Discovering Milford Sound: Daytrip from Queenstown

As the humpback whale sprayed and flicked its tail, I gazed around me, mountains, waterfalls, open water, birds singing and the gentle hum of the boat. I was finally here. Milford Sound. The… Continue reading

Queenstown, New Zealand: World landscapes all in one place.

Switzerland, Argentina, Chile, even a bit of Bosnia, all in one country… my home country of Aotearoa! Sweeping views of Lake Wakatipu as the plane lands in an area surrounded by snow-capped mountains,… Continue reading

Favourite things to do while travelling

As part of this month’s link up of ‘favourite things’ I’m taking the angle of my favourite things to do while travelling, so here they are: Get Lost When you’re in a safe… Continue reading

One Year. 20 Locations. A year of memories

On this day last year I left my home of almost 5 years, London, to begin a world adventure and return to my homeland of New Zealand. It’s hard to believe it’s been… Continue reading

10 realities of returning home from travel / life abroad

A few months ago I returned back to my home country, after 7.5 months of travelling through Africa and Latin America and close to 5 years living in London in the UK. I… Continue reading

Places you can’t get out of your head

One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things – Henry Miller This month’s travel linkup is all about places you travel to that you can’t get… Continue reading

Getting back to nature in Hamilton: Hamilton Gardens

Beautifully sculpted gardens, colours and tones galore, water features to capture you’re attention – all in one central place in Hamilton Gardens. I recently took a morning out to the gardens with my… Continue reading

Getting out of Auckland City: Piha and Kitekite Waterfalls

In need of a break like me? Stuck inside job hunting and researching 9-5 isn’t much fun, so I recently opted to take the day out and head out of Auckland City to… Continue reading

The travel contrasts we experience

This month’s linkup is focused around the contrasts in travel that we experience. For me, I’ve certainly had my fair share in the last few years, it’s hard to know where to begin?… Continue reading

Noticing Nature at Mt. Maunganui

Just over a week ago I had the pleasure of visiting one of my favourite places on earth, a spot of stunning nature near where I grew up: Mt. Maunganui. This was the… Continue reading

Brunch with the Brunch Club at Tannery

My first Kiwi bloggers brunch! My London blogger pals would be proud! I stumbled upon this group and managed to sneak my way into their brunch yesterday at the Tannery in Auckland. It was… Continue reading

Memories in Quotes

Since returning to New Zealand recently I’ve been working each day on my mindfulness and compassion (as part of my ‘fresh start’). Last week the Dalai Lama turned 80 and I stumbled across this… Continue reading

Travel Personality – Travel Linkup

In an effort to back involved with the blogging community this month’s travel linkup topic is all about travel personalities, so here’s my take on my own travel personality. Young and nervous traveller… Continue reading

One month anniversary back in New Zealand

Yes, one month ago today I landed early morning on a rainy day in Auckland where my sister met me (and my cold) with open arms. One month has flown by. I spent… Continue reading

San Francisco: from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz and the bits in between

Back from Yosemite, I settled back in San Francisco, the city known for its varying climate and fog. All of which I got to experience, along with my first cold of my trip.… Continue reading

Getting back to nature at Yosemite National Park

Sun, snow, birds, deer, squirrels, elusive black beers and an abundance of pure nature, all part of Yosemite National Park in California, USA. For years I’ve wanted to go to Yosemite National Park,… Continue reading

San Francisco, entering into a modern lifestyle

Arriving in San Francisco I couldn’t help but be happy. I settled in at my expensive hostel, hired my first fluffy big towel (in close to 8 months) for $1, flushed toilet paper,… Continue reading

Farewell Latin America

So there it went. The end of my time in Latin America. I started at the beginning of December 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I quickly moved to Argentina (for my safety… Continue reading

Puerto Viejo and Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica

During my last days in Costa Rica I ventured down the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica to meet the beaches, wildlife and… the wet season. That’s right the wet season. This affected my… Continue reading

Seeking wildlife in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Sloths, check. Monkeys, check. Racoons, check. Iguanas, check. Birds, check. Beaches, check.  After a bit of a disappointing trip to La Fortuna/Arenal (was super expensive to do tours and not much else there),… Continue reading

Monteverde and Santa Elena: Cloud Forest of Costa Rica

Green trees and birds all around, this area of Costa Rica is a great starting point for any adventure in Costa Rica. Monteverde and Santa Elena are cloud forest reserves with a town in… Continue reading

Panama City: A mix of old and new

There’s more to Panama City than the canal. Yes, honest. There’s a cute wee old town with colonial buildings, some that aren’t falling down and some with flowers. It also has a few… Continue reading

Sailing through the San Blas Islands on the Nacar 2

Pristine beaches. White sand. Crystal clear blue and green waters. Palm trees everywhere. The San Blas are a real beach paradise. As I farewelled Colombia and South America I boarded a catamaran boat to… Continue reading

Caribbean Coast of Colombia: Cartagena and Tayrona National Park

If colour, heat and beaches is what you’re after then the Caribbean Coast of Colombia won’t disappoint! Flying into Cartagena, the first thing that hits you as you get off the plane is… Continue reading

Colourful and scenic region of Guatape, Colombia

Colour, colour, colour everywhere! This is the South America I imagined! Guatape is an easy day trip (or overnight trip) from Medellin in Colombia. After just 2 hours on a bus you can… Continue reading

