Destinations

The West Coast hideaway that is good for the soul

I’ve made it no secret that the South Island’s West Coast is one of my favorite corners of New Zealand, a wild and empty coastline full of spikey mountains and dense rainforests, rugged beaches and feisty penguins. I love it. There’s something about this place that gets under my skin in the best possible way. I yearn for it. Whenever ...

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8 reasons why you should make visiting Stewart Island a priority

If there was ever a place that captured my heart so entirely, it would be Stewart Island. Tucked just off the end of New Zealand’s South Island 30 kilometers across the Foveaux Strait from Bluff, this tiny paradise represents the last piece of modern civilization before you hit Antarctica. New Zealand’s third island is remote and untamed, often overlooked by ...

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8 Awesome Things to Do in Joshua Tree National Park, California

Visiting Joshua Tree National Park is special. In the 1930s desert lover and community activist, Minerva Hoyt recognized the human threats of the nearby ecosystem and persuaded President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaim Joshua Tree a National Monument in 1936. It was renamed the Joshua Tree National Park in 1994 and now protects 792,510 acres – mostly wilderness – where ...

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8 Awesome Things to Do in Joshua Tree National Park, California

Visiting Joshua Tree National Park is special. In the 1930s desert lover and community activist, Minerva Hoyt recognized the human threats of the nearby ecosystem and persuaded President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaim Joshua Tree a National Monument in 1936. It was renamed the Joshua Tree National Park in 1994 and now protects 792,510 acres – mostly wilderness – where ...

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An overnight adventure hiking around Mt Buller

You know I’m all about women empowering other women, right? If not, then you haven’t been paying attention. On my trip to the Victoria High Country last summer, I was more than a little thrilled to head out on a women-only overnight hiking trip with Skadi Adventures. I haven’t done much hiking in Australia, but it’s on my list! The ...

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Hiding away at the Hapuku Lodge in Kaikoura

A few weeks ago I was feeling sprightly and ready to fly to Christchurch from Queenstown for the weekend. I was nervous, having signed up to become a marine mammal medic with Project Jonah so I could volunteer and help out with future whale strandings in New Zealand. I hadn’t been to Kaikoura in years. In fact, I hadn’t been ...

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5 reasons you should visit Wanaka in winter

It’s that time of year again guys. The leaves have turned golden, the wind has died down and the temperatures are quickly falling which means only one thing: winter is coming in New Zealand. Confusing, perhaps, if you live up in the northern hemisphere, but you get used to it. Winter here runs from around June through August. While summer ...

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6 reasons Beechworth should be on your Australian bucket list

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know I love history. Any history! Basically all the old things. So when the opportunity to visit a perfectly-preserved Gold Rush town in rural Australia visits me, I obviously say yes with gusto.  And although I definitely did not drift into a daydream about living in the 1800’s (would I own a ...

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A picture perfect snow day in the Dolomites

The area around Colle Santa Lucia is one of my favorite parts of the heart of the Dolomites. From big mountains to wild adventures, it has it all. Perched high above the two valleys Val Fiorentina and Val Cordevole below, and surrounded by the iconic mountains of the area, Civetta, Pelmo and Marmolada, Colle Santa Lucia is the perfect base for ...

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