Welcome! May travel stories help spark your next adventure. There is never a good time to go ⇒ so just book it now, and thank you later.  xo SJ  

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How to Plan Your New Zealand Vacation

You’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand, and now you’ve settled on the mystical land under down-under for your next vacation. You’ve carved out a full three weeks this February when you’ve heard the weather is perfect on the other side of the world—temperate summer fading into a gilded autumn, with an average 14 hours… Continue reading How to Plan Your New Zealand Vacation

What Instagram Doesn’t Tell You About #Vanlife

Imagine you own an old house. You gambled on charm, chose that claw-foot tub and rustic wood over new plumbing and boring, yet unblemished counter tops. Admittedly, that charismatic old-timer comes with your standard, endearing kinks: creaking floor boards, occasional water leaks, mystery smells, clanking and growling in the night. Like any old house, something… Continue reading What Instagram Doesn’t Tell You About #Vanlife

Hiking the Old Ghost Road

It was so quiet I could hear every creak in the cabin from the wind outside. Then the rain came, striking the roof like a thousand tiny hammers wielded by clumsy hands. At sunset a white mist replaced the gale creeping over our hut and the nearby alpine lake. Now I understood how this hiking… Continue reading Hiking the Old Ghost Road

Finding Kaimoana

Sometimes I don't mind smelling like fish. Especially when it means I'm about to have a delicious meal. Wrist-deep in flour and bread crumbs, I was working for this dinner. “You have to hold the fillet like this—dip it in the egg first, then the flour!” directed Riley, my five-year-old seafood instructor, his Kiwi accent… Continue reading Finding Kaimoana