Cultural Heritage Management: Your Culture and Heritage Can Travel Over Generations

The life has actually transformed a lot over years as well as the process of modernization has gotten in every component of society. People are neglecting the standard society of the society as well as the heritage of historic locations is fading over years. The preservation of the social heritage of the country, therefore, ends up being the prime issue for local governments across the world. Aboriginal archeology is another kind of cultural heritage that generally needs correct interest and maintenance over years to maintain it in its initial form. The heritage of a particular country is kept via its culture, people, sculpture, monoliths and various other heritage websites. The upkeep of each of those items of aboriginal archeology is maintained through different processes which are the reason you may need cultural heritage experts to use the suitable procedure of conservation. This detailed and also occasionally highly intensive procedure is described as social heritage administration.

Cultural Heritage plans

People and generations are the best providers of the society over years. Every doing well generation learns some values from its coming before generation and takes it further. The initial practices and also societies of the location are carried additional with the aid of its individuals. The tales and also literature that has been overlooked years from generation to generation would serve as the most effective sheet of recommendation for the people of the modern-day period This has actually been the most prominent means of protecting culture as well as custom without carrying out significant planning. The innovation has actually influenced this as well and thus the conservation of customs as well as society has actually come to be the major problem for the federal government as well as cultural heritage management.

Cultural Heritage plans

Protecting the society in the modern-day period

Cultural Heritage plans

The modern period no more assists the earlier procedure of custom preservation. The federal government is taking varied actions to attain the heritage management. Heritage consultants are coming up with numerous techniques of heritage management that looks after all type of social heritage management. The artwork and sculptures are protected over years with various conservation techniques while the social galleries are developed maintain the aged time appeal of different standard products. The ground up disruption as well as development in and around the heritage website is also regulated by the federal government and the specialists so that specific standard procedure is constantly adhered to by the designers. If people or organisations are uncertain of their legal and also social commitments they could seek out registered training organisations such as Jagera Daran that offer a range of services around cultural heritage training.

The preservation of culture could be done jointly with proper initiatives made by the individuals as well as the neighborhood authorities to ensure that the coming generations could enjoy the taste of the previous.

Milford Sound by helicopter – an epic adventure in New Zealand

milford sound helicopter

I think Milford Sound is a must-do for anyone coming to New Zealand. For me, it’s one of the most epic and beautiful locations in the world, and that’s saying something.

I’ve been to Milford Sound many times, but I always return given half a chance. Or even less. And again that’s saying something because it is a grueling 5 hour plus mountainous winding commute from Wanaka where I live.

Last summer I hiked the Milford Track over 4 days. I have bused there, and cruised around it countless times and even flew to Milford once in a little fixed wing plane. I’m a bit obsessed really.

milford sound helicopter

People always ask me what are the must-do things to see and experience in New Zealand, and my answer generally doesn’t vary. If you only pay for one New Zealand activity, it should involve a helicopter. For most of us, it’s a splurge, but its worth it.

You know all those amazing wide sweeping aerial shots from the Lord of the Rings that made you want to come to New Zealand? Yup, they were shot from the skies.

New Zealand is a vast wilderness with few people and even fewer roads. If you want to truly appreciate the scale of it, you need to take to the skies. Trust me on this – flying over the epic landscape here will blow your mind in a way that a road trip never can. And in a helicopter which can land almost anywhere from a wild lake to a remote mountain glacier not to mention can hover and zoom so close to anything is the best way to take it all in.

Plus helicopters are pretty badass, am I right?

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Come on, don’t I look way cooler next to a helicopter? be honest.

While in the rest of the world helicopters are more reserved for emergency teams and the rich and famous, in New Zealand, it’s almost tradition. So much is done here with helicopters, especially farming.

I don’t want to digress too much, but I do want to share a little story involving helicopters and deer farming – one of the most epic stories I’ve ever heard!

milford sound helicopter

So back in the 19th century deer were introduced to New Zealand (remember there were only birds here, no mammals) and of course spread like wildfire because there were no predators. Now wild deer are considered pests, destroying natural habitats and native plants, so back in the 70’s, people started to hunt and capture them by helicopter. This actually started around Wanaka; people would net deer or tranquilize them, and then literally jump out of a low flying helicopter and tackle them, and then bring them out alive to farm.

I honestly couldn’t even believe this story until I met a pilot down south who learned to fly doing this. Hardcore or what!

And now deer farming is a massive industry in New Zealand. In fact, deer is actually farmed on Aspiring Station in Wanaka, owned and run by the same family Wanaka where Aspiring Helicopters is located. You’ll see them as you drive out there.

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So if you haven’t tied two and two together yet and you are wondering where to splurge on your trip around New Zealand, let me help you decide. Book a helicopter flight to Milford Sound. And if you can, fly from Wanaka.

If you fly from Wanaka, it’s like you get two trips in one because with Aspiring Helicopter you get to fly over Mt. Aspiring National Park on your way to Fiordland. There are 100 glaciers in the region, and the views are just beyond epic. Plus you get to fly by my favorite New Zealand mountain – Tititea/Mt. Aspiring. She’s a beaut!

You can’t miss her as she juts out and above the surrounding peaks.

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This spring I flew with Aspiring Heli to Milford one morning from Wanaka, and it was a million times better than I imagined.

You leave from the Matukituki Valley in Wanaka, rising above the station before heading out towards Mt. Aspiring above the Shotover Saddle. You soar over glaciers and along braided rivers before stopping at one of the most picturesque lakes I’ve seen – Lochnagar.

Yes, this place actually exists, and no, you won’t see another person there.

milford sound helicopter

You’ll then make your way across what’s known as the Main Divide, which refers to the division across the Southern Alps towards the coast. Once you’ve flown across you’ll notice the mountains look greener and more wild, more rugged as you are now in Fiordland.

Eventually you’ll make your way into Milford Sound where you can stop and explore or go on a cruise before heading back to Wanaka with a potential glacier landing on the way.

This is one of the most epic things I’ve ever done, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Check out some of my favorite shots from the day below. Enjoy!

Have you ever flown in a helicopter? Would you? Are you a keen to see New Zealand from above? Share!

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Many thanks to Aspiring Heli for taking me to Milford Sound – like always, I’m keeping it real – all opinions are my own, like you could expect less from me!

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Make your next step count

quarter life crisis

G Adventures asked me what it means to make your next step count. Well, little did they know HOW much that has been on my mind lately. Are you ready?

Sometimes I feel like I am leading two lives. I have my “real” life and my “social media” life.

On one hand I have gotten to know so many people through my work on this blog. Most of these guys I would recognize from their Instagram page or Twitter profile picture before recognizing them at a bar. Most of them are expats or digital nomads, people working remotely and traveling the world at the same time. Nonetheless, they are still friends and I feel like they can understand me in a way that others don’t.

Then on the other hand I have what people like to call my “real life,” my non-internet friends and family; the ones I see day to day in Wanaka or even back home. Most of my close friends my age are working their way up the career ladder, are getting married and having kids (OMG I’m getting old) and have settled into a comfortable routine where I don’t seem to quite fit in.

quarter life crisis

I am not going to lie, for the past 6 months or even a year, I have been really struggling with straddling both of these worlds. Where do I belong?

To avoid thinking about this, I’ve kept busy with travel and work. We are told being busy is a good thing, right? Well, I have no shortage of being busy in 2015, that’s for sure.

I love travel so much but I am getting burnt out. I’ve discovered I can’t be on the road for extended periods when I am working at the same time. I start to lose my mind and I find that I become completely unproductive and uninspired. Hotels start to blur together and I forget what month it is and I can’t remember where I am when I wake up. Too much travel is definitely possible, and I find, at least for me, that TOO MUCH time on the road can devalue some of my experiences.

Remember that when you think about making travel your job, guys.

Is it worth it?

 

quarter life crisis

Gone are the vacation days, and trips without laptops or iPhones. Man, I just want to travel for myself again, with no obligations to anyone but me.

Sometimes I feel like I’m living two different lives.

Generally, my happiest is when I am home in Wanaka when my time is my own again and I can truly enjoy just being in the most beautiful place in the world. Having a home makes me feel balanced – it’s like an investment in my sanity.

While my other happiest is when I am on the road with no obligations whatsoever. I think the last time that happened was when I was in Mongolia and I had no internet for weeks and nothing looming over my head except to have a good time. It was on of those life-changing trips that people like me are always talk about.

We need more of those right?

 

quarter life crisis

I just realized in just 1 week I am headed back home for the holidays for the first time in years. That means 2015 is basically over, and OMG where did the time go? Like seriously, WHERE DID IT GO? Last time I checked, it was April.

2015 passed by in the blink of eye – it was a year of being busy – have you ever had that happen to you? I can barely remember this year and I have to look at my journals and calendars remember everything. WTF.

Ever since I quit my job to travel a few years ago, I promised myself that I would make every day count and that I would live a life where every moment mattered and everything I did was unforgettable.

Oops.

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A month ago when I was in between jobs, where I literally walked off a 30 hour flight after 10 days of 4 hours of sleep per night, only to drive home, wash my clothes, sleep then get back on another plane the next morning. My poor brain and body couldn’t cope. Cue meltdown.

How was I ever going to catch up on all my work I owed everyone? How would I ever reply to all those emails? How would I ever dig myself out of this hole? When would I have time to do the things I wanted to do? The pressure is too much, and as you can probably imagine, things go downhill rather fast once you slip into that mindset – my photos are shit, my work is shit, I’m shit.

On top of that I felt the pressure of the millions of you guys who tell me how lucky I am, making me feel guilty for not being more grateful.

What more can I do? 

And then fate intervened and I got a comment on my blog basically saying the same things swirling around that dark place in my mind. Something along the lines of “dear Liz, you suck. Your blog sucks. You’re a terrible human and the work you do sucks. We all hope you fail. Regards, Troll. P.S. did I mention you suck?”

I lost it. I was sitting on my bed with my suitcase open, and I couldn’t see my floor because of all my stuff thrown everywhere when I had my first ever asthma attack quickly followed by a full fledged panic attack. It was ugly, guys. No one will ever accuse me of being a pretty crier.

I don’t think I had been that stressed or physically exhausted since college, and I certainly didn’t quit my job to “follow my dreams” only to be sleepless, anxious and kinda unhappy.

I needed a break from the stress of work, the pressure to always be busy, and the anxiety of success. How terrible is it to work harder than you ever have in your whole life and still feel like you aren’t doing enough? Have you ever hit a low point like this?

quarter life crisis

I don’t think I am alone in this. I believe we live in a world that glorifies being busy instead of prioritizing the important things. And you know what? That freaking sucks.

