How I spent one day in Chicago

Chicago is a beautiful city. Set on Lake Michigan with the Chicago River running through it, it has a gorgeous skyline that offers an eclectic mix of architecture — old, new, glass, concrete, round and square  — Chicago’s skyline has a little bit of everything. I was lucky enough to have spent a week in…

A travel guide to Presque Isle State Park

It’s not a ‘real’ beach, but it’s pretty darn close I spent four years in Pennsylvania less than an hour down the road from Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pa, but it wasn’t until I moved to western New York for this past summer that I finally made it to this gorgeous part of…

A guide to Rio’s neighborhoods – Ipanema

Okay, so I know that Copacabana is the beach most people associate with Rio de Janeiro; however, if I only had one day to spend at a beach in Rio, I would choose to go to Ipanema beach over Copacabana for the day – and I would recommend that you do the same. Don’t get…

Sunday stroll in Makara, NZ

There’s nothing like a family stroll on a Sunday morning on a perfectly sunny winters day; and it’s even better when you’re lucky enough to be able to walk around this little bit of paradise…just a 30 minute drive from my house. Unfortunately I’ve spent a good amount of my time at home being sick….

A kiwi guide to Taupo, New Zealand

I’m currently working on walking the line between appreciating my country through the eyes of a tourist, without becoming an actual tourist in my own country. From this perspective I present to you, my kiwi guide to Taupo, New Zealand. For more on Taupo check out my follow me post about my weekend away in Taupo. Otherwise enjoy…

Sunset on the Desert Road, NZ

Come explore New Zealand with me and travel through the Desert Road, part of New Zealand’s main state highway. The Desert Road is a portion of State Highway 1 that runs through Tongariro National Park and beside its three mountains; Ruapehu, Nguaruhoe and Tongariro. The road itself is fairly treacherous and can catch foreign travelers…

A weekend away

I recently traveled up to Taupo for a family weekend getaway. Despite being the middle of winter we had gorgeous blue sky and sun all weekend, although it wasn’t quite warm enough for shorts or a swim in the lake. The town of Taupo is located in the center of the North Island, on New…

A guide to Rio’s neighbourhoods – Copacabana

Rio de Janeiro is a gigantic city – according to a google search I did it has a population of 6.2 million (UN  data). Now I’m from New Zealand, a country with an entire population of 4.4 million, so a city of 6.2 million is still new to me. Needless to say it was a bit overwhelming –…

NYC Day 3

For my final day in the city we went to Central Park. I know that trying to fit all of NYC into one 3 day trip is physically impossible, but Central Park was on the top of my to-see list and I wanted to see as much of it as possible this time around. Lucky…

NYC Day 2

Day 2 was actually pretty relaxed and probably the least-touristy out of all three days..kind of. We caught the subway from Penn Station down to SoHo and spent most of the afternoon just walking around in the sun. We went to Katz’s delicatessen which was a pretty awesome experience. The sandwiches are around $20 but…

NYC Day 1

I had never been to New York City before. It’s been number 1 on my to-do list since moving to America 3 years ago, and this past week was the first time I finally got around to getting there. I’ve been kicking myself ever since that I didn’t make the effort to go earlier…now I…