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Mt Te Aroha Climb

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Mt Te Aroha, Waikato region, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 day trip Time for a new challenge Daily challenges that I create for myself are sometimes the only thing that gets me outdoors and moving. It becomes even easier when there is another mountain or peak in question. One day trips to such places have pluses and minuses. A definite plus is a sense of accomplishment when you realize how full your day was and that in addition you were able to sleep in your own bed at the end of a day. On the other hand, you might miss the absolutely amazing sunrises and sunsets that you can witness from the top of a mountain early or late in the day. Living on South Island would be an ideal solution if the hills and mountains are your preferred choice of a playground. For us in Auckland…

Melbourne Weekend Getaway

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia TRAVEL DURATION: Weekend getaway My birthday weekend is here and lately I prefer celebrating it with new experiences to anything else. I’ve been needing a short escape from the late winter vibes for a few months now. Melbourne it is. When there isn’t a reason to pinpoint, I usually say to myself: “Why not”. Maybe it’s the European vibes that I’ve been missing, maybe it’s good food choices that Melbourne is known for, or maybe it’s just a need for me to explore and experience some new place. St Kilda Staying in St Kilda turned out to be a smart choice. Sometimes you have to go by your instincts. I loved the relaxed vibe of the area, located close to the CBD but still remote enough to escape from a busy central area. Even though I was mostly active and on the move during the days, it was nice to…

Cruising the South Pacific

TRAVEL DESTINATION: South Pacific (Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia) TRAVEL DURATION: 2 weeks During the Uni time, my thoughts often escaped towards the life and work on a cruise ship. Growing up in the continental part of Slovenia I desperately yearned for freedom that the ocean gives a person. I somehow attuned to this unexplained deeper connection of the cruise ship image and idea in me, without ever reading or hearing anything about it. It was just there. While trying to figure it out at the time, I even went to a couple of cruise ship job interviews that in the end didn’t go as I hoped for. That was a clear sign for me. I accepted that it wasn’t my calling neither my near future reality. It’s all happening! Things definitely felt aligned later when I realized it was my time to experience the cruising life from a tourist point of…

Climbing Mt Taranaki

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont), Egmont National Park, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 day activity The perfect cone of Mt Taranaki has always reminded me of Japan’s Mt Fuji. They are both volcanoes, graciously overtaking the surrounding landscapes. Visually they almost match. To the people of Japan, Fujisan represents a national symbol and is one of their holy mountains. Mt Taranaki is just as majestic, linked to many stories and significant historical events. The mountain has deep spiritual meaning to local Maori. Choosing the mountain When I choose or decide on another climbing adventure it usually comes down to the first potentially sunny and clear weekend. The weather is a crucial factor when climbing those high summits. It has to be just right. Mt Taranaki’s 2518m is no joke. Temperatures can quickly drop below 0 degrees even during the summer months. Being prepared with extra clothes for layering,…