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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Nissan Patrol on beach

Day trip to Fraser Island: Yes, it’s possible

I pulled out my best statistic to convince Jared we needed to go to Fraser Island: “It’s the largest sand island in the world.” We were both silent as we considered the implications of my not-so-compelling argument. Sand, by itself, is not that great. It gets in your sandwiches and your underwear, plus if the […]

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whale watch australia

Whale Watching in Hervey Bay

Between April and November, humpback whales conduct their annual migration along Australia’s east coast, turning the Pacific into the Humpback Highway. First they travel north to warmer waters to mate or give birth, then they turn tail and head back south. The young males go first, followed by the newly pregnant females, and mom-baby combos […]

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Noosa national park

A Week on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is the Gold Coast’s laid-back northern counterpart; it’s only the sprawl of Brisbane that separates the two. The Sunny Coast, as it’s affectionately called, stretches for about 60 kilometers from Caloundra to Noosa. We chose Mudjimba as our base for a week – it was quieter, but with the requisite amenities within […]

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Gold Coast Snapper Rocks

Gold Coast Adventures of the Over-30 Set

When I first came to the Gold Coast as a 23-year-old, I was attracted by the bright lights of Surfers Paradise. My friend Alexa and I laid out on the beach all day, then hit up the bars at night. We visited Surfers to verify its reputation as a tacky, glitzy party town. Since that’s […]

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A Month in Brisbane

I was trying so hard to stay in chronological order on the blog, but I just can’t. I’m so close – all I need to write about is the Gold Coast and Tropical Fruit World – but I have to get back to real time. Jared and I have been in Brisbane for a month, […]

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Cape Byron Australia

How Not to Ask a Stranger to Take Your Photo

Byron Bay contains the most easterly point in mainland Australia. Like any good point of interest, there is a sign legitimizing it. If you want a picture of yourself with the sign, you either have to wait in line or sneak in like a ninja when the other people are examining the photos they just […]

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