Our National Geographic-esque Day – Tower Hill Reserve & Griffin Island

Our National Geographic-esque Day – Tower Hill Reserve & Griffin Island

There’s an area between Warrnambool and Port Fairy called Tower Hill Reserve and, as the name would suggest, it’s a reserve for all of the area’s wild animals.  This includes kangaroos, koalas, emus, echidnas and so many more of Australia’s best known wildlife. Our hosts, Jennah and Freddie, took us to Tower Hill on our second day in town and we ended up stopping in twice more because we thought it was so cool.  It’s just
Adventures on the Great Ocean Road

Adventures on the Great Ocean Road

One of the major attractions in Victoria, Australia is The Great Ocean Road. Miles of coastline cliffs where the Australian farmland ends and the beautiful ocean begins. Our new Warrnambool family said that we couldn’t leave Victoria without driving it, so we rented a car with our English mates, Chloe and Ollie, and set out for an adventure! Leading up to the Twelve Apostles (the main event) there are dozens of stops along the way. Each
Warrnambool: Beautiful Coasts and Admirable Hosts

Warrnambool: Beautiful Coasts and Admirable Hosts

We admit to having very few details planned out for our Australia adventure. It’s easy enough to get around via domestic flights, train, buses and rental cars. But we would never have imagined ourselves visiting Warrnambool during our Aussie stay. We had no idea a place called Warrnambool even existed. That, of course, was before meeting our Warrnambool -born Airbnb host, Jennah. We had to look it up on Google to understand what everyone was saying…
You Never Forget Your First Time…with AirBnb

You Never Forget Your First Time…with AirBnb

After spending a month in New Zealand sleeping in our beloved van we decided it was time we get back to sleeping on real mattresses when we started our journey in Australia. Our first stop was Melbourne (forced on us at the airport in the US if you remember…) and naturally our first inclination was to check out the hostel scene.  After all, hostels have provided me some of the best experiences I’ve had in my
Real Freedom (Let’s go to Japan)

Real Freedom (Let’s go to Japan)

The original plan was pretty simple.  After Australia we were going to make our way up through Bali and Kuala Lumpur (Indonesia) into Singapore then fly to Nepal for our pre-booked trek to Everest Base Camp. Neither of us knew much about Indonesia or Singapore but that’s the beauty of travel right?  Learn about new places, get out of your comfort zone a little. But as Jenna and I sat there on our bed in Wellington
Let’s Eat!

Let’s Eat!

When you are living in a van, it’s hard to make gourmet meals… or just meals, period. Even two minute Ramen Noodle are almost impossible. Each evening we were faced with the challenge of what to eat and how to cook it given that our tools were extremely limited; pretty much just a gas stove. To our surprise, we made a few key meals that we hold dear to our stomachs. They have earned names such
At Home in a Van- Our Escape

At Home in a Van- Our Escape

If you are going to visit New Zealand there is only one way to do it… In a campervan! We rented from Escape Campervans, which is a company best known for their uniquely painted vans. They have hundreds of different vans with a wide range of colors and themes- from Bob Marley to Pacman. We made our decision based on the recommendation of a friend living in New Zealand, but there are hundreds of other companies
What the Travel Guides Don’t Tell You

What the Travel Guides Don’t Tell You

When I think of New Zealand, the first images that come to my mind are beautiful snow capped mountain ranges, white sand beaches, rolling green hills covered with sheep and clear waters that appear to be almost turquoise blue. All of which are completely true of the two islands but there’s something they don’t tell you in any of the brochures or travel guide websites. What could make this magical land anymore perfect?! EPIC PLAYGROUNDS! New
FULL WOOL.

FULL WOOL.

*An Ode to Wool* Our lives were changed, ever magically, last year when we were preparing to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro. It was suggested by many packing lists that we layer up with wool shirts and pants… and much to our surprise… its the most comfortable clothing combination we have to date! This was the beautiful beginning of full wool. We seize any opportunity to get in our woolies! And the best part?! New Zealand (unlike most
The Top of New Zealand – Mt. Cook

The Top of New Zealand – Mt. Cook

At 12,217ft, Mt. Cook is the highest point in all of New Zealand.  Not in the same league, altitude-wise, as many of the world’s more famous peaks but a legend to climbers all the same. It’s an extremely difficult climb and many a climber have succumbed to avalanches or the steep ridges you’re forced to maneuver on the way to the peak. So with this in mind, Jenna and I didn’t climb it 🙂 We opted
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