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When I started traveling thirty years ago, I would take a full-size bag and a carry on. Back then you didn’t have to pay for checked bags and it was long before the events of 9/11 changed travel forever. Once I even helped my friend drag her boxed ten-speed bike across LAX when we took a trip to New Zealand. She was staying behind, after I headed home, to bike around the island. It wasn’t until that trip, I experienced my first lost bag. It was New Year’s Eve when we landed in Auckland. My checked bag was nowhere to be found. Several hours later, the airline was nice enough to...

   As a child, I was obsessed with Australia. To me, it was wild and exotic with animals that couldn’t be found anywhere else on the earth. I decided one day I would visit the island continent that held so much mystic in my mind.

    At the age of twenty, I got that opportunity. With my new passport in hand, I boarded my first ever flight in Philadelphia to make the twenty-hour trek to the Land Down Under. I had tears in my eyes as I walked toward my seat; part nervousness from never traveling alone mixed with excitement for the adventure I was about to take. 

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