Overcoming the fear of travelling alone

I will not pretend I wasn’t petrified. I was. But mixed in with the awful fear was a glorious feeling of excitement. Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t. 

Danny, the Champion of the World

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The most iconic places in Australia you’ve never heard of

Sydney Opera House & Sydney Harbour BridgeEverybody knows the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Uluru, and the Great Barrier Reef.

But there are many other places that are just as magnificent that you’ve probably never heard of or, if you do know them, haven’t thought about visiting.

Places that are seared into the Australian psyche,but which even locals don’t know. Places where you can have truly unique experiences.

Places that are truly iconic.

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Top Australian Outback landscapes

Wildflowers in the Australian desert - Innamincka The Australian outback is not all flat, endless plains. The countryside is constantly changing – rainforest, floodplains (and drought plains), ‘jump up’ country, rivers, deserts, sand dunes, and red dust are some of the things you’ll see. Sometimes all within the space of a day’s drive.

Even the name of the deserts conjures up amazing images The Stony Desert, The Painted Desert, and The Moon Desert are only a few of the deserts that you can travel through in outback Australia.

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Things you need to know before travelling in Australia

You’re thinking about visiting Australia, and want to make the most of your time here.

You’ve checked the web for the best places to visit, and come up with your list of places to see. If you’re like most people that list will include

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge & Opera House
  • Bondi Beach
  • Uluru
  • Great Barrier Reef

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2017 in review

It’s almost the end of the year, so I guess it’s time to reflect on the year past, and look forward to the new year. What did I do and what would I do differently next year?

I’m not a big one for making New Year’s Resolutions. I believe if you want to change something, or do something different, do it when you think of it. Why wait until a completely arbitrary deadline like the new year?

Also, like most people, I never keep them. I have made the “I’m going to be a better me” resolutions. Lose weight, be nicer, read more books, etc in the past. Blah. Never happens. I’m still the old version of me, and over the years I’ve grown to like it.

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So I hired a Jeep

It must be one of the most effective marketing campaigns ever. “So you bought a Jeep”.

I didn’t buy one, but I did hire one. To be completely accurate, I hired a small 4WD to get us around Kakadu and that’s what I got. A Jeep Wrangler. Even the hire companies have succumbed!

My Vitara has been giving me a bit of grief lately, so this was a good opportunity to test drive the Jeep and see if I wanted to trade the Suzuki.

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