Road Trip Australia

The Secret’s Out: Announcing 2016 Travel Plans

In all the years I’ve been traveling, I’ve never done that thing where I quit a steady job, sell my stuff, and hit the road. So now’s the time. Yesterday, Jared and I both handed in our notices. For the next six weeks we’ll focus on selling our furniture and renting out the house; in […]

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Visiting Peru

What to Expect From Your Working Holiday Visa

First, a caveat: I make no promises. Everyone’s experience with a working holiday visa will be different. It depends on you, of course. This post was born because I’m in a pensive mood; Facebook informed me today that Lateral Movements is now 4 years old. (Fun fact: it was born as Blogabout Europe in 2008 […]

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Argentina

Learning to Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

Toward the end of sixth grade I transitioned from my cat phase and stumbled awkwardly into adolescence. I started to care what I looked like, and spent too long in front of the mirror shellacking down every last strand of frizz. Frizz maintenance required constant trips to the bathroom, including an obligatory stop right after […]

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Australia Rio 2106

Australian Olympians and the Winning Edge

Since the Rio Olympics wrapped, Australian media have been criticizing the Aussie athletes for a failure to succeed. The Australians brought home 29 medals, finishing tenth in the overall Olympic medal tally. This ‘dismal’ result prompted the US-based Wall Street Journal to get in on the action, declaring that the Aussies ‘stunk,’ falling well short […]

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Yamba NSW

Is Yamba Still the Best Town in Australia?

When I first moved to Newcastle I was not impressed. It struck me as dull and suburban, especially in contrast to London, where I’d most recently lived. Newy lacked the backpacker vibe I’d loved in Coffs, and if I wanted to get to the beach from my in-laws’ place, I had to drive. Like, in […]

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Coffs harbour NSW

Return to Coffs Harbour

I first arrived in Coffs on an overnight bus from Sydney, unaware that the town would play a pivotal role in my life. I planned to stay for weeks but stayed for months, extending my flight back to the US because I wasn’t ready to leave. It’s where I learned how to be a backpacker […]

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What I Learned from Housesitting for the First Time

There was a moment in the middle of our housesit, after the dogs got into the rat poison, one of the cows escaped, and a mouse fell victim to an unbaited trap in the kitchen, when I wondered if we’d taken on too much. What I’d initially pictured when we signed up to Aussie House […]

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Bowraville NSW

The Bounties of Bowraville

Bowraville will always stand out to me for the Coach House Inn, where you can (and should) eat the biggest, best veggie burger that ever existed. I know. That’s a bold claim, and I’ll defend it till the day I die. Or find a better veggie burger, whichever comes first. Jared and I stopped for […]

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Pub with no beer

A Surprise Twist to The Pub With No Beer

“There it is,” I shouted. “Good job,” Jared said. “You found it.” The pub with no beer is a historical landmark in Australia, made famous by a 1957 Slim Dusty song. ‘A Pub With No Beer’ was the first Australian single to go gold, and at that stage it was the best-selling record by an […]

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