@youngadventuress - Liz Carlson☀️Young Adventuress

An American in New Zealand. Cynical but kind. Nature frother and Bird Nerd. Hurricane and adventuress - it’s all on my blog ⬇️
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Dreaming of the mighty Alps  excited to be headed back to the mountains next week, to the Dolomites in northern Italy for the very first time! Have any tips?
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#zermatt #switzerland #inlovewithswitzerland #swiss #myswitzerland #alps
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Dreaming of the mighty Alps excited to be headed back to the mountains next week, to the Dolomites in northern Italy for the very first time! Have any tips? . . . . #zermatt #switzerland #inlovewithswitzerland #swiss #myswitzerland #alps

Zermatt, Switzerland
Step by step I’m working my way back towards better work/life balance in my life as I work towards finding my creativity ️ have any good tips on this hot topic for me? #workhardstayhumble #burnout
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Step by step I’m working my way back towards better work/life balance in my life as I work towards finding my creativity ️ have any good tips on this hot topic for me? #workhardstayhumble #burnout

Australia
As soon as I run my fingers over the weathered pages of my Antarctica journal, I’m immediately transported back to my room on the ship last year, my back against the wall curled up in bed with my watercolors and notebooks around me. When I was younger I used to draw and write down everything. While I still bullet journal a bit and take notes, and of course make all the lists, especially when I’m traveling, I haven’t filled a sketchbook in years, as electronics have slowly dominated my life. When I was in Antarctica earlier this year for almost a month, that’s right a month offline, I got back to my roots and began to write by hand again. Nothing preserves special memories quite the same way, right? I love looking back and rereading my feelings and thoughts from a precise moment in time, especially when I can see my handwriting go all wonky during big swells and storms. Is there any other pen to use in this situation other than the @parkerpen Sonnet Special Edition Atlas, delicately engraved with the world Atlas, when I’ve finally reached a place on the world map I’ve been dreaming about since I was a child?

#ParkerPen #WorldintoWords #ad
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As soon as I run my fingers over the weathered pages of my Antarctica journal, I’m immediately transported back to my room on the ship last year, my back against the wall curled up in bed with my watercolors and notebooks around me. When I was younge

Antarctica
It only took a visit to @pfeifferwines in Rutherglen in the Victoria High Country to reignite my love for fortified wines from my old days in Europe, and fall back in love with these hearty, elegant and full bodied. I left with three bottles I couldn’t help myself! One of the original wine pioneers working this land for over 150 years, this family owned winery blew me away! I spent far too much time trying to spot platypus from their bridge (nope, that’s just another turtle) and drinking muscats and topaques, but what’s a girl to do? 🤗 @seehighcountry #rutherglen
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#walkhighcountry #feasthighcountry #seehighcountry #victoriahighcountry #pfeifferwines #rutherglenwine #seeaustralia #australia
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It only took a visit to @pfeifferwines in Rutherglen in the Victoria High Country to reignite my love for fortified wines from my old days in Europe, and fall back in love with these hearty, elegant and full bodied. I left with three bottles I couldn

Pfeiffer Wines
It was hard to pick a favorite swimming spot in @seehighcountry in Australia, but Ladies Bath Falls was definitely near the top! I can’t even describe how good it felt to dip my sore feet into this crystal clear water at sunset after days of walking and exploring! I love finding new waterfalls to add to my list of faves ️ @brightandsurrounds #lovebright #seehighcountry
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#feasthighcountry #walkhighcountry #australia #seeaustralia #bright #mtbuffalo #victoria
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It was hard to pick a favorite swimming spot in @seehighcountry in Australia, but Ladies Bath Falls was definitely near the top! I can’t even describe how good it felt to dip my sore feet into this crystal clear water at sunset after days of walking

Ladies Baths - Mount Buffalo
Perhaps what I loved the most about my time in the Victoria High Country in Australia was the colors! Bright, hot and beautiful, everything seemed to be colorful and saturated, especially up in the mountains around @brightandsurrounds #seehighcountry #lovebright
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#bright #victoria #walkhighcountry #seehighcountry #australia #seeaustralia #mtbuffalo
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Perhaps what I loved the most about my time in the Victoria High Country in Australia was the colors! Bright, hot and beautiful, everything seemed to be colorful and saturated, especially up in the mountains around @brightandsurrounds #seehighcountry

Mount Buffalo
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Wow, I really wasn’t expecting the incredible feedback from my last post and Story. I feel genuinely so lucky to have such a wonderful, thoughtful and compassionate community on here, and to realize it at a time when I’ve never felt more jaded or “over” some of the the BS of Instagram was really eye opening for me. Thank you all for your kindness but also for opening up and relating with my emotional state! Phew, not just me 🤗 while my current mood is wanting to hide away at my home in Wanaka forever and to not talk to anyone or leave ever, the hermit vibes are strong, guys. But the reality is that I have a few big travel projects til March I’ve worked hard on and can’t change. I’ve also got a lot of unshared stories from the past few months I want to put out as well. So while I’m trying to find some balance in my personal life and shifting my perspective of my work, I’m still planning to share my adventures on here in the meantime too, keeping it real as always so while there will be plenty of travel, bright colors, and hopefully smiles, it’s important to me that you all know that there’s still a real person behind it all, probably going through the same emotional roller coasters, complicated feelings and life pressures as you guys in many ways. We’re all in this together! #deepsigh
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Wow, I really wasn’t expecting the incredible feedback from my last post and Story. I feel genuinely so lucky to have such a wonderful, thoughtful and compassionate community on here, and to realize it at a time when I’ve never felt more jaded or “ov

