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Head over Heels in New Zealand

Head over Heels in New Zealand

Within my first five hours in New Zealand, I realized I’d not accounted for the International Date Line, forgotten my driver’s license, figured out how to drive on the left, backed out of bungy jumping, attempted to break a world’s record in the Shweeb, and hurled myself down a hill in a giant, plastic ball. What a way to begin my epic New Zealand adventure.

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Out a Window or in a Mirror?

Out a Window or in a Mirror?

Both for the few adventuring travelers who still exist and for the larger number of travelers-turned-tourists, voyaging becomes a pseudo-event. . . . Planned tours, attractions, fairs, expositions ‘especially for tourists,’ and all their prefabricated adventures can be persuasively advertised in advance. They can be made convenient, comfortable, risk-free, trouble-free, as spontaneous travel never was and never is. We go more and more where we expect to go. We get money-back guarantees that we will see what we expect to see. Anyway, we go more and more, not to see at all, but only to take pictures. Like the rest of our experience, travel becomes a tautology. The more strenuously and self-consciously we work at enlarging our experience, the more pervasive the tautology ...

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Five Fun Ways to Die in New Zealand

Five Fun Ways to Die in New Zealand

Soon I’m headed to New Zealand for the first time. Three weeks isn’t enough time to even think about doing everything on one island, much less both. But that’s the time I have and must make do. I’m a serious planner and researcher, and have tried to boil down what I feel is the best New Zealand has to offer. Although, looking at my itinerary now, I realize that I just might not make it back to the Northern Hemisphere alive.

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