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My 28th Year: On the Places I Once Called Home

Solo traveling through Sydney, Australia in 2013 - The Atlas Heart

You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. // Miriam Adeney

I’m currently on a train in Scotland, rolling through the lush green countryside. There are deep blue-grey lochs on my left and clean white light filtering through the many windows in my car. 

This is my life, or at least it has been for the past 5 years. I somehow find myself in the most beautiful places, usually by myself, or all to myself, if you frame it that way. 

It’s my 28th birthday this Saturday. The past years have been a whirlwind of travel memories, some of my strongest friendships, losses, and countless new beginnings. 

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A Guide to Getting a Work Visa in New Zealand for Americans

How to Get a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand for Americans


My second installment on how to secure a work visa down under for Americans, this is my New Zealand edition!

Last time, I talked about how easy it can be to get a work visa for Australia, but if you also want to work & travel to that place from The Lord of the Rings, keep reading to see how it’s even easier (and much cheaper!) for New Zealand.

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A Guide to Getting a Work Visa in Australia for Americans

A Guide to Getting a Work Visa in Australia for Americans - The Atlas Heart

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Getting a work visa in Australia can be as easy as filling out an online form in 15 minutes.

It always surprises me how many Americans don’t know about the working holiday visa in Australia.

To be fair, I was one of those Americans too, until I took my first solo venture to Europe and made friends from a variety of different countries. One of those friends happened to be British, and she told me about the working holiday visa she was planning on doing in Australia, and how she thought it applied to Americans too.

In an instant, the course of my life changed drastically.

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Travel Misconceptions: Vanuatu

Travel Misconceptions: Vanuatu

One of my goals on The Atlas Heart is to break down travel misconceptions or judgments about places and ideas. Perhaps it could be that destination that everyone warns you not to visit because of how dangerous it is, or maybe you yourself had preconceived notions that were proven wrong once you arrived to where you were going.

My aim is to present a variety of different opinions and experiences through the eyes of other travelers. It’s important to hear travel stories from all different perspectives in life, I call it seeing the world through a kaleidoscope lens.

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7 Must See Places in New Zealand

7 Must See Places in New Zealand - Milford Sound

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Must see places in New Zealand to blow you away and give you a good overview of just how beautiful and diverse this country can be.

New Zealand is the land of natural beauty. It’s a country that draws people from all over the world who want to experience nature at its finest. Seriously, the amount of outdoor activities and adventures to go on as soon as you step foot in the country will make your head spin, as well as the abundance of New Zealand wonders on both the north and south island.

I was lucky enough to travel around a good portion of New Zealand while living in Wellington for a year, and I came away with some incredible experiences and stories of places I could’ve only ever imagined (or seen in Lord of the Rings).

New Zealand is a special place for me to be sure, so I wanted to share with you guys my favorite must see places in New Zealand that completely blew me away. It’s a another world down under, and I hope you get to experience it for yourself one day, if you haven’t already.

Whether it’s your first time in the country, or you’re coming back for yet another visit, these are the must see places in New Zealand that you can’t miss!

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My Favorite Moments of 2015

My Favorite Moments of 2015 - The Atlas Heart

The best highlights and adventures from New Zealand to California in 2015

As I went through and reviewed this past year, a few moments in particular really stuck out to me as the best highlights from 2015. Since these moments had such an important impact on creating a great year, I wanted to tell you the anecdotes behind them and why they were so special to me.

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