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Winter Wonderland: New York's Central Park in Snow.

I was fortunate to live in New York for 4 months over the steamy Summer of 2013. My partner stayed on for the first half of Winter but I returned to New Zealand and missed it. So I’d never seen New York in snow before now. Entrance to south-east Central Park. The Pond, south-east Central

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Godley Head - Awesome Coastal Walk, Christchurch, New Zealand

Lyttelton Harbour My favourite places to walk in Christchurch are the coastal Godley Head walk, and on the Port Hills which overlook the city on one side and the stunning Lyttelton Harbour on the other. The Godley Head walk takes about 60-90 mins in each direction and starts off from a gorgeous small bay called

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Rangitoto Island : The Jewel in Auckland's Waitemata Harbour

Auckland Harbour (it’s correct name as Waitemata Harbour) must be one of the prettiest in the world. Auckland is known as “The City of Sails” because on most days of the year one will find it’s harbour full of sailing boats of all sizes. There are some 47 islands that make up the greater Hauraki

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Essential Info If Booking Flights Within New Zealand

If you’re booking domestic travel within New Zealand, here is what you need to know to make sure you’re not overcharged. Jetstar Jetstar budget airline (Qantas offshoot) often cheapest. However they charge a fee for credit card payments. To avoid this, if you know a NZ friend you can get them to pay via their

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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

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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)

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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

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8 Tips for An Epic Europe Trip

Dreaming of a loooooong trip to Europe without spending the whole time eating ramen noodles? Here’s how. 1. Stay longer by finding a cheap base. Europe is expensive generally. However, you can find some absolute steals on rentals in places like Greece, Croatia, and Romania. Our friend Talon rented a gorgeous apartment in a medium

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The Best Things To Do In Downtown Chicago

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

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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. Back in my home country of New Zealand I am a registered medical practitioner. When I’m in South-East Asia I enjoy the wonderful tropical fruits and local street foods but I try to be sensible so