70 days in New Zealand

Two and a half months into my remote working experiment and I must say I reckon I am getting the hang of it. I have come to the end of the New Zealand portion of my travels and am now moving into my travel proper. I’m on my way to my first stop Belgrade, currently sitting in the transit lounge in Melbourne writing this (sorry Melbourne peeps, its just a fly through).

Coromandel, you saucy minx

Moving on from Rotorua early, we headed up to Thames for a spot of lunch - stopping only to take the obligatory giant L&P bottle photo with mum (Kiwi’s will know).

Nice couch bro!

Next stop in my New Zealand tour is to spend a week up in the Coromandel with my Mum, Sister and Brother in law.


A tale of two breweries

As a part of our Remote Year they organise ‘Local tracks’, organised activities designed to immerse us in the culture of our current environment. They are loosely based around tourist activities but ones that are not so common or as easily accessible.

Czeching in to Prague

It seems just yesterday I was arriving at my place in Split, now I am required to pack my life back into bags and set sail for my next location. I swear thats the last time I cry ‘poor me’ about how fast this year is going by.

Split 50/50

Right now I am half way through my first month that means 1/24th through my RemoteYear year. They say time in RemoteYear is a Schrödinger-esq paradox, simultaneously feeling like we have been in country for ages and known each other for years - whilst at the same time streaming past so fast it’s not long before we are preparing for the next country. This is something I now understand, this is my first blog post since arriving simply because it doesn’t feel like I have been here long - but now we are talking about Prague, our next stop!

Belgrade in 36 hours

Due to a change in my Remote Year program, I find myself in Belgrade, Serbia with a full day to kill. My original itinerary was cancelled, but I was offered a far superior (IMO) set of destinations starting off in Croatia - also RemoteYear paid for the change in plans so no complaints there. However I had already procured my inbound flights to Belgrade (the previous starting location). I decided to keep my plans and spend a bit of time solo exploring before joining the Remote Year group.


Three degrees of Asia

I love Asia, I always have - travelling it how I am now is giving me a whole new appreciation for the diversity of the region. We are into our third month in Asia and each country has been so different to the other it’s hard to believe its the same part of the world.

Good morning, Vietnam

And just like that we say goodbye to Europe. Four months of great Beer, solid food and good times. During the opening act of Kaizen we travelled as a group to four countries but individually probably set foot on more than 30.


Done, not done - more Tequila & Rum

The end of Remote Year was a fitting send off, a two day party in a mansion outside of Mexico City. As the first night drew to a close the first of the Kaizen’s started to say their goodbyes and make their way off. The stream of people turned into a torrent as more and more headed to their next destinations, some headed home, some headed to ‘friends’ they had met on their travels and some like me, not quite ready to head home went in search of a little more adventure.

What just happened to me

Pinch me. My Remote Year has ended, how did that happen? The last thing I remember is meeting my 50 “Tramily” all the way back in Split - “Travel family”, Uggh, one of a few new terms I visibly gagged at when first hearing but have since come to accept. Now twelve months have passed and we are bidding each other farewell in Mexico.

Travel Hell Vol 3 - Hostage in Bolivia

The day started in earlier than usual at 3:15am after arriving in Uyuni the previous night. There were vague excuses given about possible road closures. Once on the road our driver tells us there are protests about living conditions in the city and they are setting up roadblocks to disrupt. He explains that we’ll take a back road and should be fine.

Peru on Tour

Our tour officially begins with a briefing in our hotel in Lima in the evening where we get to meet a few of our tour group. The nature of the tour is such that we will pick up new members as we travel along, we are told amongst other things that it’ll be a 4am start - as we eventually find out, the first of many, something about these tour planners I feel like they are morning people.

Lima on repeat

By the time I arrived in Lima in December I had been travelling for 11 months. A few hectic preceeding months combined with the transit from hell meant I was decidedly burnt out and travel wary, I decided this month was to be about work and not much else.

Travel hell vol 2 - The long way around

After so much travel it was bound to happen, so much seamless travel - I was running the gauntlet of good fortune, the tide would surely would turn some day. That day turned out to be today (or few days, I’m a little confused about timezones and how long I have been traveling).