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At Hell’s Gate

Rotorua, New Zealand is home to remarkable sulphur deposits and geothermal activity. Spiraling towers of steam constantly flow out of the ground, giving the area a unique atmosphere. Believing he was looking upon the fiery gates of hell, George Bernard Shaw named the 50 acres of bubbling heat “Hellsgate.” Hell’s Gate features the Southern Hemisphere’s […]

Checking In: Kawakawa Bay’s Beachcomber Motel

I have been living in New Zealand for nine weeks.  After staying in Auckland city center for a seven days, I briskly moved to Waiheke Island where I have been spending the remaining days of summer under the sun.  My little getaway to Kawakawa Bay was the first time since my arrival to the country that I really […]

Air New Zealand Review

Before this week, the longest flight I had ever taken lasted eight hours.  After a layover in Houston, Texas, my long haul flight to Auckland was a whopping fifteen hours in length.  When I was deciding which airline to choose, I was between Air Fiji and Air New Zealand.  Though, I have yet to try […]

Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport

If there is one thing I have realized from the family vacations of my childhood and teenage years, it is the importance of a good night’s sleep before embarking on a journey. I backpacked solo through Eastern Europe for two weeks while my luggage was locked away at Dublin Airport awaiting my return. There were […]

Relaxing in Vienna: Hotel Pension Lumes

Five short minutes from the Stephanplatz U-Bahn (subway) stop hides Vienna’s Hotel Pension Lumes on a quaint side street.  I arrived in Vienna utterly exhausted from three fully packed days in Budapest.  Clouds rested over the city and the cooler temperature invited me to exchange my sundresses and shorts for jeans and a big sweater for the […]