Australian Slang

Here is some funny Australian slang I’ve picked up. Most of these are thanks to John Sargent, my long lost cousin from Hobart, Tasmania. Can you think of any more? Lazy yet cute abbreviations for everyday things (they do this in New Zealand too) brekkie: breakfast smoko: breaktime (not everyone smokes though!) Maccas: McDonalds bikkie:…

Melbourne, Australia

I’ve been living in Melbourne, Australia for 2 weeks now. I have a room in a share house with 6 other young people, from the US, Italy, Israel, England, and Australia. I’m here to finish up my 1-year working holiday visa, which expires in September.   Melbourne is known to be the coolest city in…

Australian Anecdotes

James and I are currently in Australia, where the roads are long and the land is flat. We’ve met some interesting – and WEIRD – people since we’ve been here. We’ve been bored, exhausted, overwhelmed, and inspired – and it’s only been 3 months! 9 to go on our one-year working holiday visas. Here are…

G’day from Australia!

The last time I blogged was in Tianyar, Bali, when James and I were teaching english and writing content for a website. Here’s a brief update of what we’ve done since then: September: Flew to Perth, Western Australia, where we couchsurfed with some fun people for a week. Tried kangaroo at a bbq, it was…

12 Places I’ve HelpX’d At

HelpX, or Help exchange, is a way to travel for free by volunteering in exchange for food and accommodation. There are other similar models like Workaway and WWOOFing, but the one I use is helpx.net. I volunteered my way across New Zealand and Australia from 2011-2013, and later found places to volunteer in Bali and Japan. Typically, I would volunteer from 4 to 6 hours a day and then have the rest of the day free to do whatever I wanted. After doing this podcast with my author and travel friend Rollie Peterkin where he asked about some of my favorite volunteering experiences, he recommended that I write them all down. So here they are, in chronological order!