Social justice advocates, TV presenters, doctors and scientists among those recognised in Australia Day 2024 Honours

For only the second time in the Australian Honours history, more women than men have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day list.

Governor-General David Hurley said all recipients, including those from the fields of science, community service and the arts had made a profound contribution.

“Recipients come from all parts of the country. They have served and had an impact in just about every field you can imagine. Their stories and backgrounds are diverse,” he said.

“In my experience most are humble and often try to deflect attention or praise – please enjoy the moment because your country has decided that you deserve recognition.”

This year 1,042 Australians are recipients of the country’s highest honours, which includes 20 in the military division of the Order of Australia, 224 meritorious awards and 59 awards for distinguished and conspicuous service.

There are also 49 people who have been recognised for their contribution in support of Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Father (Bob) Robert John Maguire AM RFD

Father Bob Maguire was parish priest of Sts Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in South Melbourne for close to 40 years.(AAP: Julian Smith)

Late social justice campaigner Father Robert John Maguire has been recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the community.

Best known as Father Bob, the Catholic priest and media personality died in April last year after a life dedicated to standing up for the poor and marginalised.

Frank O’Connor, the director of the Father Bob Maguire Foundation, said it was “hard to know” how the late maverick priest would have responded to being awarded an AO.

“I think he would have been fairly chuffed,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Certainly the foundation and Father Bob’s family are absolutely delighted that his commitment to this sort of work is continuing to be recognised.”

Father Bob was ordained in 1960 and spent close to 40 years as a parish priest in Melbourne, leaving after a clash with the church hierarchy over the mandatory retirement age of 75 for priests.

He was allowed to remain a priest until age 77, retiring in 2012 after 50 years of service to the church.

Lorraine Ann Mazerolle AC

Professor Lorraine Mazerolle smiling in a profile photo leaving against a wall

Lorraine Mazerolle is a recipient of the Companion of the Order of Australia.(Supplied: UQ)

For eminent service to education, in her work as a criminologist, and for the development of evidence-based policing reforms, Lorraine Mazerolle has been a leader in her field.

She has worked extensively in research, policing, criminology and legal remedies both in Australia and the United States.

Professor Mazerolle said she was “honoured” to be a recipient of the Companion of the Order of Australia.

“It’s a recognition of a life working in criminology,” she said.

“This is a really significant award to me.”

When asked about her greatest achievements, Professor Mazerolle said she was “proud” of her work researching partnerships in policing and her PHD students.

David James Koch AM

A man wearing glass smiles for the camera at a press event.

David Koch is one of two TV presenters on this year’s honours list.(AAP: Bianca De Marchi)

David James Koch, better known as “Kochie” by the public, has been made a Member of the Order of Australia.

He has been recognised for his significant service to the media as a television presenter, and to economic journalism.

Koch trained as an accountant before beginning his career in journalism with a cadetship at The Australian followed by a stint with BRW magazine.

He continued working extensively in economic journalism, business and gave commentary for multiple publications in relation to business and finance.  

He is best known for hosting Channel Seven’s morning program Sunrise, which he did for 21 years.  

In that time, he said he’d done more than 5,300 shows, adding up to about 16,000 hours of live television.

Sandra Lee Sully AM

A woman in a red dress poses for the camera at the Logies.

Sandra Sully is a recipient of the Member of the Order of Australia.(AAP: Steve Markham)

Sandra Sully is a recipient of the Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to the media, to charitable organisations, and to the community. 

Her journalism career began in the mid-1980s at the Seven Network in Brisbane.

After a stint at Prime in Canberra, she joined Network Ten’s Parliament House bureau in 1989.

She has worked for Channel 10 for more than three decades as a newsreader and reporter for Ten News First and The Late News.

She was the first Australian journalist to cover the September 11 attacks, one of the first at the scene of the Thredbo landslide, and has interviewed former US Vice President Al Gore and Douglas Wood, who was held hostage in Iraq before he was rescued. 

Sully has also starred on numerous reality and game TV shows including The Masked Singer, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and Australia’s Brainiest.

Sully is a contributor to multiple charities.

