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Ger Life in Mongolia and Redefining the Home

Of all the things that impressed me about Mongolia, and that’s saying a lot since I was impressed 24/7, it had to be the family life and hospitality and how different the world runs there. 3 hours west as the crow flies from Ulaanbaatar, or as the ancient planes in our case, will bring you to [...]

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Introducing Mongolia in Photos

For the first time in my entire life a journey has left me speechless. It’s not often I find myself without words, if you know what I mean. A chatterbox since as far back as I can remember, not being able to express myself had never been an issue, until now. I’ve been back home [...]

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The Story of Moeraki

Sometimes a place doesn’t live up to expectations on the road. I know that has happened to me several times on trips. The hype gets too much and then it tanks. But then there’s the flipside, when a place which maybe you weren’t super thrilled about visiting that ends up completely blowing you away or [...]

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To Edoras I Go!

Sometimes I literally have to pinch myself when I realize I get to live in Middle Earth here in New Zealand. Actually I pretty much pinch myself every day here, let’s be honest. I am sure you guys are probably sick and tired of listening to me wax poetic about how New Zealand is so [...]

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The Catlins – New Zealand’s Best Kept Secret

New Zealand has some pretty good secret spots, I am not going to lie. In fact, I’d argue that New Zealand as a whole is one of the world’s best-kept secrets. While I talk about it like everyone and their mother should know where I mean (oh I live in Wanaka, I’m SURE you’ve heard [...]

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Winter Solitude at Doubtful Sound

When people talk about must-do’s in New Zealand, if there is one place mentioned at the top, it has to be Milford Sound. Marketed as an epic day trip from Queenstown, the glitzy adventure capital of the South Island, Milford is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world, and rightly so. I [...]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of a New Zealand Road Trip

There are many ways to experience the lush, ridiculous beauty of New Zealand, but I’d argue the best way is on the road. With a population of 4 million people on a good day, it’s understandable that New Zealand doesn’t have a mass easy public transport system like you can find around more urban destinations. It’s [...]

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An Island on a Lake on an Island on a Lake…

Almost as soon as I moved to Wanaka, I began to hear whispers of a magical island out on the lake in town. Nicknamed the “island on a lake on an island on a lake on an island on a lake,” I knew I had to check out this quirky namesake for myself. I mean, how [...]

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Troving around New Zealand’s South Island

I am fresh off the boat back home in Wanaka after my very first New Zealand campervan trip around the South Island with Jucy Rentals, the hippest car rental company around (seriously look at their vans!) Campervan road trips are a New Zealand pastime here, and I can’t believe it took me almost a year [...]

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Getting my ass kicked on Mt. Taranaki

“Oh my god what the FUCK was I thinking?!” I lost count of the number of times I said this both silently and out loud to myself while attempting to summit New Zealand’s famous Mt. Taranaki. Let’s just say it was enough to freak out the Germans who managed to spend the entire day passing [...]

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That one time I gave a TED talk!

(whoever chose THIS as the cover image of the youtube video – you are dead to me) So about a month ago, I did the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. No, it was bungy jumping. Nope, not diving out of a plane. And definitely not riding another camel. Won’t catch me doing [...]

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Postcards from Pisa, Italy

As the days get colder and colder down here in New Zealand and I try to wrap my head around the idea that I am wearing a parka in July, I can’t help but reminisce on last summer, sweating my way around Europe. I’ve been meaning to put together some of my favorite photos from the [...]

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