Budapest: Wherever You Go, There You Are

Once the public knows you're a writer, they bring the characters and events to you. And as long as you maintain your ability to look, and to carefully listen, these stories will continue. - The Grand Budapest Hotel I’m sitting in a warm cafe tucked into one of Budapest’s laneways. Sounds quaint, doesn’t it? I feel…

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I Found Wild Beauty. It’s In Jordan

As the plane ducks below the beige haze that sits heavily above the city of Amman, the first flat roofs of the sprawling Jordanian capital roll out before me. It reminds me of the time I was forced to learn crochet, a mess of crooked squares clumsily roped together with wiggly roads and dusty paths.…

Kaikoura: Where the Mountains meet the Sea

Kaikoura is a special place. A quick mention that you’re going there will almost always illicit a happy recommendation. New Zealanders are quick to state just how beautiful the little seaside town is, and backpackers declare it a ‘must do’ with stories of seal encounters, cheerful hostels, and cheap food options (fush n’ chips aplenty!).…

Getting Steamy in Rotorua

I am a serial over planner. I read reviews on TripAdvisor, scour through blog posts, flip through Lonely Planets, and sometimes even venture onto the second page of Google to troll through even MORE information. That is true research dedication right there. If Googling travel destinations was a legitimate hobby, I would be the president…