She’s an Ambassador for National Adoption Awareness, Ambassador for the NSW Crime Stoppers, National Ambassador for Do Something and Co-Patron of Spinal Cure.

Lilian Margaret Ries OAM

An elderly woman wearing a blue shirt with white flowers smiles at the camera.

Lilian Ries has been recognised for her service to community health.(ABC News: Liam Patrick)

At 100 years old, Lilian Ries is the oldest recipient of this year’s honours.

While most unwind in their 80’s, Ms Ries dedicated her twilight years volunteering with sick children and their families through the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

“I used to say to my husband, when they advertise in the paper for volunteers, I’m going to be the first one there, and I was the first one there,” she said. 

“I was there for over 20 years just helping the families. It was great.”

The great grandmother of 12 said she never expected to win an award.

“Never in the world did I think I’d get anything like that.”

Fiona Melanie Wood AO

A woman wearing a large broches and black glasses poses for a photo

Fiona Wood was behind the development of “spray on skin” technology.(ABC News: Grace Burmas)

In Western Australia, prominent plastic-surgeon and 2005 Australian of the year Fiona Wood is receiving her second honours, this time as an Officer of The Order.

“It is extraordinary to be recognised by one’s peers and the community in this way. It really sort of takes your breath away,” she said.

“This is an award that is not just for me individually, it’s for the whole of the team and the extended team and what we’ve been able to do over a long period of time, so this is very special.”

Ms Wood’s “spray on skin” technology has been hailed as an “answered prayer” for burn victims.

Using the world-first technique, she managed to treat 28 patients in the aftermath of the Bali Bombings and greatly reduced their scarring.

Her work still helps burn victims decades after its inception, but she says some cases never leave her. 

“It’s part of what we do is having the empathy to actually step along that journey with the patients and their families and carers as well.”

David Arley Squirrell OAM

A man in a dark blue shirt and black pants holds a woman's hand as they sit on couches in a lounge room.

David Squirrell (right) is a passionate disability advocate.(ABC News: David Frearson)

In 2008, when David Squirrell lost his medical registration due to his disability, he turned his focus to advocacy. Since then, he has worked towards making various public spaces more accessible.

He is now the Vice-President of Deaf-Blind Australia and a passionate disability advocate.

Dr Squirrel is a recipient of the Medal of The Order Australia due to his work.

He said there’s still a lot of work to be done in the space, with bureaucracy creating barrier for many people with a disability.

“Bureaucrats sit in chairs, ticking boxes, they don’t look at the person. And every person is an individual,” he said.

“I believe we need to leave this world a better place. To leave it a better place, you have to understand what is wrong, and hence where you can make a difference so that other people’s lives can be enriched.”

Majida Abboud-Saab OAM

An elderly woman sitting on a couch smiles at the camera.

Majida Abboud-Saab said being the recipient of the Medal of The Order of Australia makes her proud to be Australian. (ABC News)

Majida Abboud-Saab was a founding staff member of the Special Broadcasting Station before it became known across the nation as SBS.

She was one of the initial volunteers participating in a three-month experiment in 1975 to broadcast settlement information in minority languages. 

“Not everyone had a phone, but everyone had radio. Herein Australia, they would be…listen to information, settlement information in their own language,” she said.

Ms Saab went on to become the director of the SBS Arabic program, the most notable language program the public broadcaster ran for many years.

Her work brought Australian news to the Arabic community in the country which would have otherwise been inaccessible, in a time before the internet. 

She said being the recipient of the Medal of The Order of Australia makes her proud to be Australian. 

“It means to me that Australia has come of age and maturity to recognise the importance of multiculturalism and multilingual contribution to the country,” she said.

Larissa Tahireh Giddings AO

A woman smiles at the camera while sitting on a bench in a park.

Former Tasmanian premier Lara Giddings said she is incredibly humbled and excited to be made an Officer of the Order of Australia.(ABC News: Maren Preuss)

Former Tasmanian premier Larissa Tahireh Giddings has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished to the people and Parliament of Tasmania and the community.

In 1996, when Ms Giddings was just 23, she became the youngest women elected to an Australian parliament before eventually becoming the state’s first female premier in 2010.

She said she’s incredibly humbled and excited to receive the prestigious title.

