7 of the Best Short Walks in New Zealand

You don’t have to embark on full-day or multi-day hike to experience New Zealand’s beautiful scenery! Here are 7 of the best short hikes around the country to add to your itinerary. … New Zealand is a hiker’s paradise. The whole country is beautiful, and much of it accessible via trails (sometimes ONLY via trails).… Continue reading 7 of the Best Short Walks in New Zealand

New Zealand’s Hidden Gem: Karamea & the Oparara Basin

Tucked away on the very northern edge of New Zealand’s South Island is one of the best natural features of the entire country. Here you’ll find New Zealand’s Oparara Basin, a wildly beautiful complex of limestone features. The sleepy town of Karamea is the literal end of the road—you can’t go any further north on… Continue reading New Zealand’s Hidden Gem: Karamea & the Oparara Basin

3 Short Walks Worth Stopping for on the Road to Karamea

When travelers talk about the “West Coast” of New Zealand, they’re usually talking about the more popular tourist destinations of Hokitika, Franz Josef, or Punakaiki. Just north of these towns are two other places that seem to be visited less frequently: Westport and Karamea. Karamea is currently one of my favorite places in all of… Continue reading 3 Short Walks Worth Stopping for on the Road to Karamea

Hiking the Abel Tasman Coast Track: Bark Bay to Anchorage

I woke up in a dark hostel dorm well before sunrise. It was just before 6 am on a winter’s morning in Nelson, New Zealand. I snuck out of the room to change into my hiking clothes, careful not to wake any of my roommates. I grabbed my daypack and my hiking boots, and I… Continue reading Hiking the Abel Tasman Coast Track: Bark Bay to Anchorage

Rotorua Redwoods: A Redwood Forest in New Zealand

A redwood forest in New Zealand? Yes, you read that right! There is an actual Redwood forest in New Zealand. Located in Rotorua, the Whakarewarewa Forest contains real California Redwoods. Planted in the forest in the early 1900s (along with over 100 other tree varieties), the California Redwoods are one of the biggest draws of… Continue reading Rotorua Redwoods: A Redwood Forest in New Zealand

Hiking in Bear Country: How to Avoid Bear Encounters on the Trail

When hiking in bear country, it is important to take certain precautions before hitting the trail. You want to be prepared, but you also need to learn how to avoid bear encounters on the trail. Hiking is one of my favorite things to do while traveling. It’s a great way to get outside, breathe fresh… Continue reading Hiking in Bear Country: How to Avoid Bear Encounters on the Trail

Kootenai Falls & the Swinging Bridge in Western Montana

Kootenai Falls and the Swinging Bridge near Libby, Montana is the perfect stop for your road trip through Western Montana! … The plan was to stay in Glacier National Park for a few days and then drive down to Missoula. Well, I left Glacier a little early and ended up in Kalispell unexpectedly. When I… Continue reading Kootenai Falls & the Swinging Bridge in Western Montana

4 Short Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

These 4 short hikes in Grand Teton National Park are perfect for anyone who has a short time in the park. These easy Grand Teton hikes are all less than 5 miles each! … Grand Teton National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in the USA (in my humble opinion). Majestic mountains… Continue reading 4 Short Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

Bridger-Teton National Forest // Photo Diary

If you want more personal travel stories, essays, and pieces like this, subscribe to the Travel Daze Dispatch Newsletter for exclusive stories that you won’t see on the blog. It’s hard to do an all-encompassing post about any national park, forest, or other wilderness area as there is so much within each one. So much… Continue reading Bridger-Teton National Forest // Photo Diary

Arches National Park // Moab, Utah

I was planning to go from Salt Lake City straight to Denver, but a couple of days before I left, I reconsidered. “I can go anywhere I want,” I thought. Why not take advantage of my current location and go somewhere new? I mean, I was in Utah! A state filled with endless natural marvels.… Continue reading Arches National Park // Moab, Utah