Month: December 2018

The Tongariro Crossing: Why You Should (Maybe Not) Hike 19.4 km

The Tongariro Crossing: Why You Should (Maybe Not) Hike 19.4 km

Although the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the most popular day hikes for tourists in New Zealand, it’s not an easy trek. The walk is a 19.4km linear journey that passes over a multi-cratered, active volcanic field. The pass used to be known as […]

Travel the Pathway to the Underworld at Cape Reinga

Travel the Pathway to the Underworld at Cape Reinga

At the top of New Zealand’s north island, where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet, lies a passage to the underworld. Te Rerenga Wairua, also known as Cape Reinga, is the most spiritually significant place in the country for New Zealand’s Māori people. It […]

It’s Ok to Spend Christmas Alone

It’s Ok to Spend Christmas Alone

Last year, I spent my first Christmas alone. I’ve travelled a lot, but I’ve always made it home for the holidays. So, to challenge myself last year, I decided to spend the holidays away from my family. I hadn’t intended to be entirely alone, but […]

Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Kaikoura: Worth Waking Up at 4 a.m.

Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Kaikoura: Worth Waking Up at 4 a.m.

There aren’t many things I’d wake up at 4 a.m. for; but swimming with wild dolphins is one of them. Initially, I hadn’t considered swimming with dolphins in New Zealand. I figured it would be a Sea World-esque experience, where they’d throw you in a […]

How to Find a Doctor While Travelling

How to Find a Doctor While Travelling

Unfortunately, this week the cold I’ve been fighting finally took me down. Within a few days, I was stuffy and miserable. I have a pretty weak immune system that is easily taken down by stress (three weeks living in hostels and getting on a bus […]