“How are you doing Liz?” “Oh, I’m great thanks! I’ve been super busy doing this and that and this and that because I’m superwoman and I’m AWESOME! Sleep is for losers and if I stop what I am doing I might actually have time to think and I might see that life is really fucking hard and if I step away from this comfortable path I’m on, well things will get real scary real fast, and I don’t know if I can deal with that, OK?”

Being busy does not equate to being happy. I really believe we need to stop being busy and start living again. Then happiness will come.

 

 

quarter life crisis

We live in an age where we are too busy, especially women, and we are always on the go.

Even me, a girl who said goodbye to a great job, a lovely family, and even to a boyfriend in the hopes of having a richer (metaphorically speaking obviously) and more fulfilling life in New Zealand, can get caught up in the hustle of the game sometimes.

Um, I am pretty sure that’s what I was trying to avoid. Ugh.

That being said (and I want you guys to be totally honest here), I don’t think I am alone in feeling this way. Hands up if you have experienced a quarter life crisis; or maybe you feel like you’re too busy to actually stop what you’re doing and evaluate where you are and where you want to be.

quarter life crisis

So similar to my argument about why experience still matters, I want to take the time to remind myself and to remind you guys about how important it is to make things count.

Make every day count, make every day memorable. Now please excuse me as I start to get inspirational and run away with myself. Deep breath.

At some point in our lives we are all faced with a choice – to continue down that comfortable road we’ve always known (a very busy road for most of us, I’m sure) OR to stop and really think about what we want out of life and what we can do to get us there AND here’s the tricky part, committing to make it happen.

And I think for most of us the answer can be found in travel.

quarter life crisis

How many people talk about trips that have changed their lives versus how many people actually booked it and made it happen?

A year ago Mongolia changed my life, and I have yet to really put any of those goals I talked about into action yet. It’s time to change it and focus on what I really want.

My point is this month I stopped everything that was causing me stress and anxiety, put myself first and really evaluated where I wanted to be, and where I wanted to go. I even learned to say no (I even turned down a trip to Kenya, one of the hardest things I’ve done) in the hopes of prioritizing future travel by taking less smaller trips and only go on the big life-changing ones I’m dreaming of.

Right now I want nothing more than to go back to a place like Mongolia or somewhere where I can travel slowly and have no internet connection. I’d love to do a physically challenging trip like hiking across Greenland or go somewhere I can learn a new skill like mountaineering in Switzerland or becoming a rescue diver in Thailand. I’d love to even go volunteer abroad again and feel like I am actually doing some good in this world.

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So where am I going with all this rambling?

I just wanted to share with you guys my own experiences lately with getting caught up in the hustle of life and why I decided to slow down and reevaluate what exactly I want. We are a generation of women who are too busy for travel or to follow our dreams; we are always on the go because that’s what we are told is successful. But is that a good thing?

It’s important to stop and evaluate where you are, and even if you are holding yourself back from following your travel dreams.

Simply put, we are all faced with a clear choice that’s one of the most difficult to make – to continue living an ordinary life, one of following others footsteps and taking the easy path, or take the next step, and even possibly follow your travel dreams come true like on a trip with G Adventures, and maybe have an extraordinary life. It’s up to us. Make your next step count!

Have you ever suffered from a burnout or quarter-life crisis? Do you feel like you are just so busy and not even really experiencing things anymore? Where’s your dream trip? Spill and share in the comments below!

G Adventures is giving away the trip of a lifetime on one of their tours to three lucky winners who want to make their next steps count. Contest details here. Good luck!

**PS I have had a lot of people asking, this contest is only open to Australian and New Zealand residents.

7/12/2015 – UPDATE – The G Adventures ‘Make Your #NextStep Count’ competition has now closed but you still have a chance to take the next step and choose to travel with a purpose. For more information visit here. Thanks!

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Many thanks to G Adventures for sponsoring this post – like always I’m keeping it real. All opinions are my own, like you could expect less from me.

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24 hours in Zurich, Switzerland

Visit Zurich Switzerland

If I am going to fly halfway around the world from New Zealand to Europe, I am always going to want to make the most of it. So on my way over to Finland in the beginning of March, I used the trip as an excuse to stop in beautiful Switzerland for a week to visit my oldest friend. And also to see Switzerland again obviously, one of my favorite countries in the world. Two birds, one stone.

And as I stepped out into the familiar Zurich airport, I place I had been many times over the years, I was more fresh faced than usual. Not only did I stop for 24 hours in Dubai to sleep on my way over to Switzerland, I also finally started collecting my miles this year (omg what took me so long?) and cashed in on a business class upgrade with Emirates to Zurich.

Wow, how do the other half live?

Visit Zurich Switzerland

But before I run away with myself and write a 2000 word essay on how sexy the upstairs is on an Emirates Airbus (the sexiest in case you’re wondering), I’ll return to the topic at hand and finally share some of my favorite spots from around Zurich.

Switzerland was one of the first places I ever wrote about as a blogger 6 years ago. Whenever I visited my friend in the past, she’d always pick me up from the airport and whisk me away back to Neuchâtel where she lives. This meant that by 2016 I had been inside the Zurich airport and motorway many times, but hadn’t actually seen the city. I wanted to change that.

And after being away from my beloved Europe for almost a year, I was ready for some beautiful old quarters with cobbled streets, terrible customer service and a general quaintness that eludes the rest of the world. Bring it, Switzerland.

Here are my favorite moments from 24 hours exploring Zurich. Enjoy!

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Looking for colorful Zurich

Before spending any time in Zurich, I had the impression that it would feel sterile and boring, which was my main impression from visiting Geneva back when I was 19. And while on the surface, Zurich seems to be a place that’s hard to read, the more hours I spent just wandering around and getting lost, the more I realized that wasn’t the case, and Zurich was much more vibrant than I expected.

Like all great cities, Zurich has layers.

And my favorite layer was the colors. I’m always drawn to colorful places, and amongst the dreary skies, Zurich popped with color everywhere. You just had to look.

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Waking up at the boutique Marktgasse Hotel 

It was late by the time I rocked up to the Marktgasse Hotel, a beautiful boutique hotel right in the old quarter of Zurich and I was wiped. And thanks to my jetlag and raging caffeine addiction (thank you 4am migraine), I was awake bright and early at an ungodly hour. Fabulous.

Lucky for me they have a delicious cafe downstairs called Delish that opens early so I could get my coffee fix a few hours later and begin my day exploring Zurich.

Tucked away in a 15th century building, the hotel was the perfect base to explore around. And man, have I missed medieval buildings. And radiators.

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Climbing the Grossmünster tower

Now that I am seriously into photography which I definitely wasn’t as much when I used to live in Europe, I was stoked to take some great photos of Zurich. Lucky for me the weather cooperated with solid white gray clouds and downpours mixed with snow all day.

Lovely.

But I decided to make the most of it and climb up to the top of the Grossmünster (Zurich’s cathedral) to take in the views. It’s only a few euros and it’s totally worth it.

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Visit Zurich Switzerland

A cozy lunch in the old town 

Zurich has no shortage of delicious spots to dine, and I really struggled to try and pick the best one for my only lunch in town. After scouring Tripadvisor and even asking for tips, I settled on Mère Catherine.

Tucked away down a little street near the cathedral, I headed over for a late lunch and had the place to myself. Listening to the rain outside, I spent a lovely time reading and tucking in to a great meal.

Cute on the outside, cute on the inside, tasty food and friendly staff, it ticked all my boxes.

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Shutters galore

There is one thing I love about Swiss villages and towns, and that is the colorful shutters. Everywhere. I froth on them, and one day I want to make sure whatever house I own has colorful shutters too that I can fling open in the morning a la Beauty and the Beast.

Just me?

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Falling in love with the most beautiful street in Zurich

Go on, I dare you to tell me that isn’t one of the cutest Euro streets you’ve ever laid eyes on?

Don’t miss a walk around Augustinergasse street when you’re in Zurich.

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Water water everywhere

Zurich has over 1200 public fountains where you can fill up your water bottle. Random but awesome.

As someone who drinks a ton of water throughout the day but hates paying for it, especially at Swiss prices, I was in heaven!

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Just wandering and getting lost 

Holy crap is Zurich a cute city, especially around the old quarter and downtown. And as always my best tip for exploring a city is to just wander and get lost amongst it all.

That means having a bit of time and not being in a rush, but luckily Zurich is a good sized decent with exceptional Swiss public transport so you’ll always have the time.

Have you been to Zurich or Switzerland? What’s your favorite place there? Have you ever finally stopped to see a place you’ve only passed through before? Spill!

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Visit Zurich Switzerland

Many thanks to My Switzerland for hosting me in Zurich, like always I’m keeping it real, all opinions are my own, like you could expect less from me.

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My big issue with fear and travel

coping with fear and travel

I have actually been aiming to complete this blog post for a month. I don’t assume I’ve ever before struggled a lot attempting to put in my words just how I feel regarding concern. But I’m going to try, let’s do this…

… Does anyone else have an aggravating voice in the rear of their head that only appears when it desires to create you doubt, discomfort, or most significantly, fear?

Nope, simply me then? Fabulous. Hearing voices (just one voice guys, I’ve not totally shed my marbles) at the ripe seniority of 27 and confessing publicly? Also much better.

You wish to climb up that mountain? Voice in my head – – you absolutely can not. You’re not strong sufficient and also you’ll probably diminish it. Intend to visit Iran? Voice in my head – – w ho do you assume you are? You’re not a brave journalist. Imagine publishing a book? Voice in my head – – you know that no one is going to review it, right? You’re a horrible writer. Why trouble attempting? GAH.

Thanks so a lot, I really value the assistance. Not.

coping with fear and travel

I don’t truly understand just how this took place, however somehow over the past few years, fear as well as question have slipped right into my life in a method that I have never ever experienced before. And also you know what? It fucking draws.

I utilized to delve into everything life provided me with total abandon. Now? not so much.

I have actually embarked on huge links, skydived, climbed really questionable tracks as well as consumed anything any individual placed in front of me. And also it wasn’t simply physical things too; it really did not even happen to me not to attempt and make it with my blog site or transfer to Spain after college graduation or quit my job to take a trip. I still took a trip also when I had essentially no money to my name, knowing deep down that points always arranged themselves out in the long run. Generally. Ah to be young and also careless once more.

And while I had a lot of dreadful travel fuck ups over the years, things always exercised. I have constantly strongly believed that fate smiles on those who take chances.

But what happens when you start to worry more as well as take less opportunities? Oh crap.