Funksjonærbyen, Svalbard
My whole life I’ve always been told that my face reads like an open book. Unable to hide my feelings and emotions, what you see is what you get. Can you tell what I’m thinking here? If you’re first guess was “fuck mornings, give me coffee” then yes, you are correct. But it’s also much more than this. As I look at my face in this picture, it really sums up the past few months for me. I’m chronically exhausted, stressed to the max and beyond tired, and yet trying to find a little glimmer of something to make me smile, which is harder every day. Burnt out doesn’t begin to cover it. With my insomnia back in full swing, my anxiety keeping me company every waking hour, and a punishing travel schedule that I just couldn’t say no to, I only blame myself for getting to this point.  Living in a competitive world if you’re not “busy” or “great” than you’re lazy and unsuccessful, and the pressure of this path I’ve been on is often suffocating, and it often feels like my creativity has gone forever. Without realizing it, I’ve slipped into the habit of only showing the glamor of travel, of my world. Normally I would have posted a different version of this shot, where my tired face is hidden or later on when I’ve had 3 coffees and put on makeup, perhaps with an inspirational caption about following your dreams. But part of me has always been an honest cynic, and I’m tired. I’m tired of everything. Here is a moment of reality. I look and feel like shit, but I’m trying to do my best and do my job. I love it but it’s hard. We are all imperfect humans full of complex emotions, me included. You are not alone. Now where is the coffee? #inspirationalandallthatshit #lookwhatthecatdraggedin
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My whole life I’ve always been told that my face reads like an open book. Unable to hide my feelings and emotions, what you see is what you get. Can you tell what I’m thinking here? If you’re first guess was “fuck mornings, give me coffee” then yes,

New Zealand
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Things have been a bit quiet round these parts as I disappeared offline for a few weeks around the holidays, a digital detox I well and truly needed as the end of 2018 was hell for me. And what did I do with my time away from the internet? Curious minds might wish to know (ok no one, that’s fine but I’m going to share anyways) WELL I was on an old Russian research ship on one hell of an adventure exploring some of the subantarctic islands off of New Zealand with Heritage Expeditions. With my friend @talman by my side, we visited some of the most remote places on earth home to some of, you guessed it, rarest and most incredible birds on earth! From crested penguins of all sorts to albatrosses galore to petrols all day every day to the elusive and mysterious snipe that I literally tripped over, it was exactly what I needed when I needed it. I slept and slept and slept in my wee bunk while we were at sea, read about 10 books (see previous post) and once again fell in love with this crazy planet, and am convinced now more than ever we have to do everything we can to protect places like these and the creatures who call home. Bursting with stories to share, so as the millennials are oft to say, WATCH THIS SPACE  #birdnerd #naturefrother
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#heritageexpeditions #snares #subantarctic #purenewzealand #nzmustdo #adventure
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Things have been a bit quiet round these parts as I disappeared offline for a few weeks around the holidays, a digital detox I well and truly needed as the end of 2018 was hell for me. And what did I do with my time away from the internet? Curious mi

Snares Islands / Tini Heke
All right 2019, I’m ready. Hit me up with some of your favorite reads pretty please! The past month I’ve been devouring book after book, and I’m hungry for more! I’m one of those freaks who reads super fast and multiple books at the same time, can you relate? Share your fave reads pretty please, and here are some of mine that I’ve just finished #booknerd #readmorebooks

-A Man Called Ove 
-Galapagos of the Antarctic 
-Never Let Me Go 
-War of the Whales 
-The Sisters of the Winter Wood 
-I’ll be gone in the dark 
-The Woman in the Window 🤯
-The Worst Journey in the World 🥶
-The Woman at 1000 Degrees 
-Tiny Beautiful Things ️
-The Botanist’s daughter
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All right 2019, I’m ready. Hit me up with some of your favorite reads pretty please! The past month I’ve been devouring book after book, and I’m hungry for more! I’m one of those freaks who reads super fast and multiple books at the same time, can yo

Mount Ophir Estate
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit...”  @hobbitontours #itsadangerousbusiness
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#hobbiton #hobbit #lotr #newzealand #matamata #nzmustdo #realmiddleearth
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“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit...” @hobbitontours #itsadangerousbusiness . . . . #hobbiton #hobbit #lotr #newzealand #matamata #nzmustdo #realmiddleearth

Hobbiton Movie Set
Take me back to where the roads are red, the mountains are blue, and the wine never stops pouring  @seehighcountry #seehighcountry
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#walkhighcountry #feasthighcountry #australia #seeaustralia #victoria
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Take me back to where the roads are red, the mountains are blue, and the wine never stops pouring @seehighcountry #seehighcountry . . . . #walkhighcountry #feasthighcountry #australia #seeaustralia #victoria

Victoria High Country