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Postcards from Wellington …. Part 4

Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island is a small island just 5km off the coast of Wellington. It is roughly rectangular being 8km long and 2km wide.

The island is home to a number of native birds, mostly re-introduced. These include takaheNorth Island kōkakobrown tealstitchbird(hihi), North Island saddleback (tieke), tomtit (miromiro), fantail (piwakawaka), morepork (ruru), weka and North Island robin (toutouwai). The brown kiwi and little spotted kiwi were released on the island between 1890 and 1910, and the island is now the stronghold for the latter species. Rat eradication has led to increases in red-fronted parakeetsNorth Island robinbellbirds, and saddlebacks, and the island is considered one of New Zealand‘s most important sites for bird recovery, as well as a major breeding site for sea birds. In April 2005, the critically endangered short-tailed bat was introduced to the island from a threatened population in the Tararuas, providing them with a separate, safer habitat. – Wikipedia

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Postcards from …… Wellington part 3

We took a trip up on the Wellington Cable Car. A trip on the Cable Car cost only $7.50 return each and took about 5 minutes to get to the top, including a trip through 2 100m tunnels each with a light show.  Continue reading “Postcards from …… Wellington part 3”

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Postcards from Wellington Part 2

Te Papa

So on our first full day in Wellington we decided to visit Te papa. This is the national museum of New Zealand it covers a wide range of areas from the natural world and local environment to history of the Maori and New Zealand.  We spent most of the day here as there is much to see, The most amount of time was spent in the newest exhibition Gallipoli: the scale of our war. We did queue for about 45 mins to get in but it was well worth it.

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Postcards from ……. Wellington Part 1

This week i really wanted to share the photos i have taken from my most recent trip.  We will take a break from our normal scheduling to bring you The Postcards from Wellington Series (I felt a bit like a tv announcer announcing an important news bulletin lol). – Alex

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Postcards from Thailand

Being so much closer to Thailand in Australia than i was in the UK, i made sure i used this as chance to explore the wonders this country holds. I decided to do an organised tour as there a small amount of unrest at that time and i didn’t feel comfortable travelling as a solo woman. I joined a group called ThaIntro which is run through the Nomads hostel chain and they organised the whole first week – accommodation, food, trips and travel. I stayed on a bit longer to add some relaxation time to my trip. This got changed when the hostel offered me a chance to do my PADI open water diving course and helped re-arrange some of my activities so i could complete it in time. 
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REBLOG: How To Not Look Like A Backpacker (While Living Out of a Backpack)

A topic that is on the minds of many woman travelling, especially anyone who has to work. I find it tricky working as a professional teacher managing looking professional without having a whole wardrobe of clothes to fall back on.

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I love fashion and getting dressed up, but it can be very difficult to do while traveling (especially while backpacking.) Sometimes it can be very difficult to combine the two- as backpacking is all about functionality and what can take up as small of a space as possible. I don’t really like ‘travel clothes’ unless I am going on an extended hike or something. There is really no need for multipurpose cargo pants or obvious money belts that go outside your clothes. If you wouldn’t wear it at home, why would you pick it out for your travels?

I like to wear comfortable, multipurpose items that I can also feel somewhat presentable in.

Tips and Tricks

1. My number one tip is to bring clothes you love. Obviously this doesn’t mean to bring the most expensive things in your closet, but bring clothes that you feel good in and fit you well. Bring clothes you would wear at home and try not to pack things that you haven’t worn before or are unsure about. (Trust me, they won’t get worn.)

2. Hit up the markets! I can’t tell you how many beautiful things I have bought from markets abroad. Markets are especially great for accessories like jewelry, scarfs, or headbands.

3. Deal with your hair before you leave. I like to tell my stylist where I’m going beforehand and have them cut and color it in a way that is low maintenance and dries well naturally.

4. Pack mostly basics, with a few statement pieces. I like to pack basic tops and tanks that can be mixed and matched. I’ll also pack a few things that are fun- like a bold colored pair of shorts.

5. Layers! Especially if you are not going to a tropical destination, layers are important. Consider your destination before you pack and make sure you are prepared for the weather.

Key Items

Scarf- I love packing a lightweight, colorful scarf as they are incredibly multipurpose. I bring it in my carry on to keep warm on the airplane, use it dress up a plain outfit, and it can be used as a wrap in temples or places where modesty is important.

LBD- Yes, I pack a little black dress. Not a super fancy one, and one that can be worn with sandals. This is especially useful in cities where you want to go out clubbing or to a nice restaurant and don’t want to rock your dusty, knock-off Havaianas and shirt that you have slept in for 3 nights.

Sarong- These are  so useful! You can use it as towel, a beach cover up, a dress…the list goes on. I personally love Indie & Harper’s sarongs and have been coveting this little number for a while. Of course, there are much, much cheaper options and you can find them at any beach stall while traveling.

Fun Jewelry- I never bring anything too expensive traveling, but I do like to wear a lot of bracelets and funky stuff that I might not wear at home. I love buying local jewelry as well. Headbands are also great while traveling, as I don’t typically wear them at home and think it’s a cute way to keep your hair from going crazy in the humidity.

Basic, Well Fitting Tops- I like to bring basic colored tanks and t-shirts that I can mix and match. I don’t like to spend too much money on these. Forever 21 and H&M sell things like this. I will also usually go to a local thrift store or Buffalo Exchange to go shopping beforehand.

Makeup- I do wear makeup traveling. I like putting on a few things like BB cream with SPF, lip balm & mascara for the daytime, and bringing an eye shadow palette and liner for the night. I pack coconut oil as well. It’s truly all-purpose. I will use it for hair treatments, makeup remover, and a lotion. Coconut oil also has an SPF of around 6. I also bring a couple of bottles nail polish in fun, bright colors.

Shoes- I typically bring one pair of converse (I love the white ones), a pair of running or hiking shoes, a pair of embellished sandals, and purchase a pair of flip flips on the road. I do love Converse though, and think that they can be worn with shorts or dresses.

Dresses- I love dresses as they can work in any climate. If you’re not traveling somewhere warm, you can pair a sundress with tights and a sweater.

Sunglasses- A good pair of sunglasses and can make any outfit. I usually pack a good pair of quality sunglasses with me, as the ones that can you buy at the markets are cheaply made and break easily. I love Quay for sunglasses.

What are some of your packing essentials for the road?

You can head over to the original article here thanks to WayfarerKate.

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In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit

“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.’
I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit

Arriving in the land of the Hobbits, the one thing i could not do was leave without a visit to the famous Hobbiton. My birthday was a month after i landed and what better present to myself than to have a trip to visit the film set of one of my favourite books of all time, the book i reread every few years.  Continue reading “In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit”