Freelance writing portfolio
Sometimes the only way to reinvent yourself is to move to another country. In Hanoi, Vietnam—where I lived for four years—I was able to embark on the freelance writing career I’ve always wanted. Proof that it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be.
And as you can see from my freelance writing portfolio, I am a versatile writer, with a diverse body of work ranging from reviews to reportage to content marketing to photography. If you’d like me to write for you, please contact me or check out my services.
Motorycle Mojo is an award winning publication that provides premium content guaranteed to be of interest to every motorcycle enthusiast. I both took the pictures and wrote the story about my sidecar trip around the mountains of Vietnam.
Motorcycle Mojo - Vietnam on the Side
Motorcycle Mojo - Vietnam on the SideIn which I write about my sidecar trip around the mountain areas of Vietnam, near the Laos border. Pictures by me.
Get Lost Magazine
Get Lost is an independent, international travel magazine putting the excitement back into travel. I took the pictures and the wrote the story on Truc Bach — one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Hanoi.
Get Lost Magazine - Like a Local
Get Lost Magazine - Like a LocalHanoi might be home to almost nine million people, but Truc Bach, edging the city's French Quarter, retains a charming village vibe. Pictures by me.
Forbes Travel Guide
Forbes Travel Guide is the the only independent, global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. I was super chuffed to be approached to write this review.
Sleek luxury in hectic Hanoi
Sleek luxury in hectic HanoiLess than six miles from the hustle of downtown Hanoi — and the touristy Old Quarter — on the South Tu Liem district’s Vietnam National Convention Center campus is the show-stopping JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi.
Go Overseas is your guide to 14,000+ programs that will change how you see the world. Read 35,000+ community reviews to help you choose your next adventure.
The best cities for volunteering in Vietnam
The best cities for volunteering in VietnamFor the traveller who wants to travel with a purpose, Vietnam has many opportunities to volunteer and make a real difference to this wonderful country that I call home.
Vietnam’s go-to what’s on magazine, and the best place to get regular updates about what’s happening in Vietnam. Word Vietnam is available online (there used to be a print version, but I don’t think that’s the case anymore). These are PDFs.
Dec '17 - Hanoi Hitmen
Nov '17 - Gia Dinh BB
Nov '17 - Ban Cafe
Oct '17 - Reverse Culture Shock
Sep '17 - May Cortazzi - Cover Story
Sep '17 - Niche Photography
Sep - '17 - Tinh Tam Tra
Sep '17 - All that glitters
Aug '17 - Bun Dau Mam Tom
Aug '17 - Behind Closed Doors
Aug '17 - Have Helmet Will Live
Aug '17 - The Arts
Jul '17 - Cool Runnings
Jul '17 - Hanoi Brain Drain
Jul '17 - Perceptions of Hanoi and Saigon
Jun '17 - Do you like them too?
Jun '17 - Australian Vietnamese Trade Expo
Jun '17 - Quaithao Sefood Restaurant
May '17 - Fit for purpose
May '17 - Urban planning and city expansion in Hanoi
May '17 - Inner city farming in Hanoi
Apr '17 - Social enterprises in Vietnam
Apr '17 - Blind Hope
Apr '17 - Lacquer village of Ha Thai
Mar '17 - The Hanoi Skytrain
Mar '17 - Bamboo craft village of Phu Vinh
Dec '17 - Hanoi HitmenSurvivor meets the Terminator in a game that’s rocking Hanoi.
Oct '17 - Reverse Culture ShockI return to my native Australia for a month, and find that some things have changed, while some have stayed exactly the same.
Sep '17 - May Cortazzi - Cover StoryFashion is not usually synonymous with ethics, but May Cortazzi is working hard to change that perception. Pictures by Julie Vola.
Sep '17 - Niche PhotographyImproved camera technology has made taking better photos easier, yet there’s still reward for anyone who wants to take things just a little bit further. Pictures by Julie Vola.
Sep - '17 - Tinh Tam TraA mother's vision has resulted in heaven on earth for vegans. Photos by Sasha Arefieva.
Sep '17 - All that glittersAn ongoing exhibition showcases gold lacquered objects from the past. Photos by Julie Vola.
Aug '17 - Bun Dau Mam TomIf you like your noodle dishes to come with a smell, then look no further than bun dau mam tom. Get your nose around it, and it tastes amazing. Photos by Sasha Arefieva.
Aug '17 - Behind Closed DoorsVietnam Feature Film Studios is now holding monthly film nights.
Aug '17 - Have Helmet Will LiveA new public awareness campaign is reinforcing a simple message: wear a helmet.
Aug '17 - The ArtsFrom freedom of expression through to the importance of traditional Vietnamese art and graffiti, our questions on arts took on a wide focus.
Jul '17 - Cool RunningsYou need to do a visa run again. So, where in Asia should you go? I cover all the cool places that are easily accessed from Hanoi.
Jul '17 - Hanoi Brain Drainvery year, thousands of young, educated Hanoians make the move to Saigon in search of employment. Why is this happening and what does it mean for Hanoi? Co-writer Thomas Barrett. Pictures by Julie Vola and Bao Zoan.
Jul '17 - Perceptions of Hanoi and SaigonI spoke to locals and expats living in Hanoi to find out what they think of their ‘rival’ down south.
Jun '17 - Do you like them too?Despite the growing love for desserts and cakes from overseas, Vietnamese cakes still remain popular. Co-writer Thomas Barrett. Photos by Julie Vola and Mike Palumbo
Jun '17 - Australian Vietnamese Trade ExpoAn opportunity for high-level networking related to bilateral trade, investment, migration and business matching between Australia and Vietnam.
