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New Zealand: This Week on BootsnAll
New Zealand: This Week on BootsnAll As we started the Indie Travel Take Down Tournament this year – our first attempt to wrangle the countries of the world into a kind of March Madness bracket of indie travel awesomeness – we were predicting which places would rank highly with travelers. New Zealand, as many of you can probably guess, was a deserved #1 seed and (we thought) a shoe-in for the top slot overall. And then Portugal came along to upset New Zealand in the finals. Tournaments like this are always going to have surprises, which is part of the fun, and of course the result doesn’t diminish New Zealand as a kick-ass indie travel destination at all. In fact, we love the country so much we’re highlighting it this week on BootsnAll. You’ll get to read about the ABCs of traveling in New Zealand (and since there are a few letters missing from this alphabet, we invite you to suggest appropriate candidates for U, X, Y, and Z), 7 things that make New Zealand so awesome for travelers, and a festival in New Zealand that celebrates local food (nevermind that it’s of the buggy variety). Week 17 of the Indie Travel Challenge¬†2012 is all about New Zealand. Some of you have already blogged about New Zealand as part of the Indie Travel Challenge, and we […]
Hiking to Huka Falls #indie30
Hiking to Huka Falls #indie30 This is part of BootsnAll’s 30 Days of Indie Travel project, a daily blogging challenge with a prompt for every day in November 2011. Check out the prompt at the bottom of this post to find out how you can participate! This question makes my brain hurt, because I don’t have ONE favorite place. I can tell you about one of my favorite places though: New Zealand. During my round the world trip, I ended up staying in New Zealand for a month. I couldn’t get enough of this country and I hope to get back to ‘the land of the long white cloud’ in the next year or two. I took this photo on a rainy April day in Taupo. I was in Taupo for a few days, hoping that the storms would pass and that the Tongariro Crossing would open back up. On this morning, I was disappointed to find out that the crossing was still closed, meaning that I probably wouldn’t be able to do this trek until a future trip to NZ, as I had to continue on from Taupo to Auckland to catch a flight to Bangkok. So we decided to make the most of the day we had left and headed out of town on foot along the Waikato River towards Huka Falls. We […]
All Aboard: Announcing BootsnAll’s New Europe Rail Tool
All Aboard: Announcing BootsnAll’s New Europe Rail Tool We’ve got big news this week at BootsnAll: We’re launching a new new European rail tool that will allow you to not only book your European rail tickets online in one place, but that also offers some pretty significant discounts on the Italian rail system. By train is one of the best ways to see much of Europe, particularly Italy, and now you can book your tickets cheaply and easily on BootsnAll.     To celebrate the launch, we’re focusing on rail and other alternative forms of travel this week. We’ll explore unique river cruises and ways to see the world from the water, we’ll check out some of the coolest and most beautiful train stations in the world, and then we’ll cap off the week with a look at some of the most accessible cities for wheelchair-bound travelers. Until then, check out these other great articles on train travel. Announcing a New Europe Rail Tool (Plus 6 Reasons to Love It) Train travel in Italy 7 Best American Train Trips Under $100 Train travel in France Train travel in Spain   Blogging for New Zealand   Twin tragedies have hit the world in the last month. First Christchurch, New Zealand, was hit by an earthquake on February 22. Then Japan got hit with a double-whammy of destruction in the […]