travel

Eat Melbourne: Aussie Donuts and Coffee at All Day Donuts in Brunswick

Melbourne has recently had something of a renaissance of American food. With more people travelling than ever before and lots of great deals on flights to L.A., New York, and San Francisco, more varieties of food have made their way to our restaurants and cafés.

It’s not quite up to the standard of what you can get in a major city or down South, but there’s a huge variety of barbecue, burgers, po’boys, you name it popping up in my Aussie city. When I moved to Melbourne five years ago there were two diners and one bar that served U.S.-style meals.

As much as I adore burgers, the foodie trend I have really gotten behind these last two years is the rise of the donut.

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Hong Kong, quickly: Our 2-day layover itinerary

On our way to Mongolia this July, M. and I opted to spend 2 very whirlwind days in Hong Kong on the way.

Exploring the mega-cosmopolitan city was a great way to transition between a stressful month of work and an adventure in the wilds of Mongolia– we got to get in a bit of shopping and eating delicious food before we started roughing it for a fortnight.

We’ve begun to make a bit of a routine of exploring our layover stop. Coming from Australia, you almost always endure a 20-40-hour-straight journey through airports, so cutting that in half with a bit of exploring becomes key to saving your sanity.

For us, though, it’s become a way of squeezing an extra destination and some different experiences into our short breaks from the daily grind.

Our travel mantra could probably be summed up by the phrase “Walk til you drop,” so keep that in mind when you read our itinerary below. You may want to take things a bit slower than we usually do; but then, we do tend to see a lot when we’re roaming around a city non-stop!

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How much travel is too much travel?

So here I am with a brand-new travel blog, and I’m asking myself what seems like a pretty silly question: am I travelling too much?

The answer should be a resounding never! But let’s be real: I am not a highly-paid (or low-ly paid, for that matter), media-savvy digital nomad whose travels are being bankrolled by their hard work on the road. When I travel, it’s out of my own pocket.

Part of my question is, am I getting to the point where those pockets have limited depth? Even with some money saved, should I really be spending it all on travel?

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On Travel & Reading: Italo Calvino’s If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller

When we were in Mongolia, I finally got around to finishing the gorgeous book that M. gave me for my birthday (*cough* two years ago *cough*), Italo Calvino’s If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller.

Why don’t English speakers read more books originally written in different languages? It’s something I didn’t considered before dating a European. Almost every other language reads Shakespeare (many countries read him more than Australian students do!), yet the only time I ever read authors that weren’t British, American, or Canadian  was in my French classes, in their original French. We English-speakers miss a huge chunk of the world’s literature by ignoring translations.

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Book Review: Lonely Planet’s A Fork In The Road

Food is a huge part of what we like to experience during our travels. Whether we’ve purchased it from a cart on the street, dined on it by candlelight, or watched it being prepared in a loved one’s kitchen, we will photograph it, savour it, and remember it for years to come.

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The Travel Shelf: Stay Organized At Home

As you may know if you’ve checked out our About Us section, M. and I are both expats living far away from our own countries in Australia. With the lives we’ve chosen comes a lot of long-haul international travel, whether it’s on vacation or on a trip home to see our families.

Like most people, we’re usually trying to do a million and one things just before we travel. It only took me a few trips to realize that having a place to store all the things I need for travel would save me a lot of time and stress.

And that’s when my travel shelf began.

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