Please tell me I am not the just one who is going via this. I require neighborhood.

coping with fear and travel

Yet somewhere down the line, I began to become more worried of things that never frightened me prior to. Whether it was something physical that I now taken into consideration dangerous or going after a dream that seemed as well impossible, worry has actually sculpted itself its very own little goddamn workshop home in the rear of my head as well as made itself in your home.

While I can not identify precisely when this improvement occurred, I believe was around when I transformed 25 and quit my work. Additionally, for those of you who have placed up with me on this blog for several years, you might additionally bear in mind that was the moment I fell off a camel in Jordan and almost damaged my back.

I’m going to go out on an arm or leg below as well as state I * think * that might have something to do with it. A minimum of with being afraid of physical journeys. I am absolutely now horrified of camels as well as diminishing things, that’s for certain. However additionally I am coming to be more cautious with trying new things (specifically physical things) and pursuing my desires.

coping with fear and travel

As an example I have been come close to regarding creating a book a few times, and also what have I done? ZIP. I’m terrified. TERRIFIED.

Age, I picture, is also an essential player. Isn’t really that just what some people are constantly saying? You grow more mindful as you age? Well, I believe the journey to ending up being scared does not matter as long as exactly what the fuck am I meant to do now?

Seriously men, WHAT CURRENTLY? Do I simply warmly welcome my newly found caution and concern, or attempt as well as overcome it? Or attempt to strike a healthy and balanced balance in between both.

coping with fear and travel

Tangent: Now, I have actually just finished one of the most fantastic publication that speaks about living with fear as well as the best ways to still live an imaginative life– it’s called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (that composed Eat, Pray, Love)– and also oh my woozy god is it amazing.

Actually, it’s so great it’s the initial publication I have actually checked out since Harry Potter that I’ve deliberately checked out slowly merely to savor its outstanding message. I bought it on my Kindle, started it on a flight, then acquired a paper copy at the airport after I landed because it was so excellent I needed to hold it and also scent the paper. Then I read it once more. It offered me shivers.

I don’t typically read nonfiction, however seriously men, if you consider on your own to be an imaginative (or you desire to be), placed it on your reading checklist CURRENTLY. You can thank me later on.

coping with fear and travel

Jacket by Parajumpers

Anyway, in the publication my fellow Liz speak about ways to deal with anxiety. Perfect timing or exactly what guys?

In the starting she speaks about how it’s important to live a life based upon curiosity compared to on fear. Makes feeling, right? I want to think I have actually constantly been a curious individual. I always intend to see exactly what’s around the bend, would like to know why things are the way they are, as well as am anxious to try new things. Essentially.

However, anxiety has made a decision to sign up with the event and also often currently obstructs of my larger inquisitiveness. I intend to see just what goes to the top of that hill however I hesitate I can’t obtain there so I don’t attempt. Or in some cases I’ll compromise and also climb a smaller hill.

Admission – – I have actually become a little bit of a crybaby. I’m worried each time I place on my snowboard. I’m scared every single time I try something new. I discover that I truly need to force myself currently to attempt new things.

I actually observed when I was in Canada in January. I might have had the possibility to go ice climbing and I didn’t because I was worried– I really did not believe I can do it, and also I believed I was also weak. Upper body strength HA.

What have I end up being? I would have hopped all over that ice waterfall 3 years ago.

coping with fear and travel

Well, anxiety is difficulted. Clearly.

These physical anxieties of points I do not believe I could do however are completely within the realm of factor are driving me nuts and also holding me back. I’m determined to conquer it this year if I can, and also I think Liz Gilbert has the right idea.

Fear will constantly exist. It’s not an inquiry of ending up being fearless however finding out to accept that fear exists, it becomes part of your life as well as it’s not going anywhere, however it ought to NEVER be in charge or have a say in making innovative choices.

It’s time to be endure, men.

coping with fear and travel

At the very same, merely to make things also more complex, I want to believe that travel has helped me handle fears over the years. As an example, there are some things that never ever strike me could possibly be terrifying that I do at all times since I’ve obtained so utilized to them traveling.

The evident instance to this is that I take a trip the world alone. As a woman.

As a matter of fact, I believe that’s something that truly surprises individuals when I discuss that little bit to individuals I satisfy when driving, I am usually consulted with hesitation as well as the common “wow typically aren’t you afraid?”

coping with fear and travel

Whenever I browse through to my computer system I am reminded constantly that we reside in a screwed up globe. Every little thing is damaging, and travel is often dissuaded. And also don’t also get me began concerning females taking a trip alone. I promise I’ll never ever hear completion of it (MOTHER).

I have not been worried to take a trip alone for as lengthy as I can bear in mind. I have no idea if I ever was worried in fact. The first journey I took was by myself to Paris in 2007 for a weekend. And I only did it since no one else in my research abroad program would have me. Well screw that, I intended to go to Paris so I was visiting take myself to Paris!

Now that I think back, I was only a bit worried when I finished up missing out on the last evening bus to the flight terminal where I was intending on resting, as well as I wound up walking the roads all evening around the bus terminal due to the fact that I had no where to go and also could not afford a resort. Or even then, believing back, I reckon I was simply tired.

coping with fear and travel

However I digress.

Every journey I took taught me something. Every fuck up I carried the road showed me a lesson. I expect in an odd way it educated me confidence, not something I have in wealth, that’s for certain. However I am confident with my ability to travel.

I learnt how to getting rid of traveling fears early, and also now I need to learn how to handle my various other anxieties, primarily the concern that I am not physically capable of doing something I desire, like a hard trek or boosting at snowboarding. But likewise the best ways to combat my worry that I will not have the ability to pursue my huge imaginative desires.

coping with fear and travel

I think individuals who travel are naturally endure in mind. You basically need to be to march right into the unknown, right?

Like Liz Gilbert claims so eloquently, you should be brave to live an imaginative life, fear is the fatality of creativity.

Well I don’t recognize about you guys, yet I wish to live one of the most creative, innovative possible so I have to discover how to manage all this concern and negativeness as well as to discover how to count on myself once more as well as count on my dreams. One action each time.

So when that ice wall surface turned up once more on my travel to Finland in March, I recognized I had not been allowed to wuss out twice, so I went all out.

coping with fear and travel

Ever since, I’m working with obtaining fitter by joining a fitness center in Wanaka (and also doing team health and fitness, something I’ve never ever done ever) to make sure that I’ll feel more powerful and also more comfy doing much more literally demanding tasks when I’m traveling and being adventurous around New Zealand. I think if I really feel more potent I’ll really feel much more confident experimenting with these things.

As well as now I’m functioning on going after several of my biggest desires and also passions with my blog site, composing and also photography. If I don’t do it now, when will I?

2016 will be my year, just what regarding you guys?

Can you connect to getting riding of fear as well as negativeness? How do you deal? Any sort of ideas for me? Please share here in the comments!

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Postcards from the Arctic Circle

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I’m warm off the watercraft from frosty Finland. As sad as I was to leave an ideal winter months heaven, I am very stired to be back on New Zealand dirt saturating up minority continuing to be days of summertime while I can. The evenings are already smelling crisp like autumn, I am so thrilled.

That being claimed, it doesn’t take much for me to miss Finland, particularly the wild north of Lapland and also my initial visit inside the Polar circle. Just what a magical area, I have actually never seen a lot snow! Alberta, Canada offered me a taste but it was nothing like this.

Hint giddy schoolgirl minutes every hour. I simply can not help myself guys. This was a fairy tale revived. Merely consider those snow beasts, I mean snow trees. Begin!

Thanks Hecktic Trips for motivating me to check out!

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Using my strong Parajumpers parka

To be sincere, I am still reeling a bit from the trip – – it was that remarkable and memorable. For me it was a journey of firsts as well as challenges, trying new things and immersing myself in a place I’ve been longing for visiting for a long period of time. And also do not estimate me on this however I assume it might be my remain large solo trip for a while. But more on that particular soon.

For somebody with a brain that never ever quits and is constantly bewildered by nearly anything, it’s a whole lot to process.

So I assumed I would certainly begin to arrange my sensations below by sharing a few of my preferred breaks from the travel with you. You may have seen some on my Instagram or Snapchat however here’s a handful much more with a tale or 2 together with.

So get hold of a cuppa, rest back, imagine some reindeer bells and also enjoy as I try to share my journey around Finnish Lapland with my lens.

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* Throwing snow with your coat unzipped is not suggested

It was late in the evening by the time my plane landed in Rovaniemi, the gateway to Lapland. I got my rental automobile, goinged down the snow covered roads into town checked out the resort and immediately hit the sauna. All my hotel rooms in Finland had their very own private sauna. What heaven!

Not that I well known ways to sauna like Finnish individuals. I believe I lasted around 20 mins that first night til my face melted before I was out. Still have a lot of time to find out, appropriate guys?

The next day I invested the morning snowboarding at a neighborhood skifield in Rovaniemi prior to exploring the town and obtained prepared before visiting Luosto, where I would certainly be based for a few days. That wasn’t before I devoured on an incredible lunch at Roka, a road food style restaurant in downtown Rovaniemi.

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Arctic Light Resort in Rovaniemi

I explored a glass igloo for the evening which is probably among the coolest places I’ve ever stayed and also I don’t state that gently. The snow was piled so high it showed up to the windows as well as remained on the roofing system like icing, sparkling under the lights.

I had never ever seen snow like that before. I also want to take a second to state that March in Finland is the most effective cold weather to see, the days are long and it’s not that cold, it hovered merely listed below cold during I existed, I was expecting it to be much cooler. Yet I rattle on.

I dropped off to sleep huddled in my preferred winter season onesie wishing the clouds would certainly lift and I would certainly see the Northern Lights. The resort even gives you a cell phone that will text if the aurora is on, but alas, Santa really did not hear my petitions, which excelled due to the fact that I slept like a log.

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My very first genuine venture into Finnish Lapland was directing to the Lampivaara Purple Mine near Luosto. Finland doesn’t truly have big hills instead hillsides and fells, and also the mine is on top of one.

Man does the landscapes modification when you going up. The trees quickly come to be so caked in snow they look like people or statuaries til no eco-friendly is left. It was my very first time seeing trees like that I primarily went nuts.

We knowned tales concerning the lasting mine while sipping hot berry juice before taking a crack at ourselves as well as digging around for our own item of purple.

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While in Luosto I got to attempt snowmobiling for the very first time ever, so scary therefore much fun! There is a lot snow in Lapland that there are their very own snowmobiling roadways throughout the region. Can you envision maturing with that?

My moms and dads would certainly have killed me. Zoom zoom!

