Liz Carlson | New Zealand

Liz Carlson | New Zealand

@youngadventuress

An American in New Zealand. Nature frother. Storyteller. Adventuress. Hurricane. Cynical but kind. It's all on my blog ⬇️
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

@youngadventuress


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One of the most surprising things about blogging is that I’ve been able to meet the most amazing humans over the years. I first met @kimbirdley when I moved to Wellington 4 years ago at @visit_zealandia and she’s the one who explained New Zealand’s unique birdlife and history to me. I owe a huge part of my passion for conservation to her - she taught me how to be a #birdnerd and makes a subject like birds funny and engaging to people like me. Kim’s also the one who first told me the story about kakapo and was eventually with me when I got to meet and hold Sirocco. Yesterday we got to meet a local family near Timaru (with the coolest rebuilt house ever - check out my Insta story) that had part of their land protected because of the amazing old growth forests on it, like with this epic native tōtara tree. Most of these big old trees have been cut down for farming and it was the main wood used in Māori carving and for their wakas (canoes) so it’s pretty badass to help protect them on your land now for the future. One day I hope I can do the same if I can ever afford land in New Zealand and they don’t kick me out haha. Hands up if you’re a treehugger 🙌🏻🙌🏻 #naturefrother @forestandbird

17 Hours ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

@youngadventuress


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Still dreaming of those magical winter days at Whistler ❄️ when the sun sets and the skies go cotton candy pink ❤ @whistlerblackcomb

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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

@youngadventuress


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Fox Glacier ❄️ one of my favorite places in New Zealand. It always reminds me of a river of ice

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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

@youngadventuress


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So beyond stoked to find out recently that I won silver for best travel blog at this year's North American Travel Journalists Association competition. As I general rule, I hate competition, but it definitely gives me feels and makes me smile to see my blog (which is basically my brain child) win something after 7 years of work and to be honored alongside @theplanetd @legalnomads and @hecktictravels - all of whom have inspired and mentored me in one way or another over the years. I don't deserve it but am beyond grateful. Thanks to all of you guys for putting up with me for so long and sticking around for my stories ❤

3 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

@youngadventuress


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5 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

@youngadventuress


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The Te Waikoropupu springs in Golden Bay, New Zealand are home to some of the clearest water in the water with a visibility of 63 meters; it’s also wahi tapu (a sacred treasure) to the local Māori people (and to all of us in NZ too) and it’s forbidden to touch the water. It’s a freaking special place guys. And guess what? The local council now has plans to allow farmers to take more water from the aquifer that feeds this spring AND in combination with increased dairy farming from it will likely pollute and destroy #pupusprings forever. Dear @pmbillenglish, you market New Zealand on being 100% pure to the world. Isn’t it time you act like it and started protecting our national treasures for our future instead of selling them to a billion dollar industry? Thanks. @choosecleanwaternz #naturefrother #choosecleanwater

6 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

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Destination - Pioneer Hut at the top of Fox Glacier with @mariusbron ❄️ and @docgovtnz and @foxglacierguidingnz to help out with this incredible hut with Mt. Tasman in the background. What a day for it! It's moments like these that make me fall in love with New Zealand a little bit more ❤

7 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

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Tea time at the @wanakalavenderfarm 🌼 my new favorite spot to sip tea with friends and zen out. Nothing like being amongst blooming lavender to make you smile, hey?

