Author - Abbi

The cost of travel vaccinations

Travel vaccinations – are they necessary or not? Well, as I usually err on the very cautionary side of caution – I thought so, and I have just finished getting the required vaccinations, having been given shots of Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, and Rabies – 6 shots in all (plus I recently had my seasonal flu vaccination through work). So I am now...

Milford Sound, New Zealand

As the Southernmost Alpine Crossing in the World, Milford Sound, in New Zealand, is one of those places you’ll always see on postcards or in New Zealand guidebooks. It’s greenery, mountains, many waterfalls are awe inspiring. It attracts many visitors (and sand-flies!) each year. Mitre Peak is probably the most photographed feature of the Sound itself. Milford Sound...

Where Life in a Rucksack is going in 2014?

Although we are almost halfway through 2014; I thought I’d share my travel plans for the remaining 6 months of this year. I’ve been living in New Zealand for the past 2.5 years, and will be leaving to travel around Asia for a little over four months. I am excited, scared, nervous, … I am again going into the unknown. A new chapter. New adventures...

Tramping in Mount Cook National Park

I would never call myself a Mountain climber. More of a Mountain admirer. As kids, we always climbed ‘Slemish Mountain’ (more like a big hill) in Northern Ireland, before school started in September, and thought we were doing well. Since living in New Zealand over the past 2 years, I’ve become much more of an outdoor lover. I’ve always loved...

Lake Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand

There is something about the sound of rain, beating heavily down on the windows and roof, whilst you are tucked up in the warmth of bed. That is until you have to get up, and realise that your whole body feels like you’ve done 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. I arrived in Taupo two days prior, predominantly to walk the Tongariro Crossing, and had no real plans for my...

Conquering a volcano: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand

It was dark. It was 5.15am, and there was a distant ringing of an alarm clock in my ear. I was tired, unable to sleep through the night, due to the noise from my 15 other dorm mates, but also with slight anxiety that I’d sleep in past my alarm and miss out on the experience of walking New Zealand’s greatest day walk -The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, at the...

A quick fling with Hanmer Springs

New Zealand, with its population of just over 4 million, is full of a number of scarcely populated small towns, most of them heavily catered towards the many tourists, and visitors that arrive into this beautiful country each year. Hanmer Springs (not HAMMER, as auto-correct likes to revert to), or Hanmer, as its often shortened to, is one of these little touristy...

Making the step to travel

In life, we often have the tough task of making decisions. Its something that we are introduced to as children – deciding who to play with, what to eat for lunch, what sports or activities we like. As we get older, decisions will often appear more difficult – deciding what university to study at, where to live, what job to take, to buying a house, opening...

Scuba Diving at the Poor Knight’s Islands

Scuba diving has always been on my ‘life list’, especially in the Great Barrier Reef (I have yet to achieve this). I think the idea of being a real life mermaid, fascinated me. I tried Scuba Diving for the first time in the Island of Rhodes, in Greece, as a university graduation celebration in 2009. It was a short session, but a good introduction all the...

What I’ve learnt from living and travelling in New Zealand

It had always been one of my dreams to visit New Zealand. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it was the incessant talking it up that my aunt (who has lived in Auckland for the past 10 years) had done, or due to the fact that it is literally, the furthest away I could be from my home country, and it was that ‘discovering the unknown’ dream I had...

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