Luckily I had Heli, a regional with me to take turns driving as we signed up with on a trip with Lapland Safaris bent on a frozen lake where we would certainly go ice fishing. And for the document, I captured 4 fish. All by myself. Heli is a neighborhood and certainly blew me out of the icy water, yet exactly what can you do? So happy I had her with me for part of this trip to remaining me business!

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Though if I needed to pick, one of my absolute favorite experiences I did on my entire journey to Finland was checking out the Jaakkola Reindeer Ranch near Luosto and lastly discovering the traditional Saami society.

We opted for a reindeer sled trip (yes that is an experience) via the woodland while among the puppies rested in my lap and large fat snowflakes fell throughout me. I remained in heaven! I really felt like I had actually stepped out in among those Jan Brett publications my mom read to me as a youngster.

I want there was more opportunities to learn more about Saami culture in Finland, but I swerve. Don’t miss this ranch as well as fulfilling the fantastic household whose enthusiasm runs it in the meanwhile.

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Luosto is so comfy as well as so much to do I practically want I had actually spent all my time in Lapland there. I might definitely see myself squirreled away in a cabin someplace working on a publication.

I attempted brand-new things like ice climbing for the very first time. I in all honesty didn’t assume I would have the toughness to do it, and also I was so worried I was drinking however it wasn’t any harder than I envisioned as well as I had the ability to get myself near the leading!

My last evening in Luosto I signed up with a snowshoeing trip with Lapland Safaris, reaching the top of a fell on the hunt for the North Lights. As good luck would have it, they were radiant strong (which frequents Lapland, about every various other evening) yet a solid gray cloud covered the whole sky with just the horizon radiant environment-friendly. Why me, WHY?

Sigh, I’m done whining currently. As you can see, Finland was still rather awesome.

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I was quite gutted to leave Luosto as I had such a remarkable number of days concealed away there yet I was thrilled to go to the shore and also Kemi and also see something new.

As well as kid did I get exactly what I requested for! I joined an afternoon trip on the old Sampo Icebreaker ship, and it was the coolest ever before! I’ve never seen icy seas previously, have you men?

I’ll never neglect the sound of the ice cracking or seeing it damage up around us as we reduced with the icy high seas. It was also one of those strange days with haze so thick the ice as well as the sky combined together. It was strangely gorgeous.

And also reaching abandon the ice as well as leap in for a swim solidified this as one of the coolest days ever before.

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As well as to top it off, I reached rest in a snow castle that night in Kemi. Genuine.

That’s right, a hotel castle made entirely of snow, not ice, snow. Simply call me Elsa.

Do you wish to build a snowman?

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visit finnish lapland

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And also ultimately my remain day went out with a bang dogsledding in Rovaniemi. I reached play with the husky puppy dogs in Luosto however in fact go on safari near Rovaniemi. So much fun!

It was all I could do not so sneak among those frisky pups away in my gigantic bag. I suggest, take a look at that face??

Are you a winter season traveler? Does Lapland look interesting you? Have you ticked any of these items off your pail list yet?

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Shaking my Juliet Parajumpers jacket when it had not been chilly

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Several many thanks to Check out Finland for hosting me in Lapland – – like always I am remaining it actual – – all point of views are my own, like you could expect much less from me!

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From Oviedo with Love

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I have actually never ever been a lot of a city lady, always choosing the quiet vast open spaces of the countryside and eco-friendly areas of the world. Yet that being claimed, there are a few cities occasionally populating the globe that I not just like, I enjoy.

Surprise, shock, Oviedo is just one of them.

Tucked away in north Spain in my preferred little region that packs a huge strike – – Asturias – Oviedo is an area that nearly doesn’t seem genuine.

It’s ideal. Here are my reasons for caring this random city in the north of Spain – – Enjoy! Oviedo Spain

Oviedo Spain

Oviedo Spain

1. Thank you Woody Allen!

Woody Allen when defined Oviedo as “…… a tasty, unique, lovely, clean, lovely, relaxing and pedestrianized city…… It’s like it doesn’t belong to this globe…… as if it did not exist…… Oviedo is like a fairy tale.”

Too lots of adjectives, Woody, however I cannot help but concur!

While I had found out about Oviedo given that I initially relocated to Spain in 2007 (guy exactly how time flies!) it never attracted attention to me until I saw Woody Allen’s timeless –– Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Bear in mind when Javier Bardem welcomes the girls to visit Oviedo for a weekend ride from Barcelona? Exactly how can you not drop in passion with it? oviedo spain Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain Woody Allen has actually called Oviedo his

preferred city in Spain as well as there are tips as well as traces of him all over. His love for this part of Asturias is dated long before the film – back in 2002 he won Spain’s many prestigious art prize, the Prince of Asturias give. It’s a lot fun walking around town and also attempting to select places from the movie, like the Hotel de la Reconquista where they remained in Oviedo.

Oh and remember to go position beside the Woody Allen statue which you could locate below , on Calle de las Milicias Nacionales (road)throughout

from the city’s primary park. Depending on when you check out, he might have glasses or otherwise, as they are typically thieved. oviedo spain oviedo spain Oviedo Spain 2. The unbelievably outstanding food It’s notrick, among my favorite things to do while traveling is to eat. I assume the among the most effective means to experience and start to an understand a society is through it’s food

, as well as in Asturias, the food is awesome.

After living in La Rioja for a year, another terrific area in northern Spain, I completely fell in passion with the food which is sovarious from the typical pork as well as potatoes that

you think about when Spanish food come to mind. The food in north Spain is intricate as well as phenomenal, as well as Oviedo is no exemption. Considering a lot of Asturias is along the coast, there is no lack of

remarkable fresh fish and also fish and shellfish. FAVE! One of my preferred dishes in Oviedo was in a really good restaurant with a kickass menu called Restaurante Gloria. I allow their team choice for me so I might get the very best of everything, numerous items being cutting-edge conventional local cuisine. I left feeling fat and happy. Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain 3. Gorgeous and also squeaky tidy Let’s be honest here guys, there are attractive cities as well as there are awful cities, while many autumn someplace in the middle. Oviedo is truly

gorgeous in its very own way, as well as I suggest that in the best means feasible. It’s not over the top. It does not howl”take a look at me check out me”like other locations I can call. Oviedo has an old, refined typical appeal that if you listen and listen closely, you will certainly find it. However the point that stuck out for me one of the most about Oviedo? It is well taken care of. It is clean as well as green well enjoyed as well as well dealt with. As a matter of fact it has actually been named the cleanest city in Spain and also among the cleanest in Europe

, which is rather outstanding thinking about exactly how dirty the rest of Spain could be. Rarelyany kind of canine shit, ciggys or event vomit

anywhere! I was amazed! Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain 4. So fresh therefore environment-friendly Another point I just enjoyed about Oviedo was how eco-friendly it was. There are attractive trees and also parks and plazas galore, and merely outside the city is among my favored areas – Monte Naranco. Besides cider, this is one more Oviedo must-see, as well as the perspectives are just outstanding. A mountain/hill outside the town hall, Monte Naranco is a simple increase or a long walk which I do not recommend. Along the way to the top you’ll pass a few of one of the most important historical websites in Asturias – Santa María del Naranco, a church that was originally a royal residence constructed around 848, in addition to San Miguel de

Lillo, a church likewise developed around 848. Certainly these were showcased in

Vicky Cristina Barcelona in instance you were asking yourself. Oviedo Spain

Oviedo Spain

Oviedo Spain

5. The deep record While Spain has no lack

of historic areas to see, Oviedo has them in wealth. The only area of Spain not overcome by the Moors in the Middle Ages, it was the heart of the Reconquista as well as – has the churches

as well as royal residences to back it up. I do not desire to birthed you with the details as I can not

imagine a lot of you are as large of medieval record nerds as I am, so I will merely inform you, that Oviedo has some of the oldest Christian structures in Spain owing to its importance in the famous Reconquest. And if you look closely you will certainly see the influence of a lot more recent historic occasions around the city, like marks from the Spanish Civil Battle. Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain An unexploded shell hidden in this church Oviedo Spain

6. The fantastic Resort Barceló Oviedo

Hidden in a restored 20th century

manor, Hotel Barceló Oviedo Cervantes was a fantastic intro to the city. Super central as well as having everything you could possibly desire plus a remarkable jacuzzi tub( always a win for me haha ), I was rather delighted to obtain to rest my head below for a few days while I got to know Oviedo. I actually enjoyed the mix of a historic exterior with the shiny glass windows of the buildings around it. Though, I assume the cushion menu sealed the offer, can you blame me? Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain 7. All the cider! Asturias is understood for its difficult cider, or sidra in

Spanish, and if you do only one thing when you are in Oviedo, see to it it’s to check out a sidrería (a Cider Home). I believe I had actually been Oviedo for approximately 2 hrs prior to the cider started moving after I satisfied up with some citizens that took

me out. I can not pressure this sufficient, it

‘s the PERFECT intro to Asturias! SHOW ME THE CIDER! I’ll be writing a whole lot more concerning this soon, however in the meantime

I simply had to discuss my dinner at Tierra Astur Sidrería on the borders of the city. Walking inside this storehouse sized building, I was

promptly met with encountering exactly what was clearly a massive residents event evening. Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain See your toes when I am putting the cider haha While there is a dining establishment in the front with normal tables, in the bank there were long tables without chairs piled high with local food buffet style free for all close to huge casks of cider bordered by loads of residents having a blast. Divine crap. Overwhelming as well as awesome. Being an autist at

heart, strolling into those kinds of scenarios, PARTICULARLY in a foreign country, constantly make me nervous, but the

best aspect of Asturias is exactly how pleasant everybody is. And also excellent food and great cheer is an universal language, am I right? * I’ll include

that that sort of solution isn’t really every night

. I am double checking yet I’m quite sure it

‘s called an espicha, which is

an unique meal with light tapas as well as cider provided good friends. Any type of asturianos out there that can verify? Yet anyways, I digress. An espicha is something every regular in Asturias as well as if you desire

a really regional encounter, find out how to reach one when you’re there. Thank me later. Oviedo Spain 8. Shutters and also terraces oh my! I have a secret to confess. So … I …

…. have a very solid fascination with attractive wooden historic shutters as well as vintage style terraces. Oviedo has these in wealth which indicates I was absolutely fizzing walking the community. Those windows! Those shutters! Those verandas! Those potted plants! Somebody stop me please! Currently aim to visualize me clarifying this to my quick guide in Spanish. Trust me, it was amusing. Yet seriously, how rather are these??? Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain 9. Obtaining fat eating carbayones

Oviedo is among the most generally Spanish cities I’ve ever before been to, if that is also possible. I’m sure the citizens will certainly

despise me for stating so, yet it holds true. A conservative place where memories compete a long ass time and also individuals do not forget, it makes sense that one of the most famous bread in Oviedo has a story to choose it. A carbayón is sickeningly sweet bread made from egg, almonds, sugar, and cognac, with a tough icing of lemon and cinnamon. It’s delicious as heck and also if you aren’t mindful, you can easily consume a handful as well as really feel very ill. Not that I have any sort of individual encounter with that … Back in 1879 there was a humungous oak tree in the center of the city nicknamed El

Carbayón which was controversially torn down making area for among the major boardwalks. A neighborhood baker at Camilo de Blas Pastelería created this bread in honor of the tree that people still speak concerning over 130 years later on. Memories are lengthy in Spain, that’s for certain. At the very least this resulted in something delicious. Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain 10. Random Statues Besides old Woody midtown, Oviedo appears to be a city of sculptures. Seriously, they are anywhere. It’s as if Oviedo is one titan outdoors museum. I don’t actually know why there are a lot of sculptures around Oviedo. It adds to the mystery as well as my internal competitive kid that just NEEDS TO find them all.

