Who is TravellingK?
I'm Karen, a solo female living and travelling in a caravan around New Zealand.
My website is about the caravan experience - I share the good and the bad, the tips I've learnt along the way, plus the sights I see. I've also started interview people I meet with a similar lifestyle.
I show-off beautiful New Zealand and share the best places to go - with some hidden gems.
I also love travelling overseas and enjoy sharing what I've seen.
Why a caravan?
Over a year ago I was flat sharing with 3 other people and starting to want my own place. I was saving for a house in Auckland (New Zealand), but finally realised I couldn’t afford anything. Renting a place on my own seemed like a crazy amount too. I started thinking about living out of Auckland, but wasn’t sure where I would want to be. The idea of a mobile home started to intrigue me.
I was watching a lot of videos on YouTube about Vanlife and Tiny Houses. Caravans and motorhomes seemed more practical, as they were like tiny apartments that were easy to move. After looking at all the second-hand caravan and motorhome dealers in the city, I realised that anything with a motor suddenly became too expensive. That’s why I decided on a caravan.
How I make money
I afford this lifestyle through my work as a graphic design with over 10 years experience. I've found this career has been very handy for travelling. As long as it's an english speaking country I've been able to find a job, as it's the same software and way of working worldwide.
Where I've travelled
Interested in reading more?
Here are a selection of blog posts I recommend starting first.
Reflect on First Year Caravanning in New Zealand. I go into more detail about my experience.
Trial and error with off grid living. Starting to push my boundaries.
Would you live full-time in a caravan? My reasons for why I want to live 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.
Solar Panel Installed on Caravan. I share what I learn.
New Zealand Travel
Exploring the Coromandel in New Zealand. A north island favourite with lots of spots to visit.
Milford Sounds. My favourite part of New Zealand.
Karamea. Off the tourist trail.
Glenorchy. Stunning scenery outside of Queenstown but not as busy.
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.