Hi, I'm Liz, and I got my first taste for traveling when I was 16 years old. On my own, 12 years and 50 something countries later, my wanderlust has only grown and the list of countries I want to visit longer. After living in Spain for the past few years and returning home for a stint, I then quit my job and moved to New Zealand and I've been here ever since.
WhatI love New Zealand. And sometimes I love to hate on New Zealand but most of the time, I’ve got nothing but admiration and love for the country that adopted me many years ago.
Of course, the magnificent mountains and turquoise lakes were a draw in choosing my new home but what I didn’t know at the time was that I’d come to love New Zealand for some much more than it’s natural wonders.
I didn’t know I’d fall in love with the culture, slowly adapting and assimilating so much that I now feel like a foreigner in my own home country.
Now, when I got back to visit the USA, I can’t help but feel proud and thankful for all that I’ve learned and picked up in New Zealand.
Here are my top 10 Kiwi habits we should all embrace.
I’ll never forget the day I was working at my cafe job when I saw my first barefoot patron. They walked in like nothing in the world was wrong, ordered their coffee and sat down, just like a regular customer.
I stared at them wide-eyed wondering what the actual fuck was going to happen. Was this allowed? Surely not. Why isn’t anyone else noticing this peculiar phenomenon? Was someone going to kick him out?
Much to my surprise, nothing happened.
He drank his coffee, he left the cafe and the world kept turning.
I suddenly started seeing bare feet everywhere!
The supermarket, the gas station, the liquor store. What seemed so strange to me suddenly made sense. Barefoot are great! The bottom of a barefoot isn’t any gnarlier than the bottom of your shoe and by letting your feet breath, you’re discouraging pesky foot bacteria from growing and causing a funk.
Should the entire world go barefoot in the warm weather? I think yes.
2. “…can’t be bothered”
There have been numerous Kiwi phrases I’ve inadvertently picked up over the years but my all time favorite is telling someone “I simply can’t be bothered.”
In the USA, we’d say something like “I don’t want to do that” but in New Zealand, it’s important to add some blasé flair to your conversation.
Instead of saying I don’t want to go to the picnic, say “I can’t be bothered going to the picnic.”
Its subtle implication is that everyone on earth is going to bothersome and you must pick and choose which things are worth being bothered for and honestly, I TOTALLY feel that.
Kiwis are not, of course, dramatic by nature, but that won’t stop me from campaigning for the entire world to pick up this aloof diction.
“Hmm, yeah nah. Can’t be bothered.”
3. Let’s take all of the coffee breaks
After a few hours of arriving at their place of work, Kiwis almost routinely take 15-30 minutes for a morning break, sometimes called smoko, often on farms for a mid-morning tea and snack.
Perhaps this was originally meant for smoking breaks, I don’t know, but now, it’s seen as a must take break from your work. Professionals all across the country leave their workplace and pour into the cafes where they catch up with their colleagues and friends while downing a quick flat white.
And why not? Coffee in New Zealand is an art, and a best kiwi habit.
They know they’ll be more productive throughout the day with short, reasonable breaks in the morning which is honestly something we should all adopt because there’s nothing quite like a mid-morning reset.
4. Kiwi cafe culture is social as
Speaking of cafes, their cafe culture in New Zealand is a little different than North America.
Don’t expect to be able to bring in your laptop and hunker down for a day of work without getting the stink eye. New Zealand cafes are a place for catching up with friends or reading a magazine or newspaper while you have coffee. They are no remote offices and many cafes will be offended if you treat it as such.
Don’t even think about asking where the power outlets are.
While I’ll be the first to admit I have definitely been frustrated looking for a place with wifi, I gotta say, I admire their commitment to social cafes where the emphasis is enjoying the present moment, not being constantly connected to the outside world.
Of course there are exceptions to this, especially in big cities, but in general cafes are for being social.
5. Just chill out – she’ll be right, mate
At its core, New Zealand truly is an island nation and fully embraces the laid back island mentality.
Kiwis have a common saying when things look like they might be going bad: “She’ll be right.”
The “she”, of course, is not a woman but the idea of an issue or a problem.
Kiwis have adopted this mentality fully and it’s rare to see a Kiwi really upset about something out of their control. Why get upset about something when there’s nothing you can do anyways? It’ll sort itself out, she’ll be right.
6. Be humble. Always.
New Zealanders are eternally humble, one of the best kiwi habits around.
They abide by the tall poppy rule which essential means any poppy that grows tall and tries to outshine the others swiftly gets chopped. Instead, Kiwis aim to be humble and often even go as far as putting themselves down ALL THE TIME.
While there’s certainly reason to be proud of yourself, I admire the Kiwi way of internalizing it instead of instantly telling every person you’ve ever met about your accomplishments.