Have you ever loved a city

live Oviedo? Have you been? Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain Recognize Mafalda? Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain Oviedo Spain Several thanks to Tourism Asturias for hosting me while I was there– like constantly, I’m maintaining it

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In search of Kākāpō – 24 hours on Whenua Hou

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The sun was frying the top of my head like an agitate the hottest day this springtime in New Zealand as I slipped and slid my means via the mud in the direction of the top rocks on top of Whenua Hou (Codfish Island), house of among the rarest birds in the globe – – the kākāpō

. With a populace of just 125 birds left on the planet, the kākāpō is a nocturnal flightless eco-friendly bird that kinda resembles a parrot and an owl had a baby. They have actually essentially been brought back from the verge of extinction by a handful of determined people, a lot of which currently were out and about monitoring and also working on this little island at the end of the world.

Whenua Hou (keep in mind “wh” is obvious as an “f”) is one of minority predator-free islands where these evasive and uncommon birds call home. Because their main defense is camouflage as they cannot fly, kakapo were practically wiped out when people brought animals like felines, stoats, possums, and also rats to New Zealand back then after strong conservation initiatives. Time to make amends.

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

Kākāpō have one of the most incredible tales in New Zealand, as well as one that most importantly is worthy of to be listened to around the globe. My passion for these odd parrots was solidified after fulfilling Sirocco in Wellington a couple of months ago, an extremely special kākāpō.

There is just something so unique concerning these birds that pulls at my heart. They are so various as well as uncommon, eccentric and also clever. And each one has its own personality as well as let’s be sincere below, they are funny as hell. You can’t aid yet enjoy them.

Whenua Hou is one of the primary islands where kākāpō real-time. It’s off limits to the general public and also has no watercraft gain access to. I was fortunate enough to review last week as a component of a giveaway with Division of Preservation, celebrating 25 years and also 4.5 million bucks of support with New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS), where 2 people won an unbelievable journey to be kākāpō rangers for the day.

As well as I reached accompany for the trip after much pleading as well as begging. And oh man, let me tell you it was one adventure after another.

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

NZAS assisted bring kākāpō back from the verge of termination in their collaboration with DOC -The Kākāpō Recovery program started method back when in 1990 when there were only 49 kākāpō continuing to be.

NZAS staff assist with upkeep on the island and also review consistently to aid establish and also replace the island’s facilities with more than 1,100 days of employee volunteer assistance. Together with the contest champions, a NZAS team member visited with us to aid out.

You know, once we lastly made it on the island. Dun dun dun.

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

I really had not understood how fortunate I have been with things not going wrong on my travels until recently when even my persistence was examined.

Whenua Hou lies right close to Rakiura/Stewart Island, an island off the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand. There is very little between it as well as Antarctica, so I’m sure you can envision the weather isn’t really always specifically predictable or mannerly in this component of the world.

Access to Whenua Hou is by authorization just from Invercargill after undergoing the most rigid quarantine procedure this side of the equator.

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Don’t worry – – it’s entirely typical they hold their heads similar to this, it’s to keep them from biting. One time a kākāpō little bit a ranger HARD on the nipple area and would not let go!

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After meeting Amelia and also Josh the kākāpō ranger victors, most of us travelled together to quarantine to begin the procedure of making certain every one of our gear and clothes were spotless and pest-free.

If you’ve ever visited New Zealand, you know they take biosecurity quite seriously here, particularly in personalizeds at the flight terminal. No food, no fruits, no wood, clean shoes, the listing goes on and also on to shield the unique environment here from presented conditions, insects, as well as parasites. And Whenua Hou is remarkably important.

I invested hrs washing my gear tidy, scrubbing dried lamb poop off my boots as well as rewashing all my clothing only to understand I had not also scraped the surface. Absolutely nothing puts biohazards into viewpoint rather like having to choose every single seed and little bits of yard embedded in the mesh inside your hiking boots for half a hr with tweezers.

Mad respect for the DOC quarantine employees!

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Spring in New Zealand can be extremely windy. Our set wing trip to the island was canceled due to it leaving us with a helicopter just alternative. No grievances below. I love flying in helicopters! Top Gun! Warm pilots!

Yet merely as I selected the last seed out of my boots and also had my duffel all set to go, boom, the helicopter got terminated too. NO!

There was a big fire out in Southland which was hard to regulate thanks to the crazy winds, as well as all of the choppers had actually been called away to help place it out. The following couple of days were a waiting video game for the wind to die down.

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new zealand kakapo

While we lingered, we absorbed a little bit even more of the conservation initiatives down in Southland.

We visited a breeding establishment for takahē, an additional very rare flightless New Zealand bird. Their plumes are so blue it reminds me of the sea here. They were assumed to be vanished before they were uncovered in some of the toughest hills of New Zealand in the 40s.

We also went to the Southland Gallery which has a tuatara reproducing program. Tuatara are quite charming uncommon reptiles, and like many native New Zealand animals, they are very unusual and also fascinating; I first saw them on Somes Island in Wellington. They are essentially little dinosaurs.

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new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

Eventually we had a small sufficient window to make the air travel over. I’ve never ever come so close to having a journey not undergo! It definitely made me understand our time on Whenua Hou much more!

A few days after our intended departure, as we flew out over the Foveaux Strait, the early morning clouds lifted as well as the sun transformed the water one of the most beautiful bright turquoise. As we flew over Stewart Island, I was enthralled by the white sandy coastlines and blue water. It looked nearly tropical.

Count on me, it’s not exotic.

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Whenua Hou is an extremely crucial area inMāori culture and also to the Ngāi Tahu iwi (tribe), and have a spiritual, physical, social degree. 200 years ago there was a settlement on the island of European sealers as well as their Māori companions.

Many Ngāi Tahu households come down from these partnerships, with the negotiation at Sealers Bay being the very first long-term association in between Māori as well as European individuals in southerly New Zealand. Whenua Hou has numerous important historical sites including significant buried taonga (treasures)and urupā (funeral ground), a few of which date back to the 13th century.

Kākāpō are taken into consideration to be taonga in Māori culture, as well as their lost feathers discovered around the island are returned to the Ngāi Tahu.

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

And also in the distance I lastly obtained my initial glimpse of the area I had actually been wishing to go to for years – – Whenua Hou, home of the kākāpō. Pinch me, was this lastly occurring?

Have you guys ever before checked out a location that is so tough to gain access to? At the threat of appearing aggravatingly saying, for me, ultimately going to Whenua Hou was a dream come true, mostly since I never ever assumed it would actually take place.

When we left the helicopter and also made our method to the hut where you go via one last quarantine check and also short of the island before resolving in.

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

Flying over one of the huts on Stewart Island – – cannot wait to stay right here someday

Individuals who are generally on Whenua Hou are usually the DOC kākāpō rangers, volunteers (find out more below) as well as the scientists. There was only a handful of people on the island when we checked out which meant all of us go to recognize each other and come to be close friends immediately.

The dynamic of quadrating every person is important in a location like this where you have to live with each other in close proximately for lengthy periods of time on an island.

We had a fast lunch then goinged off to start exploring the island and also find out how the rangers tackle every day.

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We invested regarding 5 hours hiking and climbing through the thick woodland. It had to do with 5 minutes right into the stroll when I sunk approximately my ankle joints in mud. All those hours of boot cleaning gone! MALE!

Our initial activity was to launch Arab, one of the original kākāpō found by a guy nicknamed Arab on Stewart Island. He had actually been a bit ill as well as when he was sorted and also put on more weight, it was time to return him to his region.

It was a truly unique chance to briefly interact with a kākāpō on Whenua Hou as they are in fact really truly difficult to discover normally, even on a tiny island. They are nighttime and assimilate so well with the bush, it could be difficult to discover them. One kakapo also concealed on Whenua Hou for over Two Decade prior to he was discovered again.

We had the ability to have a close take a look at his feathers, see the transmitter takes advantage of each kākāpō wear to track them, prior to avoiding to return him to his home. One point I discovered truly intriguing is that they do not actually understand exactly how old Arab is (he was located in 1980), or how old kākāpō can live until; these were discovered in the 70’s when the preservation initiatives really removed, so only time will tell (full list of kākāpō right here).

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

Usually we would smell of kākāpō on the wind even when we could not see them. They have an old stuffy odor that reminds you that these are old creatures. The rangers define it as the within an old violin situation, you understand those red ones?

Random yet true.

If you ever before get the opportunity to smell a kākāpō, you’ll think me. Oh and also thanks Arab for allowing me smell you. Legend.

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My mind was swirling as I tried to keep track of the ranger lugging Arab up the tracks. Seriously, those guys are healthy!

As we launched Arab, he swiftly scampered off right into the shrub with a very annoyed look on his face.

It was on this tramp that I ultimately was able to see for myself firsthand just what I had just visualized and also become aware of just how kākāpō really live. We had the ability to see their tracks on the path from their dinosaur feet, see the rimu fruit that plays such a vital duty in their breeding, see where they remove bowls in the planet as well as make a route to lead the females to them (kākāpō rest in the bowls and make a subsonic boom to draw in women during breeding period), as well as see nests from the previous reproduction periods.

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

Kākāpō rangers make use of special telemetry receivers to track the kākāpō. Each kākāpō has its own station on the radio to hear them.

Remember when I told you the tale of Ruapuke!.?.!? The miracle kākāpō born a few years back after his mom accidentally squashed his egg and a ranger taped it up with concealing tape as well as he survived? We were wishing to discover him as well as invested a lot of the day aiming to track him.

Yet like all wild animals, they don’t play by the regulations and listen to us. And also currently that Ruapuke is a teen kākāpō, he wants to go off straying and exploring, making him hard to locate.

