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Just a quick little update to let you all know I will soon be moving over to my new website, www.nomadsontheroad.com. Which is why I haven’t updated in a while. But fear not I have been working hard and have lots of great articles ready to update as soon as the site goes live.

I am also planning my next adventure, I have received my IEC visa for Canada and will head out to the second largest country in the world in October. A year of mountain and wilderness living awaits me. I will be updating a few times a week from the mountain town of Fernie.

See you on the road

Mike

Entrance to Christiania

Entrance to Christiania

Rejoice! The Freetown of Christiania is once more free… well almost free, for it seems freedom also comes at a price, around £12-18 million to be somewhat precise.

The Danish capital of Copenhagen has, for the last 40 years, been home to one of the largest hippie enclaves in Europe. The Freetown of Christiania is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Denmark with the former military base transformed into a beacon of counter-culture and alternative lifestyles.

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The wharf at Tolaga Bay was once a thriving bustling pier, fishing boats, cruise ships and other vessels regularly docked at the bay. You can still see the railway tracks leading out into the bay.

The wharf at Tolaga Bay was once a thriving bustling pier, fishing boats, cruise ships and other vessels regularly docked at the bay. You can still see the railway tracks leading out into the bay.

The wharf at Tolaga Bay stretches 660 metres out into the South Pacific, but what was once a thriving pier is now a shadow of its former self, old and crumbling, unprotected and exposed to the elements.

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Who wouldn't want to live here eh?

Who wouldn't want to live here eh?

I awoke at around 5am and picked up my iPhone to have a glance at the latest twitter updates from the travel world, (this is a habit I wish I could break, but it seems I miss out on a lot of posts because of this pesky sleep thing).

I usually spend a few minutes tagging my favourite tweets so I can go back later to read them, without the sleep in my eyes. However this particular morning my mind began to wander as I was soon lost in more and more travel-related posts.

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Scanning the Crown Range from Cardona Ski ResortNew Zealand offers skiers and snowboarders some great resorts, from well-developed snow areas to the smaller but friendly club fields.

I spent the winter of 2009 in New Zealand living in Wanaka, a great base for Cardona and Treble Cone ski resorts and only an hour or so drive to Coronet Peak and the Remarkables.

As another winter prepares to roll into New Zealand I am running down the top snow fields in New Zealand and why you should visit them.

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The origin of the life-affirming road trip is difficult to pin down, some of the most memorable road trips I have been on were taken for no reason other than the fact I was bored, while others have been taken simply to get somewhere in the quickest time possible (check out an epic 36-hour dash across the US from Colorado to New Hampshire). But all the road trips have left me with some amazing if slightly drunken memories.

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Cape Kidnappers is a stretch of the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, located about 20km south of the art deco town of Napier.

Find out how Cape Kidnappers got its peculiar name and why there is a certain stench along a section of the Cape…

Cape Kidnappers is a stretch of the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, located about 20km south of the art deco town of Napier.

Cape Kidnappers is a stretch of the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, located about 20km south of the art deco town of Napier.

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