Musings

Dealing with New Zealand sandflies – a survival guide

[ad_1] As an American with limited options for a working holiday visa, I chose New Zealand over Australia for a few key reasons. One, of course, was the draw of the majestic Southern Alps, a truly magnificent spectacle without comparison. The other was because I really don’t enjoy stifling hot temperatures. The third and perhaps the most compelling argument against ...

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Everything you need to know about surviving winter in New Zealand

[ad_1] Listen up, everyone! It’s the first week of June. Winter has officially arrived. Grab your woolen sweaters! Raid the supermarkets for supplies! Gather your loved ones inside. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. You may think I’m being dramatic because New Zealand actually has a relatively mild climate year-round compared to say, Canada or Siberia, but trust me on this: ...

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

[ad_1] 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 ...

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10 things that surprised me in Antarctica

[ad_1] 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 ...

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10 big life lessons I’ve learned from the backcountry

[ad_1] 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, ...

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7 reasons why New Zealand’s coffee culture rules

[ad_1] 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 ...

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