Bitten by the travel bug in my early twenties, curiosity led me through more than 40 countries on military planes, Mongolian horses, paddle-steamers and hang-gliders. I’ve written travel stories on topics as diverse as eco-trekking in Nepal, Bosnian bridge divers and the search for Robinson Crusoe in Chile.
These days, I’m a travel and non-fiction writer who contributes regularly to the Sydney Morning Heraldand have also written for Rough Guides, Toronto Star, Australian Geographic and Meanjin amongst others.
I’m a lecturer in journalism and writing at the University of South Australia and I have completed a PhD on travel writing through the University of Canberra.
My first book, Ticket to Paradise, a travel narrative searching for the descendants of the Australian utopian colonies in Paraguay, was published by ABC Books in 2012.
I was a writer for the Hide & Seek Sydney guide published by Hardie Grant in November 2009 and the Indonesia section (a 50,000-word project) of the Rough Guide to South-East Asia for Penguin.
Although I’m addicted to the thrill of foreign cuisine, strange languages and interesting stories while travelling, for a little respite I call the sleepy town of Cooma in the NSW Snowy Mountains home.
Australia, Fiji, Tonga, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, India, Italy, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, USA, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Turkey, Austria, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Albania, Greece, Italy, France, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina.