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17 Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Waiheke Island, New Zealand

For the last year and a half, I have called Waiheke Island my home.  This island off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand has crept up on lists of big name travel magazines as the place to visit over the last few years.  So I feel quite lucky to have stumbled upon it organically almost […]

Boogie Van Brewing: Waiheke Island’s Local Craft Brewery

As many of you know, I have been living on Waiheke Island for about a year and a half.  Here on the island, the presence of vineyards and love of wine permeates the air.  On New Zealand’s “island of wine,” sometimes I’m just looking for a relaxing environment and good craft beer—no fine dining or […]

Stranger in a Stranger Land: My Six Years in Korea BOOK REVIEW

The Author After finishing law school, Brian M. Williams moved to South Korea to join the expatriate community of English school teachers.  Shortly before his arrival, he was offered a new job in publishing making English textbooks for schools.  During his six years in the country, he learned a lot about expat life, the Korean […]

Why Croatia Needs to Be Your Next Destination

After living in Ireland for a month, I began a solo backpack adventure into Eastern Europe.  Crafting the perfect itinerary took weeks of drafting, researching and rewriting until, finally, my perfect trip was planned (roughly).  My first three days alone were to be spent in Pula, Croatia.  At the time, I really knew nothing about […]

A Guide To Trekking Through Sapa, Vietnam

Are you looking to trek through the rice terraces of Northern Vietnam? Search no further than Sapa.  After arriving in the main village of Sapa with nothing planned aside from a burning desire to complete a multi-day walk, I learned quite a bit about the process of setting one up.  In this post, I will […]

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 […]

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