“To be honest, I”m more thrilled for my Dad,” Ms Giddings said.

“[He’s] no longer with is, but he was a man who loved his medals, and had an Order of Australia medal himself. I know how much that meant to him, and just how proud he would be today to know that his daughter has [also] been provided with receiving this great honour.”

Bill Henson AO

An elderly man stares at the camera as he leans on a canvas inside his art studio.

Bill Henson said he was pleased to see the visual arts recognised in this year’s honours.(ABC News: Steven Martin)

Australian artist Bill Henson has been recognised for his distinguished service to visual arts and the promotion of Australian culture.

Henson, whose career began in the 1970s, is one of the country’s most prominent photographers and his works are held in galleries around Australia and the world.

Over the years his work has sparked controversy. In 2008, one of his exhibitions was closed and his images depicting nude child models were seized by police.

Reflecting on a career that has seen highs and lows, Henson said it had been fascinating to see how different people respond to his work depending on the time in history and their location.

Humbled by being made an Officer of the Order of Australia, Henson said he was pleased to see the visual arts recognised and that it raises the profile of artists who often work quietly on their own.

“It reflects the importance with which arts are regarded by other parts of our community,” he said.

“It unites people in a very profound way, art. And it’s not always a loud bang and it’s not always hit and run … it hits you in the face and then it’s over but there’s a much deeper and longer lasting effect that the arts have.”

Sophie Jessica Trevitt AM

A woman stands with street art on a wall behind her.

Sophie Trevitt has been posthumously appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia.(ABC News: Emmy Groves)

Social justice advocate and solicitor Sophie Trevitt spent years fighting to keep First Nations children out of the criminal justice system, work she continued in spite of a brain tumour diagnosis.

The Canberran former executive director of Change the Record and ACT co-chair of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights died on 27 July 2023 at the age of 32, but not before leaving behind an incredible legacy.

Some of her notable achievements include spearheading the campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility, creating exclusion zones around abortion clinics in the ACT, and the banning of spit hoods in the ACT.

“She just had this tenacity and stubbornness, pigheadedness you might say, when she saw something wrong – and then she fought to change it,” Ms Trevitt’s partner at the time of her death, Tom Swann, said.

“Even when she was sick, she kept fighting for what she believed in.

He said Ms Trevitt would be “honoured” to be recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia but “would only really want the attention to be on the work she was doing to keep kids out of prison and fight for justice, in particular for Aboriginal Australians.”

Bettina Danganbarr AM

A woman standing near plants smiles at the camera.

Bettina Danganbarr said to be recognised for her efforts was “very empowering”. (ABC News)

Yolgnu woman Bettina Danganbarr, from Galiwin’ku in east Arnhem Land, is being recognised for her work as an Aboriginal community police officer.

She has been pivotal in bridging Yolgnu and balanda (non-indigenous) ways of life, and working with NT Police to create culturally appropriate support and responses to conflict.

“I get to share our culture, our knowledge, our language, with other fellow officers, and get to teach them how to approach our people,” she said.

“It’s helped repair some of the fractured relationships between Aboriginal communities in the Territory, and the Police.

She’s also a fierce advocate for women’s rights, and was instrumental in the creation of a women’s shelter in Galiwin’ku for victims of Domestic and Family violence. It’s something she said is her proudest achievement.

Being made a Member of the Order of Australia serves as motivation for Ms Danganbarr.

“To be recognised, it’s very empowering. Especially coming from a small community, sometimes we struggle. But these sort of things, they empower and motivate us to keep going.”

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This is all that separated the Sydney to Hobart race leaders before an upset win

In a finish for the ages, LawConnect has sensationally overtaken Andoo Comanche in the final moments to snatch line honours in the 2023 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Andoo Comanche held the lead a lot more comfortably when rounding the Tasman Peninsula and entering the River Derwent for the final sprint, but LawConnect started to rapidly gain on them.

LawConnect and Andoo Comanche racing to the finish line.(ABC News: Maren Preuss)

A blue-hulled yacht sails a head of a red-hulled yacht with the crew able to easily see each other.

