EuroTour Places Visited Maps (March 22 – May 6th)

Here are places visited in Europe (the blue points). 🙂 Green points are places I still want to go. Netherlands: Germany: Austria: Italy: England: Scotland:

The Journey Home (May 4th – 7th, 2018)

May 4th I was up and about; took a really good shower because I knew I wouldn't have the opportunity to shower for a couple of days. Here is a brief itinerary to show why: - Drive to Edinburgh and return rental car - Tram to Edinburgh and find somewhere to hang out until 9:30pm … Continue reading The Journey Home (May 4th – 7th, 2018)

Tyndrum, Scotland UK (April 30th – May 3rd, 2018)

April 30th I had rented a car with Easirent Edinburgh Airport. The price was significantly cheaper than the usual rental car companies such a s Hertz, Enterprise, Avis, etc. I was thinking "how is this company so much cheaper." I had reserved a vehicle through RentalCars.com in Queenstown NZ and we got an additional ding … Continue reading Tyndrum, Scotland UK (April 30th – May 3rd, 2018)

Edinburgh, Scotland (April 28th – 29th, 2018)

Up and about, preparing to catch my train to Edinburgh. I was up and packed before any of the guys in my room were conscious. Hopped on my train and headed out of London. Part of the way up to Edinburgh, I was working on my scrapbook; gluing little bits and remnants into it. It … Continue reading Edinburgh, Scotland (April 28th – 29th, 2018)

London, England (April 26th – 27th, 2018)

April 26th I arrived at London Gatwick airport at approximately 12:30pm. I bought a train ticket to go to Kings Cross train station but then when I went down to the platform, I just caught the first train that came by that said "London" and ended up going to London Bridge station, approximately 2.4 miles … Continue reading London, England (April 26th – 27th, 2018)

Verona, Italy (April 25th & 26th, 2018)

If my trains had been on schedule, I would have gotten to my accommodation in Verona around 4:30pm and would have a decent portion of the evening to wander around Verona and see the sites. But, the trains weren't running on time, well one train was; the train I needed to catch on my first … Continue reading Verona, Italy (April 25th & 26th, 2018)

La Spezia, Italy – Part 2 (April 23rd and 24th, 2018)

NOTE: You will notice on some of my pictures that I’ve changed my “signature” to Bluegreenpacker. This is because I was trying to come up with a catchy/cool name for my account on Instragram and I came up with bluegreenpacker. Pretty much it’s because I love blue and green, I have a blue and green … Continue reading La Spezia, Italy – Part 2 (April 23rd and 24th, 2018)

La Spezia, Italy – Part 1 (April 20th – 22nd, 2018)

NOTE:  You will notice on some of my pictures that I've changed my "signature" to Bluegreenpacker.  This is because I was trying to come up with a catchy/cool name for my account on Instragram and I came up with bluegreenpacker.  Pretty much it's because I love blue and green, I have a blue and green backpacks, … Continue reading La Spezia, Italy – Part 1 (April 20th – 22nd, 2018)

Peschiera del Garda, Italy (April 17th – 19th, 2018)

I had all morning to pack. My bus to Peschiera didn't leave until 1:10pm. But per usual, I was packed and ready to go early because I knew I wouldn't walk quite as fast fully loaded and wanted plenty of time to get to the bus stop. Sometime while I was at Marmota Hostel, I … Continue reading Peschiera del Garda, Italy (April 17th – 19th, 2018)

Innsbruck, Austria – Part 2 (April 14th – 16th, 2018)

April 14th The day was shaping up to be another beauty and so I knew it was the day to go up to the top of mountain that was across town. There is the Nordkette cable car that will bring you from the main town level up past the Alpine Zoo to the Hungerburg station … Continue reading Innsbruck, Austria – Part 2 (April 14th – 16th, 2018)

Innsbruck, Austria – Part 1 (April 12th and 13th, 2018)

