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How To Cope With Spending The Holidays In The Hot, Sunny Southern Hemisphere

I like to believe that I am a proper northern girl.   Not only am I from the Northern Hemisphere of the world, I’m from the northeast of the United States–a region that receives some of the most brutal winters.  I’m talking power outages and snow up past the top of the doorway.  During my […]

How I Spontaneously Bought a Plane Ticket to Hawaii

I would like to thank Boston Logan International Airport for enabling me to fulfill my dream of going to Hawaii.  My purse held a copy of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben, my phone, a pack of gum, my passport, my wallet, a one-way plane ticket to Auckland and a working holiday visa valid for one year […]

A Traveler’s Guide To Speaking Thai

Sawatdee ka! (Hello!) Planning a trip to the land of smiles? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the Thai language section of your guidebook? Fear not! Here are some simple Thai phrases that will help you enjoy your time in Thailand. Although most people working in the tourism industry will speak English, there is no better […]

Finding Light

You may or may not have noticed the silence over here for the last few weeks.  Part of that is due to my move back to Waiheke Island where I have been in a constant state of go-go-go.  Part is a result of the recent goings-on in the United States. I have been in a […]

Where To Find Bomb As Milkshakes in Auckland

Have you ever seen a photo of someone drinking one of the most absurd yet enticing sweet creation out of a mason jar?  Have you ever thought, that would probably make me sick, but my goodness I need it right now?  I sure did.  From the first week that I set foot on New Zealand […]

6 Coffee Shops in Connecticut Worth Visiting

When it comes to coffee shops, a huge part of the magic for me is the atmosphere inside.  I read a quote recently that said, “First I drink the coffee, then I do the things.”  A place that feels cozy enough to curl up with a book or zen enough to get some writing done […]

Road Trip: 4 Week North Island Itinerary

Frequently, I am questioned where exactly I went on my North Island road trip a few months ago.  I took the ferry from Waiheke Island to Auckland, sped out of town and hit the pavement fast with my eyes set on Cape Reinga.  After that, I drove around the island clockwise and down through the middle, […]

Is This the Best Chocolate in the World?! Visiting Wellington Chocolate Factory for the First Time

Tucked away between the streets of Wellington resides the clean, comfortable, sleek interior of Wellington Chocolate Factory.  Please call me Charlie because I want to call this place my new home and frolic through the factory with a bar of salted brittle caramel in both hands, with chocolate dribbling down my chin and a wild look in my […]

I’m Living in a Van With My Best Friend

Carrie and I have not seen each other in over a year.  Our best-friendship began nine years ago just before the first day of high school.  We have remained linked throughout four sometimes tough, sometimes funny, sometimes life-changing years of high school, through four years at university where we had a long distance relationship, and […]

The Truth Behind Taking a Solo Road Trip

It’s scary at first For the first week, I was terribly scared to sleep in my car.  I can admit that openly.  I would find a place on the side of the road or in a parking lot.  I would lock all of my doors while attempting to cover my windows so that strangers could […]

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