long-term travel


Tandem House programme, May 2016 Mościbrody Manor Estate, Poland.

In 2016 Antony and I did 5 different Angloville programmes (and a Diverbo Englischhausen which I will blog about separately). All the programmes were really enjoyable and a great chance to meet locals. We can highly recommend doing these programmes if you are a native English speaker travelling in Europe! Participating in an Angloville programme usually means spending 5 nights in a resort or hotel in the countryside, where, as native English speakers, you receive all meals and accommodation for free. In return you […]

How can you afford to travel for a year?

Happy travellers! Exploring Gozo by bike, Malta.

Many people ask us (or perhaps want to ask); ‘How can you afford to travel for a year?’ The short answer; We spend less when travelling than we do at home! We spent less flying around the world for a year than we did at home in Ashburton the previous year. If we factor in the income we earned from renting out our house while we travelled, the cost of travelling was actually less than half the cost of living at home. And this was when […]

Money Matters in the Czech Republic

Here’s what we spent in the wonderful Czech Republic. Aside from our 6 days at Angloville where all expenses were covered, Antony and I spent 10 days in the Czech Reublic. The currency is Czech kroner. 18 kroner = $1 NZD Accommodation We spent 6 nights in central Prague with friends in a BnB we shared the cost of. It was not cheap but in a really good location. After a week of Angloville we returned to Prague for 2 nights and stayed with my […]


Cycling in Mongolia, Spring 2016

Introducing Yuu, the 24 year old Chinese Malaysian who jumped on a bike 18 months ago and just can’t stop cycling… through Asia and beyond. Yuu and his older brother Dar were workawaying at the same time as me in Qeshm, Iran, February 2017 and were just lovely company. Yuu’s home town is Kluang in Southern Malaysia but he hasn’t been there for a few years. He describes Malaysia as very mixed culturally with three main people groups (Indian, Malay and Chinese) living peacefully […]

Money Matters Georgia

Georgia is one of the most beautiful countries we travelled in, in 2016 and it happens to be the cheapest. With budget airlines like WIZZ Air flying in and out of Kutaisi from all over Europe, holidays here are very affordable! Here’s an idea of how much it costs to travel in Georgia. Costs are given in Georgian Lari (GEL). The exchange rate for Lari to New Zealand dollars is 1GEL = $ 0.54 NZD. Accommodation: Antony and I travelled in Georgia in April […]

How to pack for a year?

Packing cells

A friend has asked how we pack when travelling for such a long time… here is an attempt to answer! Packs vs. Suitcases For all my previous travels around the world I took my trusty Fairydown pack I got for my 21st birthday. I couldn’t imagine travelling again with anything but a backpack! But given my pack was now 17 years old and time has brought with it advancements in durable but light material, we decided to invest in new lightweight packs. Antony had […]

To plan or not to plan?

Camel riding with Teresa and Reiner on our desert tour, Iran.

When we left New Zealand the only part of our trip that was planned was our first weeks workawaying in the south of Iran. We didn’t (and still don’t) know exactly when we will come home. We knew that at the end of June we’d be in Sardinia, in July we wanted to be in France to watch some of the tour de France and we’d be away roughly a year, but otherwise everything was open. It has been great to have flexibility to […]