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15 Tips for a New Zealand Road Trip

Jayleen Guttromson-Johnson Travel

We first visited New Zealand in 2010 while on vacation and only toured a small part of the North Island. The trip left us knowing we had to go back to see the acclaimed South Island. When we first started planning our global journey we thought New Zealand would be the prime place to start out with no language barriers and …

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Lessons from a Kiwi Entrepreneur: A Discussion with Pic Picot

Simple Discoveries Innovation

We didn’t realize we were about to meet an innovative Kiwi entrepreneur, but that’s exactly what happened after we stopped by a New Zealand i-SITE center in Motueka. We were nearing the end of our New Zealand roadtrip around the South Island and inquired about reasonably priced (a.k.a. “free”) activities available to us in the…

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How Travel by Campervan is Like Exploring Space

Simple Discoveries Exploration

Planes, trains, automobiles, and…campervans. In kicking off our around-the-world adventure in New Zealand, we added a new method of transport to our list – the campervan. A simple four-wheeled vehicle retrofitted with a place to cook, eat, and sleep, all the while enabling us to explore on our schedule. No hotel check-ins or crowded tour buses…

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Christchurch Rebirth through Creativity & Innovation

James Johnson Innovation

On February 22, 2011, a 6.3 magnitude aftershock from a series of previous earthquakes hit the Canterbury region of New Zealand toppling buildings, compromising structures, injuring over 1,500 individuals, and claiming 185 lives. We saw the stories of the devastating earthquake unfold from a TV screen in Melbourne, Australia as we were about to catch…

35 Days until Launch to New Zealand

Jayleen Guttromson-Johnson Travel

Today marks 35 days until we board an Air New Zealand flight heading to Christchurch and begin our ’round the world (RTW) journey! It is a little intimidating to think about with the to-do list still fairly long, but we couldn’t be more excited with our upcoming mission and purpose. In the meantime, we’ve got…