Adventure

New Zealand Travels and Social Impact

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What an amazing experience!

Traveling from L.A. –> Queenstown, NZ –> Dunedin, NZ –> Bay of Islands, NZ –> Vanuatu –> Fiji

Starting in Queenstown, New Zealand, meeting 39 incredible people, performing random acts of kindness, and exploring the city in adventure mode.

Dunedin, New Zealand, speaking on stage and DJing at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in New Zealand at the INSPIRE event to raise money for the Sophie Elliott Foundation to create awareness on preventing violence against young women.

Bay of Islands, New Zealand, staying off the grid with an indigenous tribe on a Marae for five days and bringing fresh water filters to nearby tribes.

Vanuatu, bringing fresh water filters to schools, churches, and non profit organizations and providing training for the locals on how to use them.

The best part of this trip was the inward journey and opportunities for self reflection throughout these many countries and cultures.

It was an absolute dream come true to DJ at the stadium and also DJ at the Marae with the tribe!!!

It has definitely been an adventure with an amazing group of people!! And lasting friendships for years to come.

Will be heading to Fiji tomorrow for a week of reflection and relaxation.

Vegas Travels Mid March

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What do you do when you have a week between your interview in L.A. and speaking at a conference in San Diego? Well, hop on over to Vegas for a week.

Maria Matarelli Travels Las Vegas March

Thank you Via Limos for arranging my transportation in Las Vegas! Best Limo Service Ever!

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Beautiful weather in the city that never sleeps! It’s kind of magical.

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Definitely a climate better than winter and snow. Sunshine and pools? yes please!

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Ziplining through Isla Roatan, Honduras

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On the Boardroom Cruise in January 2015, one of our stops in the Caribbean was at Isla Roatan, Honduras where we went zip lining through the forest. It was an amazing experience through a forest of trees and overlooking the water and beach as we zig-zagged through the course. The slow-motion in this video shows that I didn’t actually kick over the zip line guide… there was just a lot of momentum…

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Walking with Elephants in Johannesburg

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While leading a certification training class in Johannesburg, South Africa and after a series of unbelievable events that have added up to the most complex and challenging trip ever… I found an immense amount of solace in the opportunity to visit Glen Afric and spend the afternoon with wild elephants. They are such majestic creatures.

During the class, we were writing user stories which is a great way of capturing desired features from the customer’s perspective in the format “As a who, I need what, so that why. Each of the students wrote a user story within the context of a traveler (me) who had flown to South Africa for work and only had ½ a day before heading to the airport to do anything of real leisure and I asked, given the time constraints, what one would do for fun. After around 20 great submissions, the winning user story was to visit Glen Afric and walk with elephants. It was definitely a great choice!