The Saturday City: Auckland

Auckland isn’t one of my favorite cities in the world. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad city. I just find it to be quite boring- it’s a business city lacking the character of Wellington or Queenstown. I think living in Auckland would be great. It’s a beautiful city, there are a lot of parks around, […]

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Diving the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the best dive sites in the world. Running up and down Queensland’s east coast in Australia, there are tons of fish to see as well as beautiful, vibrant coral dotting. I was excited to use my newly acquired dive skills and dive this reef. You always hear how […]

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Sailing the Whitsundays

Located off Airlie Beach on Australia’s east coast, the Whitsunday Islands are a popular destination for travelers. Every backpacker who travels up the east coast takes a cruise through the Whitsunday islands. It’s one of those must-see activities. The tours typically last three days and two nights. However, since you leave midday the first day […]

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Hiking the Tongariro Crossing

The Tongariro Crossing is considered the best one day hike in New Zealand. It is a 19.4km hike that takes you through the area where they filmed Mordor in Lord of the Rings. It’s a mostly easy walk, though there are a few places where the ascent and descent is pretty steep. Moreover, if you […]

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The Saturday City: Cairns

Cairns is Australia’s gateway to northern Queensland. From here you can visit the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree rainforest, the Atherton tablelands, Cape Tribulation, and much more. Cairns is a pretty typical tropical city in that life focuses here on relaxing, staying cool, moving slowly, and enjoying nature. Cairns is small with a population of […]

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Is This Really Travel?

For the last three months, I’ve been traveling around Australasia, visiting New Zealand, Fiji, and Australia (for the second time). I’ve noticed something interesting – a lot of the travelers I see are young (18-24) gap year kids, and most never consider leaving “the beaten track.” It’s only the older travelers that seem to even […]

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