Tonga whale swim

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Tonga Whale Swim This winter in New Zealand I was looking for somewhere warm to go.  It was my first winter in four years as I had been chasing the sun through the US and Africa. So when I knew

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Swimming with Whales in Tonga

Swimming with Whales Tonga Swimming with Whales in Tonga is one of the best wildlife experiences I have ever had. Yes, you read that right SWIM with whales not just whale watch I was actually in the water with these

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15 Best Things to do in Ketchikan Alaska

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15 Best Things to do in Ketchikan Alaska – visit Ketchikan There are so many things to do in Ketchikan Alaska from cultural heritage to fishing for salmon.  Many people visit Ketchikan to go fishing but there is so much

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My FIVE Year Blogaversary

Five Year Blogaversary Its my five year blogaversary! You can read my 3 year recap here – Or check out year 4 recap I have been running Travelgal Nicole for five years now. My first blog post was published on

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Best Snorkel Gear for snorkeling

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Best Snorkel Mask and Best Snorkel Gear for snorkeling and diving How to choose the best snorkel gear for snorkeling? *Disclaimer: There may be some affiliate links on this page, which means when you click I get a small percentage

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11 Best Blogging Cameras

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11 Best Blogging Cameras that are reasonably priced for beginner, intermediate or advanced bloggers in 2019 – which one is best for you What is the best camera for blogging – I have been asked so many times what camera

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South Island New Zealand Itinerary

Alpine Lakes South Island New Zealand Itinerary

South Island New Zealand Itinerary Take it from a Kiwi there are some epic views in the South Island and you’ll want to check out where to go in this South Island New Zealand itinerary.  And there are some great

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New Zealand North Island Itinerary

North Island New Zealand Itinerary

New Zealand North Island Itinerary 7 days This New Zealand North Island Itinerary is one of my favourites.  I have visited over 120 countries and have to say New Zealand is my favourite country. I have lived here for 15

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Travel plans for 2018

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Where to go on an African Safari

African Safari

Nicole LaBarge got her first taste for travel when she was 16 years old.  Ever since then she has been hooked and calls herself a travel-holic. She believes you can travel and have a career and she is halfway to

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My top wildlife encounters

My top wildlife encounters In my twenty years of travel, I’ve had a lot of cool experiences. When I think back I’ve had the chance to sleep under the stars on a deserted island, I’ve survived 50 degree Celcius heat,

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Travel Year in Review 2016 and what’s next 2017

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2016 Travel Year in Review When 2016 began I was really excited for it. I had just finished six months in Africa and even though I had come back to NZ to work I was excited to have a routine

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Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge

As 2016 draws to a close a lot of bloggers are looking back at everything they’ve done this year and everywhere they’ve been. At the end of each year I like to come up with my travel goals for the

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Countries I’ve visited

Here is a list of countries I have visited.  I’m on a journey to visit all 193 UN Nations.  There are a couple of extra countries that people add to this list such as Kosovo, Vatican City and Palestine.   I

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About Nicole LaBarge Welcome to Travelgal Nicole  I’m an American Kiwi living in Wellington, New Zealand.  I’m originally from Wisconsin and have lived in London, Japan and have lived in NZ for the past ten years. My first trip overseas was

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