Abundance

I would like to tell you a bit about where we are staying right now. We are staying with Al and Anita in a small beach town in New Zealand. They have 5 acres on the edge of the poorer part of their town. If there is a crime in this town, this is where the police […]

A Transformation or Realization of Nomads

Before we had our first child, from the comfort of our own old brick flat, surrounded by rose bushes with the knowledge of a siberian refugee family renting the big old house we owned on the other side of town, we made a vow. The vow was to each other and to a loving higher […]

A Thoughtful Christmas in New Zealand – South Island

I know you are cold. I know you probably have snow.  I love snow.  We love snow.  I tell you it seems that most of the Christmas songs are about cold weather and snow.  Here in the Southern Hemisphere it would be quite weird and probably a bit scary if we had snow on Christmas. […]

Nettles and Men

Started listening to Le Miserables while working in the vineyard. This is something I got this week. One day he saw some country people busily engaged in pulling up nettles; he examined the plants, which were uprooted and already dried, and said: “They are dead. Nevertheless, it would be a good thing to know how […]

Save like a Grandma

When Andrew and I got married we got the most wonderful gift from his mum. It was a lovely homemade duvet cover. It was an assortment of fabric squares sewn together. After looking at it on our bed Andrew noticed fabric that reminded him of an old shirt he had, another reminded him of his […]

Philanthropy and Giving

In a couple of books I have been enjoying (Walden and Anna Karenina) benevolence is looked at with question or down right negativity. In Walden, Thoreau writes about ‘goodness tainted’. He also states, “If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the constant design of doing me good, […]

How does friendship happen on the Road

People who have not been nomads can easily assume that we cannot have deep friendships if we live on the road. I always find it quite strange when I am confronted with this assumption because it is the depth of relationship that I miss most when we go OFF the road. When we are not […]

Traveling full time is not as expensive as you think

People ask me how we can afford to travel the world with kids. Good question!!! I tell them that the lifestyle of a traveller is not necessarily more expensive. In fact, it can be cheaper than staying put. Here are some of my thoughts on how we choose to live nomadically and simply. We are […]

How do we manage with young kids?

Traveling around the world is great but its even better if you can bring your kids along. A lot of people, like Mona who just sent me an email, see it as too much of a challenge to travel with young kids. Now granted our kids are no longer young. Our youngest is 11 but […]

Turquoise Blue Water

It has been stormy this last week, in Turkey. Severe gales of winds and just as you think the sun will come out you get pelted with rain. The bluest seas come with the storm. They are already a beautiful blue and transparent. It is easy to get mesmerized watching a small squid or the […]