Chris is an avid traveller, blogger and tweeter.Blogging and twitting about his travels around the world, Chris has some great stories to share. Chris is also a techie and has saved my life on Twitter and WordPress a number of times. Read why it is that Chris loves his travel and his AUSSIE AUSSIE Home.
Country of Residence
Country of Origin
Why do you love Travel?
Ever since my first trip to Hong Kong (http://www.theaussienomad.com/travel-thoughts/my-first-overseas-trip-part-1/) I’ve been hooked. The food, the culture, just seeing how the rest of the world lives is fascinating to me. Also I’m a sucker for wanting to check out old buildings and the history of places, Australia lacks that being such a new country compared to the rest of the world.
Favourite place in your home country and why?
Nothing beats my hometown of Casterton (http://www.theaussienomad.com/travel-thoughts/casterton-my-home/) although Melbourne is a close second. Back home has the quiet country roads, the small town community and my family. Its peaceful and full of so many great memories, its hard to beat that.
Best place for tourists to visit in your country?
Everyone knows about Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru and the Gold Coast these days. I’d love to see them venture into the smaller towns of Australia. Perhaps Ballarat in Victoria to see Sovereign Hill or maybe Tamworth for the Country Music Festival.
What other country would you live in if you had to leave your country?
I think if I had to leave Australia I would want to live in Canada. for a long time I have seen the two countries as having similar values and attitudes. Not to forget everybody I have known from Canada just seem to be great down to earth people.
Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country?
Travelling with some friends up to Queensland on the plane. We flew out about 9am and had our first beer 20 min later when the seat belt sign went off. That set the tone for the rest of the week.
Favorite activity when around your city?
I actually enjoy getting out and going for a run/walk around Lake Wendouree. It’s not much of a lake with the drought now but its a great 6km walk to wind down and relax.
Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed?
While I have travelled just about all over Australia, I’ve only just scratched the surface. An example was my visit to Tasmania that lasted just two days for work. I’d love to ride around it on a motorbike and take it all in.
Any warnings for travelers visiting in your country?
Australia is a big place. Everything is spread far and wide so be sure to factor that in when you come to visit. Don’t just think you can zip down the road to see Melbourne when you live in Sydney.
Must see movie featuring your country and Why?
I think people should watch The Castle. It’s a classic Aussie movie that I have watched many a time. It’s full of great Aussie characters and you will get more than your share of great Aussie slang.
The best book to read before visiting your country?
I’m not so up on great Australian books but my advice would be to grab a couple of good guide books (Lonely Planet etc) and go with that.
The must eat dish or delicacy of your country?
Every Australian loves a BBQ so head to the local butcher shop grab a nice big old piece of steak and find the nearest BBQ to cook it up on. We are also fairly partial to a great feed of Fish & Chips.
The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier?
How you goin? – How are you today?
Mate – Friend
Barbie – BBQ
Best time of year to visit?
I would visit from December to about March so you catch the summer.
The 4 words that best describe your country:
Sun, Surf, BBQ’s & Beer