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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Condobolin utes

Utes in the Paddock: An Outdoor Art Gallery

When I announced my intentions to go to Parkes, most people had the same response. “Parkes? Why?” Parkes is nearly 500km west of Newcastle, famous for its Elvis festival and The Dish. Jared’s cousin lives there and his 40th coincided with the start of our trip, an explanation that satisfied the question of Why Parkes? […]

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Aussie Road Trip

The Road Trip Begins

Ten days ago, Jared and I stuffed a 1997 Nissan Patrol full of everything we ‘needed’ for our trip around Australia and drove out of Newcastle, bound for Parkes. We were conscious that we’d brought too much, and intended to downsize as we went. Just for fun, let’s take a look at what we were […]

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Luck and Travel

Re-thinking the Role of Luck in My Travels

During my twenties I was the first to climb onto a soapbox to proclaim that it wasn’t luck that allowed me to travel, it was a matter of choice. I chose to work abroad on short-term visas rather than look for a full-time position at home, whereas many of my peers chose to do the opposite. […]

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Auckland NZ

The Sword Swallower’s Assistant

Occasionally I’m compelled to write about strange encounters, many of which occurred before I started blogging. This is one of those stories.  The unofficial rule of attending comedy shows is that you don’t sit in the front row unless you want to become part of the show. This also applies to other shows where the performer is […]

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Leaving to travel

Selling Our Stuff: The Process of Letting Go

We have started selling our stuff. I thought it would be liberating, and in a way it is. But it’s also triggered a clinginess and nostalgia I hadn’t expected. Each time my phone pings with a message from Jared telling me he’s sold something else, I’m one part relieved and one part sad to see […]

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Nobbys Lighthouse sunrise

Travel Memoirs and Sailing Ships

Officially, I have written four drafts of my travel memoir. Unofficially? When you add up the re-written bits and pieces, the number is probably closer to forty. As I prepare to fine-tune my proposal and query letter for the next round of agent-hunting, the doubts once again settle in. What if this is crap? The […]

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