Road Trip Diaries: Wellington to Franz Josef

If you ever find yourself traveling with me and there is a car involved, know that I will have no shame in forcing anyone but myself to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to navigating potentially tricky situations. Driving has always been a point of anxiety for me, and I will make that …

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Lucking Out in Windy Welly

Wellington is the political and cultural center of New Zealand. This funky little capital city has the size, quirkiness, and craft beer scene of Portland and the hills, architecture, and bayside location of San Francisco. And also, I firmly believe there are more cafes here per capita than anywhere else in the world. So what …

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A Venture Across the North Island of New Zealand

Carly and I landed in what would be my home base for the indefinite future on July 7th. Considering I was planning on living and working here for up to a year, the immigration process was eerily smooth. I didn’t even interact with a human (except to request a stamp for my passport since they …

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What to do in Moody Melbourne…

I’m back after a bit of a hiatus from this whole travel blog thing. Sometimes when you are packing in a lot of places and experiences to a very little amount of time, you would rather soak up every moment living those experiences rather than processing and filtering it for others. I finished up my …

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Doing Sydney in Style

Sydney spoiled us. From the moment we saw it from the sky, to the day we left, it was nothing but sunshine. And when Sydney gives you over 48 hours of great weather in winter, you take advantage of it. We arrived to our hostel, Big Hostel, in Surrey Hill a little after dark. The …

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Townsville, Australia is a Gem

I know when you think of Australia, you think of its beaches, unique wildlife, and a couple iconic cities. And to be honest, our only motive for visiting Townsville was an animal sanctuary. But going to a place with no expectations (except for cuddling koalas) and no knowledge of it in general allows you to …

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The Great Barrier Reef

After our long and stressful journey to Australia, Cairns was a nice welcome. The weather was a great bridge from Thailand to Australia. Warm, but not sticky hot. Considering it was their winter, the temperature was similar to a milder summer day in Portland. We spent the first jet-lagged day wandering around the little city. …

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Australia or Bust

PSA: You need a visa to go to Australia! This is a very important announcement for anyone reading and thinking of ever going. This minor detail will also come into play later in this story of our 24-hour journey from the Thai Islands to Northern Australia. Our journey begins at 8:30am on June 26th as …

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From Krabi to Koh Lanta

Our trip to the Thai islands was not without its obstacles. We had an afternoon flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket and figured we would have a laid back morning, sleep in, and get one last massage from our favorite former inmates. But when Carly woke up, she had an email from AirAsia saying that …

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From Parasites to Elephants: Lake Malawi and Liwonde National Park

The last four days in Malawi were a blast. I traveled with the U of M students to Lake Malawi and Liwonde National Park where we went on a safari.  Lake Malawi was absolutely gorgeous. It's a total hidden gem. There should be SO many more resorts and tourists there. Maybe it was the area …

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