April 12th Didn't have to get up too early this morning as my train wasn't until a few minutes before 11am. I got to the station and waited for the train to come. I didn't mind the wait though... take a look at this view: On the train, I was looking forward to the ride … Continue reading Innsbruck, Austria – Part 1 (April 12th and 13th, 2018)

Salzburg, Austria (April 9th – 12th, 2018)

I accidently "unpublished" this post when going between my page on Chrome and the WordPress App. So this is basically republishing. 😦  Also, not sure what possessed me to initially write "Van Trapp" instead of Von Trapp.  My bad... I think I fixed that in this updated post. April 9th I was up and going … Continue reading Salzburg, Austria (April 9th – 12th, 2018)

Munich, Germany (April 6th – 8th, 2018)

Wow - I've gotten so far behind in writing! It's hard to keep up when I'm traveling every few days and trying to get the most out of each place. I need to catch up though so I guess I will take advantage of a missed train connection here in Parma, Italy to write up … Continue reading Munich, Germany (April 6th – 8th, 2018)

Visiting Family in Dickendorf, Germany (April 3rd – 6th, 2018)

April 3rd It was an early morning at the train station. My high-speed ICE train was leaving the Amsterdam Centraal station a few minutes after 8am so I wanted to be there by 7:30 latest and the way the train schedules worked out, I got there at about 7:10am. As part of my ticket booking … Continue reading Visiting Family in Dickendorf, Germany (April 3rd – 6th, 2018)

Planning, Volendam, and Netherlands Wrap-up (April 1st and 2nd, 2018)

April 1st It was a "Try to wrap my head around this EuroTour" planning kind of day. I got my refund request processed with Eurail and found out that I would be able to get the pass back in the mail before it's pre-activation date (which I had set to 6/4/18 - or 4/6/18 if … Continue reading Planning, Volendam, and Netherlands Wrap-up (April 1st and 2nd, 2018)

Kinderdijk, Netherlands (March 31st, 2018)

I had the day to myself since Jorgo had a prior commitment.  So I figured I would go see some other place in the Netherlands. A girl that I met while traveling with the Stray bus in New Zealand became friends on Facebook/Instagram and she saw that I was in the Netherlands. She invited me … Continue reading Kinderdijk, Netherlands (March 31st, 2018)

Eurail, Interrail, or No Rail?

I feel like most of the knowledge I've gained while traveling isn't exactly applicable to anyone else. It's been my own journey with my own experiences that may or may not help other travelers....UNTIL NOW! I've decided to write about the debate I had with myself whether to use the Eurail Global pass and the … Continue reading Eurail, Interrail, or No Rail?

Keukenhof (March 30th, 2018)

Today is the day to visit Keukenhof. We thought of going yesterday but we didn't yet have the car that Jorgo was borrowing from his mom. Once we had her car, we had a little bit more freedom to go out and about. Keukenhof is about a 30-minute drive south of Amsterdam. It's located in … Continue reading Keukenhof (March 30th, 2018)

Rotterdam, Netherlands (March 28th & 29th, 2018)

March 28th I had planned to go to Rotterdam on my own today however, train track maintenance didn't really let that happen. I got to the train station, scanned my discount ticket to go through the turnstile and only then did I notice that the Intercity trains to Dordrecht (the direction I wanted to go) … Continue reading Rotterdam, Netherlands (March 28th & 29th, 2018)

Body World & Rijksmuseum (March 26, 2018)

March 26th My friend had to work today (Monday), Tuesday, and Wednesday and so I had made plans of things to do on my own. So, today, I caught a train back to Amsterdam (now that I knew how to get there) and went to see a couple of museums and just wander the city … Continue reading Body World & Rijksmuseum (March 26, 2018)

Almere & Amsterdam, Netherlands (March 23rd – 25th, 2018)

March 23rd The previous day (the afternoon I arrived) the sunshine came out so we went for a nice walk at a nearby park. There isn't much to tell from today. I'm staying with my Dutch friend that I met in New Zealand. He had to work today so I stayed put. Around 10 or … Continue reading Almere & Amsterdam, Netherlands (March 23rd – 25th, 2018)

