Moeraki Peninsula

From Aoraki/Mt. Cook, we ventured back to the coast, traveling about 150 miles southeast to the Moeraki Peninsula. Here we visited Katiki Point, where a small lighthouse and adjacent sanctuary for yellow-eyed penguins were perched atop tall cliffs, overlooking the … Read More

Hooker Valley Track

Our first hike of the trip, we did an easy out-and-back within Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park. Gaining 606 feet of elevation over 7 miles, the flat route wove around Mueller Lake, through the scrubby brush of Hooker Valley, and was … Read More


We made it! We arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand just after 6 p.m. local time, and were greeted by mild temperatures, a light breeze, and Bernd, a friendly driver from Euro Campers. Bernd welcomed us and handed over the keys … Read More


Leaving for this trip was nothing like I had envisioned… but I guess, what in life is ever just as you’d imagined? When we started seriously planning this trip about six months ago, I was a little skeptical, but largely … Read More

The List

In addition to preparations before the trip, several of you were interested to know how one packs for a trip that will last (hopefully) around 12 months. Stephan and I spent a lot of time perusing other travel blogs to … Read More

Pre-trip Preparations

Several friends have asked us how we started to plan the logistics of a potentially-lengthy world tour. The list below outlines all of our preparations before leaving the U.S. We did attempt to be fairly meticulous and have some foresight. … Read More

Jasper National Park

Located just north of Banff National Park, we spent three days exploring Jasper National Park, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. We entered Jasper NP via the Icefields Parkway, scenic Highway 93 that runs north from Lake Louise, … Read More

Banff National Park

After landing in Calgary, Alberta, we headed west to the Canadian Rockies for our 8-day, hiking-focused trip! We spent five of those days exploring the incredible mountains and lakes of Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park, about 2 hours … Read More

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