Need simple accommodations in Auckland?!  For a one-night stay in Auckland when I first arrived in New Zealand, I made a reservation for the Auckland City Lodge. It was walking distance to eateries, tourist sites, and had pretty good reviews online. A room at the time cost $50 NZ Dollars which at the time for me would have been about $40 odd US dollars. I had never stayed in a hostel before my round the world trip so I thought I would start off easy and stay in a private room in a

Planning a trip to New Zealand? Here are some Auckland travel tips! After a long flight from Los Angeles and a layover in Fiji, I finally got arrived in New Zealand. It was the first of 19 countries on my round the world trip. I don’t buy guidebooks but do a lot of internet research before I get to a new place. I like things to be seamless and as stress-free as possible, so before I arrive I always research how to get into town from the airport. I look at

Another common question I get asked is “What is the one tech item or gadget you can’t travel without?”. Hands down my iPhone (any model applies). I have a love-hate relationship mobile phones, but during my travels, it was all love. It’s a phone, it’s a mini computer, a fantastic camera. If I had to pare down and only take one tech item or gadget, this would be it. As much as I hate my mobile phone sometimes, it was my command center. I was a Blackberry person prior to my

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