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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 […]

Dining At Tantalus Estate Vineyard

In November I had the pleasure of dining at Tantalus Estate Vineyard for the first time.  The newest addition to Waiheke Island’s list of top wineries resides in Onetangi Valley and opened in September of 2016.  In addition to creating high end Bordeaux and Rhone-style wines, the estate holds a brewhouse on the ground floor and […]

Waiheke Island Summer Bucket List

As I am finally spending a full summer on Waiheke Island this year, my friends and I decided to put together a bucket list of all the things we want to do, wines to taste, and food to eat.  I have already done some of these last summer, but the goal is to make it […]

2016 in Review: Where I Traveled This Year

It amazes me how quickly this year went by.  2016 had terribly deep up’s and down’s for me on a personal level and in regards to the world as a whole.  Overall, I feel so grateful for the opportunities and support this year brought to me.  Beautiful people have walked into my life this year and some […]

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