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Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park

Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park

Lake Taupo is located in the center of the North Island in New Zealand. Our whole Georgia Tech study abroad program spent four days here (and got to have a day off from classes!). We stayed in a resort in the town of Taupo and made our way to Tongariro National Park one day to…

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By Melissa, February 15, 2018
Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park

I spent six weeks studying in New Zealand in January and February 2013. I went with a program from Georgia Tech (my alma mater) with 49 other GT students. After New Zealand, we spent four weeks in Australia and two weeks in Fiji. It was an experience of a lifetime, and one that truly spurred…

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By Melissa, February 8, 2018
Guide to Wellington, New Zealand

Guide to Wellington, New Zealand

I spent six weeks studying in Wellington, New Zealand in January and February 2013. I went with a program from Georgia Tech (my alma mater) with 49 other GT students. After New Zealand, we spent four weeks in Australia, and two weeks in Fiji. It was an experience of a lifetime, and one that truly…

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By Melissa, February 1, 2018
Bachelorette Weekend in Asheville

Bachelorette Weekend in Asheville

My friend Rachel is getting married, so to celebrate her bachelorette party, we went to Asheville, North Carolina! There were 15 of us, so we rented a large cabin in Montreat, about 20 minutes outside of Asheville. Friday The first group of us arrived at the cabin at 4 pm. We settled in, claimed beds,…

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By Melissa, January 25, 2018
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12 Months, 12 Hikes

12 Months, 12 Hikes

I enjoyed my 12 months, 12 hikes challenge so much in 2016 that I was excited to do it again in 2017! January:  Appalachian Trail – Unicoi Gap to Indian Grave Gap | 5.1 miles, difficult, 100 miles northeast of Atlanta, GA My friend Carson and I were going to hike the Inca Trail in…

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By Melissa, January 4, 2018
2017: A Year of Adventures

2017: A Year of Adventures

2017 has been the most amazing year! In the spring, I spent ten days in the Galapagos Islands and hiking the Inca Trail in Peru. My annual hiking trip was at the Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon, and Zion National Parks. In the fall, I spent two amazing weeks in South Africa, with a layover in…

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By Melissa, December 28, 2017
My Favorite 2017 Shots From Above

My Favorite 2017 Shots From Above

2017 was an amazing year filled with travels! I bought my first drone and it was truly one of the best purchases I’ve ever made! I’m so happy with how my pictures and videos have turned out with it. Here are my favorite photos I’ve taken with it this year!

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By Melissa, December 21, 2017
30 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit South Africa

30 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit South Africa

I spent two weeks in South Africa in September 2017. These are my favorite pictures from the trip. Watch my video about our time in Cape Town! Watch my video about our time in Kruger Park, the Elephant Sanctuary, and the Panorama Route below! You may also be interested in: Hiking Cape Town Cape Town…

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By Melissa, December 7, 2017
The Flavors of South Africa

The Flavors of South Africa

I came to South Africa not really knowing what to expect with respect to food. I had heard it was delicious from the few people I’d talked to, but had no idea just how good it really would be! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite South African foods I tried, and a list of…

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By Melissa, December 1, 2017
South Africa Trip Logistics

South Africa Trip Logistics

I spent two weeks in South Africa in September 2017. Here are all the tips and things I think are necessary to know for planning a trip to South Africa! Driving Driving is the one thing I wish I would’ve done more research on before we left. Sydney drove the first week while we were…

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By Melissa, November 23, 2017
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