Oceania

Extra Cut! Snow Boarding in New Zealand

Extra Cut! Snow Boarding in New Zealand

It has been some time since my last post and during my hiatus, there have been plenty of adventures. They’ll be heading your way shortly, along with a few new stories from our past trips! To ease back into the…

Blowing through windy Wellington

Blowing through windy Wellington

New Zealand is a unique place, and when it comes to the nation’s capital – Wellington – that is true in fantastic style! One of the wettest, windiest places on the planet, New Zealand’s capital city lies nestled in the…

In search of Lorien: Finding Middle Earth in Glenorchy

In search of Lorien: Finding Middle Earth in Glenorchy

Snowboarding in Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island was a far different experience to the comfortable, resort-style treat you might be used to in Europe or America. Each morning was an early start for a 45-minute or more drive up…

Underground in a land without litigation.

Underground in a land without litigation.

The central region of New Zealand’s North Island is fertile, green, and lush. The hills are used for farming, lovely towns like Cambridge, Hamilton, Mata Mata and Hobbiton make driving distances manageable and pleasant, and one of the country’s principal…

Picnic at White Island

Picnic at White Island

Anyone who has attended middle school should have learned that volcanos – in addition to being fascinating – can be pretty hot, and an altogether inadvisable place for a picnic. With this wisdom in mind, it may come as a…

New Zealand, Middle Earth and The Shire

New Zealand, Middle Earth and The Shire

About two and a half hours driving south of Auckland will take you to another world. Much has been said before about the hidden world spread across New Zealand, but until you actually find yourself in Middle Earth, it’s hard…

Meeting Linh: Part 2

Meeting Linh: Part 2

The phone’s ring dragged me from blissful slumber, and I hadn’t even accepted the call when my stomach leapt into my mouth and wrenched me in to full consciousness. I was still bumbling through apologies as I stepped into the…

Einstein’s Barber Shop Itinerary – WA: The South West

Einstein’s Barber Shop Itinerary – WA: The South West

Welcome to the second Einstein’s Barber Shop Itinerary! This week, we’re looking at the first significant trip I took in Western Australia (and the trip during which I met my partner Linh)! If you’d like to download the PDF which…

Meeting Linh: Part 1

Meeting Linh: Part 1

When people ask how Linh and I met, the answer often elicits a condescending smile – at least until we provide a little more detail. The short version of this story is that I found Linh on Gumtree, but before…

Einstein’s Barber Shop Itinerary – WA: Exmouth and Karijni NP

Einstein’s Barber Shop Itinerary – WA: Exmouth and Karijni NP

I’ve been writing about my travels for a bit over a year now, and I’ve racked up some fairly interesting miles, both in Australia and across the globe. Each time we take a trip, we do some kind of planning,…

Fuelling new Discoveries

Fuelling new Discoveries

Running out of – or at least grossly miscalculating – fuel is almost a rite of passage for the seasoned overland traveller. I’v lost count of the number of times that I’ve spent long stretches of road sweating the minute…

A short trip in a big state

A short trip in a big state

Western Australia is massive. All that space houses a relatively modest population with a few far removed settlements – some of which are almost large enough to be classified as towns. In face, with the exception of Mandurah and perhaps…

An open leter to (WA) Drivers

An open leter to (WA) Drivers

Dear Western Australian drivers (may be applicable to drivers in other locales), Hi, you probably don’t know me. I’m that guy sitting in the oncoming lane. I know you haven’t noticed me, because you’re trash texting your mate about how…

Harvesting the fruit of a ten-year old dream

Harvesting the fruit of a ten-year old dream

Ten years ago I was selling televisions in Queensland and doing everything I could to avoid the responsibilities of my still new adulthood (in some ways, little has changed). Elsewhere in the world, however a man and his wife had…

Extra cut! Hop Harvest

Extra cut! Hop Harvest

As I try to work out how to replace Barber Shop Photos with something else, I’m playing with video editing. Last weekend (Feb 20) Linh and I joined some friends in their inaugural Hop Harvest Party to celebrate their first…

Barber Shop Photos 27 – Kalbarri

Barber Shop Photos 27 – Kalbarri

This will be the last Barber Shop Photos for now. I’ve enjoyed sharing photos, but it feels a little like I’m just filling this spot rather than presenting something I’m proud to attribute to Einstein’s Barber. This will mean I’ll…

Barber Shop Photos 23 – Karridale Cottage

Barber Shop Photos 23 – Karridale Cottage

Not all travel has to be far from home. One of the most rejuvenating short breaks I took last year was a weekend escape to Karridale Cottage and Hop Farm. I travelled to Karridale to help a mate out in…

Barber Shop Photos 21 – Busselton

Barber Shop Photos 21 – Busselton

A lovely spot in South Western Australia. Great for a family outing. The jetty here lends itself to great photos, particularly on a clear day. Awesome angles and a beautiful palate of blues. Perfect for a dip.  

The intersection

The intersection

I’d driven along the road dozens of times before and ignored the intersection. The signpost was easy to miss and would not likely have piqued my interest for any reason other than it was blue – the colour that denotes…

Barber Shop Photos 18 – Augusta day tripping

Barber Shop Photos 18 – Augusta day tripping

Augusta in South Western Australia is one of my favourite day trips. It’s a rugged and beautiful spot about 5 hours south of Perth – It’s also the spot where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean. A spring-fed waterwheel…