The two crews could wave to each other, if they wanted to.(ABC News: Maren Preuss)

The speedier LawConnect closed several nautical miles between them along the river until they were neck and neck to a nail-biting finish. 

LawConnect’s finish time in the end was 1 day, 19 hours, 3 minutes and 58 seconds. Andoo Comanche’s was just 51 seconds behind.

If you’re new to the Sydney to Hobart race, we’ve got a shortcut guide at the bottom of the story. Tap the link below to get the gist of the race:

Explained: Common Sydney to Hobart yacht race questions 

LawConnect crew members pump their fists into the air and celebrate with a spray of champagne.

The LawConnect crew celebrate their win.(ABC News: Maren Preuss)

LawConnect owner Christian Beck described their dramatic win as a dream come true.

“I can’t believe that result. Honestly, it’s a dream come true,” he said.

“I never thought it was possible, actually.”


Despite trailing by a significant margin as they passed the Iron Pot on the final approach, LawConnect had the advantage of being able to watch Andoo Comanche to see where the slow spots were.

LawConnect entered with a protest flag flying, after being on standby for about 30 minutes during the race due to concerns Andoo Comanche was in distress at one stage.

There was also some interference from a spectator boat in the final moments, with a catamaran passing close to Andoo Comanche and the crew being seen yelling and gesturing.


Sailing master Tony Mutter said spectator boats were something the competitors had to deal with.

“It’s pretty fair that everyone had troubles with the spectator boats. That’s part of it when it’s so busy,” he said.

Andoo Comanche skipper John Winning Jr said they only had themselves to blame for the last-minute loss.

LawConnect is racing to the Sydney to Hobart finish line.

LawConnect is racing to the Sydney to Hobart finish line.(ABC News: Megan Whitfield)

“We should have been miles ahead of them with our boat,” he said.

“The conditions suited us, I think they just outsailed us.”

Thousands of spectators watched the dramatic finish at Constitution Dock from 7:00am as the two super maxis jostled for the top position.

It was the perfect finish to one of the most memorable editions of the blue water classic, held amidst intense storms over south-east Australia.

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Andoo Comanche sailing the sea.

Andoo Comanche was in the lead when it approached the Tasman Peninsula this morning.(Supplied: Andrea Francolini)

The remainder of the fleet is crossing the Bass Strait, where conditions are easier than the previous night.

It has been a testing 78th edition of the Sydney to Hobart, with a man overboard, stormy seas, damaged yachts and rapid wind changes.

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‘It’s anyone’s race’: Andoo Comanche increases lead in Sydney-Hobart yacht race

As defending champion Andoo Comanche and fellow supermaxi LawConnect battle it out for line honours in this year’s Sydney to Hobart yacht race, organisers are anticipating a tight finish.

The pair are expected to sail up the River Derwent on Wednesday morning.

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Zindagi and Applause Entertainment’s The Pink Shirt starring Sajal Aly and Wahaj Ali set for a world premiere at SXSW 2023 in Sydney on October 16 : Bollywood News – Bollywood Hungama

In a recently announced strategic partnership between the two renowned content studios Applause Entertainment and Zee’s Zindagi, for creating South Asian content; Sameer Nair and Shailja Kejriwal have announced yet another project, The Pink Shirt. The 8-episode web series, starring Pakistani superstars Sajal Aly and Wahaj Ali, marks Applause Entertainment and Zindagi’s second project together. The content studios together promise to be a remarkable addition to the world of entertainment as the drama gears up for its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival 2023 Sydney (SXSW) at Palace Central Cinema on 16th October. Moreover, The Pink Shirt is the only South Asian Web Series selected at the Sydney this year.

Zindagi and Applause Entertainment’s The Pink Shirt starring Sajal Aly and Wahaj Ali set for a world premiere at SXSW 2023 in Sydney on October 16

Following the announcement of Farar’s world premiere at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival earlier this month, The Pink Shirt adds a new feather to Zindagi and Applause Entertainment’s hat of achievements. To witness this global recognition at one of the largest annual festivals celebrating conglomeration of parallel cinema, interactive media, music, and much more; Pakistani superstars and lead actor Sajal Aly along with director Kashif Nisar, writer Bee Gul, and producer Shailja Kejriwal will be attending the grand festival in Australia.

