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Jess is a Wanderer at Cook’s Cove

Jess is a Wanderer needed to blow off the cobwebs and start 2018 in a positive way. As a result, a 6km round trip from Tolaga Bay to Cook’s Cove was in order. New Year’s Day tramping. What could be better? Well, I’m not going to lie… it was a scorching hot day and the climb …

Jess is a Wanderer’s 2017 Round-Up

Jess is a Wanderer, for some reason, decided that 2017 was the year to quit working and pursue a stint of full-time travel. Officially, there was no reason for this decision to be made as I was in a well-paying teaching job, living in Egypt (where the cost of living is very low), I had amazing …

Jess is a Wanderer at the Rodeo

Jess is a Wanderer was driving along New Zealand’s coast when signs advertised the rodeo at Opotoki. $20 later and cowboys were flying off bulls and horses like nothing I’d ever seen! There have been protests about cruelty to animals regarding the rodeo but the announcer informed us that things were all above board… I don’t know …

Pressed Café: Ottawa’s Best Breakfast Waffle Experience

Ottawa – Find out why Pressed in Ottawa has some of the best eggs benedict in the city. Pressed also features a great folks-blues inspired local artist to complement breakfast. I revisted Pressed after my first travel experience there and I’m please to say Pressed is even better and this café was fabulous before. Did …

Jess is a Wanderer: Whanarua Bay and a Secret Waterfall

Jess is a Wanderer was road-tripping around the Bay of Plenty when a recommendation for a secret waterfall near Whanarua Bay was mentioned. Of course, it had to be checked out so pulling off State Highway 35, the quest to find the secret falls began.   It was a bit of a mission climbing up …

Jess is a Wanderer at McLaren Falls

  Jess is a Wanderer had been recommended to visit McLaren Falls by the wonderful Shelley and Paul – our Christmas Airbnb hosts. With glowworms and waterfalls, it was the perfect place to end our stay in Tauranga. What’s more it’s free and there are no restrictions for photographs like other glowworm hotspots. McLaren Park …

Jess is a Wanderer wishes you a Merry Christmas!

Jess is a Wanderer spent Christmas in a town called Bethlehem just outside Tauranga. Funny, right? OK, maybe not! Shelley and Paul (Airbnb hosts) were the perfect people to celebrate the festive season with.   Waking up after a few bevvies on Christmas Eve, we decided to pop down to the water as, coming from the …

Jess is a Wanderer at Mt Maunganui

Jess is a Wanderer decided to go for a jaunt around Tauranga’s famous mount on Christmas Eve. A muggy, overcast day didn’t disappoint with beautiful views from every direction. Walk around the base – taking around forty minutes or climb up and over, taking around ninety minutes. There is free parking all along the base …

Jess is a Wanderer on the Tarawera Trail

Jess is a Wanderer headed out to Lake Tarawera and subsequently tramped along the track – approximately 13km one way, you end up at a secluded campsite and catch a ferry back to base. The walk is classed as ‘advanced’ on the DOC (New Zealand Department of Conservation) website. This is mainly due to the fact …

Budget Ramayana Tour Packages

When planning your visit to Sri Lanka it is always a great idea not only to pre-plan getting there and your accommodation but what you want to do and see during your time on the island and no religious, historical or spiritual experience would be complete without an insight into Sri Lanka’s Ramayana heritage. Ramayana …