New Zealand Coast: Hahei Beach

Hahei Beach

As a follow-up to last week’s post about Cathedral Cove, here is a post about another beach to enjoy at that same location. From the Cathedral Cove car park, the path splits off to the right or the left, both heading down little hiking paths that lead to various beaches. The left will take you … Continue reading

New Zealand Coast: Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove

On the eastern coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, about halfway up, is place called Mercury Bay. Before you get to Mercury Bay, you’ll pass Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve, also known as Cathedral Cove. This is easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, though in New Zealand, it’s pretty easy to say that … Continue reading

New Zealand Coast: New Chums Beach

New Chums Beach

Now that fall has come to New Zealand, and I’ve had a chance to settle into Christchurch, I’m dreaming of my summer spent visiting North Island beaches. It’s the perfect time to continue my series of beach blog posts while the rain falls outside my hostel window. First up: New Chums Beach! First, let me … 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

Rangitoto Island, aka “Auckland’s most iconic island”

Hiking Rangitoto

Unlike Waiheke Island, which, though technically a Maori name, was named incorrectly (read about that here), Rangitoto Island is apparently the real deal. Rangitoto’s name has been translated to mean “the day the blood of Tamatekapua was shed,” relating to a major Maori battle at Islington Bay about 1350. – Rangitoto.org Congratulations, colonists, on using … 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

Welcome to Parnell, Auckland, NZ

Welcome to New Zealand

Warning: This is a post mostly about geography. Today is my fourth day in New Zealand. As I mentioned in this previous post, I jumped right into an apartment housesit situation, which is allowing me to settle into the country on my own terms and at my own pace. I’ve spent most of the last … Continue reading

Not Your Momma’s Travel App…

Field Trip

…though your mom will enjoy it, too, particularly because this specific app lets you know when you’re near a site that was made famous by a woman in history. For instance, from where I’m writing, when I click into the app, I find three historic sites within .8 miles (attributed to Arcadia Publishing, which has … Continue reading

How to Pack, According to Buzzfeed

BuzzFeed Packing Wrong

For that trip you’re planning to take that requires a suit and no toiletries:   Thanks, BuzzFeed, for having the answer to all questions.

Crater Lake National Park

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Back in the spring, I declared this 2014 summer The Summer of Camping. My goal was to camp at least once a month during May, June, July, and August, and I’m proud to say I made it! I wrote earlier about my Alaska adventure in May. Now for my Crater Lake adventure just a couple … Continue reading