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Thoughts on Living in a Van And Traveling Around New Zealand + My Upcoming Travel Plans

April 4, 2016
buying a campervan in auckland new zealand

Two days and I’m on a plane out of Auckland. For a little over three months, we have been living out of a van and traveling around the entire country of New Zealand. It’s the longest I’ve lived in a country that was quite similar to my own, which gave me the time to really analyze the differences and how I feel about them.   And, while I’ve taken extended road trips before, this is the first time that I…

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Thoughts On Going “Home”

March 31, 2016

Our time in New Zealand is coming to an end. Some days, it feels like that end is way too far away and others, like today, it seems quite near. In just under one week, our epic journey from China all the way down to New Zealand comes to an end and we begin our travels back “home.”   When we come across NZ locals asking us about our travels here, we tell them that soon we will travel back…

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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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A Week in The Life New Zealand

February 3, 2016

People don’t know what the hell I’m doing these days. My friends think I’m living “The Life.” My family thinks I’m “So Lucky.” And My former co-workers think I’m “on vacation.”     The truth is, all of those perceptions are true but also completely false at the same time.     Like I’ve done while living in Thailand and Bali, I recorded everything I did for a week while living in New Zealand. While every week for me is…

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