How to Choose a Good Hostel

I’ve been backpacking (and did a bit of van life-ing, too) for the past nineteen months through seven countries. Throughout this time, I’ve been staying in hostels; in fact, in 2019, I lived exclusively in hostels! From Australia to New…

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What to Bring on a Hike

Hiking is my favourite activity, no matter where I am in the world. I consistently find that hiking brings a sense of joy, clarity, excitement and discovery. It’s such a great way to get out and feel good about your body,…

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Hand Luggage Packing List

I’ve spent the past nineteen months backpacking through seven countries. Before I left Canada, I put together a detailed backpacking packing list; the contents have changed slightly since then thanks to thrift shops + book shops! For shorter trips though,…

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4 Ways to Travel Around New Zealand

I’ll be honest, when I was still in Australia and first researching New Zealand and how to best get around the tiny two-island nation, I was pretty stumped. It seemed that the only way to do it was if you…

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78 Things to Do on the North Island

New Zealand is my favourite country in the world! There’s so much to see – from abandoned gold mines, beautiful coastlines, epic volcanoes and bursting geothermal activity. I’ve been living here for a year and a half now and have made…

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Narnia Filming Locations

The Narnia chronicles were an incredible part of my childhood – the magic in each story greater than the last, all exquisitely crafted by C. S. Lewis. While New Zealand is perhaps most famously known for being the surreal backdrop of the Lord…

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10 FAQs About Van Life

Back in February, we bought a little self-contained van while we were living in Wellington. We named her Bongo (since she’s a Mazda Bongo – yes, so creative, we know) and took her out for a few weekend trips in…

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Lord of the Rings Filming Locations

Ahhh, Lord of the Rings. The incredible trilogy, complemented by The Hobbit trilogy, that basically turned New Zealand into one giant film set. It’s been said that every kiwi was or knows someone who was an extra in LotR. It’s not hard to see…

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