tent on sand

The night some dirtbag stole our camper trailer

Jared and I woke to a frantic knock on the bedroom door at 6:30am the morning after Melbourne Cup. “Your trailer’s gone.” Stunned, we roused ourselves. I had heard what his cousin said, but I didn’t believe it until I went outside. There was the car, parked right in front of the house, but behind […]

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What I Learned From(1)

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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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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Looking over edge of cliff

Seven Months On the Road in Australia

It has been seven months since we started this trip, and even though we’ve covered 12,000km I still feel like we’re just getting started. We have traveled from Newcastle to far north Queensland and back, then hugged the NSW south coast through to Victoria, across to Tassie, and up to Adelaide, which is where we […]

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beautiful palm tree

Crocodile Warnings in the Daintree Rainforest

“So has anyone actually been taken by a croc around here?” In retrospect it was a fairly inappropriate question, but I couldn’t help myself. This was Wonga Beach in Far North Queensland, and we were allegedly in croc territory. “Yep,” the owner of the caravan park said. “Woman was taken just up the road not […]

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Silver fish sculptures

Catsitting in Cairns

Squeak sat on the couch, curled into a ball. When we entered the house she barely lifted her head; I wasn’t sure if it was disinterest or if the physical movement was simply too much for her tiny muscles. Gellar gave off the illusion of being robust, but it was mainly an excess of white […]

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The Wild Cassowaries of Mission Beach

Cassowary Encounters at Mission Beach

Let’s talk about cassowaries for a minute. The endangered southern cassowary lives in Mission Beach, Queensland, about halfway between Townsville and Cairns. And if you’re not careful, they will mess you up. Well, according to the signs they will, and those signs are very convincing. There are no shortage of warnings that tourists should be […]

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palm tree and boat

Zipping Around Magnetic Island, Queensland

The little red hire car was low to the ground and topless, with tires that wouldn’t have looked out of place on a bicycle. There were no doors, and when I swung into the passenger seat the whole car groaned as if I were an elephant. It was everything I’d hoped it would be. To […]

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Whitsunday black island

The Youthfulness of Airlie Beach

It was the last bar on the strip that made me realize I’d changed since my visit to Airlie Beach 11 years ago. Most of the men (boys?) inside were topless, shirts slung around their necks or missing altogether. The women nearly all wore sleeveless playsuits, but the super-skimpy versions that fluttered just below butt […]

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