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Go Greenland: Adventures on a Global Warming Frontline

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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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Stewart Island/Rakiura: New Zealand's Isle of Blushing Skies, and its Tracks (Part Two: Into the West)

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November 18, 2021

This is the second part of a two-part post about the wonderful island known as Rakiura, or Stewart Island. Part two is an account of my time hiking into the western part of the island in November 2021.

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October 25, 2021

Iceland: The only country where whale hunting and whale watching go side by side

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October 25, 2021

Travel Tips for Iceland

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October 25, 2021

The Great Epic Iceland Road Trip: Volcanic dust storms, blizzards, and my first time driving with snow tyres on the right

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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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