Fraud in Australia: How Backpackers are Cheating the Government

Rampant fraud is occurring in Australia by backpackers cheating a broken system. In order to obtain a second year visa, backpackers are required to do 88 days of farm or regional work in Australia, however, many have figured out they can get the visa another way, by lying about doing the work. A Backpackers Paradise¬† […]

Darwin Debrief: Two Months in the Northern Territory

Well it has been a month since I left Darwin. I could literally write a book about the two months I spent in Darwin. Instead, I am going to attempt to capture the essence of my Darwin experience in a long blog post. Enjoy! Arriving in Darwin I came to Darwin for a few reasons. […]

Guy Loses it at Hostel Bar: The Difference Between Australian and American Policing

So it was just another Sunday working at the hostel bar, or so I thought… The day started off like any other. I showed up before 2 pm and opened the bar. People started ordering drinks and everyone was having a nice time relaxing under the hot Darwin sun. Nearly everyone who drinks at the […]

Guy Goes Full Psycho and Threatens to Blow up Hostel

You¬†definitely encounter some characters and odd people at hostels. The one I work at is no exception. I got a job as a bartender at a hostel bar in Darwin a few week ago and it has been both fun and interesting meeting people from all over the world. The vast majority of them are […]

How I Ended up at a Remote Australia Cabin with Another Alaskan

The best part about traveling is you never know exactly what kind of adventures you will find. If you know me, you know those adventures can often times be high impact – and frightening for those reading or listening. The following story is no exception. This is the story of how an Alaskan guy I […]

The Time I Met a Sex Worker at a Coffee Shop

One thing I enjoy is a nice cup of coffee. Luckily there is a cafe close to where I am living in Newtown. For those of you who don’t know, Newtown is a vibrant enclave of Sydney with lots of colorful characters. I have been going to this cafe for coffee and breakfast for the […]

Australia Update: My Life as an Immigrant

I’ve been in Australia for nearly three months now. The way things have gone are very different than the way I imagined how they would go. When I first got here my plan was to hang out in Sydney for a week, then go and visit some friends up north near Newcastle and Coffs Harbor, […]

Australian Healthcare: An American Perspective

I arrived in Australia two months ago in mid-December. I showed up soon after I was laid off from my previous job in Alaska last November. There is a law in the United States referred to as COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1985). This mandates that employers continue to offer health insurance to employees […]