TRAVEL

For the Sake of the Dumb Shit

For the Sake of the Dumb Shit

  Do not hike in bad weather   Said the sign.   I don’t think heavy snow counts as bad weather   Said the idiot hikers.   Such was the reason I found myself trudging up a steep rock face in Argentine Patagonia in the […]

New Zealand Road Trip Tips

New Zealand Road Trip Tips

  Are you planning a visit to New Zealand?   Would you like to drive madly around the top half of North Island and cram in as many bucket list adventures as humanly possible in just 1 week?   Are you looking for some Top […]

Diving the Great Barrier Reef (& Other Things You Should Do With Your Grandma)

Diving the Great Barrier Reef (& Other Things You Should Do With Your Grandma)

  My family visited me in Australia before my final exams at the University of Sydney. Contrary to what you may think, this was actually perfect timing for me because I like to do all of my studying in maniacal, coffee-fueled focus sessions the night […]

Tales From an Australian Work Exchange, Part 3 (a.k.a. Wildfires & Wildfire-Fighting Firefighters)

Tales From an Australian Work Exchange, Part 3 (a.k.a. Wildfires & Wildfire-Fighting Firefighters)

  I would like to start off by saying that, when the first flashes of lightening struck, I was – I swear to the holies above – helping roll a 12-foot tall water tank up a hill in the backyard.   Think about that one: […]

Tales From an Australian Work Exchange, Part 2 (a.k.a. Welcome To Bandusia a.k.a. Me As Turkey Whisperer)

Tales From an Australian Work Exchange, Part 2 (a.k.a. Welcome To Bandusia a.k.a. Me As Turkey Whisperer)

  When I settled in for the 2-hour car ride from Sydney to my work exchange gig on a farm near Australia’s Blue Mountains, I had no idea what my role on the property would be. By the end of my three weeks working, I had – if […]

Tales From an Australian Work Exchange, Part 1 (a.k.a. How Not To Arrive In a New Country a.k.a. Me Homeless In an Airport)

Tales From an Australian Work Exchange, Part 1 (a.k.a. How Not To Arrive In a New Country a.k.a. Me Homeless In an Airport)

  Sometimes you meticulously plan your life out, make travel arrangements well in advance, and arrive in a new country prepared and according to plan.   Other times, you land in Sydney, Australia at 6:00 am – 2 days after you flew out of the […]

Tanzania, Part 2: The Lessons

Tanzania, Part 2: The Lessons

  In Part 1 of this incredibly intriguing series, I shared the amazing experiences I had and some of the incredible things I saw on my two-week volunteer trip to Tanzania. I also forced down your throat mentioned that, as with most experiences in life, there were tough […]

Tanzania, Part 1: The Love

Tanzania, Part 1: The Love

  I first applied for a passport when I was 18 years old. It was the summer after my high school graduation, I had never left the country, and I was headed to Tanzania in a few weeks.   I applied for my two-week Tanzania service […]