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Autumn in New Zealand

The life of a traveler is filled with uncertainty. It seems like only yesterday I was jobless, homeless and driving a broken car. Today, my car is still broken but I’m living in Nelson, New Zealand – a town that is as close to perfect as I have yet to find. 

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My Life Has No Purpose

I realized recently that my life has no purpose. I’ve spent my entire life thinking there was one, preordained path with my name on it and if I looked hard enough, was open minded enough, my purpose in life would reveal itself. Well, I’m calling bluff on all this “purpose” baloney. I no longer believe there is…

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5 Reasons To Wait Until Your Late 20s to Travel

Traveling the world at 28 means I often find myself surrounded by kids. Most travelers I meet are 19-22 and at an entirely different point in their lives. Yet, I don’t envy their youthful pursuits. I have found that traveling in your late 20s might just be the world’s best kept secret. 

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Searching for Sunshine

You know when everything in life is going wrong and you start to feel like you just don’t belong in a country? That’s been my frame of mind for the past two weeks. No money, no job prospects and no internet. Boo hoo. I even stooped so low as to look at flights to Southeast…

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Exploring the South Island

Most of the time I love this vagabond life I’m living – the unplanned days, the wide open road, the starry night skies. It’s the epitome of freedom. But, there are days weeks when everything falls apart. These are the moments when I question why I’m not working in a steady job, living in a warm apartment…

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The World

Hi Friends!  I have an idea. It’s been floating around in my mind for a while, but I am ready to put it into action. I’m adding an entirely new twist to One Simple Soul. Once a week, I will publish a post that will feature the work of talented photographers from around the world. I will be asking these…

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New Zealand Apple Pickers

We all have a story to tell and these pickers are no different. Each of them traveled thousands of miles to be in New Zealand and somehow we all ended up picking apples at the same orchard. Who are these pickers? What’s their story?

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Living Happily Ever Orchard

For the past six weeks, we have been living and working on an apple orchard in Hastings, New Zealand. Our life is anything but glamourous. It’s half organized, half disaster and oftentimes a little too dirty for my liking. But it’s simple, and simple is good.  All of our material belongings fit into our 22 sq….