My latest  adventures

My latest  adventures

September 26, 2018

Everyone want the real deal when it comes to souvenirs. We don’t want to buy the mass produced made-in-China tourist rubbish that the locals wouldn’t even touch. You want to...

September 12, 2018

It takes a huge leap of faith to travel long term. Back in 2012, when I left for my first and solo trip around Southeast Asia for six months, I was petrified. I told myself t...

September 6, 2018

When was the last time you felt truly spontaneous? When you let the winds of fate decide your day, when you travelled without a plan?

When you lived in the moment simply to s...

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About this blog

This blog is a site that aims to inspire, advise and encourage travel by sharing stories and guides. I really hope you get something out of this, whether it’s as big as finding the courage to take a sabbatical from work or study to travel, or as small as finding something new to do next weekend. Whatever it is, step out of your comfort zone, visit that destination that has been at the back of your mind since your teens, and put into motion what you’ve been putting off for years.


But who am I? Read more here.

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Hey, I'm Emma

Fuelled by wanderlust, curiosity and a little restlessness, a natural at budget travel, so naturally, a travel blogger. An experienced chef, a proud kiwi, and a burgeoning photographer. And my old friends reading and writing? We go way back.

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Thailand & Myanmar

Napier, Lake Waikeremoana, Wellington - NZ

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Taranaki - New Zealand

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