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After getting my first passport in 2006 and traveling to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania my life changed. I began the process of getting rid of all my possessions and traveling the world. Traveling to over 110 countries and all 7 continents, hostels have been my home. This "new life" has taught me what is important and it was NOT accumulating money or possessions. Traveling is the best education. I hope my blog will encourage others to travel. My World Tattoo was a way for me to express my PASSION FOR TRAVEL.

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AUSTRALIA, Melbourne

December 20-24th, 2007

I decided to go to Melbourne for the last few days of my trip. Melbourne was a beautiful city but I did not find the sights to be overly exciting. I went to Federation Square, walked the Promenade along the river, walked through the beautiful city parks and went to St. Kilda Beach.


12/17/07 thru 12/20/07

I checked into the YHA Central Hostel which is without a question the nicest hostel that I have ever stayed in. While in Sydney I visited the famous Bondi Beach, the more beautiful Manly Beach, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, took a ferry from Sydney Harbour to Manly and also visited the Blue Mountains which are home to the "Three Sisters" . I also visited a wildlife park, aquarium, and watched a boomerang throwing demonstration.

AUSTRALIA, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, scuba diving


I caught a flight to Cairns {pronounced cans} as soon as I arrived at the Sydney airport from Auckland. Cairns is a great town on the coast that has approx. 180,000 people but has over 3 million tourists each year. My purpose for coming here was to learn to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef but also hade a chance to visit the Tablelands which is also a World Heritage Site. We swam at the different waterfalls but the water was freezing

NEW ZEALAND, Queenstown, hiking


I arrived in Queenstown directly after finishing the Routeburn Tract. Queenstown has about 8500 residents and is set in the middle of the mountains and on a lake. It is considered the "adrenaline capital of the world". With beautiful weather, great scenery and lots of exciting things to do, there are not many places in the world that could be better. Sky diving, bungy jumping , canyoning, snow skiiing, mountain climbing, downhill luging, parasailing, hangliding, jet boating and the list goes on. Young people from around the world are drawn here for the energy and excitement. It reminds me of my "previous" favorite place, Interlaken, Switzerland, except cooler.

I survived the Canyon Swing which is essentially a 200 ft. bungy jump which turns into a giant swingin arch. To get a better idea of this go to canyonswing.co.nz It was quite a rush, kinda like flying. I also climbed to the summit of the Ben Lomond track and the 3 hr climb rewarded me with some of the best views that I have seen in NZ. Can't wait to post the pictures.