Just try telling a Kiwi of all your great accomplishments and you’ll quickly be met with unimpressed dismissal.
7. The number 8 wire
The number 8 wire has become ubiquitous with the ingenuity of New Zealanders.
Technically, the number 8 wire is a strong and flexible wire that Kiwis have used to fix essentially anything.
The wire itself has become a metaphor for the Kiwi life: durable and tough and able mend just about anything. Kiwis are a resourceful bunch who take what they have on hand and just simply make it work. No fussing, no whining. Perhaps its roots are being an island nation with historically low resources. Perhaps it’s the small population numbers.
Whatever it is, Kiwis tend to not rely on other people to do their job for them.
8. They value their vacations
Kiwis have a lot more vacation time than Americans.
On average, it’s standard to have four weeks of paid holiday and that’s a right granted for almost all types of employment from your local barista to the person who collects the garbage.
Everyone is entitled to holiday and no one is made to feel guilty for actually taking their allotted holiday time. Many people take a month off entirely and no one bats a single eyelash.
Most Americans, on the other hand, hardly use their holiday time and when they do, they carefully squeeze their vacation into as many holiday breaks and weekends as possible.
It’s really rare for a Kiwi to lead a conversation with the classic, “So what do you do?”
And if you happen to ask that to a local, they’ll give you a funny look as they ponder what in the world you’re talking about.
For New Zealanders, that question doesn’t make sense because they do a lot. Skiing, hiking, running, surfing, boating, dog walking, child minding, farm tending.
The idea of being defined by your occupation is a weird concept here so instead of asking someone what they do for work, try asking what they do for fun.
10. Expect brutally honesty
New Zealanders do not mince words. Ever.
They might try to put a gentle spin on things. But at the end of the day, they say what they mean.
They simply see no reason to dance around the elephant in the room. Kiwis prefer to just get it out there and get on with it. Kiwis are not, by nature, mean spirited people at all. No, they are just honest and straight up, no bull shit.
So if you’re acting like a dickhead, it’s not surprising when one of your mates tells you to pull your head in. The good thing is Kiwis don’t generally hold grudges so if you say something that rubs someone the wrong way, they’ll get over it soon.
Any key kiwi habits we’ve missed? What do you think? Have you experienced of any of these cultural differences in New Zealand? What are your best kiwi habits? Share!
Just outside of Wanaka, my home on New Zealand’s South Island, you might find one of the most incredible pieces of land on earth – only if you know where to look.
It’s a wild place with a lot of history, a never-ending land of spiked mountains and hidden valleys, a luxury lodge that entices, delights and surprises all. Would you believe me if I told you that it’s even an eco-sanctuary?
It’s name, Mahu Whenua, means “healing the land” in Māori, the most perfect name for a very unique place.
I’m about to spill all the tea, as my younger sister would say, so listen up guys.
Mahu Whenua is probably my favorite place I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying at – and as someone who has been a nomad for most of her adult life – that is high praise indeed.
An intimate luxury lodge and eco-sanctuary overlooking the mountains and lakes around Wanaka, New Zealand, it’s a real treasure to behold. This beautiful corner of New Zealand blew me away in ways that I couldn’t even imagine.
Traversing four historic high country sheep stations between Wanaka and Queenstown, Mahu Whenua was originally built as a private home (by Shania Twain!!) before it was turned into a luxury lodge, with four beautiful suites to chose from to call your own.
The house is divine, the people there are lovely, the views are unparalleled, but what makes Mahu Whenua so special and truly unique (in my humble and honest opinion) is the vision of the owner to restore and heal the land back to its pre-human state, and what they’ve already achieved in that regard.
It’s not every day you find a place so steeped in conservation and thoughtfulness, a lodge truly committed to becoming an eco-sanctuary.
These vast swathes of land around the Queenstown Lakes area of New Zealand were once home to many high country sheep farms and stations, that took their toll on the land over the years.
Mahu Whenua is dedicated to restoring, healing and protecting this incredible part of New Zealand.
If you’re like me, you may have often dreamed of having real power to change things, to protect vast swathes of land, to help declining species, but it might seem impossible. What’s really incredible is that the people at Mahu Whenua have been able to actually make a real difference here.
They’ve drastically reduced farming as well as introduced sustainable farming practices here, as well as enacting extensive plant regeneration and native bird breeding programs, to both reduce invasive pests on the property as well as bring back the native birdsong here.
You can explore the land here yourself on a visit or even join in on a little guided exploration of the farm and eco-sanctuary.
More than a million native trees and plants have been replanted around Mahu Whenua and beautiful creatures like pukeko and weka have slowly been introduced, with more than 25 hectares of predator-proof fencing on the property for bird breeding programs.
