About the Author

Globetrotting Contributing Editor - Christian’s first globetrotting adventure saw him get lost exploring the streets of Saigon. Following his nose to Asia’s best coffee, two lifelong addictions were born. A freelance writer and novelist, Christian’s travels have since taken him around his native Australia, Asia, Europe, and much of North America. His favourite trips have been through Japan, Spain, and Brazil, though with a love of off-beat, artsy cities, he’ll seize any opportunity to return to Paris, New York, or Berlin.

Swinging Through Singapore

A country in a city in a garden? Make the most of your stopover with our essential guide to the many faces of Singapore.  Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, Singapore is a name that’s both familiar and strangely enigmatic. Is it a shopper’s paradise, or Asia’s most expensive city? A dull, sterile city state, […]

Enjoying Some Fiji Time

‘Fiji time’ will become a familiar phrase to anyone who visits this beautiful Pacific island. While it’s unfair to say that nothing in Fiji runs on schedule, the locals’ relaxed attitude to time seems to permeate all aspects of life from the moment you disembark at Nadi Airport. Everything is laid back here, even the […]

KYOTO UNLOCKED: Finding the Sights and Symbols of Japan’s Imperial Capital

Japan is full of beautiful cities, each with their own parks, gardens, shrines, temples, and history. However, there is something quite special about Kyoto. This old, imperial capital feels like the Japan of our imaginations, condensed into one fascinating, mid-sized city. With the exception of Tokyo, Kyoto is the most famous of Japan’s cities, the […]

Chilean Patagonia

Deserts, glaciers, cities & statues…Get to the heart of all that’s cool about Chile

From the sweeping wilds of Patagonia up to the colourful deserts of Atacama, South America’s wealthiest country boasts abundant natural riches as well. Energetic Santiago is typically the gateway to these undersung wonders, while Chile’s much-loved wine country, located just outside the capital offers an ideal place to unwind from the adventure. Patagonia Shared with […]

Exploring Australia

Australia is a big, sparse country that’s tough to see all in one trip. Christian Baines breaks down the best of the land down under for first-timers, or repeat visitors. Since moving to Canada, I’ve had more than one conversation about someone’s dream trip to Australia. Phrases like ‘Great Barrier Reef’ get tossed around in […]