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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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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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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Crystal Falls Dorrigo

Dorrigo Rainforest: Better Than Fern Gully

Dorrigo National Park is the first rainforest I ever visited. I expected something out of Fern Gully, with dripping vines, giant flowers, and squawking birds the likes of which I’d never seen anywhere else. Except maybe on a box of Froot Loops. Dorrigo is more understated than the rainforest of my imagination. The only squawking […]

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Dogs rat poison

Housesitting: Expect the Unexpected

Jared found the dead rat on the floor of the chicken coop. It must have eaten the poison in the rat trap at the corner of the house. I’d noticed the trap but gave it a wide berth, preferring not to think about its implications. Mice in the kitchen I was learning to handle – […]

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Sawtell Surfboard painting

Return to the Sawtell Chilli Festival

In 2005 I unexpectedly found myself in Coffs Harbour for the winter, thanks to a last-minute job offer. I was working as a night manager at a hostel, responsible for checking in after-hours guests and making sure the phone was answered in the middle of the night. The job came with free accommodation and paid […]

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Trial bay Gaol

The Million Dollar Views of Trial Bay Gaol

South West Rocks is roughly halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, if you’re traveling by sea. Today its gorgeous beaches and lighthouse make it a popular holiday destination for families, but in the late 1800s it was better known for its public works prison, Trial Bay Gaol. In its first iteration as a public works prison […]

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Housesit NSW

The Housesit Begins

“Just last week we found a king brown in the woodpile,” our housesit owner told us. “It was only a baby, though.” Excellent. One of the world’s deadliest snakes had recently been found at the farmhouse where we’d be living for the next month. Great news. On the plus side, I was now less edgy […]

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