Our New Year Weekend in Bend, Oregon

Our New Year Weekend in Bend, Oregon

There's something about being around people that care to ring in the New Year. This year, I was glad to be welcoming in 2018 in Bend, Oregon with my boyfriends family. For three days, we were able to spend some time in the hidden gem of Oregon, and one of my personal favorites. From hiking in the snow, to ice skating in the Pavilion, we spent three days enjoying quality time to reflect on 2017 and look forward to what the New Year has to bring.

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Mirror Lake, Mt. Hood Hike

Mirror Lake, Mt. Hood Hike

This past Sunday, we all hopped in the car and drove to the popular trailhead along Highway 26, right off of Mt. Hood Skibowl. This headway leads to the Mirror Lake Trail, which is a 2.1 miles round-trip to the lake and has 700 feet of elevation change. In summer, I'm sure this hike presents a different type of beauty and blissfulness, but let me tell you, its a must-do in the winter

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Christchurch, Canterbury Greater Area

Christchurch, Canterbury Greater Area

Now that my ten day excursion across the South Island has ended, I am spending a few nights in Christchurch before heading back to the States. I have been visiting and staying with my special someone for these last few days, and friends I have met as an extension from across the world studying abroad at University of Canterbury. 

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Lake Tekapo (Take-a-poe)

Lake Tekapo (Take-a-poe)

Lake Tekapo was the perfect end to our 10 day road trip around the South island of New Zealand. If you're in the Mackenzie region, it is worth a stop. The backdrop for all activities is the amazing turquoise blue colour of New Zealand’s highest large lake, scenic Lake Tekapo. 

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Fiordlands: Key Summit

Fiordlands: Key Summit

Key Summit, on the renowned Routeburn Track, is arguably the best day walk in Fiordlands Kiwi's say. This hike combines stunning rainforests, alpine scenery and panoramic mountain views this walk has it all. This trail, en route to Milford Sound is a must-do if you have a few hours on your hand either after your boat tour or on another day.

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Road to Milford Sound

Road to Milford Sound

Milford Sound is a fiord situated in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. Milford Sound is known for its breathtaking 360 degree views and world renowned natural wonder. Milford, a fiord, not actually a sound, is known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls, which plummet down its sheer sides. The fiord is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins. 

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I Fell in Love with Queenstown

I Fell in Love with Queenstown

In short, Queenstown stole my heart. If I ever return to New Zealand or make it to Australia, I will make a weekend trip back here. I fell in love with all of it; the vibe, the scenery, the people, the food. 

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Bucket List: Bungy Jump

Bucket List: Bungy Jump

As I shuffled out to the edge of the bridge, my heart was pounding and my mind was racing. I was standing at the world’s first commercial Bungy operation opened at the Kawarau Bridge in November 1988. Many people have jumped before me and many will jump after. But at that point, it was my turn. I was a part of the birth of tourism in New Zealand. 

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Mount Cook, The Tallest Mountain in the Country

Mount Cook, The Tallest Mountain in the Country

Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand, sits high with 28 mountains in the alpine peaking at over 3,052 metres, and hundreds of others making up the famous Southern Alps. With everywhere we went in the village, we were immersed in the mountains. With every hike we did, we were surrounded by the the tallest peaks in the country. 

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Isthamus, Trail to the Sky

Isthamus, Trail to the Sky

With the power of social media ever-growing, the popularity of certain New Zealand trails and landmarks are becoming increasingly more popular. While scrolling social media for New Zealand hikes, no matter where I looked, there were always photos of Mt Roy. Beautiful, undeniably, but I couldn't easily find another hike that was just as spectacular until I came across Isthamus peak.

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Let’s Explore the South Island: Wanaka

Let’s Explore the South Island: Wanaka

Here we go, day one of our ten day road trip of the South Island. 

Take a look at the start to our incredible excursion across the South Island of New Zealand before returning to the States. 

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Sleep under the Stars: Akaroa

Sleep under the Stars: Akaroa

This was hands down, one of the most amazing places I have ever stayed the night at. Akaroa, an extremely under-rated town just East of Christchurch, was entirely a dream. This night, was one to remember for many reasons, some are for  you to know, others are to stay near and dear to my heart.

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Orokawa Scenic Reserve Coastal Hike

Orokawa Scenic Reserve Coastal Hike

New Zealand has brought me to meet so many incredible people across the world, and I have absolutely no regrets in coming here. 

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How I Saved Money To Travel (On My Own Dollar)

How I Saved Money To Travel (On My Own Dollar)

Despite what people say, you don't need to be rich to travel, you just need to be creative and responsible with how to do it. I've gotten judgments and assumptions from others around me on how I can afford to spend three months traveling around in (not the cheapest country) on my own. There's a popular belief that in order to travel at this age, you must have rich parents and be riding on their dime. 

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Sunday Surfing in Murawai

Sunday Surfing in Murawai

Last night at about 10pm, I just said, "screw it" and decided to go surfing regardless of the weather. I figured, only have one more weekend, so I might as well make the most of it.

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