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Hobbiton: A Movie Set Adventure

Hobbiton: A Movie Set Adventure

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien   I visited Hobbiton on November 13th. I took so many photos that it has taken me nearly two months to narrow them down to a somewhat appropriate amount […]

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 […]

Float Beneath Living Lights in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Float Beneath Living Lights in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

On the North Island of New Zealand, there are caves where you can look up at the night sky while deep underground. No, this isn’t a fairy tale; it’s the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.   Photos of the blue-ish glow from the worms look like something […]

15,000 ft of Fun: Skydiving in Taupo, New Zealand

15,000 ft of Fun: Skydiving in Taupo, New Zealand

I knew there was one thing I had to do during my trip to New Zealand: skydive. New Zealand is well known for its extreme activities. Most people come to bungy jump off bridges ranging from 40 to over 100 metres high. I’ve never had […]

How Podcasts Help My Travel Anxiety

How Podcasts Help My Travel Anxiety

I was looking back at my photos from my travels last year and I quickly noticed a pattern: I’m almost always wearing headphones. And I’ve never explained why they seem to be my favourite accessory. It’s because I’m listening to podcasts – literally, all the […]

Toronto Winter Weekend Itinerary

Toronto Winter Weekend Itinerary

Since I’m leaving Toronto (and winter) behind to head to New Zealand tomorrow, I decided to write an itinerary for spending a winter weekend in Toronto. Winter in Toronto is a special time. The city comes alive in the winter with outdoor skating rinks literally […]