New Zealand Sheep

New Zealand from the Road

Julie New Zealand 8 Comments

Unfortunately for us, the time had to come when we said goodbye to New Zealand.  Our family has fallen in love with this small but incredibly beautiful country.  We were immediately transfixed by this place, from the moment we stepped off of the airplane at the Queenstown airport.  For three and a half weeks we toured New Zealand, bottom to …

New Zealand with Kids

Ten Fun Things To Do with Kids on the North Island of New Zealand

Julie New Zealand 12 Comments

The second half of our New Zealand adventure took us through the North Island. Although the North Island lacks the stunning scenery that we were wowed by on the South Island, there are still heaps of fun activities for families. The North Island has it all…beaches, volcanoes, fabulous cities, famous movie sets, more adrenaline generating activities, and even caves filled …

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand’s Best Single Day Hike

Julie New Zealand 28 Comments

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing has been labeled as the world’s greatest single day hike. Hearing this gave us high expectations for the day. Honestly, New Zealand has left us feeling a little disappointed with its hikes. The trails have been too manicured, too pristine, almost too safe, if that makes any sense. Don’t get me wrong, the scenery has been …

Marlborough New Zealand

Island Hopping New Zealand Style

Julie New Zealand 2 Comments

Our travels in New Zealand started in Queenstown on the South Island. April in New Zealand is autumn…chilly nights, changing leaves, cooler temperatures. As the weather got colder, we slowly moved north, trying to stay ahead of the cooler temperatures. Over the course of two weeks we gradually moved north into slightly warmer temperatures, traveling from Queenstown up to Wanaka …

Roys Peak Track

Hiking Roy’s Peak Track With Kids

Julie New Zealand 25 Comments

Time to go hiking again!  This time we are in Wanaka, New Zealand, a gorgeous area with lakes framed by beautiful mountains.  It is autumn, a terrific time to be in New Zealand.  The trees are changing color, temperatures are cool but not too cold, and it is low season for tourists. Climbing up a mountainside for unbeatable views makes …

New Zealand Itinerary

Becoming Adrenaline Junkies in Queenstown, New Zealand

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This post could have been called a lot of things.  Blowing the Budget BIG TIME.  Having the Time of Our Lives.  Getting Our Adrenaline Fix.  Best Three Days Ever.  #Neverwanttogohome. We had an absolutely amazing, action packed three days here. And there is still so much to do when we come back, and come back we will definitely do. Forget …

Julie Bungy Jump

A Tale of Four Bungy Jumps

Julie New Zealand 4 Comments

Prior to this trip, we would never have gone bungy jumping.  That’s just for crazy people, right?!  But as we passed bungy jump locations around the world, the idea grew on us.  Once in Queenstown, the birthplace of bungy jumping, the idea didn’t sound so crazy anymore. How could we circle this globe, trying to experience as much of the …

Milford Sound

The Perfect Day Trip: Te Anau to the Milford Sound

Julie New Zealand 22 Comments

The Milford Sound, one of New Zealand’s most popular sights, is located just a few hours away from Queenstown on the South Island. Before arriving in Queenstown, we heard that you cannot visit New Zealand without visiting Milford Sound.  It would be like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. After seeing tons of photos on line and …

Wow New Zealand

Wow!

Julie New Zealand 4 Comments

I had once heard that New Zealand is such a beautiful place that you can’t believe it, even when you see it with your own eyes. We have only been here several days now and I agree with that statement. New Zealand just may be the most beautiful country we have ever visited. We arrived in Auckland from Fiji, spent …

Fiji Sunset

Fiji…One Week In Paradise

Julie Fiji 6 Comments

Ahhh…Fiji.  Paradise. Fiji was everything we expected and more. Crystal clear aquamarine water, white sandy beaches, amazing sunsets, beautiful islands. We joke around that Fiji is our vacation from our vacation…a very long vacation, I know.  Here we got some much needed R & R from our fast paced travels around the world. I can’t complain about the challenges and …

Modriki Island Fiji

Beautiful Modriki Island, The Filming Site for the Movie “Cast Away”

Julie Fiji 5 Comments

Ahhh….Fiji. This has to be one of the most beautiful places we have been to yet.  No wonder it is such a popular location for filming movies. Movies such as “The Blue Lagoon” and “Cast Away” were filmed here. During our short stay in Fiji we took a tour out to Modriki Island (also called Monuriki Island), the filming site …

Taiwan Food Tour

Taiwan Food Tour

Julie Taiwan 9 Comments

Stinky tofu, pig’s blood soup, and chicken feet, oh my!! We ate some weird things while in Taiwan and believe it or not, we even ate out of a toilet. Our two weeks in Taiwan was a culinary adventure and tons of fun. We wandered through night markets, ate at delicious Japanese restaurants, and feasted on Dim Sum. Here is …

Taiwan Facts

Ten Interesting Facts About Taiwan You Probably Didn’t Know

Julie Taiwan 19 Comments

Before our trip around the world I knew very little about Taiwan. It wasn’t even on our radar as a destination for our journey around the globe. While browsing through hotels on Trip Advisor, tourism advertisements and facts about Taiwan kept popping up. After the tenth advertisement, Taiwan captured my attention and I took my first look at the Taiwan …

Teapot Mountain Hike

Hiking Teapot Mountain in Taiwan

Julie Taiwan 43 Comments

Hiking Teapot Mountain was a fantastic experience. This hike would end up being our favorite in Taiwan as it had all of our favorite elements: stunning scenery, rock scrambles, steep ascents that required basic rock climbing skills, and an almost deserted trail. We saw hardly anyone else on this hike leaving us to wonder where everyone was. Why don’t more …

Taipei Street

Taipei, Taiwan in Photos

Julie Taiwan 2 Comments

Our introduction to Taiwan was its largest city, Taipei. We spent five awesome days here. There is so much to do, with night markets to explore, Taipei 101 to climb, so many wonderful restaurants to choose from, and tons of day trips to take. This was yet another city that we all really liked. National Palace Museum Our visit to …