The ideal place for me is the one which it is most natural to live as a foreigner - Italo Cavino I lived in New Zealand for 14 months and I would move back permanently tomorrow if only they'd have me (damn visas)! Here are my 10 things to love about the land of the … Continue reading 10 things to love about New Zealand
'For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.' - Stephanie Perkins It's not healthy to be with someone 24/7 and constantly have to sacrifice your needs every minute of the day to make them happy. Fact. I might be able to do it for a … Continue reading Couples travel: how to not uncouple.
'Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body.' - Thich Nhat Hanh I have had depression and anxiety for 12 years now. Some days, weeks or even years, it doesn't bother me at all. It 'goes away'. I'm cured! Then suddenly, without any warning, depression clouds my mind- distorting my thoughts and … Continue reading Managing mental illness on the move.
'Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.' - Winston Churchill Last time I went travelling, it was on a wing and a prayer. This time, knowing that we're not going to be working like we did in New Zealand, it's taken months of saving, researching and booking ahead. I don't like to refer to … Continue reading A Year Out: planning priorities.
"Life is like riding a bicycle: you don't fall off until you stop pedalling." - Claude Pepper Last month I visited Devonport just across the harbour from Auckland City. After a rather windy trip via Fullers ferry, we docked and found a beautiful seaside town. The sun was shining and because we didn't know the area … Continue reading Devonport.
"The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea."- Isak Dinesen Since I was small, water has always fascinated me; and no body of water gets more fascinating than the sea. Much like myself, it can be calm, smooth with barely a ripple but changes dramatically and quickly- a force to be … Continue reading Muriwai beach.
"Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one." - Dr Seuss. Moving to NZ was a shock to the system. It wasn't the jet lag or the weather that was an issue though, it was the cost of living. So after 2 days of job hunting, I landed the job with Pita Pit … Continue reading Being a local.
"But you can travel on for ten thousand miles, and still stay where you are."- Harry Chapin When I arrived in Queenstown, I was broken. My long-term relationship had broken down five months previously and I had moved back in with my parents. I wasn't enjoying my job anymore. Everything was off and I was … Continue reading Queenstown healing.
'"New Zealand was one of the most beautiful countries to drive through for the scenery and the vast scale of the place." - Louise Nurding Milford Sound was a place I hadn't even heard of before arriving in Queenstown. If you do ever visit the area, make it your priority for a visit. Quite simply, … Continue reading Milford Sound.
"To travel is to take a journey into yourself." Danny Kaye It's hard to believe I've been in New Zealand for six months now. It only seems like yesterday that I left my mum sobbing at Heathrow as I made my way through security. For anyone who knows me well, they'll know that travelling was … Continue reading Six months in.