The Pink Shirt is a riveting take on modern-day relationships, their love, challenges, and struggles in a raw & real way. The drama revolves around the journey of Sophia cast as Sajal Aly and Umer as Wahaj Ali being stuck in their respective toxic relationships with their partners Sameer and Sara and how they then discover an alluring intensity and embark on a transformative journey towards love that mends them as people.

Zindagi and Applause Entertainment's The Pink Shirt starring Sajal Aly and Wahaj Ali set for a world premiere at SXSW 2023 in Sydney on October 16

The renowned SXSW festival marks its debut in Sydney this year, making its first foray outside Austin, Texas. The festival will have a diverse array of content, with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region.

Expressing her excitement, lead actor Sajal Aly said, “The Pink Shirt challenged me in ways I never imagined, delving deep into the complexities of human connections. It’s a journey I’ve embraced with open arms, and as we prepare for its world premiere in Sydney, I can’t contain my excitement to share this emotional voyage with the world.”

Pakistani heartthrob Wahaj Ali added, “Portraying the complexities of human relationships in The Pink Shirt has been a remarkable challenge and the script demanded an exploration of emotions and vulnerabilities that pushed me as an actor. My experience working with Sajal and Kashif has been an absolute delight. I can’t wait for the audiences to embark on this emotional rollercoaster with us.”

Director Kashif Nisar said, “As the director of The Pink Shirt, I am humbled and thrilled by the opportunity to showcase our work at the prestigious SXSW Sydney as the only representative of the South Asian web series, hoping it will resonate with audiences worldwide and contribute to the rich tapestry of storytelling from our region. It was an absolute pleasure working with Shailja and Bee Gul on this project, and we couldn’t be happier for Zindagi and Applause Entertainment’s collaboration as this merger provides us with the ultimate platform this special project really needs.”

Zindagi and Applause Entertainment's The Pink Shirt starring Sajal Aly and Wahaj Ali set for a world premiere at SXSW 2023 in Sydney on October 16

Reflecting on this significant milestone, Chief Creative Officer (Special Projects) Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., Shailja Kejriwal adds, “I couldn’t be happier to announce our yet another collaboration with Applause Entertainment. It’s truly thrilling to see The Pink Shirt selected as the only South Asian web series at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival Sydney. This achievement underscores our commitment to bringing diverse narratives to a global stage. I’m immensely proud of our team and excited to witness The Pink Shirt captivate audiences at SXSW Film Festival, Sydney”

Writer Bee Gul adds, “As the writer of The Pink Shirt, my intention has consistently been to weave a tale of love, loss, and unwavering strength that deeply connects with audiences around the globe. The exhilarating debut of our show at the SXSW Film Festival in Sydney is the realization of a long-held dream, affording us a worldwide stage to share this emotionally resonant narrative. I’m profoundly grateful to Shailja for recognizing the same potential we envisioned in ‘Pink Shirt’ and selecting it as the second collaborative endeavour between Zindagi and Applause Entertainment.”

Presented by Applause Entertainment, a Zindagi original The Pink Shirt an 8-part web series, is a South Asian collaboration between India and Pakistan. Directed by Kashif Nisar & written by Bee Gul, starring Sajal Aly and Wahaj Ali, the series highlights a riveting take on modern-day relationships, their love, challenges, and struggles. Narrated in a raw & real way, The Pink Shirt is a simple & confusing, tragic yet funny tale of broken and complex relationships.

ALSO READ: Joyland star Sarwat Gilani headlines Applause Entertainment and Zindagi’s first collaboration Farar; set to premiere at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival 2023


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These high school sweethearts have visited 112 countries. Here’s how they pay for it on a budget

Most people have a travel bucket list, perhaps with 10 to 15 countries.

For this couple, it’s all 195 — and they’re more than halfway there.

Hudson and Emily Crider have visited 112 countries, but their journey together began long before that. Both are from the “same small town” of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They met in fifth grade and started dating in high school, the couple said.

Speaking to CNBC via video from Chiang Mai, Thailand, the couple explained that their goal in college was to buy an RV and travel to all 50 states in the United States.

