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Amanda Williams
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Traveler, storyteller, adventure-seeker.
Traveler, storyteller, adventure-seeker.

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It was cold as we packed up the van and began the drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy – cold enough on that March morning for there to be a fresh dusting of snow on the mountain tops surrounding Lake Wakatipu. Locals would tell us all day that it wasn’t…
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When talking and writing about New Zealand, I usually list Wellington as my favorite city, Queenstown as the “most fun” city, and places like Rotorua and Mount Cook and Milford Sound as must-visits. But what about Auckland? people ask. Auckland is the…
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I’ve written before about an epidemic that plagues many American workers: the fact that many of us leave vacation days on the table every year. (In 2018 alone, more than 700 MILLION vacation days went unused!!) I’ve provided suggestions in the past for…
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Most people assume that if you want a taste of Europe, you have to travel all the way to Europe. And while this is mostly true, there’s actually a city in Canada that will give you all the Europe feels without the Europe jet lag. And that city is Quebec…
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Oh, April. You really were not a great month for many reasons. First, winter has refused to release its hold on Ohio; we had snow several days in April, and there still aren’t really leaves on any of the trees. More than a month into spring, this is…
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I got an email last week from a blog reader: an older American woman who was considering booking a solo adventure, but who was curious about whether traveling on her own would make her “a target” for thieves and other unsavory types. Now, I’m a huge…
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I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: there’s no better way to see the United States than by taking to the road. Road tripping is the ultimate way to explore America, and there’s no shortage of options whether you want to travel for 10 days or 10…
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Travel has changed a lot in the last few years thanks largely to technology. At least once a month now, I take a step back and marvel at all the information that’s immediately available to us these days thanks to smartphones and the internet. Do you guys…
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Fun fact for you: New Zealand has 13 national parks covering more than 30,000 square kilometers (11,500+ square miles) of some of the best and most diverse scenery in the world. There are active volcanos in Tongariro National Park, glaciers descending…
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For years, people have been asking, “Can I travel with you?” Sometimes the question is asked jokingly (along with the “do you need an assistant?” one), and sometimes it’s asked seriously. I never had a good answer in the past – but now I do! I’m excited…
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