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Featured Friends: Melina from Coffee Fernweh

Coffee Fernweh Featured Interview on Life in Wanderlust

Featured Friends is one of the best decisions I've ever made for Life in Wanderlust. You've heard me rave about it before but every time I have a guest, it makes me so happy! I love getting to know my fellow Travel Bloggers and totally honored to have them on my blog.

Anyway, meet my May Featured Friend, Melina from Coffee Fernweh! She's been a loyal Fly Away Friday participant for a while now and I've loved following along on all of her channels as she travels near and far featuring one of my favorite things ever: coffee! As her brand Coffee Fernweh would suggest, she's an expert in the subject of coffee and I love that she includes this aspect to her content. Without further ado, let's start the interview! 

Experiencing the Hobbiton Movie Set & Hobbiton Banquet Tour

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour New Zealand

Ever since the Hobbiton Movie Set opened, I've wanted to visit. While I've read all the Lord of the Rings books and watched all of the movies, I still wasn't a huge fan. That didn't matter though, the Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand looks absolutely charming and I just had to go! When New Zealand was confirmed as one of our honeymoon destinations, the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour was the first thing that was booked. We were both so excited to check out the movie set that we've heard so much about. Since it was our honeymoon, we decided to go for the Hobbiton Banquet Tour which included the tour of course as well as a Hobbit-style banquet feast!

Fly Away Friday #47


Welcome!
Welcome to the Fly Away Friday link-up! We're so happy you're joining us! Grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine (we're not judging!) and enjoy!

About Fly Away Friday:
Fly Away Friday is a link-up community for travel related blog posts. Hosted by Janine from Fill My Passport and Kana from Life in Wanderlust; we wanted to create and cultivate a supportive community of travelers. Every other Friday at 9:00AM PST, the Fly Away Friday link-up will open for everyone to share their posts all weekend long until Sunday at 11:59PM PST.

Checking In: Sleeping in an Airplane at Woodlyn Park, New Zealand

Woodlyn Park Waitomo Hotel - Airplane & Hobbit Hotel

While I was in New Zealand, one of the most responded-to Instagram Stories was about the airplane hotel that I was staying at. I was so happy to see that so many people were as intrigued by it as I was! Staying overnight in an airplane wasn't on my travel bucket-list until I knew of its existence. I booked the airplane stay at Woodlyn Park almost immediately after we confirmed New Zealand as one of our honeymoon destinations.

But wait! Woodlyn Park in Waitomo offers more than just accommodations in an airplane. There's 3 more fun and unique spaces you can stay in.

Featured Friends: Kat from Bright Lights of America


Introducing my March Featured Friends, Kat from Bright Lights of America! I've known Kat for a while now and she's one of my favorite OG Fly Away Friday and Travel Blogger friend. Kat currently resides in San Francisco and is an expat from Australia. Her travel content is based around expat life and she shares fantastic expat advice and tips for people that may be interested. Even though I moved from life in Tokyo to the United States, I'm technically not an expat because I'm dual-citizen, so I've always been interested in the expat journey. 

I absolutely loved reading her answers and getting to know Kat more. She's a lovely person, an excellent writer and a content creator in general. I personally guarantee that you're going to enjoy her content so make sure you visit her over on her blog. Now without further ado, here's Kat!

The Best Place to See Kiwis - Kiwi House in Otorohanga New Zealand

Kiwi House New Zealand Best Place To See Kiwis

When I was growing up in an International School in Tokyo, one of my best friends was from New Zealand. Her room was adorned with kiwis; stuffed animals, posters, bed sheets and more. Because of its obvious cuteness, I was obsessed with them and to this day, one of the goals I had of visiting New Zealand was to see a kiwi in real life. So naturally, I had to Google the best place to see kiwis in New Zealand! 

While I had heard that the Auckland Zoo would have kiwis, I luckily came across the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park online as I was researching the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. It’s not too far away from the caves so it was perfect! Not only that, I loved that the Kiwi House is a non-profit conservatory where they rescue, foster and treat native birds that need help.