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The Top 5 Classes And Workshops to Take in Berlin

June 29, 2016
chocolate making berlin

Berlin has got the history, the culture, the nightlife and the quirky underbelly; leaving visitors with plenty to keep them busy. One visit to the city may not even be enough as the sights and sounds have their way of luring people back again.   If you have been to Berlin before or want to turn your trip into a more well rounded experience, consider taking one of these classes or workshops. You can dive into the city’s culture and…

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How to Succeed as a Volunteer Abroad

June 29, 2016
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Lives Abroad has teamed up with Thomson Flights on this post to tell you how working as an overseas volunteer is a rewarding, exciting experience, and can even be a life-changing one. Though there are no financial benefits, there are numerous other potential gains; from increasing personal confidence to enhancing your resume. Spending some time in deciding in advance what you want to get from a volunteer placement will ensure that you make a real difference on the ground. These five…

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Hiking To Mueller’s Hut At Mt. Cook, New Zealand

May 7, 2016
hiking to mueller's hut mt. cook

Don’t let the epic photos fool you. I cried like a baby on the way up AND down. I’ve hiked mountains before but this is the first time I actually climbed UP one, hands and all. It wasn’t easy and for me, didn’t seem totally worth it in the end but it was an EXPERIENCE, and that’s what us travelers are looking for aren’t we?   If you want to climb to a mountain hut and stay overnight at the…

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A New Zealand Farm Stay: Rare Breed Animals and Craft Workshops

March 29, 2016
New Zealand farm stay and craft classes

Baby alpacas. I repeat, BABY, alpacas. Barely able to stand on their new sets of legs, and awkwardly running to chase birds is what I watched these little cuties do every day that I woke up on Warwickz Farm. Driving around New Zealand, there are clearly more farms than towns and more sheep than people. Seemingly a huge part of their culture, I wanted to get out of the van, away from the tourist sites and onto a farm. I…

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Auckland’s Ponsonby Street: A Place For Art, Food, Innovation and History

March 14, 2016

I tend to gravitate towards Hipsters these days. And, similar to my visit to Melbourne, when I find them, I usually stay there.     Ponsonby has a past truly fitting for the interesting and quirky atmosphere it exudes today. It’s surrounding areas were once significant points for trading, fishing and camping for the Maori population but as years progressed, the neighborhood changed quite rapidly. Home to the working and middle class, the area eventually become quite run down from…

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6 Signs That You Should Take a Break From Traveling

March 7, 2016

I want to go home. I want it more than anything right now but I won’t do it. Not yet. Seeing my mom’s face would mean the world to me, but seeing the world means a lot to me too. I’ve been away for nearly three years and I won’t go home until I’ve finished the itinerary I set out to do. Because, well, I’ll regret it if I don’t. While a life of travel is indeed a privilege, sometimes…

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Sea Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park

February 22, 2016
Kayaking at Abel Tasman National Park

This experience involved seals. Fat, adorable, sun-bathing seals. I had heard that Abel Tasman National Park was pretty gorgeous and we happened to be in the area so we went for it. After visiting the information center, it was clear that the THING to do there was sea kayaking and since we had never sea kayaked before, we booked a trip.   Choosing A Company The information center had so many pamphlets for sea kayaking that I took a defeated…

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Hiking The Tongariro Alpine Crossing In New Zealand

February 18, 2016
Tongariro Crossing hiking in New Zealand

We walked for eight hours. EIGHT HOURS! But, every step was beautiful and I can’t even complain about my sore Achilles.   Rated one of New Zealand’s top walks, the Tongariro crossing was just another one of those things that I heard was a “must-do” in New Zealand. And, since we didn’t plan much, and the name rang a bell, we went for it. There’s a volcano, seemingly desolate landscape, emerald pools of sulfur stinking water and miles of flowered…

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Seeing The Glow Worms At New Zealand’s Waitomo Caves

February 15, 2016
glowworms in waitomo caves new zealand

The ceilings of these caves are full of worms. While the worms that I know are busy excavating around tree roots, these guys are just hanging out, making their butts glow and attracting bugs into their lair to feast on.   I had heard about New Zealand’s infamous glowworms years ago, and I finally had my chance to see them. The town of Waitomo doesn’t have a whole lot going on (except for a pretty sweet wood-chopping competition in the…

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What To Do In New Zealand’s Coromandel

February 9, 2016
Hot water beach new zealand

No one bothered to tell me what the Coromandel was.   “The Coromandel is beautiful!”, they said. “You’ve got to take a drive up to the Coromandel!”, they stressed. I nodded in agreement, saying that “yes, yes…I must.” But, I didn’t know what the hell they were talking about.   A farm, a restaurant, a beach? I couldn’t figure it out and for some reason, I couldn’t stop picturing a mantel piece. Mantel…Mandel…… It turns out, the Coromandel is an…

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