Den Haag, Netherlands (March 27th, 2018)

THIS POST IS NOW UPDATED AND FINISHED!  Sorry for the early publishing - Darn WordPress. I decided I would go south to the Hague (Den Haag in Dutch) today and have a wander. The only thing I really wanted to see specifically was the International Criminal Court. Other than that, my plan was to just … Continue reading Den Haag, Netherlands (March 27th, 2018)

Flying Auckland, New Zealand to Amsterdam, Netherlands (March 21 – 22, 2018)

I arrived at the airport at about 3:30pm on Wednesday anticipating to board my flight at about 6pm. I had checked the status of my flight with Emirates and found that there was a hidden short stopover in Melbourne, AU. When I checked in, I asked the lady if there were any window seats available. … Continue reading Flying Auckland, New Zealand to Amsterdam, Netherlands (March 21 – 22, 2018)

New Zealand Tour – Encapsulated

Here is an image of places I have been in New Zealand. I may have missed a few places but overall, I'm pretty sure I captured 99.9% of where I've been. There are a few things I wish I had done. But, for reasons or circumstances I won't go into, I wasn't able to, or … Continue reading New Zealand Tour – Encapsulated

Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 3 and 4 (March 16th and 17th, 2017)

Phone Notes - Day 3 March 16: Didnt sleep well at all. The wind, twisting and turning all night, trying to not breath in the fine sand while not breathing my carbon dioxide in the sleeping bag. It started getting light out and realized it was raining. Not just a vertical rain but angular rain … Continue reading Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 3 and 4 (March 16th and 17th, 2017)

Tongariro Northern Circuit – Day 2 (March 15, 2017)

Phone Notes - Day 2 March 15th: The crossing hike was pretty challenging with a heavy pack on. But we took our time up devils staircase and up to red crater. My legs were shot by the time we got down the other side. My feet were killing me when we finally reached the Oturere … Continue reading Tongariro Northern Circuit – Day 2 (March 15, 2017)

Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 1 (March 14, 2017)

Here's a few pictures of the important information on the Tongariro Northern Circuit brochure. Just a little info on where I was. In a similar fashion to the Greenstone-Routeburn epic adventure, I've written some phone notes on my phone during the hike. I've copied them below and so will write a lot more detail below … Continue reading Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 1 (March 14, 2017)

Iron Man New Zealand (Taupo, March 3, 2018)

If you didn't know, I want to do a triathlon sometime in the near future. I had signed up for one (Harryman Olympic) to be attempted in May 2017. I didn't end up competing in it though because I hadn't been training. I was working a TON of hours, wasn't training at the gym or … Continue reading Iron Man New Zealand (Taupo, March 3, 2018)

Yoga Festival and More (February 20th – February 27th)

I feel like I've been a little bit M-I-A on my blog for a while.  But I haven't been doing too much adventure-y stuff that should be shared.  I've been doing more work-exchange so that I'm not spending a fortune on accommodation.  But that's not a complaint because I love my host! 🙂 February 20th … Continue reading Yoga Festival and More (February 20th – February 27th)

Taupo HelpX & Onward Travel Planning (February 1st – 20th, 2018)

Yes, I put those dates in the headline on purpose. Yes, I know I'm getting a little bit ahead of myself but that's ok. So, since February 1st, I've been living with a middle-aged woman in Taupo helping her around the house. It's called woofing (working in exchange for accommodation and in some cases some … Continue reading Taupo HelpX & Onward Travel Planning (February 1st – 20th, 2018)

Wellington, New Zealand (January 29th – February 1st, 2018)

The ferry arrived in Wellington at about 6pm. I had to grab my big pack from the luggage transfer and then walked along the waterfront until I got to the Wellington YHA hostel. Checked in and went to my room to drop my packs. It felt like there was no HVAC system in the hostel … Continue reading Wellington, New Zealand (January 29th – February 1st, 2018)

