A Day of Facing Fears

Over Easter break I rode in a bus with four friends in a big loop around the South Island. We had a two week “break” (in this school system it’s treated more like a break to do work and study, but hey, we didn’t travel all the way here just to sit in our dorms and do work!), and so we booked this bus tour. My roommates were going to hitchhike and camp throughout the country, which I wasn’t so keen on (even though they ended up having some great adventures as well) so I went to this group of girls in my hall and asked if I could join in, and they readily welcomed me.

All in all, the trip was amazing. I’d like to share every detail, but for now I’ll just share one specific day. The day I jumped off of a 154 ft high ledge and swung on the highest swing in the world. Read More

Ingredients for a Lazy, Homesick Day

When your feet are tired from exploring and you miss home, what’s better than a lazy day in your pjs? Grab a book, some cozy slippers, an unfinished cross stitch and something to write on. The weather is beautiful, so walk the dog, then slump on the couch and enjoy the view. There’s nothing wrong with taking a day (or two) (or four) to yourself.

WWOOFing and the Hardships of Travel

Wow, what a dramatic title, am I right?

This trip definitely did not start out the way I expected, but when does travel ever really go as planned? The trip from the US went so wrong it was funny, but I think that so many “wrongs” in row mixed in with a lot of homesickness really did get to me. Let me explain. Read More

Unexpected Detours i.e. When Everything Goes Wrong


Imagine yourself, a new traveler, sitting on a delayed flight from Atlanta to San Francisco, calculating exactly how much time you’ll have to sprint through the SFO airport to catch your international flight to New Zealand. 30 minutes: that could be enough, right? The plane still hasn’t taken off yet, and the window of opportunity is getting smaller and smaller, until you have barely ten minutes to carry ourselves and our carry-on bags half a mile through the airport. Read More

A few words on leaving your comfort zone

I’m going to be totally honest: I started this blog as part of an application for a scholarship (which I didn’t get), but writing that first post was a bit more fun than I had expected. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but haven’t done much recently for school or for pleasure, so I figured, what the heck. I plan on cataloging my study abroad through video, I might as well include some thoughts here as well and see where it takes me. Read More