New for 2015…

I am excited to announce, that after hours upon hours of work trying to teach myself how to be more WordPress savvy, that I will be saying GOODBYE to Miss Voyager and HELLO to Emily’s Endeavours!

When I started Miss Voyager, I had hopes of one day when I had some more spare money behind me to switch to a self hosted site and have missvoyager.com as my new website address. However when I finally got around to doing this, someone had already bought the domain name missvoyager.com (some kind of online dating company – awkward!). I know I could of had .org or some other site name, but it just doesn’t roll off the tongue like .com. So the only other option was to change the name of my website! I had already gotten quite sick of Miss Voyager anyway so that is fine by me!

My website will be hopefully launched within the next 24 hours – it isn’t perfect yet, but it is harder than I expected and very technical! I hope you all enjoy it when it is released- I also REALLY hope it works! I also noticed after I purchased the domain name that Americans spell Endeavours without the U… so this is not a spelling error, it’s just how it is meant to be spelled 😛

So for my last Miss Voyager sign off… Au Revoir friends!

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Motivation Monday – Week 9

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No matter what life throws at us, we can find peace in knowing that our toughest trails won’t last forever, and in the end we will come out stronger! A short but sweet message today as I have been constantly hitting refresh on the news websites waiting for more news about the horrible Sydney Seige. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims – hopefully this will have a positive outcome and the hostages can be reunited with their love ones.

#PrayforSydney

Motivation Monday – Week 8

So my excuse for having Motivation Monday on a Tuesday was I was thinking in Canadian time not New Zealand time… but hey at least it still works for part of the world! For another hour at least…

This weeks motivation comes from one of the greatest storytellers of all time… Dr Seuss! Everybody needs some Dr Seuss in their life, especially if its a quote like this one that will make you want to get out into the world and explore!

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On My Travel Bucketlist – Volunteering With Wildlife

A while ago, when I was working as a Travel Agent, I learned about i-to-i volunteering. They are a company who specialize in volunteer programs, who are globally recognized and have fantastic feedback about them. I have heard so many companies scamming people – including an instance that happened to a friend of mine – so I think it is REALLY important to find a trusted company who are passionate about their projects, who will look after you and make sure you are in a safe environment.

Volunteering isn’t always cheap – but the fee that you pay i-to-i for their programs goes to good use. Over half of it goes towards your accommodation/food/transport while you are there, and the rest going into marketing/administration (which of course is required to run a successful company) and support of their travel experts/24 hour emergency support team.

There are many volunteering trips they run that I would love to be a part of – so I thought I would share a few of their wildlife ones as inspiration!

1/ Live with lion cubs in South Africa

 

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Highlights:

  • Feeding and caring for lion cubs
  • Helping to look after other the animals at the reserve
  • Living in and enjoying life an incredible wildlife reserve
  • Participating in game drives on the reserve

Activities:

 Playing, bathing, feeding and caring for the cubs, preparing food for the bigger cubs, raking and cleaning enclosures, mending and painting fences
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2/ Panda conservation near Xi’an, China

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Highlights:

  • Spending time with Giant Pandas – there are only 1000 left!
  • Experiencing China – a huge and mind-blowing country
  • Learning some Chinese

Activities:

Various types of work with different kinds of animals, including helping with feeding and facilities maintenance. It is important to note that this project does not involve any hands on work with the pandas – they are not raised to tolerate human contact, so they will attack you!
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3/ Elephant conservation and research in Sri Lanka

 

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Highlights:
  • Monitoring wild elephants from a tree house
  • Learning all about field work and research techniques
  • Recording information on leopard signs and activities
  • Working with the local community to investigate & help reduce conflict between humans and animals
  • Helping to increase public awareness of the plight of the Asian elephant

Activities:

Various, including monitoring and observing elephants, recording information on leopard signs and activities, sample collection and analysis, human conflict interviews and field surveys

You can find all these projects and more at:

http://www.i-to-i.com/volunteer-projects

Motivation Monday – Week 6

Travel Inspiration Quote

 

As soon as you hop off that plane, cross that border or step foot on new land, is the moment when the trip starts shaping your experience. Things will be out of your control, you will find yourself in unfamiliar circumstances, and you will be thrown out of your comfort zone. That is the time the trip takes what you once were, and sculpts you into a more worldly, brave, and compassionate person.

Motivation Monday – Week 5

Quote "It might not be easy, but it will be worth it"

This picture is brought to you by 3 hours worth of sweat, sore feet and tired legs. This hike I did on Whistler mountain really pushed me, and there were a few times I felt like giving but. But with constant rewards of stunning landscapes, I’m glad I pushed through it! A lot of times in life the easiest option may seem like to just give up, but the end result is worth the feeling of accomplishment!

On My Bucket List: New Zealand’s Routeburn Track

Want a hike that can take you to see towering mountains, waterfalls and alluring lakes? One that is equally rewarding as it is challenging? After catching the hiking bug after living in Canada, the Routeburn Track has been catching my eye. I haven’t done a multi day hike before, so I would like to build up my endurance to be able to conquer this hike.

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Duration: 3 days

Distance: 32 km

Location: Mt Aspiring & Fiordland National Parks, south-west South Island

Closest towns: Queenstown and Te Anau

Difficulty: Intermediate

Best time to go: November-March

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The beginning of the hike is a 45minute drive from Te Anau (with shuttle and transfer options readily available). Day One of the track involves crossing multiple swing bridges, open grassy plains, beautiful beech forest and stunning views of the valley.You will reach the first hut, Routeburn Falls Hut, in approximately 4 hours.

Day 2 is the longest , taking approximately 5.5 hours. The morning starts with the hardest part of the trail – the climb to Harris Saddle (the highest point of the track). You will be rewarded with the stunning Lake Harris and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Then in the afternoon, you descend to the next hut, Lake Mackenzie Hut.

The last day is a 5 hour, mostly downhill walk. On your way you will come across Earland Falls, a spectacular 174m waterfall, before reaching Lake Howden Hut, a perfect lunch stop. The last part of the hike is another climb to Key Summit which provides panoramic views of the mountain range, before the home stretch downhill to the divide on Milford Road. From there, it is an hour drive to the town of Te Anau. Once again, plenty of shuttle options are available.

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Transport: Approx $100 both ways (check with your hostel, info centre etc to see if there are any package deals going)

Accommodation in the huts: $54 per night (adult) $18 (child >17)

Camping: $18 (adult) free for children >17

Still need more convincing? Check out this Air New Zealand Safety video, filmed on the Routeburn Track starring Bear Grylls!

all media from http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz and http://www.ultimatehikes.co.nz