Oh well, just another reason so return!

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

I was grateful to have that experience with Arab and also back with Sirocco in Wellington.

Sirocco does not survive Whenua Hou anymore because he does not communicate or agree the various other kākāpō and normally annoys everybody else, particularly throughout the mating period. Keep in mind, he was the bird that inscribed on people as an infant and also thinks he’s human.

When he even constructed his removed dish to expand into in on the track to the toilet as well as would certainly get on unwary kākāpō rangers in the middle of the night going for a pee. Begin Sirocco, that’s not exactly how you obtain the ladies.

Seriously guys, exactly how can you not enjoy this bird? HA!

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

With a fully stocked kitchen area, there was the very best ambience at night after a big family dinner with every person of totally packed chili nachos. Nothing better compared to that after a long day in the mud monitoring kākāpō!

We enjoyed the sunlight established over the beach and also a massive moonrise as well as yellow-eyed penguins surfed right into the coastline house for the evening. After the sunlight dropped and the wine was flowing, most of us stacked around the comfy sofas to view a couple of docudramas concerning kākāpō while biting delicious chocolate.

My favorite was from the 70’s or 80’s with original video demonstrating how the last kākāpō were located in Fiordland and also on Stewart Island. Flannel shorts, stubbies shorts, as well as remarkable beards included prominently.

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

After a great evening’s rest awoken a couple of times by little blue penguins shrieking outside the hut home windows, we invested the next early morning checking out and assisting fix up the chick room for the upcoming reproduction season.

On an island where every little bit of help matters, it felt incredible to assist on something vital, even though there were some big (as well as I indicate HUGE) spiders lurking behind a few of the enclosure wall surfaces.

Seriously though, not cool.

I’m not visiting talk concerning leaving Whenua Hou due to the fact that it dispirits me. I’ll be back men.

new zealand kakapo

new zealand kakapo

Seriously I might continue people.

To me kākāpō stands for New Zealand’s initial society, before human beings, when it was a land of birds and also these unusual environment-friendly parrots preponderated. They are gorgeous as well as eccentric, sensible as well as awkward, old and also sprightly. They are a bird of stunning oppositions and also interesting characters, and it’s directly our fault they nearly vanished from the face of the earth.

I haven’t figured it out exactly yet, yet I’m established to do my part to aid conserve these people.

Have I transformed you right into a #BirdNerd yet? How appealing is the history of the kākāpō? Would certainly you prefer to volunteer or see Whenua Hou as well as see their residence one day too?

** You could give away to kākāpō recuperation right here.

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A million thanks to DOC, NZAS, Ngāi Tahu and Forest and also Bird for caring about me and also welcoming me Whenua Hou. It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever before done (and also I do not say that gently) and also indicates the globe to me. Thank you for letting me part of the kākāpō tale. Like consistently I’m maintaining it actual, all (fangirl) point of views are my very own– like you might anticipate much less from me.

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What’s in my camera bag

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I don’t know why it has taken me so long to write this post, considering “what camera do you use?” is one of the most frequent questions I’m asked.

In fact people ask me this so much I usually ignore it. It kinda annoys me. Why?

Maybe because now that I spend a lot of time around Instagrammers and photographers, I see a lot of people rely more and more on equipment instead of composition or creativity. My friend Stu from Peace in 10,000 hands (which is an amazing art photography project) were talking about this the other day, and he reminded me of a book called The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You – true story, right?

Does having the best camera mean you’ll take the best photos? Definitely not. You can have the most expensive kit in the world and it’ll do you no good if you don’t know how to take a photo and they are people out there taking the most mindblowingly awesome shots with just their phones.

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Granted, I am a turtle when it comes to change but it took me almost 10 years to slowly progress through the entire Canon camera range before I decided it was worth investing in the top-end professional DSLR.

I’ve always been a loyal Canon girl since I was 18, fiddling around with my dad’s film cameras growing up, and it will take a lot for me to switch brands, especially now that I often work with Canon Australia.

My first camera was a Canon Powershot my dad bought me as a high school graduation present. A few years later I invested in my first SLR in the Canon Rebel series for Christmas before a college trip to Rome. I sold that a few years later and upgraded to a Canon 60D (a good midrange camera) when I quit my job to travel and on my first blog trip to Jordan in 2012. This is the camera that brought me fame on Instagram and was the beginning of my journey to becoming a professional travel blogger.

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Where I am I going with this rambling? Anyways, when someone says they like my photo and flippantly asks me what camera do I use or my settings, it can annoy me because it implies that the camera took that photo not me. Does that make sense?

While I can rattle off a list of gear I’ve used over the years, for me it doesn’t matter as much as the skills I’ve worked on. What matters is my journey as a photographer, something I am very proud of. Every year I have worked harder and harder to improve how I take photos, learning new techniques, and really pushing myself on becoming more creative both in camera and in post-processing.

I’ll talk more about this later below, but one way in which I have been improving is doing an in-depth landscape tutorial course – Photographing the World with Elia Locardi. Teaming up with fstoppers.com, he takes you around the world and shows you not only how to shoot in all types of locations but also how to edit them in post processing. (Click here to view more details). Why didn’t I do this sooner?!

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I am always trying (and failing) at new things, some do well and some bomb spectacularly. But I think it’s really important to work on your composition and try new things because that is the only way you can grow and improve. And I am sick of seeing people copy each other, especially on Instagram, but that’s a rant for another time.

Personally, I was never going to upgrade to a full-frame camera unless I was comfortable and quick shooting on manual, something that didn’t happen until this year.

Of course the better the camera the better quality results you’ll find, but just like most people don’t learn to drive on a Ferrari, it makes sense that your first camera or the camera where you learn is a friendly, easy one to use, and not a 5D Mark III.

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The line between compact point and shoot cameras and bigger DSLRs is changing a lot, so you will really have to ask yourself what you want to get out of the camera before investing. Here’s a great article about this that’s easily digestable and not too techy.

I don’t pretend to be an expert, so it took me years of practice, research, asking a hell of a lot of questions to begin understand what I currently know about cameras, and trust me, I still have a lot more to learn. But I thought I would share with you what’s in my camera bag (and what HAS BEEN in my camera bag in the past).

I thought it was finally time to put together a comprehensive list of gear I use on the road, from cameras to equipment to editing tools, in the hopes it might help you all in choosing products to use. Hope it helps, enjoy!

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Cameras and lenses

Canon PowerShot SX600 – SHOP HERE – $170

For people who just want to take pictures without any fuss.

This Canon PowerShot is probably the closest point and shoot camera to my first PowerShot back in 2006. This was the camera I used when I moved to Spain for the first time, and it traveled with me all over Europe when I was 19 until someone drunkenly dropped it one night in Salamanca at the end of the year. Not me, of course.

By the time I got home and sent it to Canon, it had been replaced by a newer model, which they sent me. It’s super cheap, only $170 and it’s a great first camera. Things have changed since I used cameras like this and the SX600 comes with built-in wifi so you can move images directly on your phone and you can share them immediately.

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travel camera guide

Canon PowerShot G7X – SHOP HERE – $599 

For video enthusiasts and as a back up to a DSLR or a higher end compact camera.

I use this camera now and I love it! The PowerShot G7X is a popular camera among bloggers and especially vloggers, mostly because of its flip screen so you can watch yourself if shooting with you in the video and for selfies, of course. This is my recommendation for a small, point and shoot style camera though it costs a little more coming in around $600.

It has built-in wifi, shoots great HD video, and has a much larger sensor (20 megapixel). It does very well in low light and has a great zoom and has a low aperture at f/1.8 (this means it will give you that nice blurred background, read more here). It is a small but powerful camera.

I use this camera as one of my main cameras in my kit because of its high-quality performance and size. Depending on where I am and what I am shooting, I don’t want to carry a huge, heavy DSLR kit or sometimes I can’t even bring it with me. This is the perfect alternative because it fits in your pocket and still takes great images.

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Canon Rebel T5 – SHOP HERE – $399

The perfect intro DSLR camera.

The Canon Rebel T5 is probably the closest thing to the Rebel XS which was my first DSLR camera way back in the day from 2009 to 2012. It’s the perfect beginner or budget DSLR camera coming in at an affordable $400. If you are interested in photography and want to step up your game, invest in one of these. They are great travel cameras and are pretty sturdy. I dropped mine all over Europe and it never broke.

This is a camera that will help you get off shooting in auto and without going into too much nitty gritty it has a much bigger sensor than the point and shoots which will take higher quality images. It shoots HD video and it’s cheap for a DSLR. I’d get it with the kit lens (18-55mm) that it comes with but know that it’ll work with Canon EF-S lenses (crop).

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Canon EOS 70D – SHOP HERE – $899

A great mid-range semi-professional enthusiast camera.

The Canon EOS 70D is one of my favorite cameras, an upgrade from the Canon EOS 60D which I used for 2 years before. Even though I have upgraded now to the 5DM3 I use this as my backup and secondary camera on trips, and if you look at my Instagram feed or anything on my blog from the past two years, pretty much everything you see was shot with this. It’s weather resistant and tough as nails, the perfect travel camera.

It has built in wifi and touch screen technology but it has an amazing autofocus, especially on video which makes it popular for vloggers, plus the pop out screen. This is my favorite mid-range crop sensor camera. Don’t buy it with a kit lens. If you are stepping up to a 70D you need a good lens for it.

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Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 lens – SHOP HERE – $489 

The Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens along with the Canon 60D made up my camera kit for 2 years before I finally upgraded. It’s a kickass all-purpose lens between being a wide angle (17mm) and zooming into 50mm, and it’s cheaper than Canon’s equivalent. Tamron makes great lenses and they have awesome customer service and a 6 year warranty.

I’m going to add I think it’s really important to have at least one solid go-to lens for your kit that’s not a super wide angle or a telephoto that drops to f/2.8. I don’t really want to go into here, but this article here explains aperture and depth of field easily.

Note – this lens is for crop sensor cameras only (so it won’t work on full-frame cameras) but it’ll work on pretty much the whole Canon line.

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Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 – SHOP HERE – $779

The Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 be the lens you buy FIRST to go with the 70D if you can afford it. Again this lens is for crop sensor cameras only (denoted by the EF-S). Canon leant me this lens to use last year and I have refused to give it back because it’s so awesome.

This is the lens that is always on my camera – it’s my go-to lens. Because of the 2.8 aperture it works great in low light and gives that stunning blurred background. Again most of my images within the past year are shot with this lens, I probably use it around 70% of the time.

