I’ve spent nearly four years living overseas, but I’ve never been a visitor at home. My return from London was a permanent one. But part of chasing the dream overseas means coming to terms with what you’re missing at home. And ticking the “visitor” box on the immigration form. My home will always be New Zealand, but I […]Read more "A Visitor at Home"
Amidst all the talk about making countries ‘great’ again, and building walls, my journey to China began to take on more meaning than I’d anticipated.Read more "The Great Wall
With Chinese airlines increasing routes, growing numbers of people are visiting the major Chinese cities for short stopovers between flights. Though getting a Chinese visa can be complicated, tourists are permitted to stay in Shanghai or Beijing for up to 72 hours on a special transit visa which is much easier to obtain. So, if […]Read more "One Day in Shanghai:
8 Unmissable Activities"
The very first thing I ever wrote on my bucket list – long before it made it onto the internet – was “see the northern lights”. And when I visited Iceland in 2012, that was my goal. It didn’t happen on that trip, but I still fell in love with Iceland’s incredible icebergs, volcanoes and waterfalls (read […]Read more "Aurora Hunting in Iceland (In Photos)"
My love letter to Santorini, in five rose-tinted moments. Moment #1: the climb The dark sand clings to my wet torso like iron fillings to a magnet as I scrape the side of the volcanic rock. My next potential handhold disintegrates into powdery specks. It looked decidedly more solid from the water. As each pivot places […]Read more "Five Moments in Santorini"
Everyone knows Greeks are very proud of their flag, with its stripes of azure and white. I never made any connection between the color of the Greek flag and the nation of Greece, until I visited the tiny island of Zakynthos. An island where caves are filled with sparkling azure water. Where majestic white cliffs […]Read more "The White Cliffs of Zakynthos"
So, Albania is awesome. My memory of it is primarily farmland and mountains. With the odd ruin thrown in for good measure. And then suddenly, you hit Gjirokastër. The little town right by the Greek border, where we only really intended to change cars. Quaint but unassuming, you’d never guess the awesomeness it hides. Gjirokastër has […]Read more "Albania’s Hidden Awesome Castle"