An Education in Australian Wildlife at Taronga Zoo

Australia is full of unique creatures, most of which are native only to the island nation. They’re on their coins and coat of arms and I’ve been lucky to see many of them in the wild or throughout my travels. But for a well-rounded introduction to exactly what makes Australia a special place for wildlife, […]

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Tune Hotels: A La Carte Luxury

Budget travel is how I operate, as I try to get as much money out of an experience as I can, allowing me to travel for longer. I’m comfortable in hostels for this reason, but I occasionally stay in hotels when the value is right. When I was looking for a place to stay in […]

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Tasting Melbourne’s Coffee Culture

I’m not much of a coffee drinker. In fact, I don’t drink it at all. Tea is my chosen beverage, followed shortly by Coca Cola. But by not drinking coffee, I’ve been missing out on important parts of the places I visit. No espresso in Italy, no drop coffee at New York diners and no […]

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Visiting the Blue Mountains Independently

When planning my trip back to Sydney, I knew I wanted to take Sammi to the Blue Mountains for a day hike. She’s the outdoorsy one of the three of us, plus I wanted her to see the famed Three Sisters. We looked at a number of options, but really wanted the flexibility of going […]

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Sleeping Like a Local at Sydney Central YHA

Returning to Sydney was an odd sensation, as I spent over six months living there in 2011, riding the train to work everyday past the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. This time around, I did something I never did back then: I stayed at a hostel in Sydney. I was lucky enough to be able […]

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Frequently Asked Questions on Solo Travel in Turkey

If I haven’t proven to you by now what a beautiful place Turkey is and why it’s worth visiting, I will never convince you. I guess the delicious food, friendly people and historical landmarks aren’t for everyone. But if you are thinking about visiting Turkey, I want to answer some questions that have been asked […]

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Travel Writing Round Up [April 2014]

If you saw the last few editions of Travel Writing Round Up, welcome back! There are a lot of great opportunities this month, so I hope you will take full advantage of them. A lot are repeats from last month as well, but new posts are denoted with stars. I have checked all the links to […]

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On Returning to Sydney

My arrival back in Sydney on Friday was a day I’d been dreaming about for the last two years. I put a lot of thought into the trip and got excited about the places I would revisit in Sydney long before I even booked my ticket. But there are hundreds of emotions that I’ve felt about […]

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Photo Essay: Knoxville Street Art

I’ve found street art all over the world including places I knew had a thriving art culture, like Melbourne, Berlin and Miami, as well as places I didn’t expect it from, like Toronto, Porto and my hometown of Atlanta. But I didn’t expect that during a short overnight trip to Knoxville, Tennessee, I would discover […]

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Packing for 3 Months in Asia

This trip has been two years in the making, so of course I’ve gone over what to pack about a million times in my head during that time. I knew I wanted to get as close to going carry on only as possible, although it’s hard to manage when you’re flying long-haul carriers and regional […]

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Lessons from a Half Marathon Virgin

I’m the first to admit that I’m not a runner. I don’t even really like exercise, but I do my best to keep myself in shape. So when I got the idea to do a half marathon a few years ago, it seemed like something distant and in the future. But my friends finally talked […]

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Five Years of Caroline in the City

Five years. 60 months. 1,825 days. This is the time that has passed since I sat at my desk in my Charleston apartment and typed out my first post on my recently created Blogger site. Looking back on those posts, I feel so silly, as they’re nothing more than photos and typed journal entries from […]

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