Best of 2017 – one of 81 worldwide :)
Kiwi Travel Writer talks food, travel, and tips
Heather Hapeta lives in Aotearoa-New Zealand: real travel, real adventures, real stories, real photos. Recent destinations Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan and Hong Kong – now NZ destinations due to COVID travel restrictions
Heather Hapeta AKA the KiwiTravelWriter, got her first passport and ran away from home on her 50th birthday.
With a backpack, an around the world air ticket, and no other bookings she travelled the world: this book tells of her year of adventures from Alaska to Zimbabwe. It was so good she’s done it twice more and now lives as a travel writer, photographer, and blogger.
Hard copies are available directly from the author (NZ addresses only), and e-versions from Amazon and other e-book retailers.
Interesting stats (June 2015) about where my readers have come from – in order of numbers … thanks to you all!
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This article appeals to me as a travel writer – often my biggest culture shock happens in an english-speaking country!
Culture shock is surreptitious. by Jane Lasky
It shows up in the most unusual ways at the most unexpected times. Sometimes you’ll be unable to sleep while other times you’ll need to sleep far too much. You may go from angry to vulnerable in a nanosecond for no apparent reason and you may even wish you were anywhere but where you happen to be.
But, if you hang in there, those effects will surely fade.
Consider the case of one expatriate.
Out of work and having trouble finding any in the Los Angeles area, Heidi decided to look elsewhere. As a television executive, this transplanted Pennsylvanian had made Hollywood a happy home for nearly a decade. Still, in order to pursue her chosen profession, she was willing to relocate.
That she did — about 8,000 miles away in Melbourne, Australia.
When the two-year contract came through, Heidi had to move quickly. She was given a mere month to get there and find her bearings before reporting to her new job. READ THE ARTICLE HERE
In 1850, swamp covered Christchurch and settlers had to traverse bog to get home after shopping in the market.
Those early settlers must have been sorely disillusioned when they first saw the soggy land of their dreams.
Between 1000 and 1500, the indigenous Maori (who had arrived here from the Pacific) had a settlement here, called Puari. It stretched east from the Otakaro River, and was home for around 800 Waitaha people who gathered eels, whitebait, native trout, ducks, and flounder here.
Go to Four Corners and read more stories by Heather Hapeta here or here for other stories