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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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An Independent New Zealand Road Trip: How to Buy a Campervan in Auckland

February 2, 2016
buying a campervan in auckland new zealand

People in New Zealand are living out of vans.   There are loads of them and most aren’t native to the country. Unlike the backpackers interrailing around Europe, the travelers in New Zealand are seeing the country on four wheels.   There are tour companies that will take travelers around, but I liked the idea of doing it on my own terms. I thought that buying a van and touring the country was just an idea that I had, but…

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A Weekend Trip to Pai, Thailand

August 12, 2015

When I was still in America, living at home, weekend trips consisted of road journeys to the Jersey Shore or up to Mt. Pocono to fish at the trout farm. Don’t get me wrong, these destinations are interesting in their own right but dodging hoards of jellyfish and clumps of seaweed in the murky Atlantic gets old after twenty-some years. Now, temporarily stationed in Thailand, weekend trips have become much more inspiring. Pai is a small mountain town about a…

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A Coffee House in a Tree and a Buddha Adorned Cave: A Day Trip From Chiang Mai

August 4, 2015

Part of the fun, or rather, the point of slow travel is having the time to explore areas of a destination that you otherwise would have skipped. If I had just been traveling through Chiang Mai for a week or so, The Giant, a tree house coffee shop about 90 minutes outside the city, probably wouldn’t have made the cut on my travel itinerary. Despite the café’s uniqueness, the city’s Muay Thai fights, extravagant temples and bustling markets would have…

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