For most people, retirement is a time to slow down. A time to put your feet up and relax and enjoy the comforts of life. But not so for Liz and Alan. Instead, they are using their retirement to explore New Zealand - on foot!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.
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
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
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
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
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
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