To ensure that the present day conservation initiatives continue forever, the owner has protected more than 90% of the land by covenants (Queen Elizabeth II National Trust), making it the largest conservation undertaking on private land in New Zealand’s history.
Stretching from Glendhu Bay in Wanaka over the mountains to Arrowtown near Queenstown, a stay at Mahu Whenua means that you have what is essentially you’re own private national park at your disposal.
While there are public trails, like the Motatapu Track, on other parts of the 550 square kilometers of land, the area around the lodge and homestead is exclusive.
Here you can spend your days walking in the hills, biking down the trails, or even riding one of the many horses on the property on purpose built trails. Anything is possible at Mahu Whenua.
Here are some of my favorite images from a recent stay out at Mahu Whenua in Wanaka – enjoy!
The copper bath in the Tui Suite is an all-time fave
Sunrise from Mahu Whenua over Lake Wanaka
A stay at Mahu Whenua includes all meals cooked by a private chef on site
I stayed at Mahu Whenua in late autumn (early May) which often brings low inversion clouds
The lounge at the homestead will blow you away
The stables at Mahu Whenua are impressive and it’s worth walking over to just to say hello to the horses
Exploring the property and admiring the native plants that are coming back
The Kereru Suite has an amazing balcony and wrap-around porch with views
Here you can hang out at the homestead kitchen that always smells divine (with never-ending freshly baked cookies)
Many thanks to Mahu Whenua for hosting me in Wanaka – like always I’m keeping it real – all opinions are my own – like you could expect less from me!
There was once a time when I was innocent. A time when I lived naively in warm, insulated bliss, fully taking for granted the modern innovation of indoor heating. Then I moved to New Zealand.
Coming from the USA, I admit I was privileged and spoiled with central heating and double pane windows. The thought of wearing a jacket inside was absurd and sometimes, I’d be warm enough to walk around in a t-shirt come wintertime.
Those days are gone. I’ve been living in New Zealand for four years now and my innocence has long left me. It was an abrupt, rude awakening that flung me from the warm blossom of my centrally heated apartment in Chicago and into the frigid New Zealand cold houses where if you’re not wearing five layers, you’re not doing it right.
I admit, New Zealand is moving towards improvement, albeit at the size of a paralyzed turtle, but change is coming. New Zealand cold houses are still all the rage.
More home builders are ponying up for better insulating homes instead of embracing the old Kiwi values of the cheaper the better. For those of you on the other side, basking in your tank tops and warmth indoors, let me take a few moments to highlight your luck and privilege, lest you forget.
And before you tell me to shut up and deal with it or go back to the USA, let me just say I know this rant is going nowhere.
No, I’m not planning on leaving anytime soon and I understand my complaining isn’t going to solve anything but when you need to vent, you need to vent. Ya know? So just shut up and leave me be.
Here’s a quick break down of all that’s wrong with Kiwi homes in the winter.
I simply took them for granted and accepted them as a normal structure in the house but never once did I ponder about the construction or design or function. Windows were windows, right?
Windows, as I’m sure any real homeowner could tell you, is a big key in keeping your house warm. In New Zealand, it’s just now in 2019 becoming customary to double glaze your windows. (Hot tip: Double Glazing is Kiwi for double pane windows).
Windows here have exactly one piece of glass and because there’s no two-pane system where the internal glass is warmer than the external, you get heaps of condensation inside.
When the warm air in the house meets the cold window pane, the moister in the air condenses on the glass so when you wake up in the morning, you’ve got dripping wet windows. People deal with moisture in different ways. Some towel down the windows while others just leave it be. Some people open up all of the windows for the morning and let it dry out.
If opening the windows first thing in the morning IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER is the last thing you want to do when you wake up to a frosty morning, you’re not alone.
Windows here have no screens and are attached by hinges that allow the window to open outward. Sometimes those hinges secure the window shut but sometimes, if the windows are older, the seal is not so tight so unless you’re a swanky MoFo living in a brand new house, odds are you’re going to be feeling those drafts all the time. Unless you…
2. Invest in curtains
Before moving to New Zealand, I thought curtains were things used only by fancy people who wanted to tastefully decorate their double French Doors. All my life we had blinds to keep out the light (and peeping Toms) but no one I knew had curtains. What’s the point?
In New Zealand, curtains do more than keep the outside world away; they are a big part of your house’s insulation.
Instead of just investing in double pane windows, Kiwis will literally spend thousands of dollars on curtains to help keep in the heat. If you’re picturing those cheap Ikea curtains get that thought out of your head right now.
This is New Zealand. Everything is second hand and everything is expensive, even if it’s ugly.
3. The heating source
Once you’ve determined a plan of action to keep your heat inside, you’ve got to figure out how to get the heat in the first place.
