FROM READERS: MU grad reflects on her year abroad as a nanny in Paris

MEGAN SUDDARTH / MISSOURIAN READER Oct 21, 2015 For access to the original publication, click here. Everyone always asks you when you’re young, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As a child, you think you’re supposed to know. As if the answer is set in stone, and something that you overwhelminglyContinue reading “FROM READERS: MU grad reflects on her year abroad as a nanny in Paris”

How I Landed a Job Living and Working in Grand Canyon National Park

Well, it’s been quite a while since publishing anything here but I’m back and ready to tell you all what I’ve been up to for the last few years and man, do I have a lot of travels to catch you up on! First things first, I’ve spent a lot of my time in theseContinue reading “How I Landed a Job Living and Working in Grand Canyon National Park”

A Hop, Skip & a Jump Across the Pond: Europe, I’m Back!

Well, hello there fellow travelers! I know it’s been a while since I updated you on things and I apologize for that.. But I have good news! I’m currently in Wales.. That’s right, I’m back in Europe! It all started six months ago, right after I got back from New Zealand – because obviously IContinue reading “A Hop, Skip & a Jump Across the Pond: Europe, I’m Back!”

26 Hours to Home

My time in New Zealand has officially concluded and as of last night, I’m safely back in the U.S.   I know I should have posted a few days ago about coming home but I was so busy and focused on enjoying my last days in NZ that I didn’t have time to post. A coupleContinue reading “26 Hours to Home”

Hanmer Springs; Bungee Jumps & Conquering Fears

Okay, this next post is one I’m so excited to write. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a pretty big fear of heights. Like it’s big. But I’m working on conquering it because I don’t like living my life being afraid of something so small. Anyway, with this fear in mind, I wentContinue reading “Hanmer Springs; Bungee Jumps & Conquering Fears”

Whale Watching & Sailing in Kaikoura & Christchurch

Okay, okay, so I know I’ve left you all hanging for quite some time while I’ve been on my trip but it’s not my fault, I promise! Turns out New Zealand has extremely limited wifi. Whoda thunk. It’s not like they’re like the furthest place in the world from anywhere else or anything.. But it’sContinue reading “Whale Watching & Sailing in Kaikoura & Christchurch”

Tongariro Crossing, AKA Mordor; Not for the Faint of Heart

You’ve heard of those worldwide treks where they’re so dangerous and long but you’re so intrigued that you want to do them yourself, right? Those difficult things you put yourself through so that you can be able to say you did it? The Tongariro Crossing was that for me, although I didn’t know it atContinue reading “Tongariro Crossing, AKA Mordor; Not for the Faint of Heart”

Rotorua; Hot Springs & Māori Experiences

Alright folks, gather ’round.. I’ve got a story to tell. Now everyone knows I’m always up for adventure. This entire New Zealand trip has been fantastic and full of so many firsts for me. And one of those firsts was pitching a broken tent in the rain and ending up having to sleep inside theContinue reading “Rotorua; Hot Springs & Māori Experiences”

Abseiling & Black Water Rafting in Waitomo Caves; A True Adventure

Ever wanted to rope down a 50 foot drop into a cave and then go black river rafting and rock climbing? Then Kiwi Cave Rafting in Waitomo Caves has got you covered because this is exactly what I did today and it was phenomenal.  Rowena and I had discussed wanting to go caving in someContinue reading “Abseiling & Black Water Rafting in Waitomo Caves; A True Adventure”

Hobbiton – The Shire

TODAY WAS THE BEST DAY EVER. I WENT TO HOBBITON.   I SAW THE BEAUTIFUL SHIRE. I WALKED THE PATHS OF BAG END.   I can’t believe that I was finally able to go. I remember falling in love with Tolkien when I was just in middle school. Now, here I am, years later and I sawContinue reading “Hobbiton – The Shire”