How a Closet Saved My Sanity

How a Closet Saved My Sanity

Sometimes traveling sucks. There, I said it, and I hate to admit it, but sometimes traveling really does suck. Our last week of life on the road was draining, stressful, tense, confusing, difficult, and just all around, um, sucky. Not just for a few minutes, or an hour, but for multiple days … Everything. Just. Sucked. *

I posted before that we could easily live in Sydney, but after that things just sort of fell apart. 

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The Ups and Downs of Van Life

The Ups and Downs of Van Life

After 15 days living in our little van named Winnie, it is time to say goodbye. She had mysterious stains on the ceiling, a door handle that only worked from the inside, and speakers that didn’t work on the passenger side. But, she was our method of transportation and our place to rest our heads at the end of the day so I am sad to give her back.

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Our New Zealand Epic Road Trip Recap

Our New Zealand Epic Road Trip Recap

It took us 48 hours of drive time to travel across both islands of New Zealand and after the experience, all I can say is, “wow.” This country is just spectacular. There are (long list alert!) mountains, glaciers, fiords, forests, wide open planes, steep hills, huge lakes, rainforests, massive beaches, famous surf spots, little islands, tons of vineyards, and so much more nature that I haven’t even mentioned. On top of that, every Kiwi we met was happy to welcome us to their country and to help us when things went awry

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Breakdowns and Illness and Cyclones, Oh My!

Breakdowns and Illness and Cyclones, Oh My!

Debacles in three acts. Disclaimer: This is a long one.

The New Zealand leg of our trip started in near perfection but that didn’t last long. Not long at all. After our lovely morning in Okains Bay, we set out on a long drive South. We stopped at Lake Tekapo (not pronounced “Take-a-poo” apparently) for a walk, then free camped on the South side of Lake Pukaki near the town of Twizzler.

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