Disposable Diaries // Washington & Wyoming

In 2012, I bought two disposable cameras. I wanted to take them with me on my travels as a fun way to document my trips. Instead, they sat in my closet, unused, for almost 3 years. I brought them with me when I moved to Washington, but only took a few photos. Then I brought… Continue reading Disposable Diaries // Washington & Wyoming

26 Photos to Inspire You to Visit New Zealand

Almost exactly two years ago today, I hopped on a plane to the other side of the world. I spent a year in New Zealand on a working holiday visa, traveling all over the country and seeing as much as I could. A little over a year ago, I left New Zealand to return to… Continue reading 26 Photos to Inspire You to Visit New Zealand

Great Smoky Mountains: America’s Most Popular National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America’s most popular national park. It sees well over 10 million visitors every year! That’s almost twice as much as the second-most-visited national park (Grand Canyon National Park sees 5 ½ million visitors a year). Naturally, I had to see what all the fuss was about. With all the… Continue reading Great Smoky Mountains: America’s Most Popular National Park

Virtual Travel: Queenstown, New Zealand

If you’re traveling in New Zealand, EVERYONE is going to tell you to go to Queenstown. They’ll tell you that it’s the coolest place in the country, that it’s so much fun, it’s a great place for backpackers and tourists…after you hear someone spout off about Queenstown, you’ll start to believe it’s truly the best… Continue reading Virtual Travel: Queenstown, New Zealand

Christchurch: A City in Progress

In September 2010, a 7.1 earthquake hit the Canterbury region of New Zealand. Just a few months later, in February 2011, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch, destroying most of the city’s buildings and infrastructure. It did not, however, destroy the city’s spirit. It’s been over six years since the fatal earthquakes, but just by looking… Continue reading Christchurch: A City in Progress

Virtual Travel: Artful Details in Napier, New Zealand

Napier, New Zealand is an incredibly visual city. Known as the “Art Deco Capital of the World,” this seaside town is a haven for art and architecture lovers. Napier has one of the highest concentrations of Art Deco and Spanish Mission style buildings in the entire world. Combine that with local art, city-wide murals, outdoor… Continue reading Virtual Travel: Artful Details in Napier, New Zealand

Finding Peace of Mind in Picton

After over 3 months on the North Island of New Zealand, I finally decided to head to the country’s Southern half—the better half, in most traveler’s opinion. I originally planned to wait until spring before hopping to the South Island, hoping to avoid any severe winter weather. I hadn’t been feeling all too excited about… Continue reading Finding Peace of Mind in Picton

Art Deco City: Exploring Napier’s Architecture

Napier is a city of just over 60,000 people in Hawke’s Bay, on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Being a coastal town, Napier has all of the tourist draws you would expect: beautiful weather, beach access, scenic views, charming cafes, and that overall relaxed vibe. But what Napier is really known for… Continue reading Art Deco City: Exploring Napier’s Architecture

Visiting New Zealand’s Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove is the most popular attraction in Hahei, and one of the most popular places on the Coromandel Peninsula. Tourists flock here by foot, kayak, tour boat, or water taxi to see the stunning scenery and rock formations. During high tide, water infiltrates the “Cathedral”, but during low tide you can walk through to… Continue reading Visiting New Zealand’s Cathedral Cove

Paihia & the Bay of Islands

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. I loved Paihia. It was a beautiful little town. It was laid-back and relaxed. It was quiet and simple. Everyone seemed happy. The hostel I stayed… Continue reading Paihia & the Bay of Islands