New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Bay of Plenty (Napier, Opotiki, Rotorua)

New Zealand has numerous microclimates within its regions. We quickly learned that the weather between the eastern and western sections is remarkably different, with the western side suffering from stronger winds, more rain, and a prevailing wind. The east coast boasts milder weather, more sunshine and lower rainfall. We found these generalizations to be on…Continue reading New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Bay of Plenty (Napier, Opotiki, Rotorua)

Vanuatu – Tanna

Tanna is Vanuatu’s biggest draw card because of Mt Yasur, one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes. It is a rugged, spectacular island with poor road infrastructure which is surprising given the number of tourists and aid groups who pump an enormous amount of money into Tanna. We visited primarily because of the volcano,…Continue reading Vanuatu – Tanna

Mauritius

Mauritius is a popular Indian Ocean island destination. There are lots of all-inclusive package tours departing from Delhi, Frankfurt or Dubai, which piqued our interest years ago. But it wasn’t until we were headed to the Seychelles that we decided a detour to Mauritius was in the cards as well. The bonus? Mauritius is affordable.…Continue reading Mauritius