New Zealand | Lake Tekapo

Our second-favorite place of our New Zealand campervan adventure — and arguably of our entire R&R to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore — was Lake Tekapo. We spent our second night freedom camping at Lake Tekapo (and first night freedom camping on the South Island) and also enjoyed a beautiful three-hour hike along the White Bluffs of LakeContinue reading “New Zealand | Lake Tekapo”

New Zealand | Waikari Maori Rock Art Site

One of the great things about New Zealand is that it’s easy to stumble upon a great hike and/or beautiful scenery just about anywhere you go. We had done some advance planning before our 10-day campervan adventure — booked our flights and ferry ticket and sketched a rough outline of what we wanted to do — but beyond that,Continue reading “New Zealand | Waikari Maori Rock Art Site”

New Zealand | Orakei Korako Geothermal Park

After our day at Hobbiton and exploring the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, Kail and I were looking forward to spending our first night freedom camping. We’d picked out a site near the famous Huka Falls of Lake Taupo, but unfortunately part of the road — from what we could tell, the only road — leadingContinue reading “New Zealand | Orakei Korako Geothermal Park”

New Zealand | North Island Hiking

Karangahake Gorge.Kail and I heard a lot of reactions when we would tell people about our upcoming New Zealand campervan adventure. The most common was: 11 days is NOT enough time to see both the North and South Islands. We also got a lot of: Just go to the South Island because there’s nothing to see on the NorthContinue reading “New Zealand | North Island Hiking”

RRB in Nepal | Sunrise Over Fishtail Mountain

One of the must-do activities in Pokhara (other than trekking and paragliding in which we did partake is watching the sun rise over Fishtail Mountain, a peak on the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas so named because of its fishtail shape. While we opted for the mini-hike version, even if you aren’t into waking up at 4:00Continue reading “RRB in Nepal | Sunrise Over Fishtail Mountain”

RRB in Nepal | Hiking in Pokhara

So I didn’t really understand the difference between “hiking” and “trekking” prior to our recent trip to Nepal. When I would tell people we were planning to take our first RRB in Nepal, they would always ask one of two questions, sometimes both: “Are you going trekking?” And “Are you going paragliding?” My replies were,Continue reading “RRB in Nepal | Hiking in Pokhara”

Notes from the Field: El Salvador

Today I’m over at The New Diplomat’s Wife, where Ania is featuring El Salvador in this edition of her Notes from the Field series. I’ve been reading Ania’s blog since before we embarked on our FS journey and had been meaning to ask about a Salvadoran edition of Notes from the Field once we wereContinue reading “Notes from the Field: El Salvador”