Boulder To Sydney on a Whim

I went for a hike last week in Boulder and was thinking of my travel writing project and how I was so comfortable. Great friends, setup and a place I’ve known for years make it both comforting and easy to get into old habits. I stood on a fantastic hiking trail looking over the city and decided to a) take a picture (screw you Bilton) 🙂 and b) fly somewhere I had not been.

Boulder, Colorado

I’ve made a habit of trying to not be comfortable, and in ways, push myself to do something unexpected and new.

A quick call to and I had the next flight booked to Sydney, Australia. Two days later, I was on a flight there. $30 with miles.

Sydney, Australia

So now I’m here doing my best to be patient with my travel plans here. I have five weeks but don’t feel like I’ll be staying that long with the exchange rate the way it is (almost 1:1). A can of coke runs as high at $4. 1/8 restaurants has heard of gluten free, but I’m not getting sick so far. Might head up north a bit. Think I’ll be checking out and flying from Melbourne (and have heard nothing but great things).

I’d love to find a rental on a beach or a group taking a road trip, but finding that is proving to be just a bit challenging.






3 responses to “Boulder To Sydney on a Whim”

  1. Amanda King Avatar
    Amanda King

    Hi Andrew,
    Welcome to Oz!  We met briefly at a Downtown Boulder event a few years ago.  My husband (a CU grad) and I live in Canberra, just 3 hours south of Sydney.  If you make your way down here, let me know.  We’ll treat you to dinner! 🙂 
    mandy.s.king AT

  2. Rai Avatar

    Welcome Andrew! You made it! Drop me a line for good coffee, an intro to the Sydney startup scene (you should come visit us at Pollenizer), or if you need a place to stay.

  3. Derek Scruggs Avatar
    Derek Scruggs

    Go up north to Cairns or thereabouts and scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef. Once in a lifetime experience. If you don’t do this I will hunt you down and kill you.

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