My latest  adventures

My latest  adventures

March 14, 2016

Considering that New Zealand produces ten times more food than we can consume, it’s a little absurd that food here is so expensive. So to travel in Aotearoa on a reasonable b...

August 12, 2015

What do people eat in Bolivia? When I crossed from Chile into Bolivia by 4WD I had no idea what kind of food to expect. I tried googling South American food before I left (ve...

July 2, 2015


I did not know this was a thing.


 Eating lunch overlooking Lake Titicaca


Peru in particular has a large population of Chinese and Japanese immigrants. A lack of available la...

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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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