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New Zealand Travel Secrets from Anne’s Ultimate Road Trip…

new zealand travel

What do you know about New Zealand?

Lemme guess…

  • New Zealand is primarily made up of two main islands, the North Island and South Island;
  • New Zealand’s indigenous people are known as the Maori;
  • New Zealand was where the Lord of the Rings was filmed;
  • New Zealand has unique animal and plant life due to it’s isolation; and
  • New Zealand is home to kiwis – not the fruit, but the flightless bird.

Awesome.  You get an A+.

But did you know that one of the best ways to explore New Zealand is on a road trip?

Anne Lowrey shares her New Zealand travel secrets from her epic road trip from Queenstown on the South Island to Auckland on the North Island…


How to Volunteer in Africa with Village Experience…

Volunteer in Africa

My journey to Kenya began as a Grad School backpacker in 2006…

Now, after more than 30 trips to this spectacular country, I am proud to call it my second home.  Kenya has captured my heart and with each return trip, I leave more and more of it behind.

I have read that,

You cannot leave Africa and then expect to be satisfied in ordinary living. You will have to continue doing extraordinary things, because you know what can be done in the world, and you know what you are capable of doing, and you know that, wherever you go, many lives will depend on your willingness to exercise your privileges and skills on their behalf.”  - Josh Ruxin 

To this I say, “Karibu Kenya” which translates to Welcome to Kenya.

To everyone who has ever thought of traveling to this country, you will be forever changed and forever grateful…


Things to do in Buenos Aires by Ana Astri-O’Reilly…

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Eva Peron from Evita once said:

What’s new, Buenos Aires? I’m new! I wanna say I’m just a little stuck on you.

And you will be stuck on Buenos Aires too!

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America. Known for its European-style architecture, rich cultural life, abundance of theaters, and of course, tango, Buenos Aires has something for everyone.

Ana Astri-O’Reilly was born and bred in Buenos Aires and shares her insider secrets on the best things to do in Buenos Aires…


South America Travel: Heidi’s Life-changing Walkabout…


Not too long ago, Heidi was a thirty-something, married, globetrotting professional who seemingly had it all.

Then, in one fell swoop, a tree limb knocked her out cold, breaking her neck, and stopped her hectic juggling act of a successful career, marriage, and life instantly.

During a slow, yearlong recovery, Heidi lost her career and divorced, but thankfully regained her health.

Through the loss and change, she gained priceless perspective. In order to solidify her lesson learned while honoring her second chance on life, Heidi went traveling.

Let’s get to know Heidi Siefkas, author, blogger, and most importantly an inspirational survivor…


How to Volunteer Overseas by Shannon O’Donnell…

volunteer overseas

You’ve heard it before…

You have to save yourself, before you can save others.  Heck, every airline reminds us of that with the oxygen mask safety routine.

But that’s not always the case…

The University of Exeter, reviewed 40 studies linking volunteering and health, and found “volunteering is associated with lower depression, increased well-being, and a 22 percent reduction in the risk of dying.

Meaning, if you help others, you’ll also help yourself.

And one of the best ways to help yourself is joining a volunteer overseas programs that incorporates travel and volunteering.

Shannon O’Donnell is the founder of, an organization that connects travelers with local causes and communities, and shares her advice on how to volunteer overseas…