Life throw me a curveball this week. After I finally decided what I want to focus on this year, I now had to change plans again.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.
Someone recently asked me what my number one vanlife hack is. After thinking about it for a while, I came up with lots of little tips and tricks that I figured out over the last 14 months living in my van, so I thought I’d do a blog post about it.Read More
For the latest in my series of stories about people doing life differently, I met with Amanda Chapman, a young Auckland-based activist, passionate about reducing waste, community and building her own Tiny House.Read More
It’s been 14 months now since I said goodbye to the busy city life and the comfortable, regular income and moved into my campervan. It’s been amazing. I’ve loved every minute of it. But lately, there has been this nagging voice in my head that keeps saying “maybe I should just go back to normal! At least for a while…”Read More
One question I get asked a lot from people who hear that I live and travel in my campervan is how I make the financial side of things work. So I thought I’d write a blog post about how I became a digital nomad and how I’m making remote working work for me.Read More
Since I’ve started to live and travel full-time in my campervan, my life has changed completely. I meet different people, I visit new places, and I have a lot more time and freedom. All of this has taught me something about regret.Read More
I knew Pete would be someone with a colourful life story even before we had met. The second I turned the corner on his steep gravel driveway and saw his not exactly ordinary home, I knew this would be someone with stories to tell.Read More
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
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
When we think about what makes us unhappy or what gets in the way of our happiness, it’s easy to think about negative emotions like pain, fear, anger and stress as the main cause for our unhappiness. However, there is reason to believe that this line of thought is not just wrong but it could even be harmful.Read More