Not too sure about the rest of you, but I am all about maximising my weekends during the summer months; when days are long, filled with sunshine and warm temperatures are almost guaranteed – It’s a great time for that spontaneous road trip, attending a festival (or two) or explore a hiking trail that’s waiting to be ticked off your checklist.

If you haven’t been to New Plymouth, it’s about high time you made this your next road trip destination; it’s a place that I find myself constantly going back to every summer, either to just have a staycation in town, to climb mountains, walk along its beautiful coast or all of the above.

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You may have heard of Bhutan being the Last Shangri-La the world will ever see, but other than that, this country has maintained much of its elusiveness being nestled within the Himalayas, preserving much of its timeless and untouched beauty.

Having set foot in this place, I left with an unexplained sense of attachment and fondness, even more now that I revisit old photo archives of my travels after all these years.

This was the kickstart of our adventures across Northland earlier this summer. We’ve heard so much about Whangarei having endless options for sight-seeing, walks and beautiful beaches that we made sure to stay for a couple of days to allow ourselves a decent amount of time to explore the area.

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I’m so glad we did, because now that we’ve been, we honestly cannot wait to be back.

It was a whirlwind flight up to Hamilton and an early drive the next morning to the Coromandel to finally do the famed Pinnacles Walk. Leading up to our hike, all of us were expecting superb weather considering what a good summer it has been for New Zealand and to our dismay, it was the complete opposite.

Weather aside, it wasn’t a bad way to spend Christmas. Have a look at the photos, we still had a great time!

So, I went a little wild during a weekend at Queenstown and did something I never thought I would ever do.

For someone who has a longstanding fear of heights, this is my first ever bungy jump, and also likely my last!

What a year it has been for me!

I whizzed through 2017 feeling exceptionally breathless from all the activity and for good reason, I feel quite ready to do a closure to welcome the New Year. Sure, there were the occasional lows amidst all the highs, but I’ll save that bit of conversation to have over a cup of coffee if you’re keen.

For now, let us look back at what a fantastic travel year this has been!

This weekend, I was in luck to be invited to join the Horowhenua Taste Trail; an event that showcased the variety of fresh produce and food products this district has to offer.

I’ve always appreciated how we’re able to always enjoy fresh and seasonal produce, it just never occurred to me that some of the staples in my kitchen are sourced and grown so near to where I lived!

This place was where it all began – The very first road trip that sparked my wanderlust here in New Zealand. Trust me, you can’t go wrong with bookmarking this place to visit when you’re in the country; There’s so much of an adventurous life and natural beauty all packed within this town and it’s vicinity that it’s worth a visit anytime of the year.

There’s been a couple of occasions throughout the years that had us kept coming back and safe to say, we’ve seen and done quite a lot each time! 

Admit it – At some point in your life, you’ve probably oooooh-ed and aaaahhhh-ed at all these visuals of beautiful luxury campsites out in the wilderness that’s dotted all over Pinterest, travel magazines, social media, wishing that you’d be able to experience it at least once in your lifetime.

I definitely fitted that description and after endless browsing, bookmarking tabs and following some pretty inspiring travel feed, we finally got a taste of glamping at the Highfield Forest Retreat, an experience that I highly recommend if you’re ever looking for an unique staycation here in New Zealand.

Some of you would know that a couple of months ago, I did a pretty amazing road trip around Peninsula Malaysia with the best travel companions I’ve ever had. We had a great time throughout, but out of all the places we covered, I’d daresay the general consensus was that our days spent on Penang Island was very hard to beat.

I spent a lot of time researching the accommodation that would suit us – There are plenty of choices when it comes to staying in Penang, but aside from comfort and location, I wanted a place that had a local touch for my Kiwi friends to experience, and that is why I’d like to tell you about 23 Love Lane.