Why Sydney Is Ideal for Female Solo Travelers

I don’t have to list the safety concerns for female solo travelers. Part of me wants to say that it’s easy to assume that if you’re the kind of lady who would travel on her own, you have the awareness necessary to stay safe. Another part of me wants to eschew warnings, taking the “ignorance…

What They Don’t Tell You About Becoming An Expat: Part II

The expat life is a life full of surprises and learnings. Months ago, I wrote about what they don’t tell you about becoming an expat. My real goal in writing that is to leave it available for another expat or expat-to-be and provide them comfort in learning that their feelings aren’t strange and ensure that…

Vivid Sydney: A Case Study in Choosing A New Hometown

Many people have asked me why the hell I would ever choose to move away from NYC. The standard follow up question is why would I choose Sydney out of all the cities in the world. The simple answer is that I studied abroad in Brisbane for a semester in college and fell in love…

How To Respond When Someone Asks Why You Moved AWAY From NYC

Naively, I thought that once I moved, my decision to move wouldn’t be questioned anymore. I had dealt with the incessant barrage of questions (“Why do you have to go so far?” “How long will you be away?” “You’re not running away to escape, right?”) and assumptions (“But I thought you loved your life in…

Sydney Walkabouts

Even the city mice enjoy a pleasant walk in the country! For Sydneysiders, the country isn’t far. In fact, one of my favourite aspects of living in Sydney is that you get city, beach, cliff walks, and bush walks all within the radius of a few kilometers. As part of my plan to soak in…

My Favourite Travel Quotes

When I left home and the life that I had curated and crafted, I depended quotes and mantras to help carry me across the threshold.

Random Thoughts of Expat in Sydney

Since I have lived in Sydney for four months now, I’ve decided to write a list of the random thoughts, feelings, and observations I’ve had or made since moving here from NYC. This is in no particular order:  Corn fritters: how did they become the food obsession du jour? In Australian English, many words look…

Can’t-Miss Aussie Meals

Australia might not be famous for its cuisine. But cities like Sydney and Melbourne have burgeoning food scenes that top the international ranks. And of course, the proximity to Asia and the tangible influence of other cultures on Australian culture make it so easy to find an incredible, globally-inspired meal. But if you’re curious about what foods…

Friend Seeking Friends

“People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.”  When I moved, I left the absolute best friends in the world stateside. My friends are strong, generous, hilarious, beautiful, and whip smart. I couldn’t be luckier to have them in my life. And staying in touch daily, weekly, or periodically means the world…

Top 3 Surprises About Finding Work

As they say, finding a job is a job in itself. Since the last job I had in NYC became too intense to sustain, I dove into my planned holiday with both feet. It was important to me that I move to a new country without the additional stress of needing to find work right…

10 Surprises of Moving to Sydney

A month ago, I reflected on the 10 things I wish I had known before moving to Sydney. Now that I’ve begun the process of settling in, I’ve taken note of the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between daily life in NYC and Sydney. You’re a pedestrian? No one cares.  Who knew that walking out of the house…

Finding My Fit Fam

One of the biggest thrills of living in Manhattan is having access to the trendiest, hardest workouts. Whether top models swear by it or you’re drawn in by the amenities, there are a million reasons to try those trendy boutique fitness classes in NYC. And whether it’s the endorphin rush or the result from your fifth class, you’ll find…