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4 New Zealand Islands You’ve Never Heard Of But Should Explore

April 4, 2017 3 Comments »

new zealand islands cruise

I love traveling to places that are lesser known, but spectacular. It makes me feel like I’ve found this great little secret. New Zealand of course is well known, but the New Zealand islands are not, and that’s exactly why they should be on your New Zealand itinerary. The Subantarctic Islands, aren’t really a secret […]

Outnumbered on Macquarie Island

March 9, 2017 7 Comments »

Macquarie Island king penguins

There are 50,000 of them and 50 of us. We officially were in the minority now. The animals are in charge, we are the visitors, and suddenly have to play by their rules. There are few places on the planet where humans are the visitors, however this rarely traveled southern part of the globe is […]

Don’t Leave for New Zealand Without These 4 Things

March 2, 2017 11 Comments »

New Zealand packing essentials

I could hear him talking, but my mind kept going elsewhere. My eyelids felt heavy and locked shut like magnets. Then something about a ozone hole rang through my brain and jolted my eyelids back open. Craig was telling me about why I needed to wear sunscreen in New Zealand, but the only thing on […]

4 Ways to Travel Deeper in New Zealand

February 23, 2017 7 Comments »

new zealand local experiences

Few places on earth have as much landscape diversity than New Zealand. There is a ton packed into 2 relatively small islands; from glaciers to farmlands, to mountain peaks, to tropical beaches. I still remember my trip to the islands ten years ago when I first started my travels. The landscape and my experience in […]

Thrill Seekers This Way to New Zealand

February 7, 2017 5 Comments »

New Zealand adventure travel

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of New Zealand? For most people it’s adventure travel. And for some people like me, it’s sheep. But I’m sorta strange, so we’ll go with adventure as the norm. Even the tourism department labels themselves the “Home of Adventure Tourism”. I suppose it’s not too […]

Taking the Leap into Fear

January 24, 2017 4 Comments »

taupo bungee jump new zealand

“Okay, I’ll do it,” Lindsey said with more trepidation than excitement. What had I done? I just talked her into something that I had no desire to do, and now I have to go with her. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Sometimes I get so focused on others getting over their fears, I lose track of my […]

Getting There Niece Project 5.0

January 19, 2017 2 Comments »

Delayed Flights

We drove to the airport as the snow came down heavier and heavier with each minute that ticked by. I watched the fat snowflakes land on the windshield and melt and thought about the number 5. It’s shocking to me that this is my 5th Niece Project trip. And even more surprising – this is […]

New Zealand In-stagram Review

January 5, 2017 6 Comments »

New zealand instagram

“It’s like Hawaii and Colorado had a baby” – that’s how my niece Lindsey described New Zealand, and that’s actually pretty damn accurate.  I have been in few places in the world with this beautiful of turquoise waters, beaches, wildlife, and snowy mountain peaks.  A country where you can do it all, and we did. […]

My 4 Best Days on Earth in 2015

December 1, 2015 29 Comments »

best days on earth

I feel giddy like a 7-year-old at Christmas. I look out over the barren tundra, a new environment for me, and think about how it makes me feel free and hopeful. The clouds break and a crack of blue sky appears, as if the game of hide and seek is over and it can finally […]

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