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Canon EF-S 10-22mm – SHOP HERE – $599

I started renting Canon EF-S 10-22mm way back in the day on my Canon Rebel camera in 2010 and waited until I had saved enough to splurge on it, because, it is a splurge. A 10-22mm lens is so wide it borderlines being a fish-eye lens, which for some reason I love.

This is a great lens for architecture and buildings or when I am shooting in an enclosed landscape like a river gorge, and it’s really awesome at night for astrophotography because you can often get a huge part of the Milky Way visible in it.

It’s not to everyone’s taste but I don’t know what I’d do without having a super wide angle lens with me. It is an EF-S lens for crop sensor cameras so it won’t work on my new 5DM3 which means I will likely leave it on my 70D for backup.

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Canon EF 70-300mm – SHOP HERE – $1,249

This is even more of a splurge but when I found out I was going to Africa this year, I knew I couldn’t go on a safari without a solid telephoto zoom lens – hence the Canon 70-300mm. Generally the 70-200mm f/2.8 is everyone’s dream telephoto lens but I figured I needed that extra f-stop LESS than an extra 100mm zoom. Also I would save an extra $800.

I’m glad I did because most of my safari shots were taken at 300mm. This is a heavy piece of equipment to cart around with you, but I find I use it more and more, enjoying the challenge of shooting with a zoom. Also it can be used on both crop and full-frame cameras (denoted with the EF instead of EF-S).

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 – SHOP HERE – $308

I honestly hate carrying so many camera lenses around, but I LOVE having one lens that has such a large aperture – the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is SUCH a fun lens! At first it’s a pain in the ass to use because the focus is so fine and it’s very easy to screw up – you have to make sure the eyes of the portrait subject are in focus because it’s so fine that the nose will blur. My friend Mark Clinton helped me pick this lens out and I am beyond grateful. You’ll definitely be seeing way more of this lens on my site soon.

And it can be used with both crop and full-frame cameras on Canon.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III – SHOP HERE – $2,499

For the pros, top of the line.

I’ve only recently upgraded to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III but I can already tell you, I’m in love. This is a full-frame camera for serious photographers who want the highest quality gear possible. To be honest, I put off upgrading for years. Not only because of the rather significant price jump (EEEP!) but because I wasn’t sure I could handle it. I wanted to be truly confident with shooting in manual and really feel like I needed this camera. It’s a whopper to carry around just as a hobby.

Now that I sell and license my images and I am hired frequently as a professional photographer on travel campaigns, it was time to make the switch.

Otherwise I can only imagine if any of you guys are interested in buying the 5DM3, you don’t need any of my advice because you probably already know what I would say.

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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 – SHOP HERE – $1,799

The 5DM3 needs a powerful lens to go along with it, and since neither of my go-to mid-range lenses will work on a full-frame camera, I needed to upgrade and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 is a powerful, kickass lens. I don’t have this lens yet but have just ordered it on Amazon (sorry credit card) and can’t wait for it to arrive before my next top-secret trip in January!

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The rest of my camera stuff

Landscape photography course  

Basically everything I know about photography I taught myself, watched on YouTube, or learned from hanging around other photographers. I knew there were gaping holes in my knowledge base and there were things I was doing that were just to scrape by.

I have been meaning to take a photography class for years, and finally took the plunge after my friend Elia Locardi told me about his new online course with Fstoppers – Photographing The World: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi. With 12 hours of video content on location and later in processing, I’ve already learned more in a few weeks than in years. What took me so long?

If you splurge on one thing on this list, this is probably the most valuable!

INSURANCE 

If you are going to own expensive camera equipment you must have insurance. I am not a responsible person but I have all my crap insured because I am unlucky and clumsy. I have a property insurance policy with Clements which gears towards travelers and expats and it’s totally affordable.

Memory cards 

I don’t know why but memory cards are always significantly cheaper on Amazon than anywhere else. Universally cheaper. Like they cost 50% less there. No idea why but it’s spoiled me and I only buy cards on Amazon. My friend Matt Vandeputte helped me pick out the best cards (he’s my go-to gadget friend) and now I use the Lexar Professional 1066x 32GB Compact Flash Card for my full-frame camera and the Transcend 64GB SDXC Class 10 Memory Card Up to 90MB/s for everything else, the standard size card. And after I lost my 5th memory card I finally invested in a memory card case.

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Tripods

If you take photography seriously, you’ll need a tripod, and a relatively good one too – they are a necessary evil. If you do anything that requires a slow shutter in low light situations, a tripod is usually essential, especially if you want to learn to shoot the stars or do any nighttime photography.

I have three main tripods. My first one is the which is the perfect travel tripod – the new Vanguard VEO 265CB Carbon Fiber tripod. It’s small and light and easily portable. My second tripod is a monster – it’s huge and a pain in the ass to carry around but it’s the best so I use it when I can – it’s the Vanguard Alta Pro 254CT Carbon Fiber Tripod with the BBH-100 head ball on it. Finally I have the JOBY Gorillapod which is an awesome tripod you can hook onto anything.

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Timer

Everyone always asks me how I take photos of myself. It’s easy, here’s my secret – I use a remote and timer and put my camera on a tripod. My friend Melissa Findley recommended the Hahnel Giga T Pro 2.4GHz Wireless Timer Remote for Canon and I’ve been using it ever since. Sure, it looks funny if anyone is watching, but it’s worth it. Now if you look closely in some of my photos, you’ll probably see the remote scrunched up in my right hand unless I’ve photoshopped it out. Busted!

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Camera bags 

I have two main camera bags, neither of which look like camera bags, something really important to me. My first one is the ONA Brooklyn Camera Satchel in Chestnut, which I usually use as a purse with one camera, an extra lens and my usual purse essentials. The other is also by ONA, the Camps Bay Backpack in Field Tan. I can put my entire kit in here plus anything else. This is usually my carry-on on planes, and no one ever weighs it because it’s a backpack (secret). It’s mostly waterproof and I can fit a tripod on the top.

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Action cameras 

Sometimes I physically can’t (or don’t really want to) bring my nicer cameras on some of the adventures I go on, especially where water is involved. In those cases I’ll bring a waterproof action camera. I’ve used GoPro for years and they let me down all the time (remember those damn firmware updates in 2013?) and I’ve destroyed more than one, but I tolerate them because I haven’t found anything better.

I have the GoPro Hero 4 Black after someone filched my Hero 3 when I was in Spain this year. I also just started using the TomTom Bandit camera which I am really starting to enjoy and I have high hopes for. I’ve written about it here.

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Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop 

If you are going to take fabulous photos, you need to have a fabulous editing program to match. Every professional photographer I know uses Lightroom. Now for $10 a month you can have Lightroom and Photoshop as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan.

Hard drives 

You’ll need to make sure you are backing up your photos regularly in multiple different locations. I have so many external hard drives but I find I prefer the tougher grade ones with at least 1 TB of storage such as the Silicon Power or the Transcend Military Drop ones. On trips I usually bring 2 with me and store them in different parts of my luggage.

PHEW! Are you interested in photography? Have I covered all my bases? Have any questions? Leave a comment below and I’ll answer them all!

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Flying, hiking and jetboating – an adventure in Mt. Aspiring

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There’s one journey in Wanaka to finish all adventures. One that is a relatively clean trick and even very impressive too. And also it integrates all of my favored outside things in one, are you ready?

I’ve been meaning to inform you individuals concerning this for a while currently, but haven’t located the words until today when I found all of my pictures from the Siberia Experience.

2 days of hiking, flying and also jetboating in among one of the most stunning corners of New Zealand – – Mt. Aspiring National Park outside Wanaka. Since was a journey!

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When most individuals come for those classic New Zealand hills around the Southern Alps, they’ll going right into Mt. Aspiring in the west Wanaka side up the Matukituki River. Below’s where several of the very best as well as most easily accessible perspectives in Wanaka could be located.

However if you are trying to find some adventure that is a little bit additional off the beaten course head in the contrary instructions on the road to Makarora and even Haast Pass a hr outside Wanaka. This is the opposite side of Mt. Aspiring as well as in some means is much more wild and legendary than down the Matukituki.

In the itty bitty town of Makarora, so tiny if you blink you’ll miss it, there’s lots of adventures waiting to be had.

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It was a warm summertimes day when I left of Wanaka with close friends to Makarora to begin the encounter. We tossed our overnight packs into a small yellow set wing plane and took off prior to I also realized.

The optimal components of Mt. Aspiring National forest from the Makarora side are deep in the park. It’s a really monotonous 8 hour stroll in and out of the primary valleys along a sandfly plagued stream financial institution which the majority of people determine to avoid by either flying or jetboating in and out.

Conserves you energy and time, for sure!

lake crucible

lake crucible

lake crucible

We began with a beautiful air travel which knotted along the huge hills and also hanging glaciers with more waterfalls and also alpine blue-green lakes compared to I could even picture.

This was the New Zealand everyone imagines. Believe me, you desire to see it from the air.

As we looped around the hills I could possibly have invested all day overhead marveling at my favored landscapes, reaching see a different side of the mountains where I’ve begun to call house. However eventually we were being available in to land in a grassy yellow area.

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lake crucible

lake crucible

Most individuals do the Siberia Encounter as an outing. Fly into the Siberia Valley, trek for a couple of hours along a friendly path to the stream along the hills prior to catching a jet boat out back to Makarora.

For me that needs to be among the most effective outing you can enter New Zealand.

Yet if you have a little bit even more time and even are feeling adventurous, you can do what I did and also avoid in Mt. Aspiring for 2 days. Fly into the Siberia Valley, stroll a couple of mins to the Siberia Hut, drop your overnight packs and even take a small pack with you and even trek out to Lake Crucible prior to heading back to the hut for the night, after that strolling out and also catching the jetboat back to Makarora the next day.

Boom!

* It sets you back $15 to remain at Siberia Hut. You can buy a hut pass at the local DOC office in Wanaka. It’s very first come initially offer as well as is fairly active in summer.

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lake crucible

lake crucible

After we enjoyed the little yellow strategy take off, we got our packs, crossed a little stream, as well as tramped to the Siberia Hut to drop them off and grab a bed for the night.

After that we set off to Lake Crucible.

I had actually heard whispers of this lake as soon as or twice given that transferring to Wanaka and even was passing away to get there myself.

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lake crucible

lake crucible

Like the majority of treks in New Zealand, the “walk” to Lake Crucible is a bitch. To put it kindly.

Attractive as well as terrible, that’s how I would certainly define a lot of the treks in New Zealand.

The first hr is standard (say thanks to god for that) and also you get looks of the towering Alps, with the glaciated Mt. Awful on one side and also Mt. Dreadful on the various other. As it ends up, this stroll would certainly be both terrible and even awful in equal measure.

