4-Day Itinerary In Hobart, Tasmania

Why Tasmania? Why NOT Tasmania! It’s a peculiar part of the world that I never planned on visiting before moving to Australia. But its departure from the sand & sun sides of Australia make it a wonderful – literally… full of wondrous things – place to visit. In some ways, it reminds me of New…

Hard Decisions Abroad: Grieving As An Expat

When you’re an expat and you lose a loved one back home, deciding not to go home can be crushing. On the contrary, deciding to pack a suitcase and catch a plane can be another kind of crushing. When you move abroad, you’ll likely think about what could happen while you’re gone and how you’ll…

Why Whitsundays

Traveling is one of life’s greatest highs. If you have the means and ability, do it. And choosing where in the world to visit is one of the happiest problems you could ever have! I had wanted to visit the Whitsundays ever since my first stint in Australia. I was living in Brisbane and heard…

Being An Empath In A New Country

I feel feelings very deeply. It’s the blessing and curse of being deeply empathetic. Back home, where I had my old habits, I could retreat to distance myself from energies that were toxic. When I was emotional, I could express my feelings in a number of ways. Talking it out, not being ashamed to cry……

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…