I'm a 37-year old Seattle girl who was bitten by the travel bug on my first tour of Europe in 2004. This personal blog follows my attempts to visit as many countries as I can, as often as my budget will allow. Since starting this blog in 2007, I've also worked as a freelance copywriter for an online travel publication. This only served to add even more must-see locations to my already extended list.
Follow me as I try to balance "real life" with exploring the world, all while trying to conquer a wickedly ironic case of homesickness.


Staying healthy en route

We all know airborne bacteria thrives on airplanes. This is a huge problem for me. Why? Because I'm a mouth breather. My partially deviated septum makes it exceptionally difficult to get enough oxygen when breathing solely through my nose. This gives all that nasty bacteria a free, unprotected path straight into my system. I try to drink lots of water to combat the problem, but that temporary solution doesn't really work when I'm asleep. It seems every time I nod off on a plane, I end up getting ill at some point during the trip. And since we're facing an upcoming fifteen-hour overnight flight, I must find a solution to this problem so I can get some rest.

That is why I'm going to try something new. I'm going to be one of those people this time around. You know, the ones that are wearing one of these:

Add my sleeping eye mask to block out the light and ear plugs to quiet the noise, and I'm going to look...well, quite humourous, frankly. My sister joked that I should write a note on the mask:
Don't worry. I don't have H1N1...but you might!

I'm definitely going to have to hide the camera from my husband and sister, but I should also stay healthy during the flight and arrive in Australia at least somewhat rested, and that is worth looking just a bit foolish. So please, don't judge! And don't laugh...too hard.


Chiseling out an itinerary

Our Sydney itinerary is slowly coming together:

Fly to San Francisco
Dinner and comfy hotel

Tour of Alcatraz
Private tour of San Francisco

In flight en route to Sydney

Sydney Explorer bus ride
Sydney Harbour cruise

Sydney sightseeing
including Sydney Opera House tour

Horseback riding in Glenworth Valley

Beach day in Manly

Trip out to Katoomba,
Blue Mountains, Three Sisters, Scenic Cableway
Sydney Olympic Park
Return on the Parramatta RiverCat

Bondi Explorer
Wooloomooloo, Rose Bay
Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte Beaches
Ocean cliff beach walk
Watson's Bay and the Gap

Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb,
Sydney sightseeing

Fly home, pass out, sleep for a week
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