […]

Urban Tribes: Street Photography India

Urban Tribes: Street Photography India

Mar 21, 2016 | 6 Comments

“If there is one place on the face of this Earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when Man began the dream of existence, it is India. “ Romain Rollan, French Philosopher On my last trip to India in 2013 we visited the Amber Fort just outside […]

Kensington Street -24 hrs in Sydney’s Hip New Precinct

Kensington Street -24 hrs in Sydney’s Hip New Precinct

Mar 6, 2016 | 18 Comments

hip:  def. – adjective, informal 1. cooler than cool, the pinnacle of what is “it”; beyond all trends and conventional coolness (The Urban Dictionary) 2. very fashionable, in fashion, voguish (Wikipedia) 3. Kensington Street Precinct (NOMAD/nester) Sydney has a shiny new precinct.  What was once the derelict and rundown old Carlton United Brewery on Broadway and bordering Chippendale […]

Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula: Take a Trip Around an Extinct Volcano

Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula: Take a Trip Around an Extinct Volcano

Feb 21, 2016 | 4 Comments

We snake our way along the narrow, serpentine road as wispy white clouds scud across our path bringing cold wind gusts and that heady feeling of being high in the mountains. As my imagination has the car tyres inching closer and closer to the edge, my fear impels me to watch the road ahead and […]

Trekking New Zealand -3 Epic Walks Anyone Can Do

Trekking New Zealand -3 Epic Walks Anyone Can Do

Feb 6, 2016 | 13 Comments

“There’s only one word for New Zealand – EPIC!” Bear Grylls Once we decided we were going to spend our summer break trekking New Zealand the obvious question was “Where?”  New Zealand has an array of spectacular multi-day walks – think Routeburn, the rugged Rees-Dart track, the picturesque Abel-Tasman coastal track, and the Milford Track, probably the most […]

Serena Star Leonard & John Leonard – Storytellers, Travellers, Film-makers

Serena Star Leonard & John Leonard – Storytellers, Travellers, Film-makers

Jan 19, 2016 | 4 Comments

In the next of my series of interviews with inspirational people I would like to introduce you to Serena Star Leonard and John Leonard, an intrepid couple whose travels have inspired them to make small documentary films about life’s real heroes – people who have dedicated their energy and lives to helping those in need […]

Christchurch: Post-Apocalypse

Christchurch: Post-Apocalypse

Jan 12, 2016 | 14 Comments

Christchurch has an image problem. On the 22nd February 2011 this most English of New Zealand cities was devastated by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake. The statistics are sobering: 181 people died as a result of the quake, a large proportion of whom were international students 116 of those who perished were in killed in the […]

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