Beautiful Ireland
he only small downside to living in New Zealand, is that we are thousands of miles away from anywhere. While there are countless opportunities to get out and explore Aotearoa, it&#[...]
Perito Moreno Glacier
It’s been a whirlwind five weeks since leaving New Zealand that has seen me on 11 different flights, two long-distance buses, a road trip from Iowa to Illinois, and a cargo s[...]
Picture Perfect New Zealand
If you follow me on Twitter or stop by this travel blog very often, you’ll know one or two things about me. First, you’ll probably know that in the past six months or s[...]
View over Lake Wakatipu
I’ve based myself in New Zealand for the past 22 months – give or take, that’s about 660 days. The time just slips away. They say that happens the older you get, [...]
The First Step: Galway, Ireland
If you told me in November of 2009 when I moved to New Zealand that I would still be here 18 months later, I’d tell you that you were mad. It’s certainly not how I envi[...]
NZ View
2011 is going to be a banner year here at Backpackingmatt.com. As I explained in my January Update, I have a number of exciting initiatives planned in the coming months. Each of th[...]
View over Queenstown
As I write this monthly update, I’m on a US Airways flight from DFW – LAX (with a surprising amount of leg room). My 2011 is off to a fantastic start. Fantastic, yet ce[...]
Koh Lanta Beach
I have just lived a month of my life that I’ll remember forever. My experience backpacking in Thailand was absolutely fantastic – though drastically different than I ex[...]
Medewi Beach, Bali
I’m writing this November update on an AirAsia flight from Denpasar, Bali, to Bangkok; I’m covered in sand, my face is gray with road grime, but I’m unbelievably happy to be here, [...]
Creative commons: Elycia
Spring has finally arrived in Queenstown. The days are getting longer, warmer, and it’s becoming very obvious that this would be an excellent place to spend the summer. Gone [...]