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Read To Travel

Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon

If you identify as book lover, bookshelf porn junkie, independent bookstore seeker, or overall nerd in love with the written word, you have probably spent your fair share of time exploring the stacks of little shops.  I visited Powell’s on a recommendation from a traveling friend who recognized my obsession with reading and knew I […]

Enjoying Giapo’s Edible Art on National Ice Cream Day

When I received a reminder that it was National Ice Cream Day in the United States, I knew something needed to be done immediately.  I could not let such an important day of my year slide by simply because I live in New Zealand.  So we hopped on the ferry to Auckland in search of […]

How to Spend the Summer in Connecticut

We live in an era where people crave to be unique and irregular, yet also accepted.  We want to be seen doing something new and different, not the same old song and dance as everybody else.  During high school, I constantly heard voices all around me with differing opinions on where the best places to look […]

3 Non-Touristy Gems Worth Visiting on the North Island

On a New Zealand road trip and looking for a few stops that won’t be littered with other tourists?  There are numerous spots all over the North and South islands that you can enjoy in solitude if you just know where to look.  Here are three gems that I found to be quite non-touristy on […]

Walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

My New Zealand bucket list housed “Walk the Tongariro Crossing” for over a year. I was sorely disappointed last year when my intended day to do the walk was cancelled due to the fact that I couldn’t get a shuttle in the snow.  Since good things come to those who wait, the national park welcomed me […]

Seattle Photo Diary

Seattle sat on my list of places to visit—and potentially live—for at least two years.  After days spent in the library at university researching neighborhoods to live in and job openings, I finally made my way all the way from suburban Connecticut to Washington state’s bustling metropolis.  I took quite an odd route getting there […]

Climbing Mt Karioi

Sometimes we plan things in life and sometimes we do not.  The decision to climb Mount Karioi is one example of a time we planned nothing.  Our quick weekend trip to Raglan was rather spontaneous. Upon arrival we had no plans of seeing or doing anything specific.  We simply wanted to embrace Raglan softly and […]

Three Books in Travel Literature To Pick Up This Month

No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice by Judith Martin I came to own this book from a used book sale on the town green in Glastonbury, Connecticut.  Having visited Venice before, I was eager to read a travel memoir about the city.  It is everything that will wet your appetite for travel […]

Riding Mopeds Around O’ahu, Hawaii

Whilst growing up, Hawaii lived to be one of the most picturesque places I could imagine.  Mind you, as a child, I hardly knew about the true beauty of New Zealand, Western Ireland, and the many gorgeous locations I had ahead of me in life.  And in incredibly picturesque locations it only makes sense to […]

Postcards from Waiheke

One year ago, I leapt from Connecticut to New Zealand semi-blindly.  I had no idea I would meet a girl online inviting me to Waiheke Island.  I had never even heard of Waiheke Island—Waikiki, yes, but this other place, nope.  For three months I lived and breathed Waiheke sunshine and island life.  It took hardly any […]

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