8 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

@youngadventuress


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Another 2017 goal - see more sunrises. Or in other words, learn how to be a morning person. Any tips for me? #notamorningperson

9 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

@youngadventuress


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Nothing beats the smell of lavender at sunrise on a warm sunny day as bees and butterflies dance around you and not another person is in sight ❤ @wanakalavenderfarm

10 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

@youngadventuress


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Now that is my kind of tent! Hands up if you want to go glamping here in Wanaka 🙌🏻 @explorelifeglamping

11 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

@youngadventuress


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The song of glaciers. A place where land and sky meet. Yes, yes. I’m home now. - An impulsive haiku about the mountains. My third grade teacher would be so proud ☺

14 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

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Adventure begins...with coffee! At least for me ☕️ honestly I'm the worst caffeine addict. If I don't have a cup by 10am I get a migraine and I'm a nightmare to be around. I even take a mini French press with me on missions. But I can't help it, I love everything about coffee! What about you guys? #coffeeholic #gimmecoffee

15 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

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This magnificent creature is not a weird blue chicken taking a bath; in fact it's a takahe, an endangered native New Zealand flightless bird, and they are only about 300 of them left. Takahe have the best story - they were thought to be extinct, but were rediscovered in 1948 by a doctor way up high amongst the tussocks of the Murchison Mountains in remote Fiordland, which is like, the most inhospitable place ever. Luckily with intensive stoat trapping and a great amount of work and hours by the Takahe Recovery Programme and @docgovtnz they are slowly but surely making a comeback. I’ve been lucky enough to visit one of the captive breeding programs for takahe as well as see quite a few of them over the years, like at @visit_zealandia in Wellington, the Wildlife Centre in Te Anau and even at @orokonui_ecosanctuary in Dunedin. If you’re planning a trip to New Zealand, consider trying to see some of the incredible native birds (like takahe) that make NZ special while you’re here #naturefrother #birdnerd

16 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

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One of those beautiful mornings outside amongst the flowers where everyone is still asleep and you have the world to yourself 🌼 @wanakalavenderfarm

17 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

@youngadventuress


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This is hard to write. I grew up in small town rural America. Until I went away to university, I didn’t know anything different except for that cookiecutter middle class suburbia. I didn’t even know anyone jewish or hindu, let alone muslim or a refugee. I count myself so lucky that I was able to immerse myself into a diverse environment in college, in a place filled with people of every race, religion and social status; that was the beginning of my real education of the world. And even though I didn’t know anything and was pretty ignorant, I made sure always ALWAYS to be open-minded. I asked questions (lots of stupid questions), I listened, and I was curious. I savored every moment I learned something new about people. I have friends who spent their entire lives in refugee camps (can you even imagine? because I can’t) and friends who grew up in countries where women don’t have educations and I have friends who wear burkas and friends who believe in things that I can’t even pronounce. I'm still learning. Right now we have two roads in front of us. Maybe you’re like me and you have never met people from other faiths or backgrounds. You can either believe what the media and other people tell you or you can see for yourself. Different doesn’t mean scary. Try to have some compassion. Try to open your mind. I have a challenge for everyone, let’s replace fear of the unknown with curiosity. Let's be curious! People are people. Humans are humans. The rest doesn’t fucking matter. #nobannowall

18 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

@youngadventuress


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Winter in Whistler village is more than picturesque, it's like something out of a dream ❤ @airnz

19 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

@youngadventuress


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Today is the last day to get early bird prices tickets to @thetravelbootcamp in Melbourne on April 29 ✌🏻if you've been wanting to kickstart your travel career and learn exactly how to get paid to travel, come join me there along with @laurenepbath and @georgiarickard and we'll teach you everything we know! @olympus_au

20 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

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Why yes, I could sit here and write a book 😍

20 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

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If you told me 7 years ago that one day I would get paid to travel the world and blog about it, I would have laughed in your face. Along with my partners @laurenepbath (Australia's 1st professional instagrammers) and @georgiarickard (one of Australia's leading travel editors), last year we launched @thetravelbootcamp, an intensive one-day no BS workshop to teach people how to *actually* break in and build a career in the travel industry AND how to get paid for it. We've had hundreds of delegates in Sydney and the Gold Coast so far, and tickets are on sale now for Melbourne on April 29th (early bird prices end this month). Now’s your chance to kickstart your travel career - come hang out with us in Melbs and ask us anything ✌🏻 #isthisreallife

24 Days ago