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The Sensational South Island: New Zealand's Mountain Land

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The Neglected North Island: New Zealand's other half

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A Maverick Traveller (Simplified Chinese Translation)

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A Maverick Traveller (Traditional Chinese Translation)

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The Scottish Isles: Shetlands, Orkneys and Hebrides (Part 1)

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The Wild South: Who would have thought that a beach facing Antarctica could be so beautiful?

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September 17, 2021

In the last week of July, I visited the wild and magnificance southern coast west of Invercargill. One thing is for sure, you will have it to yourself in winter!

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September 13, 2021

Hawai‘i: the world’s biggest waves, Hula, and Housing issues

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September 12, 2021

Miami: Where not all alligators live in the swamp

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September 11, 2021

St Augustine: The oldest city in the USA

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About the Author

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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