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5 days in Hong Kong (Part 1)

I begin the re-telling of my time in Hong Kong and Vietnam with a sad prologue: The phone that I took all my photos on while I was away has since died before I could get all the photos off it, so the visual storytelling of these posts will be reliant on Snapchat and Instagram posts, so bear with… This one-month trip to Vietnam (via Hong Kong) had been a long time coming. Let’s be super dramatic and say it’s been 22 years coming. Why? Because my Mum is from Vietnam and until this trip, neither me or my two younger siblings had ever been. And considering we’ve grown up identifying probably more with my Mum’s Asian side than say my Dad’s Pacific Island side (well it’s been that way for me anyway,) it was a huge deal to finally be going to the “motherland”. Before heading to Vietnam though, we were stopping over in Hong Kong for five days (just FYI: I LOVE Hong Kong guys). The last time I’d been to Hong Kong …

City in a Snapshot: Paris (4 Day Itinerary)

By no means am I an expert on Paris, but after a few quick trips and a few visits to some of the more famous and touristy attractions, I thought I’d compile a 4 day Paris itinerary for anyone who is going to Paris for the first time, with limited time and knowledge. I’m one of those people who is always really interested in seeing where and what people do in places where I’ve been as well, so if you’ve been to Paris, I’d love to know what you did or would recommend. Here are a few suggestions on what to do and what to see, based on what I’ve done during my past few trips. Unfortunately I can’t recommend any good places to stay as I have almost always stayed with a local, apart from the time I stayed close to the CDG airport between flights. While I’ve been a few times, every time has been a 5 days or under trip, so I’m used to trying to get as much done as possible. …

Kiwi Lingo: A Guide to New Zealand Slang

I’ve been a bit nervous about doing this post, mainly because I feel like I have no idea what I’m talking about (which in reality is pretty ridiculous since I’m a Kiwi (the slang word for a New Zealander- but you already knew that) who was born and has lived in New Zealand my entire life). Also because some of this stuff is so cringe, but whatever. I’ve been doing a bit of research; reading blogs and watching videos, and have finally compiled a list of slang words and phrases that you might hear often in New Zealand, I’ve tried to use ones unique to New Zealand, but there’s bound to be similarities between Australian and British slang as well. As a rule, Kiwis are pretty lazy. We hardly articulate any of our words which leads to our accent, and we like to shorten words as much as possible (even writing this, I was tempted to write “poss”). Again, Aussies do this often too. Oh and Kiwis use the word “as” ALL the time. We …

My Tech Travel Lifesavers | March 2014

Planning for trips can be one of the most exciting things to do, but it can also be super stressful. Below are some of my favourite travel apps and websites that have been lifesavers and have made this whole trip planning experience super organised and enjoyable! In no particular order: Skyscanner: This is the best way to check out all the best deals for flights from anywhere, toanywhere. It gives you all the flight details (connection flights, waiting times,) on the website and is then able to direct you to the right place to buy the tickets. There are plenty of options to customise your search, making it the perfect flight finder. Trip Advisor: This website it THE BEST way to find everything you need to have a good time while away. The website gives visitors options for the best accommodation, activities, attractions, landmarks and places to eat, each with customisable options within these categories. All the advice is based off reviews from real people. You are able to read reviews left by people who …