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New Zealand South Island Road Trip in 11 Days

Crown Range Summit road

We made a New Zealand South Island road trip by campervan and saw the best of this beautiful island. This post will show you our South Island itinerary on the map and photos of the amazing landscapes we were traveling through.  We bought flights to Christchurch where we rented a campervan at the airport. From Christchurch we took the Arthur’s Pass road ...

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Places to Travel at Different Times of the Year

Kick of the travel year

The new year is here, and the time to start planning your travels. To inspire you I listed some of the best places to travel in winter, spring, summer and autumn. Portugal, Italy, Finland, France… See the list of my favorite places to travel. You can make more trips if you don’t travel that far. As I live in Finland ...

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Things to Do in Monterey and Carmel

Pacific Grove ice plants

The shoreline south of Monterey is one of California’s top places to visit. We were driving down the Californian coast and found so many things to do in Monterey and Carmel that we just had to stay some extra nights to see it all. This post will tell you what to do in Monterey and Carmel and around them. Places ...

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Places to Visit in Denmark: North Jutland

The sand-buried church, Denmark

Among the places to visit in Denmark North Jutland is a special one. Suberb beaches, high sand dunes, castles and half-timbered houses make the area worth a summer trip. And what about a sand-buried church and a collapsing lighthouse? I didn’t know much of this area in the north of Denmark but when my husband had a business meeting in ...

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Southern Konnevesi National Park in 24 Hours

Southern Konnevesi, Finland

Southern Konnevesi National Park is one of Finland’s 40 national parks open to everyone to explore on foot – or even by boat. We made a short 24 hour trip to this fantastic new national park located in the Central Finland lake country.  My post will tell you what you can do in a day in Southern Konnevesi National Park, ...

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Coastal Drive from San Francisco to Monterey

Capitola pier

The coastal drive from San Francisco to Monterey is one of the top scenic drives in the US. I will show you the sights along Highway 1 and tell you what there is to see and where you should stop. We will first admire the rugged coastline and sandy beaches south of San Francisco and stop at the original village of ...

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New Zealand: West Coast to Queenstown Drive

Blue Pools, New Zealand

Our New Zealand campervan trip now takes you from Haast on West Coast to Queenstown. We will follow Haast River to Mount Aspiring National Park where we walk to the famous Blue Pools. We will see the majestic Southern Alps and the Southern lakes Lake Hawea and Wanaka. Then we will take the Cromwell road to Queenstown and in Kawarau ...

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New Zealand: Hiking to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers

Franz Joseph Glacier walkers

Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are the two biggest of the 140 New Zealand glaciers – and the easiest to reach. I will show you how to get to these glaciers and what they look like.  Normally you can only get to glaciers on guided tours and helicopter rides but Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are different. Since the lower ...

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New Zealand in Campervan: Christchurch to Greymouth

Visiting Arthur's Pass National Park

This post on the scenic route Christchurch to Greymouth begins a series of posts on our campervan trip around New Zealand South Island. We bought flights to Christchurch, rented a campervan at the airport and set off from Christchurch to Greymouth and down the West Coast.  The Alpine road from Christchurch to Greymouth takes you across the Southern Alps, from the Pacific ...

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Day Trip to Muir Woods Redwood Forest, California

Muir Woods Redwood Creek Trail

California is famous for its giant redwoods but redwood forests have almost disappeared from Californian shores. To see giant trees I made a day trip to Muir Woods Redwood Forest that is the only remaining redwood forest in San Francisco bay area.   The trip was a half day self drive tour and I was traveling with my husband. Muir Woods ...

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