Hudson and Emily Crider in high school.

Hudson and Emily Crider

They began to save for that goal after getting married in 2012, but just a few years later, Hudson’s father died of a heart attack. “It was a reminder to us that we’re not guaranteed another day,” said Hudson, 32.

That motivated them to “sell everything and buy this old RV,” said Hudson. The couple left their jobs — Emily as a marketing manager in an agency, Hudson as a financial planner — in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, said Emily, 31. Just two years later, they accomplished their goal of traveling to all 50 states.

So they set their sights higher.

Now, as the couple pursue their goal of traveling to every country in the world, they spend less than when they lived in D.C., said Emily. “The thing we found most helpful is eliminating expenses,” said Hudson. “We don’t have a house, car, kids and also make sure to budget.”

The couple have met people on the road who have children, or a home that they’re renting out to travel long term, said Emily. “We really believe there’s not a right or wrong way to travel,” she said.

Hudson and Emily Crider on a safari in Kenya, Africa.

Hudson and Emily Crider

The couple work remotely while on the road to support their travels, said Hudson. They teach English online, create content on YouTube and Instagram, and sell products like clip-on hand sanitizer holders on Amazon.

Although every traveler has different circumstances, being able to research and read reviews on the internet makes travel “the most open that it’s ever been,” said Hudson.

The couple’s own style of traveling helps them save on food, attractions and local culture in countries they visit, no matter how expensive.

Least to most expensive regions

The Criders have traveled to every continent except Antarctica, they said. The following is their ranking of the world’s major regions based on the cost of travel — from the least to most expensive:

  1. Asia
  2. South America
  3. Africa
  4. Middle East
  5. Australia
  6. Europe
  7. North America


Food is one of the categories of travel that “people plan the least for,” yet it’s the cost that is “easiest to add up,” the couple told CNBC. In Bali, Indonesia, they kept those costs low by eating street food like nasi goreng, spending as little as $1 per meal.

Trying street food is a “great way to taste local food and culture,” said Emily. Their favorite Asian cuisines include pad Thai and khao soi from Thailand and Vietnamese banh mi, she said.

The couple save on housing, their second biggest expense, by doing homestays with locals. In Bali, they stayed with the “sweetest family” for just $4 per night, said Emily.

Hudson trying an organ sandwich in Marrakech, Morocco.

Hudson and Emily Crider

The couple also use, a site where travelers can find locals offering free housing. In Switzerland, they stayed with another couple who made them raclette, a traditional Swiss dish, and took them paragliding, said Emily.

Homestays are a great way to connect with local people, said Emily. “When you’re quickly going to a place and taking pictures of tourist sites, you don’t always get the full picture.”

South America

South America was the third cheapest for activities, at an average of $15.00 per experience, the couple told CNBC. Many activities were free, they added.

The couple research and budget for the main activities they want to do before visiting any country, they said.

Hudson and Emily Crider on a hike in Patagonia, South America.

Hudson and Emily Crider

They hiked through “amazing” places like Patagonia and Peru without booking a guide, said Hudson. With online resources, “it was so easy to find it ourselves,” he said.

The couple call this “do-it-yourself style travel,” where they find transportation and explore cities without having to book a tour, said Emily.


“Do-it-yourself” travel even extends to safaris, according to the couple.

In East Africa, Hudson and Emily rented a car and drove through the Serengeti on their own.

Hudson and Emily Crider camping during their self-drive safari in the Serengeti in Tanzania.

Hudson and Emily Crider

“It was more of an adventure than we signed up for, but it was a good way to save money,” said Emily.

Middle East

Transportation typically means metros, buses or tuk-tuks instead of taxis and Uber, the couple said.

Hudson and Emily Crider in Petra, Jordan.

Hudson and Emily Crider

But renting a car can also be worth it.

The couple spent the most on transportation in the Middle East, at an average of $14.00 per ride, they told CNBC.

“If anybody’s traveling to Jordan in particular, rent a car — it’s a great way to meet local people,” said Hudson.


The couple spent $85 on a harbor cruise in Sydney that went past the Sydney Opera House. “We prefer to spend a little less money on housing and food and more on experiences,” said Emily.

