I’m a kiwi who has eagerly travelled off and on for the last 8 years.
My latest adventure is living permanently in a caravan and travelling around New Zealand. I’ve come to realise that I can’t afford a house in Auckland, so I’ve bought a caravan instead!
I’ve lived in London, Melbourne, Auckland and now call the whole of New Zealand home! I’ve got the travel bug and have visited South America, Iran, Russia, India, Turkmenistan, Japan, Morocco, Italy, Spain, Norway and more – my travel wish list keeps growing.
I’m a graphic design with over 10 years experience in print and digital, and am currently fascinated by videos and YouTube. I’ve found this career has been very handy for travelling. As long as it’s an english speaking country, I’ll be able to do the job, as it’s the same software and way of working.
Where I’ve visited
What I’ve been doing
I followed the usual path of university then full time work. But quickly started wondering – is this it? Do I keep doing this for the rest of my life? It took two years of solid saving on a junior graphic design wage, before I moved to London. This was the best thing I could have done. By throwing myself into unknown situations, I went from being very shy and uncertain to becoming self-confidence.
Moved to London
I moved on my own, only knowing my brothers friends sister and a cousin. My first ever overseas flight was to London via Japan. I had beginners luck and quickly got regular work and a great flat-share. Eventually I learned my way and stopped annoying locals by continuously comparing everything to home. I now have plenty of stories about trips to Europe, nights out, living with people from different nationalities and in some pretty crazy houses! There are a few things about moving to London I wish I had known which I’ve shared here.
Moved to Melbourne
After four years in London I started wondering if I wanted to settle there. I decided to move to Melbourne for a change and be closer to New Zealand. I couldn’t save while living in Melbourne as I spent all my pay on nights out and weekend activities! It has some fantastic events, bars and restaurant.
More travel & moved to Auckland
In 2015, I visited South America, UK, Italy, Morocco, Singapore and Sydney. After this burst of travel, I moved back to Auckland with plans of settling. I realised the housing market has gone crazy and there was no option of buying a house on my own. I worked solidly for a year in Auckland at Flight Centre before getting itchy feet again.
I bought a caravan with exciting plans of living permanently in it, exploring New Zealand. Planning some overseas trips over winter too. If I can’t afford a house in Auckland, I can explore New Zealand and find a place to put down roots.
Interested in reading more?
Here is a selection of blogs I recommend starting with.
Would you live full-time in a caravan? My reasons for why I want to live in a caravan.
Karavan’s 1st impressions. How I’m finding living in a caravan.
Starting the day in a Karavan. An intimate peak into what it’s really like living in a caravan.
Reversing with a Karavan. It’s not as hard as you think!
Karavan dramas. I share the problems I came across in the first 3 months.
How much does living in a caravan cost? I figure out how much I spent in the first 3 months.
New Zealand Travel
Milford Sounds. My favourite part of New Zealand.
Karamea. Off the tourist trail.
Glenorchy. Just stunning scenery and not as busy as other spots.
Waiheke Island Alternative – Matakana Area. An area north of Auckland that I know well.
Northern Morocco. An overview of Moroccan destinations and tips for visiting.
Whitsundays beauty. A video of the beautiful WhitSundays in Queensland, Australia.
My holiday of accidents in Vietnam. Have you ever had a holiday where everything goes wrong?
Top sights in Chile and Argentina. A video showing stunning Chile & Argentina, plus tips for visiting.
Travelling around North India. A colourful video of India and my impression of the country.
And some extras
Diving wasn’t as scary as I’d been told. Considering learning to dive?
A taste of an overland truck tour. A video on what it’s like doing an overland truck tour.
Do you feel less at home after travelling? I was asked a question “Because you have traveled so much, do you feel less “at home” each time you return?”. This blog was my answer.