Apr '17 - Lacquer village of Ha ThaiI visit the rural village of Ha Thai, which has been making lacquer goods for centuries. Photo is mine.
WOVEN is an Entropy series and dedicated safe space for essays by persons who engage with #MeToo, sexual assault and harassment, and #DomesticViolence, as well as their intersections with mental illness, substance addiction, and legal failures and remedies.
Flung is a digital magazine that publishes journalism, literary essays, personal accounts and fiction with a strong narrative and sense of place.
WOVEN - I've Met You Here Before (July 2020)
Flung - Write, Love, Leave (March 2017)
WOVEN - I've Met You Here Before (July 2020)A deeply personal essay about the emotional abuse I experienced at the hands of a man I was dating in Vietnam, published in WOVEN for Entropy.
Flung - Write, Love, Leave (March 2017)A personal essay about my failed romance with a Balinese man in 2016, and published on Flung. Photo is my own.
PS I Love You
P.S. I Love You is a Medium partner publication. They tell stories about what it’s like to be alive and in love today—from the befuddling challenges of changing a diaper to the absurdity of a first kiss to the more general, sustained struggle of trying to amicably, productively co-exist.
- I Finally See Him for Who He Really Is
- Mothering as a Brief Timeline of Overarching Disappointment
- Anatomy of a Crush
- Extinction of a Crush
Travel content writing
The Paradise Group is a major player in the Vietnam travel industry, particularly in Halong Bay luxury cruising. They also have high end resorts, hotels and restaurants, as well as a cultural show and a water park in their portfolio.
Tung Sau Pearl Farm - Paradise Cruises - Destinations
Luon Cave - Paradise Cruises - Destinations
Cua Van Fishing Village - Paradise Cruises - Destinations
Titop Island - Paradise Cruises - Destinations
Sung Sot Cave - Paradise Cruises - Destinations
Tuan Chau Island - Paradise Cruises - Destinations
Lan Ha Bay - Paradise Cruises - Destinations
Bai Tu Long Bay - Paradise Cruises - Destinations
Halong Bay - Paradise Cruises - Destinations
Tung Sau Pearl Farm - Paradise Cruises - DestinationsCultivating pearls has been a tradition in Halong Bay, but sharing the process of pearl making with tourists has only been a relatively recent addition to cruising itineraries.
Luon Cave - Paradise Cruises - DestinationsSituated on Bo Hon Island and only 1 km away from Surprise Cave, Luon Grotto is an open air cave, exposed to the elements, which can only be accessed by boat. Unlike the many other cave systems of Halong Bay, Luon Grotto is a group of islands that have formed a brackish lake approximately 1km in circumference.
Cua Van Fishing Village - Paradise Cruises - DestinationsThe largest fishing village in Halong Bay situated at Hung Thang Commune, Halong City, lies in a calm bay surrounded by karst limestone mountains and islets.
Titop Island - Paradise Cruises - DestinationsA climb up the few hundred steps to the summit of Titop Island (or Titov in Vietnamese) reveals the most breathtaking view Halong Bay has to offer.
Sung Sot Cave - Paradise Cruises - DestinationsOften called the Surprise Cave, Sung Sot Cave-located on Bo Hon Island-is one of the largest and most spectacular caves in Halong Bay and is always popular with tourists.
Tuan Chau Island - Paradise Cruises - DestinationsTuan Chau Island is located 8 km southwest of the city of Halong. Although the island is only 2.2km2, it is known as the tourist hub of Halong Bay.
Lan Ha Bay - Paradise Cruises - DestinationsLan Ha Bay, the home of the popular Cat Ba Island, is located in the south of Halong Bay and occupies an area of around 7,000 ha of which 5,400 ha are managed by Cat Ba National Park.
Bai Tu Long Bay - Paradise Cruises - DestinationsThe UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay occupies 1,553 km² and stretches 100km north to the Chinese border. Generally, though, only around one quarter of the area is visited by tourists.
Halong Bay - Paradise Cruises - DestinationsThis UNSECO World Heritage site was first recognised in 1994 for its exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance. In 2000, Ha Long Bay had the honour of being recognised for the second time for its geomorphic and physiographic features.
TripAzia aims to be one of the leading travel companies in South-East Asia, with a focus on eco-tours and working with local villages to enrich the destinations for all involved.
SEO content writing
Green Gem Shop
Green Gem Shop is the fundraising arm of Keep Hanoi Clean. I wrote a number of blogs to help boost SEO and rank on Page 1 of Google for targeted keywords. You can read about the Green Gem Shop success story in my case study.
Traqq is an employee time tracking software that boosts productivity and performance via automated reporting and monitoring tools. I wrote a number of blog articles for them to boost their SEO.
In which I review, contribute or am interviewed about travel, Vietnam and other cool stuff.
International Living Australia - February 2019 (Interview)
Why are so many South Korean tourists visiting Vietnam? (Contributor)
Remote workers share their biggest challenges. Contributor)
International Living Australia - February 2019 (Interview)Interview - Hanoi: Friendly, Laidback City Life For $1,400 a Month
Why are so many South Korean tourists visiting Vietnam? (Contributor)South Korean arrivals are soaring and Vietnam’s increasingly lucrative tourism industry is changing to accommodate the influx. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are abuzz with Korean culture while beachside destinations like Da Nang, Hoi An and Phu Quoc are tailored for Korean tastes.
Remote workers share their biggest challenges. Contributor)Remote work is on the rise. One estimate says that there will be 1 billion digital nomads by 2035. Even now, around 70% of the world population works from home at least once a week. But, despite the growing popularity, remote work comes with its fair share of challenges.
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