Understanding Australian English

“It’s Australian to do such things because, however uncivilised they may seem, it’s human to do them.” Hugh Mackay Australian English can easily leave both English speakers and non-native speakers more than a little perplexed, with many common words differing from the slang words we use at home. Australian slang it is often characterized by making…

24 Travel Tips for Going on Vacation With Anxiety

The following article is courtesy of Haley Quinn at The Mighty. As children, we wait in anticipation for summer vacation — a break from the days and weeks we spend confined to the four walls of our school. As adults, the warmer weather signals it’s time to take a vacation and break from the monotony…

Unbelievable Uluru

“Those who stop dreaming are lost” Australian Aboriginal Proverb No trip to Australia is complete without visiting the amazing Australian Outback and the world famous Uluru (Ayers Rock). The area around Uluru was settled thousands of years ago, and although it was ‘discovered’ by the white man in the 1800s, Uluru and Aboriginal culture are very much…

Regional Work Tips

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” – Masanobu Fukuoka In order to secure a second year on your 417 Working Holiday Visa in Australia, you must undertake 88 days of regional work. If you’re lucky enough to be working a 38 hour…

How Solo Travelers Can Beat the High Cost of Going it Alone

It’s no secret that many cruise lines, tour operators, all-inclusive resorts and even hotels charge considerably lower prices to those who travel in twos. And even if a single traveler is willing to take a chance and bunk with a stranger, most travel companies don’t offer any help in finding a partner. But the scene…

Reciped From Around the World: Thai Green Curry

“This curry was like a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony that I’d once heard…..especially the last movement, with everything screaming and banging ‘Joy.’ It stunned, it made one fear great art. My father could say nothing after the meal.” Anthony Burgess I absolutely love spicy food and Thai green curry is perhaps my favorite. It’s…

Recipes From Around The World: Banana Bread

“Time flies like an arrow – fruit flies like a banana” Sir Terry Wogan When I arrived to Sydney, it was impossible to miss how popular banana bread is here, being sold everywhere from McDonald’s to what seems like every cafe and coffee shop. This was a delight to Ronan’s taste buds, as he was…

Stunning San Diego

“I thought San Diego must be Heaven on earth…It seemed to me the best spot for building a city I ever saw.” Alonzo Horton, builder of New Town, site of current downtown San Diego, 1877 After visiting San Francisco in the summer of 2015, I thought that it would always be my favorite US city….

Recipes from around the world: No Bake Anzac Cheescake

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand which broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”.  Anzac Day is observed on the 25th April every year. This day of remembrance was originally…

Recipes From Around The World: Hawaiian Mai Tai

Time: 5 min Serves: 1 Ingredients Spiced rum – 1 shot Mango & passion fruit rum – 1-2 shots (can use coconut or other flavors of rum if preferred) Grenadine syrup – 1 teaspoon Pineapple juice – 45ml Orange juice – 45ml 1 cup ice cubes A wedge of fruit Directions In a cocktail mixer full of…

Awe-Inspiring Oahu – Top Things to Do

“Aloha is the unconditional desire to promote the true good of other people in a friendly spirit out of a sense of kinship”      Abraham Akaka When we first started planning our travels on the way to Australia, we initially planned to visit the island of Oahu. When we started to plan our stay…