Hobbiton Set Tour // Matamata, New Zealand

I decided last minute to take an adventure to the Hobbiton Movie Set, where both Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogy was filmed. I was beyond impressed with the tour of the set & its attention to detail. The movie set is in the middle of no where in the New Zealand countryside; […]

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Brighton Beach – south of Dunedin, New Zealand

By living in Dunedin, New Zealand for the past three and a half weeks now, I’ve come to terms with how many beaches there are to explore. In my last post, I explored Tunnel Beach just north of my next destination: Brighton Beach. Brighton is a small village around 45 minutes of a drive south […]

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Tunnel Beach – South of Dunedin, New Zealand

What makes this walk great, is you don’t have to dedicate more than a few hours to take in the views. It’s even more perfect if either of these criteria fit you: you are short on time you aren’t a very experienced hiker The walk both down and up is steep, so take it at […]

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First full day exploring Dunedin, NZ

Dunedin is the second- largest city in the south island of New Zealand. Dunedin is more urban than I expected; you can walk practically anywhere within the lines of the city. This past weekend, I had a jam packed day full of exploring around both Dunedin, and its’ surrounding areas. St. Clair Beach First stop […]

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Auckland Airport // tips and tricks

International Arrival Departing my plane was normal; I went through customs once getting off, etc. BUT after, there was bio security which takes a lot more time than you’d think (even if you aren’t declaring anything). New Zealand is very keen on keeping the country of New Zealand free from unwanted diseases and pesticides, which […]

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reflecting on a plane

I took advantage of down time, casually reflecting on a flight to LAX. Traveling is hard and stressful, no doubt about it. Security can take way too long but…. here I am! It’s amazing how relaxing flights can be; once you’re in the air you don’t have much room to stress about what is going […]

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traveling with anxiety

It took me a very long time to figure out what anxiety was, and if what i was feeling fit that. I don’t want this to be a sad post, I want this to be helpful for anyone who may feel the same. Traveling involves a lot of indirect trust and loss of control; there […]

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…let the countdown begin

I leave for New Zealand in two weeks. I’m going to repeat that to help my personal denial wake up, I leave in TWO WEEKS!!!!!!!!! how am I preparing? did I actually start packing? what do I still need to get? culture shock, what!? Packing has begun (as of today), and I am trying to […]

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What I hope to accomplish abroad

Yesterday I sat down and expressed in my journal what my personal goals are for my adventure abroad to New Zealand. I didn’t realize until writing them down, how many there are (looks like i’ll be keeping myself busy!). Focus on what’s in front of you: I tend to look towards the future and forget […]

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Fortress Hohensalzburg – a photo diary || Salzburg, Austria

When visiting Austria this past summer, Salzburg was one of the main stops. Besides the attraction of “Sound of Music” tours and filming locations, the Hohensalzburg Castle was pretty hard to miss; It overtakes the Salzburg skyline. The fortress was built in the eleventh century, under the rule of the Archbishop at the time. The […]

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