10 Steps to Buy a Car in New Zealand

We knew we wanted to buy a car in New Zealand because having your own vehicle is a great way to see many places. It was nice to not be committed to the schedules and routes of the bus. We also decided to buy a car so that we could go camping instead of staying in hostels. Buying a car is more cost-effective than renting a car if you’re planning on being in the country for a few months or more. We were in New Zealand for about 3 months.
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Packing list for long-term travel

In January 2016, my husband and I left for New Zealand. We bought one-way tickets. We didn’t know how long we would be in New Zealand nor how long we would travel through other countries. We put together a packing list that would work for 1 week of traveling or 1 year of traveling. I had read that it is better to have less stuff than more stuff so we packed pretty minimally.  Continue reading

Our strategy for buying airline tickets to New Zealand

My husband, Kyle and I are leaving our jobs in Seattle at the end of December. We want to have some adventures and see the world. First stop….NEW ZEALAND! We picked New Zealand because 1. It is gorgeous there. I love the combination of water and mountains. 2. People speak English. This is a good transition country for world travel since I have never been outside of North America. 3. U.S. citizens can get a 12 month work holiday visa if you are under 30 years old. Continue reading

Living comfortably in a 350 square foot apartment

My husband and I had been living in a 600 square foot apartment. However, we felt like it was too big for us. So, we decided to move to a 350 square foot apartment (13 feet X 28 feet) in the same building. We are so happy that this apartment became available because we can stay in this fabulous location in Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. The bus stop is right across the street and it is a 10 minute ride to my office. Continue reading

Buy Quality

A video I recently uploaded to YouTube is about buying quality things rather that cheap things. I don’t like to spend money, therefore it is hard for me to splurge on quality things. However, I have found that it is worth buying quality things because they last a lot longer than cheap things. Continue reading