On Tour, Pt 1 – Mom, Meet New Zealand, New Zealand, Meet My Mom

On Tour, Pt 1 – Mom, Meet New Zealand, New Zealand, Meet My Mom

This past week my mom, Nina, and her husband, David, made their first trip to New Zealand. Traveling from Chicago, they came to see the new digs and most importantly, to meet Pete's family for the first time. Since they'll be back for a longer trip in January for our wedding, this visit was all [...]

Mini City Guide: Wellington, New Zealand – Three Spots Not to Miss on Cuba Street

Mini City Guide: Wellington, New Zealand – Three Spots Not to Miss on Cuba Street

Wellington, New Zealand's capital and hipster mecca, is the kind of city perfect for spending a day just walking around. Whether you're there for a few hours or a few days, there's no shortage of cool, curated vintage shops and graffitied alleyways to check out. Whenever I'm in town (which seems to be about every weekend these [...]

Why Homesickness Never Really Goes Away When You’re a Nomad

Moving overseas takes a lot of work. For months, your life is taken over by a seemingly never-ending to-do list of unpacking boxes, shopping for furniture, starting a new job, trying to figure out how the heck to get to the grocery store, and so on. You are discovering new things every time you step [...]

Gateway to the South Island – Making the Most of a Christchurch Stopover on a Budget

For many travelers, Christchurch is the gateway to New Zealand's South Island. As the biggest city in the region, it's the perfect stopping point for sleeping off jetlag or restocking supplies before heading out to see the stunning natural beauty of the Southern Alps and scenic sounds. With all of the amazing things to do further South, [...]