old rag mountain photo

Ever since I got back home, I feel like I have such a lower tolerance for being bored. While I was in New Zealand and then Australia, I knew I only had a time limit of one year (in each)….

topsail island photo

I think most long-term travelers will agree that the adjustment of coming home is harder than that of going away. I left home at the beginning of March 2012 and didn’t return until May 2014. As soon as I landed…

arrowtown photo

In my opinion (and a lot of other people’s opinions, I think) a road trip is by far the best way to see New Zealand. Rent a car or camper van, plan your own itinerary, and go at your own…

My summer studying and working in China

I spent the summer after my third-year of college studying abroad in China. I studied architecture in school, so our program was based around the architectural sites of China, old and new. I loved my time there, and it’s hard…

How I want to live, work, and travel around the world

So far on this blog, I’ve talked a bit about how I worked my way around New Zealand and Australia via working holiday visas. I’ve completely fallen in love with slow travel and the idea of traveling the world by…

auckland new zealand photo

Slowly… I love vacations as much as the next person, but they also frustrate me. (So maybe I don’t love them as much as everyone else…) I’ll spend weeks looking forward to going away, but then as soon as my…

tongariro emerald lakes photo

My last post left off with my parents and I taking the ferry from Picton on the South Island over to Wellington on the North Island. Although I slept for most of it, I did spend the first 30 minutes…

My New Zealand road trip  Part I: The South Island

After my working holiday visa expired, I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to New Zealand, so I switched onto a visitor’s visa. This gave me an extra three months to explore the country without having to work. It got even…

My favorite extreme activities in Queenstown, NZ

I used to be terrified of roller coasters until my friends peer pressured me onto Apollo’s Chariot at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA while on a 7th grade band trip. I loved it, and that’s probably what first got me…

One week in the Blue Mountains, NSW

After living on a remote island for 11 months, I finally flew back to Sydney. At first, being back in the big city was pretty exciting – I wanted to go out to eat, to the movies, and shop a bit…