Category Australia

A Detained American’s View on the New Travel Ban

Although I’ve never lived in a war-torn country, feared an oppressive government, suffered religious persecution, or fled genocide, I HAVE actually been detained in immigration and deported from a foreign country. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone, but it has given me a unique perspective on the current immigration debate.

Our Family’s Global Family Field Trip

The following story of our global family field trip appeared in Birmingham’s Over the Mountain Journal on March 15.  It gives a 30,000 foot view of our ~5 month journey. Amped-up Road Trip.

Riley’s Post-Trip Report

Well, we’re back home. It feels crazy being home. The little things that first world countries take for granted–and you live without when you’re traveling–we have back now. I’m talking about unlimited hot water, clean clothes at your fingertips, and a pantry to graze through. But then it doesn’t feel crazy. It feels like we […]

1 Baton + 10 Countries + 150 Seconds = Riley’s World Twirl

It took us 131 days to travel around the world. Watch Riley twirl through 10 countries in just 2.5 minutes.

Street Fight in The Rocks

My mom and I are walking back from a delicious dinner at Sydney’s popular restaurant, Pancakes on the Rocks, while Dad and Riley visit a nearby playground. We are almost back to our hostel in The Rocks, an area of the city filled with historic buildings that would cost a fortune if they weren’t government […]

Fortune Teller in Sydney: Real or Fake?

After waiting in line for about 30 minutes, it was finally my turn.  I gingerly sat down in the provided chair and looked at the mysterious fortune teller. My mom had scored tickets to our hostel’s rooftop New Year’s Eve party.  One of the entertainment sources was the 2014 fortune teller. I was with my […]

Tips to Score a Budget Room in Sydney for New Year’s Eve

It is almost 9 a.m. on April 11, 2013 in Sydney, Australia; however, I’m not in Sydney.  I’m in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee where it’s almost 5 p.m. on April 10.  On the desk in front of me sits my mother’s desktop computer flanked by my iPhone and iPad.  All are online and ready to go. […]

First Dive Ever…on the Great Barrier Reef!

First a weight was attached around my waist. Then Ben, our instructor, put a 30 pound backpack (known as a BCD) and scuba tank on my back, making sure I didn’t topple over as I sat down. I put my feet in the ocean water and squeezed my feet into the super tight flippers. Mom, […]