Yet prior to I run away with my negativity, I will claim that is was likewise extremely gorgeous and even rewarding and I would do it once more in a heart beat. It is superior and also I don’t state that lightly.

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lake crucible

Photo by @AnnnieGirl

I do not know just how numerous rivers you go across in between the Siberia Hut and even Lake Crucible, but I would certainly say it’s a lot. I assume it was 4, as well as of training course you need to cross them on your way back out too. No links. In New Zealand, bridges are for the weak.

Stream crossings could among the most unsafe parts of treking in New Zealand, so certainly consult DOC concerning the conditions if you intend to hike about any one of the tracks around Makarora (due to the fact that they all basically entail stream crossings) and also if it’s been raining a great deal and also they are raging whatsoever, murky and even quick, transform around. Somebody is brushed up away in these rivers around Mt. Aspiring at the very least yearly.

If you have excellent weather condition like I did, most of the rivers do not go past your knees.

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lake crucible

Picture by @AnnnieGirl

It wasn’t long prior to I was left behind and also I wound up doing the route on my very own. I’m a slow hiker because I prefer to quit and also smell the flowers (literally), take lots of images, pay attention for birdsong, and in some cases I also take naps and even review in the valleys. I truly delight in remaining in nature and also taking my time.

I am likewise very unsuited and even breaks are awesome.

As typical in New Zealand, as soon as you struck the forest at the bases of the hills, the trails get hard. Actually, I ‘d claim the hiking motto below seems to be why mark a switchback path when you can go directly up.

lake crucible

lake crucible

Huffing and even blowing for an hour approximately with the beech woodland, the route after that squashes out as you head up to the lake prior to one last steep shuffle around the top.

Overall contemplating it was entirely vertical the entire time, I liked it. It’s also been a while given that I’ve done this stroll and even the discomfort is possibly been dulled in my memory.

I rank trails in New Zealand on just how much I have to use my hands. I keep in mind utilizing my hands in the forest because you are primarily climbing tree root ladders straight up and also once more at the last part to the lake. Might be even worse without a doubt, I believe it took me merely over 3 hrs. It gets a 6 out of 10 on the hand-usage scale.

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lake crucible

lake crucible

When you finally obtain to the top of the ridge with a perspective to the lake, my oh my, did every second become worth it.

Lake Crucible will knock your socks off, it’s a stunner.

With waterfalls cascading, neon blue water, glaciers on top and even an iceberg or 2 floating in the water, it looks unbelievable. Like something from a fairytale. It makes the large walk even more gratifying.

We spent ages socializing, watching the ice collision down from above and also aiming to tweeze up the nerve to jump in the cold water. Only my good friend Annie was brave enough.

lake crucible

lake crucible

By the time we returned to the Siberia Hut, the sunlight was setting I was definitely dead tired. You understand when you are so literally tired it’s almost as if you were drunk in your memory of that time. Drunk tired, that’s exactly what I was. I was means also weary to picture the celebrities that night as well as I cannot actually remember exactly what that hut appeared like.

Oh well.

The next day was an additional clear attractive morning and I strolled out leisurely for a few hours to the meeting point along the river where the jetboats accumulate you. That is the normal route individuals accompany when doing the Siberia Experience as well as it’s magnificent, broad as well as smooth. No hands are required.

lake crucible

lake crucible

lake crucible

I arrived with heaps of time to kill prior to the watercraft arrived, as well as dozed in a meadow along the crystal clear blue river.

The rivers around Makarora are simply sensational. Clear as well as intense blue, you can see straight to the base and see all the trout and fishing swimming around. They are additionally superficial and also intertwined so you require a quick jetboat to obtain around them, so much enjoyable!

I obtained to use with a team of older kiwi women that were down as component of an extreme tramping club 4 day mission and even it was simply incredible to associate them for merely a bit. It’s so impressive to me as well as I wish I am half as challenging them when I’m their age. Life objectives.

Altogether the Siberia Encounter is among my favorite little missions around Wanaka. It deserved being aching for a week after. For. Sure.

Do you hike? Have you listened to of this walk prior to? Have you done something comparable while traveling? Spill.

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Escaping to colorful Sevilla, Spain

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Sevilla is one of the very first places I ever before checked out in Spain, means back when circa 2004. The heart of Andalucía – – it’s the regular Spain you envision. It has it all. Flamenco. Old things. Cozy weather condition with hot winds that scent like orange blossoms. Honestly, it is all kinds of ludicrous.

Sevilla is bright as well as vibrant as well as it’s everything I enjoy about Spain.

When I stayed in Spain, Sevilla was one of those spots I would certainly pass via a great deal, I have such outstanding memories from there. It was among those locations that made me drop in love with Spain. If you ever before go to, you’ll recognize. Southern Spain is the very best.

I was so excited to pass through Sevilla on my journey to Spain last summer. It was the initial time I would certainly be back in years and years. I love going back to my old haunts with fresh eyes, especially after becoming a blog writer.

I’ve shared some postcard shots and also bits of my preferred stories from a number of days going back to stunning Sevilla last June – – Enjoy. visit Seville Spain

Early morning walks the barrio Santa Cruz

Because Sevilla is so typically gorgeous, it suggests it’s preferred. It’s like the Florence of Spain and also come summertime time, boom it’s hectic active active.

I’ve never ever been a people individual or a follower of crowds, and also now after residing in among the least populated position on planet, it’s come to be even worse. I didn’t also aim to take photos during the day around Santa Cruz, the main touristic and also historic neighborhood.

However right here’s a secret – – if you go walk early, there will certainly be nobody around. 8am in Spain resembles 6am in the remainder of the globe – – it’s completely dead out and you’ll have the place to on your own.

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Sneaking right into the Catedral de Sevilla in prior to hours

On Instagram everyone asked me how I took these photos without individuals in them. Easy. I took them at 8am.

Are you ready for one more trick? You can get involved in the popular sanctuary before they open up in the mornings while they set up for mass. Oh, and even it’s free. Granted, some of the lights will not be on and also you can’t rise the Giralda Tower (that I recognize of) however you could become within and also eye the fantastic style and stare at Columbus’ burial place with no one else around.

Somehow I can not find any sort of details regarding this online and perhaps I am entirely wrong and even simply walked in an open door as well as nobody noticed me. But also if that holds true, there’s hope for you as well. Best of luck!

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visit Seville Spain

visit Seville Spain

Falling for the charming Corral del Rey

Occasionally in June, I caught a low-cost bus into community with Busbudand headed down to the oldest component of the city to check into my space at the Corral del Rey, among the prettiest shop resorts I have actually ever before gone to.

Undeniably among the things the miss one of the most about living in Europe are all the historical structures. We do not have a great deal of Renaissance palaces or Roman burial places down below in New Zealand, as well as I sure miss them.

I stayed in a historical apartment or condo in Logroño in the medieval quarter, and also OMG I miss it on a daily basis. I most definitely took it for approved when I remained in Spain.

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visit Seville Spain

The Corral del Rey is in one of the most beautiful recovered 17th century developing a couple of mins from la Giralda as well as cathedral in the cute Barrio Alfalfa, so simply my cup of tea. I fizz over buildings similar to this put away down slim cobbled streets, someday I intend to own one myself to bring back a la Under the Tuscan Sun.

I guess I should work on having the ability to manage rental fee initially though, right? Haha.

Woah, am I truly believing concerning a home loan? What is occurring to me?

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I likewise just need to include that the Corral del Rey had among the most effective morning meals I’ve ever had in Spain, which is stating something.

At the very least for me Spanish breakfasts generally leave something to be preferred. I’m a brunch girl inside out as well as holy crap did I miss out on weekend eggs or fresh fruit muesli when I lived in Spain, as long as I love the standard tomato bread and also olive oil salute in the south.

The breakfast below was truly impressive and even wonderfully displayed, so I needed to state it. I do not understand if you can eat in if you typically aren’t a visitor, however it deserves asking.

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visit Seville Spain

Sunset at the Plaza de España

An additional thing I miss out on around living in Spain is the walkability. I enjoyed having the ability to stroll wherever I wished to.

My last evening in Sevilla I took a lengthy walk in the direction of the iconic Plaza de España. It had actually been a hot day and even I aspired to see this open room late in the mid-day once it began to cool off.

It looks so various from the typical patios in Spain, I was keen to return. I do not think I had been since I saw with an ex-spouse in 2011.

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I’m stressed with the vivid ceramic tiles around the plaza and also looking for the cities where I’ve lived:

Salamanca – – Córdoba – Logroño Numerous memories

. I love (and even usually despise)going back to places that have a connection on my heart. visit Seville Spain visit Seville Spain visit Seville Spain

Ceramic tile love from Sevilla I freaking passion

the ceramic tiles as well as patterns around Spain’s mudejar architecture. Swoon! Patterns make me satisfied, is that odd? Don’t answer that. visit Seville Spain

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Getting my Game of Thrones on at the Alcazar

de Sevilla Hands up if you like Game of Thrones as much as me? Anybody? Anyone? Well, if you are

a follower of Fire and even Ice, then you possibly currently know that the

Water Gardens of Dorne were recorded in Sevilla. And not merely

anywhere, at the popular Alcazar (royal residence). Holy crap! Oberyn Martell, where you AT? visit Seville Spain visit Seville Spain visit Seville Spain The Alcazar de Sevilla is not truly a hidden gem or secret. In truth it’s probably among one of the most checked out areas in Spain. The first time I

visited was back in secondary school as well as I took images with a non reusable Kodak camera, so you can possibly visualize I was rather fed to get back with a big female video camera. Also though it was crowded as heck which basically simply distressed me to no end. However that’s summertime in Spain for you. I spent hours taking my time to roam around the yards which is my favored part of the premises. After that I overtook my pal Feline from Sunlight as well as Siestas

for a mid-day of walking, tapas, draft beers and even ice-cream. As it should be, right? visit Seville Spain Seriously, the Alcazar Gardens just blow me away. And even they allow sufficient and if you have adequate time to wander around them, you

will find a corner of peace and also silent. So bring a publication if you can. And possibly you’ll encounter the Prince of Dorne. Fingers went across. visit Seville Spain visit Seville Spain visit Seville Spain visit Seville Spain visit Seville Spain visit Seville Spain visit Seville Spain visit Seville Spain visit Seville Spain If I can, I like returning to locations that have unique minutes for me

, which was certainly the situation with Sevilla

. Time always brings fresh eyes, so somehow it’s like going to a new place, recognize what

I suggest? Have you ever felt that way about a place? Have you been to Sevilla? Is it on your bucketlist? visit Seville Spain Many thanks to Corral del Rey for organizing me while I

remained in Sevilla – like consistently I’m

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