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10 days into our adventures in New Zealand, we began our journey on the South Island. The larger, and less populous, part of the country is meant to have some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on earth. Our route is essentially an extended fish hook: we planned to start at the top of the island, travel down the rocky and untamed West Coast to Fiordland, the southernmost section, and cut back up through the mountainous center, ultimately ending up on the Eastern shores in Christchurch.

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"and then i realized adventures are the best way to learn"

About an hour South of Rotorua lies a waterfront town called Taupo. Geothermal activity is widespread in this area as well. Three active volcanoes, Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Mount Ruapehu are easily viewable from across the crystal clear lake, which is the size of Singapore. 

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my top 5 necessities for flying

I just finished packing for my flight to California this afternoon - typical of me to do it last minute - and it had me thinking about what I bring with me on every flight.

At this point, I probably could not even count the amount of times that I’ve been on a plane. My flight times have ranged from 45 minutes to 16 hours, yet I still make sure I bring a few key items with me to ensure a comfortable ride. Here are my top five necessities for both short and long-haul flights: 

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