Luckily in Wanaka, we are allowed wood burning stoves and fireplaces although many parts of the country (I’m looking at you Christchurch) aren’t as lucky. If you’ve got a wood burning stove, you basically need to get your firewood order in the dead of summer when icy winter nights are the last thing on your mind.
Suppliers run out here so unless you want to pay an extreme premium, you’ve gotta get that wood well before you think you need it. And you want to make sure you have time to dry it out – no one wants wet wood in the middle of winter.
If you’re in a warmer house (i.e. good insulation and double pane windows – you lucky bastard), you can get away with fewer meters of wood but if you’re in a dungeon that receives no natural light (like me), you’re going to need 6-9 meters of good dry wood to see you through the cold spells.
Our house spends nearly $1,000 a winter on wood and that doesn’t even count our other heating sources. Most houses around us use a lot of electric blankets and hot water bottles at night to stay warm.
If you’re one of the unlucky ones without a wood burning stove, you’re most likely using a heat pump or plug-in radiators. As you can imagine, that ain’t cheap. And because there’s central heating that distributes heat through a series of connected pipes, only the room with the heat source is going to be warm which brings me to….
4. The absurd amount of doors
I live in a 3 bedroom house with two bathrooms and there are at a minimum 10 internal doors.
I’m not even counting doors to closets or storage spaces, just doors that connect our living spaces. There’s the outside door that lets you in. Then there’s another door a few meters after that to REALLY let you into the house.
Then you have the door to the hallway which connects to the doors to the toilet, bathroom, and bedrooms.
Oh and don’t forget about the door at the top of the stairs.
It’s the classic old school Kiwi way of instead of just fixing the root problem, they place a bunch of bandaids it hoping the patch job will work. Seriously, if New Zealand just took all of this money they spend on internal doors and invested them into proper insulation, maybe I wouldn’t be having this rant at all.
They do this, of course, to keep the heat in the rooms they want to keep warm. New Zealand heats their houses according to which rooms they anticipate spending time in.
Those rooms are usually the living room and a bedroom but almost never the toilet or bathroom. If you’ve never had to put on a puffy to go to the bathroom and dreaded pulling your pants down to sit on an icy toilet seat, you’ve not been to New Zealand’s South Island in winter.
5. The “insulation” in quotes
Ceiling and underfloor insulation will be required by July 1, 2019. Wahoo about time!
That means for all of the 21st century, Kiwi homes have never been required to be insulated. The new requirements will also not affect wall insulation which remains non-compulsory. Damnit!
The new code will require houses to meet a certain “R-value” based on where the house is located. Our house, which meets code, is insulated underneath with some styrofoam cutouts shoved into the base of the house. Needless to say, we spend most of our winter in thick wooly socks and hearty slippers. Sweet.
6. The attitude
It’s long been the Kiwi way to shut up and deal with it.
This wee island nation at the bottom of the world has long become accustomed to making life work with fewer resources. No one likes a complainer and in Kiwi culture, being tough and having a blasé attitude towards hardships is highly coveted. So it’s no surprise that the country has been slow to change.
If you’re cold, you just put on another layer. If you’re not wearing your puffy jacket inside, it’s surely not that cold. And who even are you if you don’t have at least two duct taped patches on your old puffer?
Most Kiwis will tell you heat management is better now than in the “olden days.” Even though it’s still incredibly common to see your own breath while eating your breakfast. Or heaven forbid melting the ice off the shower curtain before you jump in.
So if you find your Kiwi friends slipping into grandpa mode and telling you how bad it used to be back in their day, just smile and nod your head. You’ll never break down a stubborn Kiwi, especially one who grew up with an outdoor toilet.
Despite my frustration and eternal inability to keep warm in the winter, it’s important to keep this rant in context.
I’ll forever be working on “un-doing” my American consumer mentality.
Living in a less than an optimally warm house has actually made me think about heat and energy; think in a way that I was never forced to think about it before. Nothing comes for free; that especially rings true when you’re a tiny island committed to making do with what you’ve got.
New Zealand is constantly working towards making itself a greener, more environmentally conscious nation. With that comes the costs and expenses of renewable energy, just like anywhere else in the world.
In the USA USA, 89% of the energy consumed comes from fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Comparatively, only 60% of New Zealand’s energy comes from fossil fuels and 0% comes from nuclear energy. The other 40%? It’s all renewable energy, baby.
So yes, it may seem hypocritical of me to sit here and complain about a country I truly do love.
Despite my annoyance at being cold inside come wintertime, I’ll still support New Zealand and their shitty cold houses. Especially if it means they’ll continue to try and save the planet.
So as much as I’d love to stay and contradict myself further, I’ve got some condensation problems to tend to. Ciao!
Have you experienced a classic kiwi home in the winter? What are your thoughts on this? Share!
