My usually pretty mellow life has turned into a rollercoaster ride this last few weeks with me receiving some of the best and worst news in a long time. But the good far outweighs the bad and as so often, its the challenging times that help you learn and grow…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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Have you ever really listened to your mood? Have you ever really paid attention to what makes you feel happy, excited and energised and what makes you feel sad, lethargic and lonely?
I don’t think I ever really did. Until I started the vanlife and all the sudden there is no escaping it.Read More
Have you met many interesting people yet? That’s a question I hear a lot. I guess it makes sense for people to assume that, while traveling around New Zealand on my own, I would meet some cool people.
But I haven’t really, yet. And, truth is, it’s probably not because there are no cool people to meet, but because I choose not to engage with them.Read More
It’s been four weeks now since I gave up ‘normal’ life in Auckland to live life differently. It has been an amazing experience so far and I’ve already learnt so much. I’ve been trying to put into words what I love most about it and why it feels so right. Here is what I’ve come up with.Read More
3 weeks ago today, I packed up the last of my stuff, moved out of the temporary home I had stayed at for the last 4 weeks and into the van to start the big adventure.
To sum up the last three weeks in one word: ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!Read More