With the fun-loving housekeeping crew at Milford Sound Lodge.
17. Raised a projected NZ$170,000 for The Fred Hollows Foundation
Hard at work as a street fundraiser in Auckland.
Morning workout: Kayaking to Sandfly Point at the Milford Track, thanks to Rosco’s Milford Kayaks! Photo by Barton Mathews.
19. Rock climbed
Harnessing my inner spidey in Wanaka. Photo by Barton Mathews.
20. Scaled sketchy mountain tops
Super stoked the top of Avalanche Peak, Arthur’s Pass National Park. My knees were messed up for almost two months after this very steep and rocky hike.
21. Camped in the wild… and listened to the calls of kiwi birds
This was not just a crappy little blue tent, it was my lovely little home (that gave no protection against rain nor snow).
22. Gazed, danced, and puked under the stars
Every night, if the clouds are sleeping at home, I’d take a peek out the window and wave a little hi to Orion and Southern Cross.
23. Rediscovered old loves
Reminding myself how fun it is to be a monkey. Location: Lake Marian Track.
25. Slept in strangers’ houses
I came as a stranger and left as family. The kindest little family in Tonga who took pity on me, gave me their bed, and fed me for a week. In return, I gave them a little part of my heart :)
26. Jumped off cliffs and bridges
27. Went to an actual rodeo
There were some serious bull-riding, steer-roping going on here.
28. Learnt to trust the right people… and not to trust the wrong people
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29. Crashed university lectures
The best part about living in Dunedin: free university lectures.
30. Walked up the steepest street in the world, Baldwin Street
31. Shot a rifle
32. Went fishing for sharks
We lowered the 100% success rate of catching a sevengill shark on a sunny day to 95%. We didn’t catch it, but it did took a BIG bite from our bait!
33. Learnt about the world
Gertrude Saddle was the very last mission I did in 2015. She did not disappoint. Location: Milford Sound.
34. Fell in love with people and places
You can try, but New Zealand WILL make you fall in love with her. Photo by Barton Mathews
Do you see how magical opportunities are? How endless? See how they sometimes come in the disguise of people or disasters? Follow them, embrace them, use them to make yourself a better person, and most important of all, pass them on to the next curious soul travelling your way.
Just look at that view, I felt like I was living in a windows desktop! Location: Peel Lake Track, Cobb Valley.
Thank you New Zealand for a wonderful time! Sending good vibes to all the wonderful people I met and travelled with. You guys were the special secret sauce to the recipe for an unforgettable adventure.
Crossing a border into someplace new always gave me a jolt of excitement. That first impression could be warm like a hug, polite like a handshake, or rude like a middle finger. Somaliland, however, felt like a punch in the face. Was this whole trip a big mistake? For the first time in my life, I considered flat-out giving up on a country – and it hadn’t even been 24 hours.
When Malaysia Airline’s inflight magazine Going Places asked me to recommend where their readers should travel to in 2019, I thought long and hard. Among all the countries I have backpacked, what is the one place I would recommend my friends and family to go? Where is the one travel destination that I would gladly return to?
Egypt. My heart is yearning for fascinating African nation of Egypt.
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