Ch-ch-ch-changes afoot: Why we’re upping sticks and going off to travel the world for six months

I’ve grown up in Auckland. I probably will live out my life here. I’ve loved building up savings and a financial foundation. I love what I do.

But I want more.


(Typical bloody Gen-Yer.)

Tons of my friends have already gone off on their OEs; some have already returned. And others are about to leave. “Is this the OE you never had?” my boss asked. (Way to make me feel over the hill, dude. But my response, in a nutshell, was yes.)

Putting an end date on our time here has had the added benefit of making me appreciate everything I do have a little more. But the impending change, excitement, freedom, is definitely dominating it all.

I don’t believe in waiting till you’re old to travel (have you seen Up??!!). And I simply wasn’t sure if my job would be conducive to taking the big annual international trips that were in the original five year plan (at my old workplace, yes, but things are less flexible here). It was a case of deciding, what would I regret more? Doing this, or NOT? And the answer was clear.


It’ll never be easier to do this. We’re young, healthy, energetic (relatively). We’re not chained down by golden handcuffs; it’s not like either of us is tied to a Wall St desk raking in the big bucks (I just finished reading Bond Girl. ‘Nuff said).

Our wedding is in May, and it wasn’t a crazy leap from contemplating a European honeymoon to considering a full blown RTW trip, particularly once STA Travel came out with its earlybird RTW tickets.

So, come May 10, for the next six months we will be nomads.


Fly, little kiwi.

So, there’s a lot to say! I’ve got more travel posts coming up, including a full itinerary (I hope to meet up with some of you along the way!) – is there anything in particular you want to know? Tell me, and I’ll cover it!

36 thoughts on “Ch-ch-ch-changes afoot: Why we’re upping sticks and going off to travel the world for six months

  1. That’s soooooo exciting!!!!!!!! Congrats you will have an amazing time! I hope you plan on blogging during your travels!

  2. Very exciting for you two!

    I enjoy the NZ/Austrialian walk about travel culture. You guys are everywhere here in the US enjoying life.

    That’s what it’s all about. Come to SF, the most beautiful city in America and we can grab some grub!


  3. Congrats!
    My husband & I quit our jobs in NYC at 28 and did a RTW. We ended in Australia and did the working holiday visa. A year later we’re still here(we’re sponsored).
    Reflecting back we had a better experience being a bit older than the other RTWers. You appreciate what you’re seeing and doing more after already being in the working world.
    Plus since we’d already had 5 yrs of working experience,once we got to AU we got good pay and jobs on our fields so we didn’t sacrifice that.
    My favorite places were Prague, Budapest, Brasov, Romania and Siem Reap, Cambodia.

  4. that is amazing! a few couple of friends decided to go on extended 6-12 months honeymoons, and usually for the price of a 2 weeks luxury one. If you plan on visiting central america let me know!

  5. I am jealousssss! And very excited for you. Let me know if you venture down to Florida. Ha. I’m not sure you’ll be hitting the East Coast at all but thought I’d throw it out there. 😉

  6. Eeeee, how exciting! I want to do something similar at some point in the future so I look forward to your posts about this! And if you ever make it out to USA’s capital let me know!!

  7. Congrats – how exciting! As you know, it’s something K and I are already starting to save up for, so I’m looking forward to hearing more about your experiences.

  8. That is SO exciting! I hope that it’s the most amazing experience for you both, and I hope that you’ll post all about it once you’re back.

  9. OMG! That’s amazing news!!!! I’m so excited for you and T! You guys are going to have such an amazing time and I can’t wait to read about your adventures 🙂

    Are you coming to Canada? Specifically, are you coming to Toronto? I’d love to show you around our little city.


    I second showing you around Toronto!!

    If you come to Montreal (French Canada), I may be there too. Either way, Toronto or Montreal, WE WILL SEE EACH OTHER.

    (Forget Ottawa, it’s not worth the trip… I’m being honest here.)

  11. Wow! So excited for you! (Envious too, as this is obviously smthg that is almost impossible at this point in my life with two toddlers.) Can’t wait to read all about your adventures!

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