Having a Positive Impact When You Travel

Having a Positive Impact When You Travel

We’ve written several times about how Kathryn has done medical volunteering in Cambodia every year for the last 5 years. Usually she goes for around a month. This experience has been a lifelong dream for her. It hasn’t been without it’s challenges – finding an appropriate organization to work with for 1 month periods was […]

The Joy of Pre-trip Rituals and Routines

The Joy of Pre-trip Rituals and Routines

This time in 2 days I’ll be heading out on a flight. The time just before a trip is, for me, almost as good as the trip itself. I love the countdown and imagining the fun I’m going to have once the trip gets started. I also find this time period incredibly comforting because it’s […]

How I’m Hacking My Upcoming Trip to NYC

How I’m Hacking My Upcoming Trip to NYC

UPDATE: I ended up hacking this by using the Orbitz Cyber Monday sale. I booked 6 hotels nights as separate bookings, for a total of $193 in taxes and fees. The promo was for $100 off any hotel of at least $100 before taxes and fees. The hotels I got were micro hotels (tiny rooms) […]

A Basic Overview of Travel Signup Bonuses for Credit Cards

A Basic Overview of Travel Signup Bonuses for Credit Cards

This is a US-centric article so everyone else is going to need to need to just drool in envy – America has some amazing credit card signup bonuses. The basic gist is that you earn bonus points once you are approved for the card and meet a certain level of spending. Often this is $3000 […]

Chicago : A Treat for the Senses!

Chicago : A Treat for the Senses!

In the first half of September I spent a week in Chicago with my parents. They were visiting the USA for a month (from home in New Zealand) and we decided to meet up in the Windy City. It was the first time there for all 3 of us and we loved the experience. Recently […]

Medical Tips for Travelling to Developing Countries

Medical Tips for Travelling to Developing Countries

Over the last 5 years I have travelled to Cambodia for 4-5 weeks annually to do medical volunteer work. When I’m in South-East Asia I enjoy the wonderful tropical fruits and local street foods but I try to be sensible so as to reduce my chances of getting sick. The following are my tips for […]

Heating Up In Las Vegas!

Heating Up In Las Vegas!

Before coming here I knew Las Vegas was a desert city because Kate had visited here previously, but I was still surprised when I arrived in early June and the heat and dry hit me. I come from New Zealand where most areas get plenty of rain and you’re never more than 1.5 hours from […]

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast: Days 7-8. Marin County to Las Vegas

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast: Days 7-8. Marin County to Las Vegas

We started our journey back to Las Vegas after our visit to Muir Woods in Marin County, where we had marvelled at it’s old growth Redwood trees. Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge the countryside reminded me very much of my home country New Zealand. It was mid afternoon as we passed through pretty […]

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast: Days 5-6. Silicon Valley and San Francisco

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast: Days 5-6. Silicon Valley and San Francisco

Days 5-6 of road trip. We chose to stay in Mountain View, Silicon Valley rather than San Francisco itself for two reasons: 1. Kate had stayed in Mountain View before and loved it there. 2. It was a Friday and the accommodation was cheaper in Silicon Valley c.f San Francisco heading into the weekend. Interestingly […]

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast: Day 4. Monterey, Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley

Road Trip Las Vegas to Central California Coast: Day 4. Monterey, Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley

The Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Day 4 of road trip. During this Summer road trip I have been surprised by how much the central California coast looks like parts of Australia. I think it must be because of the rolling, golden hillsides and the enormous numbers of Eucalyptus trees here. I’ve noticed some gorgeous crimson flowering […]

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