There are places in New Zealand often tourists just pass by or drive through, on their way to somewhere else. More often than not, Moeraki, a charming seaside town on the South Island between Oamaru and Dunedin falls into that category by accident.
But I’m here to tell you that to visit Moeraki deserves your attention. It’s a quaint little town that doesn’t have much going on but it’s the perfect place to getaway and relax for a while.
Now that I live in the mountains, I often head to the sea for a wee escape from it all, and Moeraki is now my go-to spot.
Wintertime is my favorite season to come away to Moeraki, and more often than not I find I have the place to myself. Being by the sea, the temperatures are less extreme and much more bearable than our heavy frosts of Central Otago.
The small fishing town of Moeraki was used by Europeans as an early whaling station, and before that it has a rich history dating back to the 13th century, and it’s one of the oldest continuously occupied human settlements in New Zealand, back when Moa still roamed these lands.
Even today there still remains a bit of stillness and mystery about Moeraki, especially early in the morning when the sea mists come in and no one is out and about.
Here are some of my spots you should check out on your next visit here, enjoy!
Enjoy the rolling green hills that meet the sea
One of my favorite features of New Zealand seaside towns is rolling green hills that drop off to the sea below, and Moeraki is no exception. All around the area there are stunning views of the surrounding hills and sea, most often than not dotted with sheep, and are beautiful any time of day.
Sometimes I just got for a long walk or a drive on the gravel back roads to see where I’ll end up.
I haven’t been disappointed yet!
Be on the lookout for rare hoiho // yellow eyed penguins at Katiki Point
On a trip to Moeraki, definitely plan to visit Katiki Point, which is the southernmost point of Peninsula. Where sturdy shoes and plan to walk amongst the cliffside trails.
Here you can view the historic Katiki Point Lighthouse, as well as the Te Raka a Hineatea Pa site. The word pā in Māori refers to a Māori village, defensive settlement, or a hillfort.
Katiki Point is also the most significant breeding site for yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho in North Otago, and you can also sea fur seals here too.
Incredibly threatened and in decline, yellow-eyed penguins are thought to be the rarest penguins in the world. It’s pretty special to see them here, and the best viewing times are early in the morning or early evening when they are either going out to sea for the day or returning home at night.
Just be respectful and don’t get too close, and don’t approach them or get between them and the sea (their escape). Often penguins won’t come to shore if they see a threat (us) so keep a distance. I believe 20 meters is the recommended distance.
Stay at the super cozy and charming Three Bays
Moeraki’s coastline is defined by three distinct bays, which also lends its name to the super cute and lovely hideaway Three Bays, a self-contained apartment beneath one of the loveliest houses in Moeraki, with beautiful views overlooking the area.
A perfect little hideaway hosted by the nicest local couple, it’s the kind of place you just want to hole up in and stay a while. And in wintertime when I visited, it couldn’t have been more comfortable and welcoming.
Not to mention the bath has the most amazing view of the harbor!
Sunset stroll at the Moeraki Boulders
Let’s be honest here, most tourists when passing through Moeraki, only stop to see the fabled Moeraki Boulders, large spherical rocks that dot Koekoehe Beach, five minutes from the main town.
Formed around 60 million years ago, they look rather like enormous dinosaur eggs, almost perfectly round and enormous, many over 2 meters tall that have appeared from the sea cliffs as they were eroded away. Some even are cracked open.
According to Māori tradition, the boulders are the remains of food baskets that washed ashore after the legendary canoe ‘Araiteuru’ was wrecked at nearby Matakaea / Shag Point.
Mysterious and beautiful, it’s fun to visit and wonder at their beauty, usually be prepared to get your feet wet.
Also it’s best to visit at low tide.
Go for a late long lunch at Fleur’s Place
And finally, my favorite reason to visit Moeraki of them all – to dine at Fleur’s Place – one of the best restaurants in New Zealand, if not the world.
A rustic portside restaurant right next to the water in Moeraki, food lovers from around the world gather to feast at Fleur’s tables. The first time I visited, I wasn’t even sure it was the right building, from the outside it appears rather like a shack, and once was the old whaling station in town.
But as soon as you walk inside, you know you’ve come to the right place.
The brainchild of the incredibly talented Fleur Sullivan, the food is mostly seafood based and fresh as it can get, with the fisherman bringing their catches straight to her door.
After running the fabulous Oliver’s in Clyde for a long time, Fleur was after a bit of a lifestyle change, and uprooted from rural Central Otago to another rural part of Otago, this time by the sea.
The first time I visited was on a recommendation from a reader five or six years ago who said something along the lines of “Fleur’s is my favorite restaurant and I live in London!” And I was not disappointed.
