I’m a writer, photographer and blogger. An Australian, currently based in Melbourne, I am married to an American while continuing an abiding love affair with France. For more than 25 years, I’ve written travel articles, guidebooks, and apps focusing on adventure, luxury, food, wine and cultural stories. I’ve lived on three continents and visited six (Antarctica still eludes me!) and my work has taken me to more than 40 countries.
Each day, I aim to fight the good fight for inquisitive, adventurous and free-spirited story telling and against fairy floss and flabby self-absorbed drivel.
My byline has appeared in publications on four continents including The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, The Guardian, The Wine Spectator, The Toronto Star, Islands Magazine, The Wine Enthusiast, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, The Australian, Escape, International Traveller, Australian Traveller, Vacations and Travel, House and Garden, Royal Auto, getlost, Get Up and Go, Qantas, Jetstar, OUTthere and numerous other airline magazines.
I was born in Brisbane and started traveling at 16, when I was an exchange student in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Returning to Australia, I studied journalism at the University of Queensland and spent a year working as an au pair in the Southwest of France and traveling around Europe.
Not long afterwards, I reconnected with my American high school sweetheart and married him in Seattle, which is where I got my start in travel writing as a journalist with the Seattle Weekly newspaper and as editor of the “The Best Places”, a discerning series of guidebooks to the West Coast of the USA and Canada. Moving to New York, I worked editing lifestyle, food, wine and travel books at Workman Publishing, publishers of 1000 Places to Visit Before You Die and Food Lover’s Guide to France, and as a press attaché for the Bordeaux Wine Trade Council (where I learned to enjoy fine wines that I could never afford to buy) all the while freelancing as a travel writer for publications like Travel & Leisure and the New York Times. I also found time to study photography at the International Center of Photography in New York.
Returning to Australia in the late 1990s with three NYC-born kids and hubby in tow, I now base myself in Melbourne and write for more than 20 publications worldwide. I am a member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers, the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association, and the Media, Arts and Entertainment Alliance.
I have a blog, Genuine Journeys which gives the low down on authentic travel experiences around the world and my app is the definitive guide to Australia’s Best Places.
Australian Society of Travel Writers’ Awards
- Best Australian travel story under 1000 words, winner 2013, 2011
- Best Australian travel story over 1000 words, finalist 2013
- Best Travel app, finalist 2012
- Travel Photographer of the Year, finalist 2011
- Best travel trade story, finalist 2011
- Best International photograph, winner 2010
- Australian Festival of Travel Writing, March 2013, Melbourne
- Panel moderator: From Amateur to Professional: What it takes to be a Travel Writer
- Melbourne Writers Festival, August 2014, Aireys Inlet
- Workshop leader: Turning Your Travels into Travel Stories
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bhutan, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Denmark, Egypt, England, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Laos, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rica, Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, USA, Vietnam, Wales.