Zero Waste Challenge

The zero waste movement has really taken off. In case you are not familiar with it, it is a lifestyle that aims to produce as little trash as possible. There are many benefits to joining this movement. 1. It is ethical. 2. It is economical. 3. It is efficient. Let me be clear. True zero waste will never be achieved. However, I think everyone can do their part to waste less.

Below I have listed the progress I have made over the years to produce less waste. Even though it has been many years of trying to reduce my waste, I still have a long way to go. Everyone progresses at their own pace. Any one action you take will make a difference.

My challenge to you is for you to look at your own life. What can you do right now to reduce your waste? Choose one thing or choose 10 things.

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49 nights on the North Island of NZ for around $8 per person/night!

My husband and I spent 49 nights on the North Island of New Zealand. We spent on average $8.29 US per person/night! It would have been cheaper if we didn’t pay for Airbnb accommodations in Auckland for 12 nights, but we needed that time to sell our car, camping stuff and plan for the next leg of our world travel adventure. We bought a non self-contained vehicle in Christchurch and made our way up to the North Island. There are many free campsites even if you have a non self-contained vehicle. We used CamperMate (http://www.campermate.co.nz/welcome/index) as a resource. We stayed at a lot of DOC (Department of Conservation) campsites (http://www.doc.govt.nz/campsites). Continue reading

44 nights on the South Island of NZ for around $5 per person/night!

Traveling does not need to be expensive! My husband and I spent 44 nights on the South Island of New Zealand. We spent on average $5.59 US per person/night! It would have been cheaper if we didn’t pay for private rooms in Christchurch. We spent 6 nights in Christchurch while we were finding a car to buy. We bought a non self-contained vehicle. There are many free campsites even if you have a non self-contained vehicle. We used CamperMate (http://www.campermate.co.nz/welcome/index) as a resource. We stayed at a lot of DOC (Department of Conservation) campsites (http://www.doc.govt.nz/campsites). Continue reading