Mean Green Travel Machine Ep. 2: Plastic Travels

I like to consider my lifestyle to be a rather sustainable one.  Yes, I get weird looks when I’m smearing coconut oil and arrowroot powder under my arms instead of using regular deodorant, but to me it’s worth it to save some plastic.  However, it seems like since I started traveling this year, my plastic-free... Continue Reading →


A Reality Check and a Homecoming

So...hello...again.  I'm sure anyone actually following this blog has noticed that I haven't exactly been keeping to my goal of posting an update every week.  The radio silence has occurred for a number of reasons, some of which I will go into detail about, some of which are for me to ponder.  So if you're... Continue Reading →

Well, I Can Laugh About it Now

She lives!!!!  Apologies for the radio silence over the past month or so, and thank you if you're still sticking around to read this!  My life has been going through some drastic changes these past few weeks for reasons I will discuss in a future post.  I'm in one piece, so no one panic (didn't... Continue Reading →


When Life Hands You a Food Truck

This past week, I arrived back in Taupo after a 3 week whirlwind tour with my wonderful parents.  And of course the second I arrived, threw my backpack down, and got a good night's sleep, I began to wonder, "Okay...what now?" The plan at the moment was to get a job in Taupo, spend the... Continue Reading →


You Know…Maybe I Don’t Need to Climb a Mountain Today

When I talk to people at home, I realize that many of them think that while I'm abroad, my life is one constant adventure-packed thrill ride.  This isn't even close to the truth.  If it were, I think I would need a constant IV drip of caffeine. Before I left for New Zealand, my friend... Continue Reading →


Mean Green Travel Machine Ep. 1: Hygiene

No matter what you do, traveling is not the most eco-friendly activity.  To be fair, it's difficult to do just about anything without having some sort of impact on the planet.  So what's a hippie to do?  The best she can. When I live on my own at home, I can take extra measures to... Continue Reading →


The Single Woman’s Guide

I love traveling solo.  Let me repeat that for the people in the back.  I LOVE traveling solo.  It gives me the freedom and flexibility to be the indecisive, awkward turtle-duck that I am (extra points if you get that reference).  I can just pick up and go without consulting another human about making a... Continue Reading →


You’re Gonna Carry That Weight

“What the heck do you pack for a year?” Before I left home, this was one of the most common questions I was asked.  When you’re settled down in your own space, it can be difficult to picture how you would fit everything into a backpack.  So what do you really need?  Honestly?  The same... Continue Reading →


Actually…I’ll Take the Warm Hostel…

As I've said before on my blog, I am a bit of a planner.  When I make commitments, I like to keep them.  That being said...there are sometimes when you just have to abandon ship...Like when you end up staying in a hut with no heating when it's -3ºC at night... A few days ago... Continue Reading →


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