EVERYDAY, without fail, I get asked where I am from. Not because I look particularly exotic, but because, when one is abroad, ‘where are you from’ is the inevitable follow up to ‘hello, how are you?’

And everyday, without fail, when I respond with ‘Australia’, I hear a variation of the following; ‘you guys are everywhere. Why do you all travel so much?’ Or my conversation partner’s face drops ever so slightly and I catch a flicker of ‘shit, not again’ in their eyes. Or perhaps I am just being over-sensitive.

Read more from my latest column with The Australian Times, HERE