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Simply American Sāmoa: A brief pocketbook account of my visit in 2023, with tips for other travellers

Simply American Sāmoa: A brief pocketbook account of my visit in 2023, with tips for other travellers

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Landlords Are Sh*t: An Accidental Kiwi Property Owner Spills the Beans on the Least Popular Profession

Landlords Are Sh*t: An Accidental Kiwi Property Owner Spills the Beans on the Least Popular Profession

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The Catlins: New Zealand’s wild, rocky, southern shore

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March 1, 2024

The first of three posts about the southern tip of the South Island, home to rare penguins and an ancient forest.

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February 25, 2024

Above Worry Level: From St Bathans to Ranfurly, on the high plains of the Maniototo

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February 16, 2024

City of Museums: Invercargill and its Port of Bluff, on the 'Isle of Vines'

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February 10, 2024

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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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