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Today I’m one year older. Well, technically just a day older, but you get the gist. I’m one year closer to 30, fact that freaks me out more than I’m willing to share here. So, in the spirit of being as young now as I’ll ever be, and striving to live a life I will remember (thanks Avicii), I created a travel bucket list for this year. If not to have as a constant reminder of the things I want to see, do, and eat, then for the sake of imagining them. This list in particular may be a bit ambitious, but I’m looking forward to a great year. There’s no harm if I can’t cross every single item in here, I just gotta try.
Austin is the land of meat. BBQ is practically its middle name. Also, its food trucks are as famous as acai bowls in SoCal. “The best in the country,” some say. So, when we set out on our 24 hour drive from Orange County to the capital of Texas, we were a little concerned that we wouldn’t find a lot of vegetarian options, and that we would have to miss out on all the food truck fun.  Luckily, we were wrong. 
“If it wasn’t so far away, everyone would live there.” That’s what a lot of people who’ve visited Melbourne say about this vibrant city. This coastal capital seduces its visitors, and charms its way into their hearts. That’s what happened to us. So much so, that we’re already thinking about moving there, beginning next year.

(Or that time we didn't kill each other while sleeping in our car)

Traveling by campervan is an adventure of its own accord. No matter your final destination sleeping, cooking, eating, writing, and watching TV in an old van will make memories that will stay with you, probably longer than anything you do outside. 

(Or that time we went on a Hobbit-like adventure and ended up with glowing maggot shit on our heads)

“The Road goes ever on and on

Down from the door where it began.

Now far ahead the Road has gone,

And I must follow, if I can,

Pursuing it with eager feet,

Until it joins some larger way

Where many paths and errands meet.

And whither then? I cannot say”

J.R.R Tolkien

(Or that time we walked in Frodo’s hairy feet)

Frodo is reading. He sits on the grass under a tall tree’s shade on a peaceful meadow, and a deep voice sings in the distance. He knows who the voice belongs to and with a mischievous grin, springs to his hairy feet. He runs down the hills, the singing voice calling him, while birds chirp and butterflies follow his path. He comes to the edge of the hill and stops Gandalf’s carriage. The wizard welcomes him in his arms. Together, pulled by an elegant horse, they enter The Shire

(Or that time we rafted the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world.)

You know us. When we heard that you can raft the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, they couldn’t keep us away. We even changed our perfectly crafted itinerary so we could do this. So, you can imagine just how excited we were when we arrived at Kaituna Cascades for our adventure day out.

(Or jumping from a 47m tower and peeking into the Devil’s Bath)

Taupo Bungy

The road is deserted. You’ve been on the move for more than 5 hours. You’re hungry, and your legs are starting to complain. Suddenly, you see the outline of a tower over the river,  just like an oasis. You feel the pull as it draws you near. Then, you see the sign: Taupo Bungy- 47m high, and no turning back.

New Zealand Road Trip Video We had the most amazing time on our road trip through the North and South Islands of New Zealand, in a Jucy Camper. Paragliding, picnincs, jet boat rides, unbelievable hikes, paddleboarding, kayaking, rafting, canyoning, black water rafting, bungy, swimming, mud baths, movie sets...

After days on the road, traveling through and around New Zealand’s natural wonders, Welly was a bit of a shock. Known as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’, we’d heard that this was a place we would love. Sometimes, when a place’s wrapped around so much hype, it’s hard for it to live up to its expectations.  
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