Picton, New Zealand (January 26th – 29th, 2018)

January 26th Leaving Kaikoura, similar with coming into Kaikoura, you could see the landslide scars caused by the earthquakes and all the work being done to reconstruct and/or repair the roadway leading into and out of the town. Not sure why this video isn't properly oriented; my videos don't usually have issues uploading in the … Continue reading Picton, New Zealand (January 26th – 29th, 2018)

Kaikoura, New Zealand (January 24th – 25th, 2018)

January 24th Whale-watching day! I was debating with myself (due to budget) if I really wanted to spend the money on a whale watch. This is something I could do on the east coast of the US. I don't know how much it would cost, probably about the same or maybe less, but possibly more. … Continue reading Kaikoura, New Zealand (January 24th – 25th, 2018)

Back to Solo Traveling (January 18th – 22nd, 2018)

January 17th (late) It was a long drive back to Queenstown but I made it back to the rental car place in time. Caught the bus back to the center of Queenstown and went to my hostel. Dropped my bags and went out for a walk. Since I no longer had a cup, I decided … Continue reading Back to Solo Traveling (January 18th – 22nd, 2018)

Road Trip – Queenstown to Christchurch, NZ (January 15th – 17th, 2018)

January 14th (late) We caught the 5:00pm bus from Te Anau and arrived back in Queenstown a little before 7pm. We had made a reservation at Nomads hostel for the night. As soon as we were checked into our room, we had to run up to the Flaming Kiwi hostel to pick up the bags … Continue reading Road Trip – Queenstown to Christchurch, NZ (January 15th – 17th, 2018)

Post-Greenstone/Routeburn Recovery Process & Milford Sound (January 8th – 14th, 2018)

January 8th We were basically out of food at this point. We had two pretty small granola bars so we each ate one. We got a late start since we were both exhausted from our 44 kilometers hiked over the last two days. We didn't have very far to go (we thought about 7 kilometers … Continue reading Post-Greenstone/Routeburn Recovery Process & Milford Sound (January 8th – 14th, 2018)

Routeburn Track {Howden Hut to Routeburn Flats Hut & Return} – Day 5 and 6 (January 6th and 7th, 2018)

Note: I wrote a lot of phone notes regarding these two days and as I wrote my blog post, I noticed that they were very repetitive. So, I've put the two days of phone notes at the bottom of this blog post so that you can read if you're interested. But you're not missing anything … Continue reading Routeburn Track {Howden Hut to Routeburn Flats Hut & Return} – Day 5 and 6 (January 6th and 7th, 2018)

Greenstone Track Days Three and Four – McKeller Hut to Howden Hut {Routeburn Track} (January 4th and 5th, 2018)

Phone notes regarding Day 3: Day 3 January 4: We only had 7km to walk from McKeller hut to Howden hut on the Routeburn Great walk track. We got up a bit late since we didn't have far to go. The walk took a couple of hours until we came to the open grassy valley … Continue reading Greenstone Track Days Three and Four – McKeller Hut to Howden Hut {Routeburn Track} (January 4th and 5th, 2018)

Greenstone Track Day Two – Greenstone Hut to McKeller Hut (January 3rd, 2017)

Phone Notes written about Day Two: Day 2 - January 3rd 18km: got a little bit of a later start than I'd hoped to. George sleeps late. I hardly slept last night. But I have to continually remind myself that I'm on holiday; there is no urgent need whatsoever to hurry out of our camp … Continue reading Greenstone Track Day Two – Greenstone Hut to McKeller Hut (January 3rd, 2017)

Greenstone Track Day One – Car park to Greenstone Hut (January 2nd, 2018)

I think I'll start each day-post of our multi-day tramping trip with sharing some notes that I wrote on my phone while doing the track. Side note: I know the font (at least in my editing mode) is different in this post.  Unfortunately, WordPress is not very word-processing friendly and so I have no idea … Continue reading Greenstone Track Day One – Car park to Greenstone Hut (January 2nd, 2018)

