My Seven Super Shots.

The other day Pola, of Jetting Around, tagged me in the HostelBookers 7 Super Shots game, and I was immediately excited to participate. It was a great way to go through a few of my old pictures and relive some memories.

Here is a photo that…

1) … takes my breath away.

This picture of the sunset in Aruba makes me realize just how incredible the world we live in is. I don’t often have time to stop and watch the sunset, but when I do, it’s hard not to be grateful for each and every moment we have on earth. It’s all the small things we miss on a daily basis that make it such a special place.

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North Island Adventures.

One of the greatest adventures I have had in my lifetime occurred while traveling on the North Island of New Zealand almost three years ago. My cousin, Michelle, who is from Ireland, was spending her summer vacation traveling between Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji, and I decided to join her on the last leg of her trip. It would be an experience that would bind us together as sisters from day one.

Self-portrait with Huka Falls.

Self-portrait with Huka Falls.

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In Tune with the Earth in New Zealand.

Day 10: BootsnAll Indie Travel Project

Today’s Topic: EARTHAt what point in your travels have you felt most in tune with the Earth? Share a story of how you interacted with the local environment or nature.

New Zealand is a country where it’s easy to fall in tune with nature. The views surrounding you at all points are breath-taking, even in the cities. The color of the water is a crisp, cool aqua, the hills take on shapes that are unearthly, and the colors are too perfect: the grass too green, the sky too blue. New Zealand feels like another planet entirely, which is the most distinguishing part of it’s beauty. Continue reading

Right There and Then.

“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” William Least Heat Moon

New Zealand. August 2010.

Those We Meet Along the Way.

“How far we travel in life matters far less than those we meet along the way.” Mark Twain

New friends in Vietnam. July 2011.

The world is a classroom. Every single day, we learn from what we see, smell, taste, hear, and touch. This is true whether we stay home or are abroad, but traveling expands our horizons and broadens the groups of people that we encounter.

While we are often changed by what surrounds us, we are more often shaped by those we meet along the way. Traveling brings wonderful opportunities, but the greatest of those is getting to Continue reading

Summer Journey Play List

New Zealand mountain roads

Summer is the ideal time for getting away, whether you’re traveling by train, plane, boat, or automobile, one thing is certain – a play list is a necessity. From many road trips with my friend, Lara, around the U.S. to navigating the back roads in New Zealand with my cousin, Michelle, to 2.5 hour flights to Miami or 21 hour flights to New Zealand,my i Pod has helped me along the way. No matter what layovers or delays came my way, I was prepared and content because of my music. This is why I’ve complied a list of a few of my favorite songs for traveling.
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Carry-On Packing (on a Budget)!

In the June 2011 edition of Lucky Magazine, there is a story on packing a carry-on bag for a week-long trip to almost anywhere from Stockholm to Sardinia. While I loved the article, since I’m a huge advocate of packing in a carry-on, I was disappointed by the price point of the items that were chosen. Often Lucky has great advice on where to get cute pieces for less, but this article was filled many with expensive clothing items. With pricey airfare and travel costs, who can afford to fill their suitcase with a bikini that costs $585? Continue reading

An American Abroad.

One of my friends had this posted on Facebook last night, The Top 10 Complaints About American Tourists. Not only is the infographic comical, it is also true. Many Americans are guilty of at least one of the charges above. Clearly, the link inspired me to write about how Americans are often viewed while traveling abroad.
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Pack Like an Expert.

We all know packing can be the traveler’s biggest nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. From several overseas trips, I have become an expert at packing. I’ve managed to get it down to a science where I only need to a bring a carry-on size suitcase with me no matter where I go – two weeks in New Zealand and Fiji, in two different seasons – no problem! Because of this expert skill that I’ve acquired, I have become to the go-to person when my friends need help packing.
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