Travel: The Hooker Valley Track, New Zealand

There are countless day hikes to choose from in New Zealand, especially in South Island. It was difficult to narrow down which ones we were going to do on such a short agenda, but I knew that The Hooker Valley track had to make our list of day walks this time around. Located in the … Continue reading Travel: The Hooker Valley Track, New Zealand

Travel: The Hobbiton Tour, New Zealand

In an effort to upload our past travel photos on this blog, I have inconsistently been creating some posts as flashbacks to our favorite destinations. Eventually, the hope is to be caught up and to be able to update our travel photos in real time. Until then, I will continue to retro-actively add images, while … Continue reading Travel: The Hobbiton Tour, New Zealand

Travel: The Routeburn Track, New Zealand with Ultimate Hikes

This was by far my favorite part of our trip to New Zealand, so it appears obvious to me that I would write about it first. Kiwis call hiking “tramping”, and there are plenty of opportunities to do it on such small islands. The views are outstanding, wherever you go, but Mike and I wanted … Continue reading Travel: The Routeburn Track, New Zealand with Ultimate Hikes

J. Hannah’s Newest Nail Color, “Compost”, Is the ‘Ugliest Color In the World’ and I Am DIGGING It.

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure to learn more. First and foremost, I am a lover of all things misunderstood and socially unaccepted. It’s in my hard-wiring, perhaps in recognition of my own youthful quandaries as an immigrant, introvert, and straight-arrowed studious female. I have a soft spot for defending the outcasts and … Continue reading J. Hannah’s Newest Nail Color, “Compost”, Is the ‘Ugliest Color In the World’ and I Am DIGGING It.

How to Travel the World For FREE

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure to learn more.  I am all about optimizing life through “life hacks”, and one of my favorite ways to do that is by traveling the world for free by travel hacking. When Mike and I first got married, our financial planner asked us to prioritize our goals … Continue reading How to Travel the World For FREE

Travel: Montana De Oro State Park and Baywood-Los Osos, California

In December, we took a mini vacation up the California coast and discovered the little town of Los Osos slightly north of SLO. Our main reason for staying here was to explore Montana De Oro State Park and Morro Bay. To my surprise, it offered so much more than I was expecting, but isn’t that … Continue reading Travel: Montana De Oro State Park and Baywood-Los Osos, California

Travel: City Guide to Seattle, Washington

Seattle has been on our radar for a very long time, so it was nice to finally get away for Memorial Day Weekend after experiencing an unintentional traveling hiatus the last few months. As usual, we were able to get plane tickets for free, and if you’d like to do the same, here’s how! If … Continue reading Travel: City Guide to Seattle, Washington

Travel: Places To Eat in Calgary and Banff

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure to learn more. On our first visit to Canada, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. On top of extremely hospitable people, we were surprised at how low key the every-day seemed to be. Used to the rush of daily living in California, a visit to Calgary … Continue reading Travel: Places To Eat in Calgary and Banff