Travel tips: On the map, Off the Grid

Three ridiculous things people said when I decided to move abroad

When I decided to backpack in New Zealand for a year, practically everyone I shared my plan with responded with an enthusiastic “Wow! Go for it!” This was really encouraging, and honestly played a role in launching me on my adventure: visa in one hand, one-way plane ticket in the other--and for the first time,… Continue reading Three ridiculous things people said when I decided to move abroad

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Piha

Fiery nights and waterfall hikes at Piha Surf

We slept in our van for the first time in the parking lot of Piha Beach. By the time we arrived, the sun was liquefied copper on the horizon, pooling on the waves, turning the black volcanic sand to rose gold. The white cliffs glowed as if they were hot to the touch. Lion Rock… Continue reading Fiery nights and waterfall hikes at Piha Surf

Laingholm

The WWOOFers Guide to Exploding Machinery

It started with Rob shouting for us from under the house. Lauren and I looked up at each other over the table, dropped our bits of breakfast back onto our plates and scrambled over chair legs, out the door, and around the side of the house, ducking through the wooden doorway that led under the… Continue reading The WWOOFers Guide to Exploding Machinery