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Geocaching

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Geocaching

Geocaching?  Never heard of it… While my world travel ideas were still vague I was introduced to Geocaching.  I had been told of it once or twice and seen it on a movie or TV show once but I had never learned what it was.  It turns out that geocaching is a bit like a cross between orienteering and a treasure hunt.  Just like at birthday parties when you were a kid, except these prizes are always there (and I wouldn’t eat the confectionery if you find any).  It is a recreational activity where you use a GPS device or more commonly, an...

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July’s Quote

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July’s Quote

Here's a travel quote... I love to read a quote from time to time.  I use them to inspire me.  It's not always easy to stay focused on your chosen path, every now and then you need a reminder of why you are doing it.  These quotes keep me on track.  Hopefully, they will help you too. Have you got other travel experiences you want to share?  Have you got suggestions for me? Or something you would like me to explore for you?  Maybe you want to know more about my journey? Use the button below and send me a message and I will get back to you....

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New Zealand’s Border Control

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New Zealand’s Border Control

I couldn’t believe it! Recently I was talking to an international friend and in conversation, she said she would never come to New Zealand.  I was taken aback.  In the years I spent overseas and talking to people in other countries online I have never met anyone that has not wanted to visit New Zealand.  Their motive may have been to see ‘Middle Earth’ from the ‘Lord Of The Rings’ movie franchise or they may have been attracted to its many other natural qualities.  But never had I met someone that was a definite ‘I never want to go to...

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Day Trip To France

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Day Trip To France

France?  Why not… The first time I went to France was a fleeting day trip. On this occasion, in 1997, Rob had found a deal in the newspaper for a car to cross on the ferry. So Rob, Andrew ‘Chef’, Caroline and I bundled into the car and made the trip from Harpenden to Dover  We left the night before as the ferry left early in the morning, so we stayed in a backpackers near the docks to save us the hassle. We got to Dover around 10 pm and we were in no way ready for sleep. What we wanted was a beer. No beer… This was easier said...

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An Update Along The Way

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An Update Along The Way

Hi De Hi Campers.  It’s been a while since my last real post: The Hauraki Rail Trail (if you haven’t checked it out, have a look).  I’ve been making plans for future adventures and learning some new skills to support the traveling and the blog.  My next adventure was to be this weekend coming as it is Taranaki Anniversary weekend and therefore a long weekend.  The plan was to Canoe for 3 days on the Whanganui River.  Sadly I have an old back injury that started to show some problems and 3 days in a canoe just seemed like it...

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A Discovery & A Thank You

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A Discovery & A Thank You

Ok, If you have followed this blog since the beginning you will know that it’s not even 6 months old and it’s a work in progress.  When I started in September I knew absolutely nothing about building a blog, filling a blog with content, taking decent photo’s and all the social media tools I would need to keep it going.  For anyone that thinks it’s easy you’re kidding yourself.  For those of you that are newer to the adventures I share, including the adventure of writing a blog, I welcome you and thank you for...

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Technology For Travel

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Technology For Travel

I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about what to take with me when it comes to electrical devices. To try to decide I looked at what I want out of travel and what I wanted to share on this blog and how I think it will best be shown to you, my audience. I want this blog to be interesting and vibrant. Photo’s and videos will be important.  They need to be small and light.  Not too expensive.  Well that makes it easier.  Doesn’t it? This is what I have come up with: 1.  Phone: I figure this is probably the most...

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5 Mistakes To Avoid On Your First Trip Abroad

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5 Mistakes To Avoid On Your First Trip Abroad

As you may have read, when I was 19 I left for the UK from New Zealand.  I didn’t have a plan and I pretty much jumped on a plane and left.  I did have a security blanket though.  My family met me at the airport and I stayed with them for a few months.  In many ways my time in the UK was very rewarding, I made some amazing friends, I did some amazing things and I learnt a lot about myself.  But, for 8 years away I didn’t really do much in the way of travelling and I feel that was a huge mistake for me.  Here are the 5 mistakes I...

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Time To Go Home

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Time To Go Home

My four-month stay in England had turned into eight years.  It was time to go home!  I had originally come to find out about me.  I was there on a quest to find where I came from and who my father’s family were.  That was December 1996, when I left for My First Solo Journey, and I had accomplished all that and more.  Almost 8 years exact, November 2004, and I was finally going with a sense that I knew who I was. It seems life is full of conflicting emotions.  I was excited and happy.  I was finally going to the country I missed the...

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My First Solo Journey: England Here I Come!

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My First Solo Journey: England Here I Come!

“Daniel?  How are you?  I want you to do something for me.” “Uh. Hi Nan.”  I was doing my best to sound sober on the phone.  It was 3:30 am on a Saturday morning and I had been to a party.  I was ‘merry’ to say the least.  I didn’t often get calls from my grandmother, as she lived on the other side of the world in England, so I mentally straightened my head out to listen. “Daniel, I want you to go to a travel agent as soon as you can and get a price for a one-way ticket to England.  Your uncle Kevin and I have been talking and you don’t seem...

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