My favorite dish on the menu is a popular one – bacon wrapped blue cod – and the portions are huge, and I always over order. You likely need to book in in advance to get a table but I often go at funky hours, like 2 or 3pm in the afternoon, request a window table and take my time basking in the sun in a pretty awesome place.
I was just 19 when I first started traveling alone, and I can still remember the looks I would get when I would proudly announce this. Often I was met with a glance like I had grown a second head, or a wide-eyed “wow, you’re so brave” or even a head shake and “oh your poor mother.”
Well over a decade later I can safely say I’m still doing things that make my mum shake her head BUT also very proud (I think). Sorry I’m not sorry!
And while my travel has changed, shaped, grown and evolved in many ways, I’m still (and always will be) a diehard solo female traveler, and I will always stand up for and try to inspire other women to do the same, always open to sharing safe destinations solo female travel.
Solo female travel is life-changing, it can really make you as a person, teach you lessons that would have been difficult to find otherwise, and above all, inspire you to confidence and to believe in yourself, as well as to find your inner Beyonce.
According to Google, interest in solo female travel has risen by 131%, hitting an peak of 100 million searches in 2018.
Can I get a fuck yes?
Ladies, let’s keep leading the charge shall we? I’m a firm believer in leading by example, the stronger we are and the more supportive community we build around solo female travel, is better for everyone. And shame on you, New York Times, for your vile fearmongering. Women who travel alone AREN’T THE PROBLEM. MEN WHO ATTACK WOMEN ARE THE FUCKING PROBLEM.
Calm down, Liz. Where was I going with this?
So anyways, nestled amongst the heart emoji replies, OMG how can I have your life messages, and general vulgarity that lands in my DM’s and inbox, I often find my favorite question of all. Where should I go as a solo female traveler. Now there I am the expert.
Here are my choices for 10 safe destinations solo female travel. Enjoy!
1. Come hang down with me in New Zealand
My adopted home of New Zealand is an incredible place for women to travel solo and also happens to rank No.2 on the Global Peace Index (GPI). Built for year-round adventure, you can hike through pristine landscapes, ski or snowboard, go whale-watching, or slow things down with a winery tour, and feel safe while you’re doing any of the above.
Crime is minimal here, and it often makes the news if someone steals free range eggs from an honesty box on the side of the road, well, at least it makes the news here in little Wanaka where I live; I suppose South Auckland is a different story.
Violent crimes here are negligent compared to where I grew up outside Washington D.C., where I have never felt to walk outside to my car at night, and as a general rule I’ve found most kiwis to be honest and helpful here, and it’s definitely feels the safest of all the countries I’ve explored, especially for solo female travelers.
If you really need a kick in the butt, come see me at my next Travel Bootcamp in Queenstown in October 2019.
2. Go frolic in Iceland with the elves
Bubbling thermal springs, jaw-dropping rugged scenery and the chance to see the Northern Lights are just a few of the attractions in Iceland, listed the safest country in the world on the 2018 GPI. Don’t be deceived by their general belief in the fairy folk, Icelanders are actually some of the kindest, die-hard drinkers I’ve ever met.
It was one of the first countries I visited when I quit my day job to travel and took a road trip through some of the most remote parts of Iceland under the midnight summer sun.
In many ways Iceland feels a lot like New Zealand in terms of its wild landscapes, few humans, lots of sheep and small crime rates. There’s something to be said about places with small populations and a be kind to stranger attitude still.
3. Dance until dawn with new friends in Uruguay
If you have a yen to travel to South America, World Packers says Uruguay is one of the safest countries in the region for female travelers. Expect a warm welcome in this small country, tucked in between Brazil and Argentina, where you can relax on the beaches of Punta del Este, go hiking in the Parque Nacional Santa Teresa, or see a tango show in Montevideo.
Boasting one of the lowest crime rates in the Americas, Uruguay is a good safe start for solo female travelers looking to hit up South America.
4. Prepare to be blown away by the wild beauty of Norway
Home to World Heritage-listed fjords and unspoiled national parks, Norway is a magnet for those in search of dramatic natural landscapes. Hi!
Scandinavia often reigns supreme in many ways from healthcare and a high standard of living, to universal happiness and low crime rates, a perfect combo for women like us.
5. Fall in love with the magic of Switzerland
Spectacular lakes and mountains and picture-postcard villages, as well as its No.12 position on the GPI, make Switzerland an attractive proposition.
Here, you can hike, ski in the Alps, go boating on the many lakes, grab a bike and go exploring, or take advantage of the amazingly efficient trains, all in the knowledge that solo female travelers find this an easy and safe country to navigate, not to mention exceptionally efficient and very very tidy.
Just don’t go out to a fancy restaurant where you’ll likely be robbed when you go to pay the bill. Switzerland is many things, but cheap isn’t one of them.