They spent the most on activities in Australia, with an average of $42.50 per experience. Transportation, however, was the second-least costly, at an average of $3 per ride.

The cruise was also an example of how the couple create content on the road, as they partnered with a company to promote the experience, said Hudson.


By saving a little bit in every category, the couple save a lot of money in the long run, they told CNBC. They did the same in Europe, which was the second-most expensive for housing, food and transportation.

It helps to spend less time staying in the more expensive areas, said Hudson. Compared with Paris, cities like Prague and Budapest are “equally beautiful” but have housing that is “half the cost,” he added.

Hudson and Emily Crider paragliding in Switzerland.

Hudson and Emily Crider

To get around, the couple used the Eurail unlimited pass to travel to as many places as they wanted within a booked time period, said Hudson. Budget airlines like Wow Air and Ryanair were also “amazing” options, he said.

“We would get a €12.00 flight and spend more on getting the Uber to the airport,” he quipped.

They used Google to find accommodations based on budget, then booked using Airbnb or for the “best deals,” said Emily. They typically did a “really cheap hotel or motel” in Europe as it was often less expensive than a hostel, she added.

North America

Although New York consistently ranks as the most expensive city in the U.S., it is a popular destination for travelers who visit North America, said Hudson.

The couple got around by walking or riding on New York’s “amazing” subway system for $2.75 per trip, he said. They used Google Maps to access bus and metro times in almost every major city they visited, they said.

They also said they use blogs and Facebook groups to find suggestions for public transportation too.

More tips

Hudson and Emily try to strike a balance between “comfort and cost” when picking accommodations, they told CNBC.

That often leads to a choice between air conditioning and Wi-Fi, said Hudson. (They rarely compromise on the Wi-Fi.)

Reading an accommodation’s newest reviews gives a “current update of someone’s experience staying there,” said Emily.

“We don’t book places without reviews within the past four or five months.

A hostel room where the Criders stayed in Sydney, Australia.

Hudson and Emily Crider

Bonus points on credit cards also help to save money, said Emily. “Chase Sapphire Preferred and Reserve cards are our favorite because those can be transferred to a lot of different hotels and airlines,” she said.

The couple plan for future trips by using Google Flights to notify them if a flight price drops below a certain amount, said Emily. Instead of being fixed on one specific destination, pick five places you want to visit and set notifications for them, she recommended.

As for Hudson and Emily, they have set their sights on more places than that.

They are headed to West Africa next, they said.

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War of words erupts as fallout from A-Leagues grand final decision continues

As the fallout from the A-Leagues’ decision to sell their grand final hosting rights to Sydney continues, more clubs and players have taken to social media to clarify their positions, with one club shareholder and former director criticising the actions of a key decision-maker.

At 10:20pm AEDT on Tuesday, following an emergency meeting between club owners, the Australian Professional Leagues (APL) — which own and operate the A-League Men and A-League Women — released a statement doubling-down on their decision to partner with Destination NSW to host their showpiece events in Sydney for the next three years for a reported eight-figure sum.

“The Australian Professional League Club Chairs met today to reaffirm their support for the partnership with Destination New South Wales,” the statement said.

“As a result of the consensus achieved in this meeting, APL is committed to this new and significant partnership and the resulting generation of important new funds for football — all of which will be invested into the growth of the game.

“We believe in the potential for Australian football to close the gap on professional football in other parts of the world. We thank DNSW for sharing in that belief and our strategy to continue to grow the Australian professional game.

“Our immediate focus will be to work with partners to ensure accessible travel and accommodation for all travelling fans and to build a festival of finals football worthy of our game.”

When it was originally posted on social media, the statement was accompanied by the names of 11 club chairs — with the exception of Anthony Di Pietro, who resigned from his position on the APL board earlier in the day, and a representative from Canberra United — implying all had agreed to the information it contained.

However, the statement was soon taken down after some club figureheads — including Western United Football director Steve Horvat and Perth Glory chairman Tony Sage — revealed they never agreed to have their names included on the release, or were not part of the meeting from which the statement came at all. The APL then replaced the statement with one that had the names removed.

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