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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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Smooth Talking in Amman, Jordan

It was a hazy hot day when we were introduced to Jordan’s capital, Amman. It’s a bustling, lively city where tradition meets modernity. Clad in a long flowing dress and light cardigan, I spent the morning exploring the Citadel and the most ancient part of the city. Nothing puts me in a great mood quite [...]

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10 Things Kiwis Do Better

Sometimes I realize when I am talking about New Zealand, I sound EXACTLY like a teenager girl in love. Well, let’s be honest here, I pretty much am. Swoon! Never growing up and enthusiastic for everything, I will forever be young and in love with something, and right now it’s New Zealand. Yes, I say [...]

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An Introduction to Abel Tasman

No matter where I go in New Zealand, I am constantly amazed at how universally beautiful the country is. No no, snow-capped rugged mountains, turquoise lakes and conical volcanoes aren’t enough, there also has to be crystal clear sea that collides with white sandy beaches too. New Zealand really does have it all. At this [...]

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Cruising the Whitsundays

I’m a very visual person. Even photo-obsessed. Let’s just say I eat images for breakfast. This means if I see a photo, video, or even read a book about a place, I tend to file it away in my head for future trip planning. Frequently I end up visiting places that once inspired me by [...]

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5 Reasons to Embrace Change

Would you believe me if I told you that I am one of the biggest scaredy cats out there? The other day I got an email in my inbox informing me I was nominated for some blogger award. Scrolling through the different categories, I began looking for my name – Best Female? Nope (oh come [...]

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Postcards from Epic Southern Iceland

My introduction to Iceland can only be described as epic. In fact, all of Iceland can be described as epic. It’s pretty much as epic as epic can get. Otherworldly is the norm in southern Iceland. Jagged moss-covered mountains. Black sand for as far as you can see. Crackling icy glaciers. Toxic neon blue volcanic [...]

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