6. Go on the hunt for the perfect street food in Hong Kong
Big cities can be some of the safest places to travel for solo females and Hong Kong is no exception, but it’s always good to use commonsense.
Hong Kong is one of my favorite big cities in Asia and I’ve felt safe here both during the day and after dark, on the hunt for dumplings and bao.
Enjoy the amazing shopping and lively culture, but don’t carry too many valuables, advises Lonely Planet. If you’re navigating the city at night, Lonely Planet says the MTR is safe, or if you’re walking, stick to well-lit streets.
7. Get your backpacker on in Portugal
With its spectacular coastline, medieval castles, delicious cuisine and a capital city, Lisbon, that’s hipster central, Portugal also rates highly for safety, occupying fourth place on the GPI.
Former foreign correspondent and diplomat Leyla Giray Alyanak from Women on the Road says Portugal is the safest country she’s travelled in, but advises taking the normal precautions of keeping an eye on your valuables and not putting yourself in risky situations.
One of the friendliest countries in the world, Canada is also one of the safest, coming in at No.6 on the GPI. Being mainly English-speaking gives it an instant advantage for travelers, plus there are safe and efficient transport systems in the cities as well as between destinations.
Major attractions include the spectacular national parks, world-class skiing and vibrant, multicultural cities.
As an American, I’ve come to love my neighbor to the great white north, and I have spent a few winters exploring around Alberta and BC, two magical regions worth visiting. Definitely hope to go back again soon!
Snow sports, onsen, hiking trails and incredible food… what’s not to love about Japan. Plus, CNTraveler names it No.1 in its top 15 spots for solo women travelers. Getting around is fast and efficient with the excellent public transport system, and the Japanese are notoriously helpful to travelers.
Lonely Planet advises that some peak-hour trains have women-only cars to protect female passengers from chikan (men who grope women on packed trains). And, although Japan is relatively safe, they advise the usual precautions and preparedness.
The land down under also makes CNTraveler’s top 15 travel destinations for women, and also comes in at No.13 on the GPI.
With year-round sunshine, you can hit the beaches in the southern states in the warmer months, and follow the sun by heading north when the mercury drops in March/April. Australia’s brilliantly set up for single travelers, with backpacker hostels in most popular spots and buses or budget airlines to get you around this vast country.
What did I miss? Have a favorite? Where do you think is the best country for solo female travelers? Spill!
Discovered by accident in 1791 when explorers were blown way off course on their way to Tahiti (wrong direction, mate) and ended up on a rocky outcrop of craggy islands considered rather hazardous to ships naming them “the Snares.” While I find the wild beauty of the subantarctic islands incredible, even I would be rather bummed if I landed here instead of Tahiti.
On most voyages south to the Antarctic and Subantarctic with Heritage Expeditions from New Zealand, you’ll likely pass and visit the Snares Islands.
My first introduction to New Zealand’s subantarctic, here I was greeted with a brisk wind slapping me in the face and a gaggle of penguins swimming around the ship after a day at sea in which many of my comrades became well acquainted with the toilet bowl.
Fizzing with excitement, I couldn’t wait for it to be our turn to climb down into a zodiac for a few exploratory cruises around the Snares.
The Snares are the northernmost of New Zealand’s subantarctic islands and one of the most untouched and pristine areas in New Zealand.
Long before Europeans landed on these rocky shores, the Snares were known the Māori people as Tini Heke, as they can be seen from Stewart Island on a clear day
And to the detriment of the resident fur sea population, European whalers and sealers destroyed their populations within a few decades before leaving these rather desolate islands alone for the most part.
In fact, this is what makes the Snares Islands so special – between the lack of human settlement and no invasive mammal populations have ever been able to establish themselves on the islands, the native species here have thrived unlike anywhere else.
It also means that visitors can’t land on the islands, only cruise around them in a zodiac, keeping the island free of introduced biohazards, like foreign weeds or rats.
The islands enjoy a status of higher protection than others and are rated by the New Zealand Department of Conservation as “minimum impact islands”. meaning landing on the islands is generally prohibited or by special research permit only. Time to go back to university if I ever want to walk along these shores.
However, I’m not sure how far I would get considering how dense the foliage and bush is on the islands combined with it’s generally cliff-ness nature and slippery rocks.
A huge feature that’s unique to the Snares is that it’s heavily forested, covered in the gnarled tree daisy Olearia, which sounds rather like a name in Game of Thrones, as well as the megaherbs that make these subantarctic islands so famous among us nature frothers.
For me the Snares were almost the most colorful of the Subantarctic Islands, and I gazed in wonder for hours at the crystalline blue waters, yellow bulk kelp, white rocks covered in penguins (and penguin poo) and the lush green forests covering the islands.
