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
My husband, Kyle and I spent 10 days in Japan in May 2016. We spent time in Tokyo, Kyoto and the Mt. Fuji area. Continue reading
I make this smoothie everyday. I found the right mix of ingredients and I have stuck with it. This smoothie never gets old. It is delicious every time! Continue reading
My husband and I live in a 850 sq. ft. apartment in Forest Grove, about 25 miles West of Portland, Oregon. We pay $850/month. We live in the upstairs apartment of this Gothic Revival Victorian home built around 1890. It is a 2 bedroom apartment. This is one of the biggest apartments we have lived in. We have lived in everything from 350 sq. feet to 900 square feet. Even though we live in 850 square feet, we live minimally. Continue reading
My husband, Kyle and I spent 3 weeks in Bali in May 2016.
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Sanur, Ubud, Uluwatu, Gunung Kawi, Tegalalang rice terraces, Tirta Empul, cremation ceremony in Ubud and Padangbai, Monkey Forest in Ubud, Amed, Tirta Gangga, Taman Ujung, Bias Tugel beach in Padangbai, Mangosteen, Jackfruit, food from Wulan Vegetarian Warung in Ubud, food and drink from Clear restaurant in Ubud, vegan mango coconut ice cream float at Tukies in Ubud Continue reading
My husband, Kyle and I drove around the North and South Islands of New Zealand during February, March and April of 2016.
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South Island: Lake Tekapo, Lake MacGregor, Lake Pukaki, Mt. Cook, Hooker Valley, Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin Railway Station, Otago Peninsula, Nugget Point, Florence Hill Lookout, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Wanaka, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Kaniere, Hokitika Gorge, Pancake Rocks, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman National Park, Wharariki Beach, Cape Farewell Continue reading
My husband and I chose New Zealand as our first world travel stop because English is spoken throughout New Zealand. We thought it would be a great way to transition into world travel. Even though English is the dominant language spoken by most New Zealanders, there are many words and phrases that are unfamiliar to Americans. Many words and phrases listed here are common to New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain. It may help to become familiar with some of these words/phrases before you visit New Zealand. For example, it would have been good for us to know that their tomato sauce is our ketchup. Our ketchup and noodles weren’t very good, haha! Continue reading
We stayed at three different hostels and one free campsite during our 6 night stay in Christchurch. Continue reading
My husband and I started our New Zealand adventure in Christchurch at the end of January 2016. Even though we were focused on buying a car and starting our travels we were able to experience many things in Christchurch. Continue reading