Australia, Marijuana, and MardiGrass: A Discovery Down Under

The Plan

The idea of an adventure to ‘Oz’ started as a casual conversation amongst friends about the country’s longest running cannabis law reform rally and festival, MardiGrass.

Like many wanderlusters, Australia had a solid position on my bucket list of international destinations. I knew this trip would happen at some point, but serious motivation came along when Nathan (said friend) offered the shotgun seat of a lifetime. While I had a bit of planning to take care of on my side, primarily logistics with work and frantic price shopping for my airline tickets, Nathan was busy on the other side of the Pacific — little did I know he was planning what would be the most epic, eye-opening trip I have ever experienced.

Nathan was clever in sharing the basics but not giving too much away. While I do appreciate surprises, I’m a planner at heart, especially when it comes to travel.

The Journey

While a direct flight is 14 hours or so, flights hubbing in Fiji come in at about 18 hours

Initial planning and discussions happened months before the big day, yet it came in no time.
I opted for an 11:30 p.m. departure time from LAX. End-goal being to get some sleep before the…

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