Salento, Valle de Cocora Palms and the Coffee Region

Stunning countryside to say the least. Salento did not disappoint. The bus ride alone was stunning through the mountains of the coffee region. Arriving in Salento, myself and a another couple stayed at… Continue reading

Bogota and the Graffiti of Colombia

Coming into Bogota at night it can seem a bit dodgy, but in the bright daylight (if you manage to avoid the rain) it holds a few treats. Colourful houses and churches Stunning… Continue reading

The end of my time in Ecuador

Ecuador was a tricky country for me. The moment I arrived I was surrounded by lots of green banana trees for miles. I had hope of a fantastic time in the countryside. I… Continue reading

Santa Cruz, Galapagos

More iguanas, tortoises, a pier that lights up at night, sea lions that laze about and some white sand beaches. Santa Cruz is an expensive, but nice spot to stay in the Galapagos.… Continue reading

Cruising Around the Galapagos: Part 4 – Rabida, Santiago and Baltra Islands

Santiago Island Walking on moon-like rocks to creep up on the playful Galapagos fur sea lions you feel like you’re a long way from home… or at least I did. The fur sea… Continue reading

Cruising Around the Galapagos: Part 3 – Fernandina and Isabela Island

The Western Galapagos Islands continued to excite me, despite the incident with the sea urchin…   Fernandina Island on day 5 was incredible. Definitely a highlight for many people on the tour. Back… Continue reading

Cruising Around the Galapagos: Part 2 – Western Isabela Island

Lava rocks, pink flamingos, iguanas and wildlife all around. This is what I came to the Galapagos for. To be honest, the Galapagos wasn’t as abundant in wildlife as I had expected or… Continue reading

Cruising around the Galapagos: Part 1 – Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands

Put together 16 random people from all over the world on a first class boat for 7 days. It could go one way or the other. In our case it was a fantastic… Continue reading

Visiting San Cristobal island in the Galapagos

Red, Blue and Nazca Boobies – birds that is. Male Red Frigate birds with their bright red chest ballooned out. Green, Grey and Leatherback turtles. All just a few of the amazing wildlife… Continue reading

Volunteering at Yana Cocha in Ecuador

For two weeks I was recently based on the edge of the Amazon jungle in Puyo, Ecuador, volunteering at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre called Yana Cocha. The centre is home to a… Continue reading

Cities in Ecuador

The start of Ecuador hasn’t been easy for me, but I have visited some pretty nice cities over the last few weeks, so here is a little insight into them! Guayaquil Underrated Guayaquil,… Continue reading

The turning point in my solo travels

It’s okay to change plans. It’s okay to concede that long term travel isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s okay to stay put for awhile to recover and regroup. When I… Continue reading

Heading up the coast of Peru

Sand Dunes, fancy cities and swimming with turtles – what more could you want? Gone were the ruins, onwards to sea level (no altitude issues) and sunshine. First up was Huacachina, then onwards… Continue reading

Lost in translation

This month’s travel link up has been given the topic of lost in translation. It might as well be labelled: ‘Ngaire’. I find myself constantly lost in translation every day since I started… Continue reading

Visiting the Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines have always been a bit unknown, so on my journey up the coast of Peru I figured I’d stop by and check them out. It was a very short, sickly… Continue reading

Machu Picchu mountain hike and city

Wandering out from the bush and stairs I see an oasis of flowers, bushes, butterflies and finally one last hill promising the end is in sight!  A few weeks ago (I know I’ve… Continue reading

Planning Machu Picchu (without the trek in)

Heading to Machu Picchu in February means you can’t do the Inca Trail as it is shut, but there are other treks you have the option to choose from. However, with my knee… Continue reading

Pisac in the Sacred Valley

Finally as a practise run for Machu Picchu mountain, I headed up to see the Pisac ruins in the Sacred Valley. I caught a local bus for about an hour or so from… Continue reading

Ruins ruins and more ruins around Cusco, Peru

After a bit of a rough start to Cusco (getting kicked out of a hostel for writing an honest review of a past hostel) I was determined to organise my trip in and… Continue reading

Exceeding expectations at Colca Canyon

Just a few hours out of the quaint town of Arequipa, after seeing the not-so-nice edges of town you can head out to see the world’s deepest canyon: Colca Canyon. Given my knee… Continue reading

Arequipa and the Monasterio of Santa Catalina

Amongst the white washed old buildings of Arequipa lies a nice Cathedral and a beautiful church, but the highlight attraction is the monastery of Santa Catalina. This was one of those moments where… Continue reading

Bolivia, diverse and surprising at every corner

As I left Argentina/Chile a few weeks ago I was a bit down in the dumps for various reasons. I was determined to cheer up and appreciate what was ahead of me. Leaving… Continue reading

Lake Titicaca, Isla del Sol and the Floating Islands

Altitude increase again, heavy breathing and I was standing on my balcony (of my hostel room) staring out at the blue waters of Lake Titicaca from Copacabana in Bolivia. A truly stunning spot.… Continue reading

The Pampas, Amazon region in Bolivia

The rain started and didn’t finish for over 12 hours. Torrential downpour is an understatement. Trugging out in the mud and rain from my hostel, I walked to the office where the adventure… Continue reading

Salar de Uyuni

After spending the night in a salt hotel, freezing after a luke warm shower and hearing rain pounding down, we weren’t sure if we would be able to get to Salar de Uyuni… Continue reading