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Coming full circle and skydiving in Switzerland

It’s funny to think back to my very first trip to Switzerland. It seems like decades have passed when in reality it was only 6 years ago. Is it just me or just time seem to change when you get older? I thought it was supposed to be the other way around; I’d be beginning […]

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Getting charged by elephants in Sri Lanka

When I found out I was going to be visiting Sri Lanka last year, I had one thing on my mind: find some elephants in the wild. More specifically, baby elephants. I know you’re on the same page. Fair warning – I am about to bombard you with nothing but elephant photos. Because I can’t […]

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Learning to fly in Wanaka

I don’t know about you guys but I have always considered myself to be a hands-on kind of traveler. Unsatisfied with just seeing places and taking pictures to remember them later, I prefer to get my hands dirty, try new things, eat something weird, meet strangers and really take it all in myself. I like […]

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10 tips for starting a kickass travel blog

It’s been almost five years since I started this blog. I can barely believe it. When have I ever committed to anything that long? I could have never imagined when I created “Memoirs of a Young Adventuress” on Blogspot that it would take me around the world, help me follow my dreams and get me paid […]

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Exploring Tropical North Queensland in Photos

Do you ever look at a country on a map and just want to explore all the way to the end of it? That’s how I felt when I was looking at a map of Queensland, Australia. I wanted to explore every corner, travel to every edge and beyond. What a vast place! I spent two […]

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My 15 favorite views in Wanaka, New Zealand

It’s been way too long since I’ve written about Wanaka – where I’ve spent most of my time in New Zealand and where I hope to keep calling home in the future. This past week I have been traveling around Milford Sound and Fiordland (if you follow me on Instagram) and I’ve met dozens of […]

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A boy and his bicycle

Do you ever want to know the full story behind a photo? Sometimes I see a picture that well and truly captivates me and gets me thinking. If there isn’t a caption or written feature to go along with it, I oftentimes find myself wondering what happened to lead up to that moment in time […]

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The realities about traveling as an introvert

Recently I was having a conversation with a friend in New Zealand who I met through my blog, which surprisingly happens a lot. You guys are awesome. Trust me, it’s not weird, at least, it’s not weird if I say it isn’t weird. Right? Anyways, at one point in the conversation I casually dropped that […]

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Becoming an advanced diver on Koh Tao, Thailand

I can remember perfectly the first time I went diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It was an intro dive, where basically they hold your hand and swim around with you along a coral shelf next to a floating pontoon. You had to do belowdecks to an wire shelf a meter deep in […]

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