Queenstown for New Years!! (December 29th, 2017 – January 1st, 2018)

The morning of the 29th, George and I (and a bunch of other people) hopped on the Stray bus from Wanaka to Queenstown. It's really not that far away but since we can't check into the hostels until 2pm or after, the bus drivers draw the ride out way too long. Anyway, we did a … Continue reading Queenstown for New Years!! (December 29th, 2017 – January 1st, 2018)

Wanaka, New Zealand (December 26th – 28th)

On the way from Franz Josef Glacier to Wanaka, we stopped in Fox Glacier, the next town south, and walked around Lake Matheson. I had planned to stay in Fox Glacier for a couple of days and would have done this hike. But, by sort of a happy mistake, I made a reservation at a … Continue reading Wanaka, New Zealand (December 26th – 28th)

Franz Josef Glacier (December 23rd – 26th, 2017)

December 23rd Yesterday on our way into Franz Josef Glacier, the activity sheet made its way around the bus and I signed up for the Franz Josef Glacier heli-hike and the Fox Glacier skydive. Both are highly weather-dependent and expensive! I debated with myself whether I really wanted to (in a budget-conscious mind-frame) do both … Continue reading Franz Josef Glacier (December 23rd – 26th, 2017)

Travel Days – Abel Tasman NP to Westport to Franz Josef Glacier, NZ (December 21st and 22nd, 2017)

December 21st I woke up ridiculously early this morning; not sure why other than maybe I went to bed to early. I've been waking up really early a lot. Someone had told me that the stars were brilliant the night before and since I seemed to be wide awake, I figured I might as well … Continue reading Travel Days – Abel Tasman NP to Westport to Franz Josef Glacier, NZ (December 21st and 22nd, 2017)

I’m still here…. I’ve been in the woods!

Hello everyone! Sorry for the cyber-silence for the last two weeks or so. I've been having incredible adventures and an update that I am eager to tell you about. For now, I'll just put a few photos in and let you get excited about what I have to share in the coming week or two. … Continue reading I’m still here…. I’ve been in the woods!

Abel Tasman National Park (December 20th, 2017)

While I was in Paihia doing the Hole in the Rock Cruise, I met that couple from the UK and the lady told me I should take the water taxi in the morning and then walk back to the campground. I had planned on doing that until I saw an option called "Walk, Sail, and … Continue reading Abel Tasman National Park (December 20th, 2017)

Fast Forwarding a few days…. (December 17th, 18th, and 19th, 2017)

I'm going to fast-forward a couple of days from the 17th to the 19th: December 17th Evening We stayed at Snowy Waters Lodge in Raetihi, NZ. I was so famished by the time we got there and dinner was prepared... since it was after the Tongariro Alpine Crossing day hike. Read my last post for … Continue reading Fast Forwarding a few days…. (December 17th, 18th, and 19th, 2017)

Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park (December 17th, 2017)

We had to be up and ready for the bus ride back into Tongariro National Park. I had my 20L pack all set from the night before. I got up pretty much before everyone else to get myself all packed and breakfast over with before the rush of people who slept maybe a little bit … Continue reading Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park (December 17th, 2017)

Blue Duck Station, Retaruke/Whakahoro, NZ (December 15th and 16th, 2017)

December 15th I had to catch the bus leaving Taupo at approximately 12:45pm and so I was characteristically ready and waiting by about 12:35. Our bus was late though and had me starting to worry that we were either in the wrong place, had somehow missed it, or whatever other scenario. But finally, we saw … Continue reading Blue Duck Station, Retaruke/Whakahoro, NZ (December 15th and 16th, 2017)

Taupo, New Zealand (December 12th – 14th, 2017)

Stray Travel has a webpage that customers have access to once you've paid for the certain pass that you've purchased to travel. It's called the "Tour Manager" and basically provides a list of all the stops. Those stops can be clicked on and will show the pick-up location options and dates that buses leave. So … Continue reading Taupo, New Zealand (December 12th – 14th, 2017)