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Why I Skipped the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand

Photo by Daniel Chen

The Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand is widely considered to be one of the best day hikes in the country, and maybe even anywhere in the world.

Well, I can neither confirm nor deny the veracity of that claim. Though I spent nearly three years living, working, and traveling in New Zealand, I never actually did the Tongariro Crossing — and it wasn’t because I never got the chance. CONTINUE READING

My Top Bars and Cafés in Melbourne, Australia

My Top Bars and Cafés in Melbourne, Australia | Linda Xu via Unsplash.com
Photo by Linda Xu

Looking for somewhere to grab a drink or a bite in Melbourne? Well, let’s be real: you probably won’t be looking for long.

This Australian city is packed to the gills with cafés, bars, restaurants, dives, markets, stalls, food trucks, and hole-in-the-walls (holes-in-the-wall?) that cater to nearly every budget, style, and preference. Finding a great bar or café in Melbourne is kind of like finding hay in a haystack. CONTINUE READING

Provincie Overijssel: What to See and Do in the Eastern Netherlands

What to See and Do in Overijssel, Netherlands

Raise your hand if you’ve heard of Overijssel, the Netherlands before.

Anyone?

Well, it’s a good thing I’m here.

Overijssel is a province in the east of the Netherlands, and it’s been my adopted home for the last two and half years. One of the reasons I started this blog was to share this region with the rest of the world; and it’s high time I gave a proper introduction. CONTINUE READING

New Zealand Road Trips: Three Stunning Options for Day Trips from Queenstown

Birds-eye view of Queenstown, New Zealand | Photo by Michael Amadeus
Photo by Michael Amadeus

Some people really hate Queenstown, New Zealand.

I mean, there’s no place everyone loves, is there? The lines are too long at Disneyworld; people pickpocket you in Barcelona; everything is trying to kill you in Australia. But Queenstown is, in my experience, a particularly polarizing little location. CONTINUE READING

Road Trip — Duluth and North Shore Scenic Drive, Minnesota

Road Trip -- Duluth and North Shore, Minnesota

So hopefully by now, I’ve convinced you to go to my US hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In which case: hey, fantastic! Way to go, me (and you too, I guess). I hope you’ll love it.

But why stop there? There’s plenty more to see outside the city, and I know just where you should go next: Minnesota’s North Shore Scenic Drive, which begins in the northern port city of Duluth and ends 150 miles later, at the US-Canadian border. CONTINUE READING