New Zealand Coast: Simpsons Beach

Simpsons Beach

On the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island of New Zealand, is a beach town called Whitianga in the Mercury Bay. It’s a sweet place, though heavy with tourists in the summertime. Luckily for me, and now for you, I know of another beach right up the road that’s perfect for … Continue reading

Travel Writing: On The Culture Trip: Top 10 Things to Do and See on the Coromandel Peninsula

Top Ten Things to Do and See in the Coromandel Peninsula

Happy holidays everyone! I know what you all wanted for Christmas: a new travel writing piece by yours truly! While I work on my EPIC Coromandel Peninsula blog post (I’m actually going to be breaking it down into a series because it’s way too long to post as-is), here’s a little preview of what I … Continue reading

Travel Writing: On Pink Pangea: How I Face Change While Traveling

How I Face Change While Traveling

I’ve been in New Zealand for almost two full months now, and every day I am fixed with an onslaught of familiar and new circumstances and emotions to adjust to. While traveling provides exciting growing experiences, it can also make you feel like a fish out of water when learning how to navigate a new … Continue reading

Travel Writing: On Paradise of Exiles: A Guide for Moving to New Zealand

Guide for Moving to NZ

While I’ve written before about my process for moving to New Zealand, Chandi Wyant, founder of travel website Paradise of Exiles, encouraged me to distill it into a concise article, offering practical advice for those looking to follow in my footsteps. A great exercise in editing, I present to you, my Guide for Moving to … Continue reading

Travel Writing: On Pink Pangea: Don’t Talk to Strangers, and Other Advice You Should Ignore

Don't Talk to Strangers

I’m on a roll, folks! My second piece of travel writing was posted on Pink Pangea this week, this one talking about advice you should probably ignore. Look both ways before you cross the street. Don’t take candy from strangers. These sayings, children’s fairy tales, and other cautionary stories are shared as warnings against potential … Continue reading

Travel Writing: On Pink Pangea: 5 Less Explored Networks To Use When Traveling

5 Less Explored Networks to Use When Traveling

Oh happy day! My first official travel writing piece has been posted on Pink Pangea, the women’s travel writing community. The first thing I do when I’m thinking of traveling to a country, state, city, neighborhood, or side of the street other than the one where I’m currently living is tell everyone about it. Literally … Continue reading

Food: A Travelogue

Food.A Travelogue

I am not the ultimate foodie. My mother is. That woman has eaten bugs in Brazil, will crack bones open to suck the marrow out, and I’ve seen her absolutely relish the green stuff inside a cooked lobster’s stomach. I will happily admit that I am not that hardcore. I do, however, love food. The … Continue reading

5 Goodbye Gifts You Didn’t Know to Give a Traveler

5 Goodbye Gifts You Didn’t Know to Give a Traveler

What do you get your traveling friend when they’re about to embark on a journey? They’re busy paring down their lives, packing and repacking the one 50 lbs-or-less suitcase and personal carry-on item they’re allowed. You don’t want to shower them with impractical things they won’t end up bringing anyway. So what are your options? … Continue reading