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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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Picture Perfect Kaikoura

I’ve got a few favorite spots in New Zealand that I’ve talked about here and there on the blog before. Some of them are secret spots, some of them aren’t. Sometimes my answers vary, depending on who is asking. But no matter who asks me, one of my favorite spots without a doubt is Kaikoura. […]

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My Favorite Story from Sri Lanka

When I found myself in Sri Lanka a month ago for a conference for a week, I wasn’t really expecting to get a lot out of it. To be honest. What I was hoping for was an introduction, a teaser, a reason to come back one day. While this definitely was the case, I was […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Instagram

It’s no big secret, I am all kinds of obsessed with Instagram, and have been for the past two and a half years, ever since I downloaded it onto my old iPod touch while living in Logroño, Spain. Those were the days! But once I moved back home and tried to get my life into […]

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