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The Best of Brunswick: Awesome Spots in Melbourne’s Bohemian Neighborhood

While all of Melbourne reminded us of Brooklyn, the neighborhood of Brunswick really gave off the bohemian, immigrant-rich, verging on gentrification vibe that defines the Brooklyn archetype. We loved basing out of Brunswick for our week in Melbourne because it was an easy tram ride into the CBD to browse the laneways and catch the Aussie Open action, but it also had...

A Guide to the Perfect Road Trip

In my childhood, a few hours in the car brought out endless “are we there yets?” from me and my sisters. We mostly arrived at our vacations by plane or train. However, early on in our relationship, Victor introduced me to the joys of road tripping. I soon learned that authentically seeing a place requires observing the connections between all the map...

Our Eventful Night on the Tongariro Northern Circuit

We thought we were prepared for our overnight tramp on the Tongariro Northern Circuit. We reserved a campsite at Oturere Hut months in advance. We checked out the map, and arranged to trim off a boring 7km from the 43km loop by parking at Whakapapa Village and getting a transfer to the Mangatepopo Car Park. We also planned to hit the trail at noon to avoid the...

Kayaking with Fur Seals in Abel Tasman

Following an intense 10 day stretch of hiking New Zealand (Ben Lomond, Routeburn, Avalanche Peak, and Nelson Lakes) we took a quick Christmas break in Nelson before heading to Abel Tasman National Park. Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest. It is a coastal park situated at the top of the South Island and features golden sand, granite cliffs, and...

An Epic Ridge (and Creek) Hike in Nelson Lakes

Following our exquisite but quick day hike of Avalanche Peak in Arthur’s Pass National Park we turned further north and headed towards Nelson Lakes National Park. Our goal was a final high-country Alpine hike and a nice campsite to spend the day before Christmas Eve. We found both on our hike/tramp of a modified Angelus Hut circuit, involving a long day on...

Routeburn: A Great Walk on a Good Weather Day

The Routeburn Track is the 2nd most trafficked New Zealand Great Walk (after Able Tasman, which has the benefit of year-round access). After our two-day, one night hike of the route, it’s easy to see why. Routeburn has gentle climbs, a beautiful 5 hour section of Alpine ridge, several worthy waterfalls, and a couple of worthy side trips to small peaks with big...

Chasing Views in Arthur’s Pass National Park

I have to admit, that in reading about New Zealand’s tramping and in staring at the map of the South Island Arthur’s Pass National Park remained a bit of an anomaly. Truthfully it appears awkwardly wedged between Nelson Lakes to the North, Aorokai/Mount Cook National Park to the South, and the Franz Josef Glacier region to the Southwest. Car campsites...

Island Time on Lombok and Bali

After we cooked ourselves a Christmas breakfast feast in our hostel, we finally got around to composing our thoughts about the second half of our Indonesia trip. We had so much more to say about our month there! After all, Indonesia is Mica’s favorite country so far (and here is why). This post will cover our time on the islands of Lombok and Bali. For a...

Monkeying Around in Sumatra and Java

We just finished spending a full month across four different islands in Indonesia—our longest stint in a single country so far. Despite the time here, however, we really only scratched the surface.  Indonesia is vast. It has more people than America and features a sprawling diversity across its 17,000+ islands. It is an archipelago in every sense of the word. We...

Ben Lomond Summit

Ben Lomond: A Worthy Queenstown Day Hike

Queenstown was our first stop in New Zealand and we absolutely loved it (as you can tell in our post our various recs of what to do in town). And nothing was better than our introductory hike in the Remarkables range to the top of Ben Lomond mountain. It’s a perfect introduction to New Zealand’s Southern Alps. On a good day the 360 views stretch out over...