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10 facts about New Zealand that will totally impress your friends

It’s a well-known fact that New Zealand is without a doubt the most incredibly beautiful country in the world. Okay, I kind of made that up. Let’s call it an alternative fact. But still, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about New Zealand in the past five years because the world is finally discovering the tiny beautiful island and no ...

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20 photos of autumn in New Zealand that will delight you

It’s that time of year again in New Zealand. As we slowly make our way through April, nighttime temperatures plummet, the frost begins, and the days become shorter. Winter is coming and so are the white walkers. Wait, never mind. Autumn is here! My most favorite time of year! Nothing beats Central Otago in autumn Usually in sync with the ...

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Besides blogging, here are 5 ways to quit your job and travel

Five years ago I walked into my boss’s office with sweaty palms and a cracking my voice and handed in my resignation. I wasn’t going to a competitor. I wasn’t moving companies. I was DONE. I was done with working in an office. I was done with feeling unfulfilled in my work. I was done meticulously counting my vacation days ...

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10 things that surprised me in Antarctica

Antarctica is the place of myths and legends. A place so far removed from what we experience in day to day life, it doesn’t seem real. It’s a land very few make the journey to, shrouding it in mystery. Ice and penguins, that’s what I imagined, before I made the trip to the bottom of the world in January with ...

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The first step to understanding money: Smell Your Sh*t

Hi guys! This post is the first in a serious of personal finance articles my crazy-smart-hilarious-beautiful friend Berna from Hey Berna! has graciously agreed to write for me you all. I’m sure many of you are proper adults who know how to manage your monies, but for those of you like me, and who avoid things like thinking about taxes, ...

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10 big life lessons I’ve learned from the backcountry

I didn’t start out as an expert in the outdoors. I didn’t grow up doing orienteering races or learning navigation or given any backcountry tips. Aside from binge eating Thin Mints, I had nothing to do with Girl Scouts and couldn’t have cared less about hiking or camping. As I got older and more appreciative of my natural surroundings, I ...

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7 reasons why New Zealand’s coffee culture rules

Growing up as an American, I had a very specific view on cafe culture, one well portrayed on the big screen with oversized, complicated drink orders, an overabundance of disposable cups, and a wifi connection so good you could easily turn your tiny cafe table into your own personal office space. I knew nothing about New Zealand coffee. I quickly learned ...

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9 ways hiking in New Zealand will change your life

It’s no secret that New Zealand is a hiking mecca. With the world-renowned fiords, ancient rainforests and even more ancient birds, with towering mountains that will blow you away, and impossibly complicated braided riverbeds, a quaint and classic backcountry hut system and some of the hardest and kindest people on the planet, hiking in New Zealand is guaranteed to be ...

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