It was my last full day abroad when I woke up to a Facebook message sent by my sister, letting me know that my grandma had passed away that morning. Dealing with death on the road is never easy, I can only be thankful that it happened so close to me coming home, allowing me […]

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I recently finished reading The Luminaries, a gold-rush era novel set on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. I’m glad I read it after I traveled through the area to have a bit of a reference for the story, and the book itself made me appreciate places like Hokitika even more, and the […]


Kelsey and I trialled our backpacks, one carrying food, one carrying mainly camping gear, and gave each other a questioning look. This would be our first multi-day hike for the both of us, and we were doing it completely on our own in one of the most iconically beautiful parts of New Zealand: Abel Tasman […]


It’s about time for another round of ukulele on the road!  Filmed and recorded in Kaikoura, New Zealand during my travels down south. A cute little town on the East Coast of the South Island, this was our last day on the beach before heading up to Blenheim for a couple days of wine tasting […]


Nelson, New Zealand is one of those special places branded in my memories from my trip around the country. It was the starting point for my South Island journeys, and the last stop before my multi-day hike through Abel Tasman. Most importantly, it’s where I met some of the best kinds of people. The great […]


I knew from my few previous travels around the North Island that Rotorua is considered by many as the tourism epicenter of the region. Although Taupo also has a lot to offer, not to mention it is absolutely beautiful, it’s the little brother to all that I found in Rotorua. I’ve already written about quite […]


When I first left home, I wrote this post the day I left San Diego. When I left San Diego on a train taking me to LA, which would be my departure city from the States, I remember watching the sun fade under the canopy of palm trees, and feeling like I knew, at least […]


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