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How Wanaka Stole My Heart

Over the years I’ve come to realize that I have a bit of a soft heart. You see, I fall in love very easily. With people, moments, but most especially, places. Oftentimes I wonder if this is a bad thing, but lately I’ve come to accept it as part of my nature. While this inherently [...]

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5 Things to Know before Hiking in New Zealand

If there was one reason above all else why I chose to move to New Zealand, it was for the landscapes. Hello, real Middle Earth anyone?’ Exactly. I also wanted to get back to my roots exploring, hiking and trekking, activities that for one reason or another took a backburner once I hit college. And [...]

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The Daintree Rainforest in Green

My last trip to Australia was full of surprises. Queensland is really one of the most diverse and universally beautiful regions of the world I’ve ever been to; of course this is no surprise given how ginormous it is. Once my time on the Gold Coast was over, I decided to stick around for a [...]

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Come with Me to Mongolia!

Have you ever dreamed about visiting a place that seemed so remote, so intangible, so impossible you never thought it could actually happen? You know, for real. Maybe it’s a photo from National Geographic you saved when you were a kid. Perhaps you saw a documentary about it on PBS. Or maybe you’ve had it pinned [...]

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5 Reasons Why Having a Food Allergy Shouldn’t Keep You from Traveling

Many times we have no control over things in our lives. If you’re like me, sometimes you are dealt shitty genetic codes, like being allergic to peanuts. And just not get-a-rash-and-feel-sick-to-your-stomach allergy, rather have your-throat-swell-shut-and-go-into-anaphylactic-shock-and-die kind of allergy. Thanks fate, I really appreciate that one. Though to be honest, I haven’t really let that fact [...]

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Following in the footsteps of Frodo up Mt. Doom

One of the things I love the most about blogging is being able to connect with people all over the world. And not just digitally, but in “real life” too. Around Christmas, in Wellington I made the conscious decision to start meeting up with you guys. If an email or message reached me letting me [...]

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Tieks Giveaway!

Last month my little old blog celebrated her 4th birthday! Who knew I could make such a commitment? I surprise myself sometimes. In lieu of overbearing you all with several lengthy blog posts recently, I’ve decided to keep it short and simple – I just wanted to say thank you for putting up with me for [...]

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My Journey to Wanaka

Some of the biggest changes in our lives are prompted by a journey or two. So I guess it’s safe to assume I go through a lot of life changes since I always seem to be on a journey. Though to be perfectly honest, I am getting pretty sick of packing up everything I own, and [...]

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So you want to be a travel blogger, do you?

If there is one question I get asked more than anything in the world, it has to be the dreaded “how do you make money?” I kid you not, 99 out of 100 times when I tell people I am a professional travel blogger, that question pops up at one point or another, generally accompanied with [...]

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12 Things I Learned in Queensland, Australia

Travel is supposed to be educational, right? We go abroad, we journey to a foreign land, we hear things we don’t understand, we smell things that smell, well, different and of course, we see unfamiliar things. That’s the beauty of travel, at least for me. I cannot for the life of me even begin to comprehend [...]

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A Few of My Favorite Spots around Hip Reykjavik

When I imagined Iceland, my mind was filled with glorious images of thundering waterfalls, green mountains, and blue glaciers. In short, nature. Not cities. Nothing urban. To be perfectly honest, when I started planning my adventures around Iceland a year ago, I had zero interest in spending time in Reykjavik, the capital. I was so wrapped up in [...]

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Dreaming of Tuscany

Why is it that all Americans are obsessed with Tuscany? Me included. Perhaps for most of the western world, Tuscany has come to embody our dream Italian vacation, right? “Where you are is who you are. The further inside you the place moves, the more your identity is intertwined with it. Never casual, the choice [...]

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