For the second story in my ‘Different People’ series, I met with Julia who lives in her motorhome and works as a carer for sick and elderly people around New Zealand. Her’s is a story that proves it’s never to late to make big changes in your life, to reinvent yourself and to live YOUR life.Read More
Hi, I'm Lisa. I'm a 30-something on a mission to find out what life has to offer when the 'traditional' path of marriage, kids and 9-5 jobs just isn't right for you.
I live in my campervan and travel around New Zealand while I write about happiness and personal growth, challenging the status quo, life off the beaten track and finding your own path instead of following everyone else. On this blog, you will find stories about my own insights and experiences as well as stories about other people who are doing life differently.
This is the first in a series of stories about people who are doing life differently.
Mike is an activist and politician who lives off-the-grid in the Far North of New Zealand. Read his story and learn about the lessons he’s learnt and the advice he would give others.Read More
I’m a big believer in being true to yourself! I believe that self-awareness is one of the most important ingredients of a happy life. However, lately, I’ve been thinking about the limitations of ‘being true to yourself.’ How do you know if you’re actually being true to yourself or if you’re just stuck in your comfort zone?Read More
Why is it so hard to do life differently sometimes, even when you know you’re doing the right thing for you? Because it means living life without a plan. And that can be hard, no matter how right it is.Read More
Ever since I started living in my campervan, countless people have asked me how much does it cost to live on the road in New Zealand. So I decided to set up an online survey and find out what the average person living this way spends. Here is what I learnt.Read More
It’s Friday and I spent the day at the beach. I almost didn’t go. I almost listen to the little voice in my head that was reminding me of all the things I should be doing instead – it’s a work day after all and fun is for weekends…Read More
Being true to yourself and living life your way is hard - especially when it means being different. Being back in the city after living and traveling in a van for 5 months made me realise just how easily you pulled back into ‘normal’ and lose sight of who you are.Read More
It’s been a while since the last blog post and since I haven’t been overly active on social media lately either, I thought it’s time for a general update. The most important things first: Josie and I are on tour again :)Read More
We all find ourselves in situations sometimes where something in our life just doesn’t really fit anymore and we want change, we want something new. But how is that change or new going to find you if you just hold on to the old? You need to make space in your life for new things to find you.Read More
It’s been five months now since I said goodbye to the career-focused 8-5 city life and moved into my van – And what an amazing five months it has been.
I’m about to take a little break for a few weeks so time for some reflections.Read More
After over four months of living the Vanlife, it was time to make some big decisions about the future.
As it turns out, living up to my new 'Be fearless. But don't be stupid' Mantra is easier said then done. But luckly a chance encounter helped me figure out the right next steps for me.Read More
I bought Josie, my campervan, 9 months ago and have been living in her for that last 4 months. Lots of people have asked my what I looked for when I bought my van and how I knew this one is the right one for me. So I thought it’s time write a blog post about it.Read More
One of my favourite parts of the Vanlife is that I get to discover new places and experiences all the time. I’ve come to realise how powerful, humbling and inspiring that is.
That's why I’m going to challenge you to go on a little 'Something New' Adventure yourself...Read More
Learning to surf is hard. But one thing that makes it a bit easier and a lot more fun are the incredible supportive surfer girls I've been meeting all over New Zealand and online in the past few months.
This one is for all of them...Read More
After 11 years in New Zealand I FINALLY made it to the East Cape - And I totally fell in love with it.
A fairly unspoiled and unexplored area of New Zealand, the East Cape's rawness, realness and beauty made me feel like I was Alice in Wonderland exploring a magical place.Read More
I'm 33, single and happy! I'm a solo-traveller amongst couples. I'm 'Just Me!' And I'm starting to realize just how rare that is.
Have you ever wondered why it is that most people seem to find their 'Life Partner' in their late 20s or early 30s? It can't be a coincident that the majority of people find The One at that time in their life. I think there is more to it. And there's a reason why some of us don't follow suit.Read More