It was almost a rainbow.
Without any introduced predators on the Snares (like feral cats or rats) the local birds have thrived, most notably the Sooty Shearwaters whose numbers count in the millions as well as many diving petrels. We were surrounded by them as soon as we set off in the zodiac towards the islands, but quickly diverted as spray of water appeared on the horizon indicated whales were nearby.
Pausing and watching the horizon, we were all giddy with excitement to see that actually it was an orca swimming around the ship, something we don’t get to see every day, only to look up and see Buller’s Albatross gliding high in the skies.
The wildlife experiences down in the Subantarctic truly are unparalleled, and I haven’t even gotten to the penguin colonies yet.
While many penguins roam and range and nest around the subantarctic islands, you’ll find the unique Snares Crested Penguin only on the Snares and are estimated to around 30,000 breeding pairs here.
Absolutely abundant here, the waters around the island are teeming with the penguins and, it was just incredible to see so many of them in one place. Similar to the Fiordland crested penguin we have in New Zealand which is endangered, here we count ourselves extremely lucky to spot just one, whereas on the Snares Islands we easily saw thousands.
I always think the crested penguins with their fluffy yellow eyebrow feathers are the rockstars of the penguin world.
Considering how clunky penguins look when they’re waddling about on land, I always find it incredibly impressive to see how they can get up onto these rocky, slippery, seaweed covered cliffs with just their feet.
Conditions permitting there’s an incredible rock wall cliff that looks almost like a slide that the penguins use daily to get to and from the sea to their colony above.
Waiting for the perfect moment with the tide and waves, the penguins will launch themselves out of the water like a rocket up onto the rock wall before climbing their way up towards home after a day fishing at sea.
Alternatively we watched more than a few tumble ungracefully down off the rocks into the water below.
A perfect introduction to New Zealand’s subantarctic, the Snares was a place that truly got under my skin and made me want to hunker down and stay a while.
Stunning in its wild beauty, enormous bird colonies and general air of mystery about it since so few have either been there or landed there, the Snares is a the perfect example of how New Zealand and its outer remote islands could be if we allow nature to reclaim the land without interference.
Fingers crossed the rest of our beautiful islands can regenerate and grow in the same way soon.
Have you ever been to New Zealand’s subantarctic islands or heard of the Snares? Is this the kind of place you’d love to visit? Spill!
I recently had an amazing session with my life coach, Kait Rich (yes, I have a life coach. Roll your eyes, I know, but honestly she’s AMAZING) where we talked about that big, bad abstract concept of success.
Do I consider myself successful? How do I define success?
Kait has been instrumental in shifting my mindset on many things, setting up good systems with my work and helping me manage my anxieties in useful and profound ways.
After going through an immense burnout earlier this year and slowly finding myself again, I’ve had to really go back to the basics and retrain my brain to think in new, positive and productive ways.
You don’t need me to say that old habits die hard, and being hard on myself has been my way of life since as long as I can remember.
Up until recently, when I would be lauded for my successes, be given praise, be featured on the news or even win an award, I would always think to myself, yeah yeah yeah, whatever, I could be doing more. I still haven’t done this or that.
I’m not successful because I’m not a millionaire, I don’t own my own house, I’m not on the New York Times bestseller list or even finished my first book. I haven’t been interviewed by Oprah (yet). My list of things I want to accomplish still is enormous. The things I haven’t done are endless.
By my own definition, I’m a total failure.
Why do I do this to myself? What do I sabotage my own success? I never actually *sit in* my achievements, instead I continually move the success bar higher and higher, always out of reach, I’m never quite good enough. How fucked up is that?
My own definition of success is impossible, unachievable.
I don’t need anyone to tell me that’s pretty toxic and is a big contributor to me feeling anxious, depressed and generally overwhelmed. I’ve set the bar so high I can never reach it, and if I somehow manage to, I move it even further out of reach.
Instead now I’m vowing to be proud of myself and what I’ve done every single day, and also to completely redefine what success means to me moving forward.
All I want now is to wake up feeling well and happy and excited for the day (a big ask since I’m a raging insomniac). Something really simple but still eludes me. I want to be able to deal with adversity, shrug off my triggers and not hold on to things that are bad for my soul. To feel strong is one of my biggest dreams. I want to sleep all night and feel fit all day.
I want to spend time with my friends and be there for them and my family more. I hope to feel strong and healthy, full of energy and excited for all the possibilities of the future. I want to see my plant babies grow up and thrive. I hope to learn to be a better cook.
After all the business of life is enjoying where you are on the way to where you’re going, right? I am enough, and you know what? You are too.
How do you feel about success? Do you need to be kinder to yourself too? Spill!
I’ve made it no secret that the South Island’s West Coast is one of my favorite corners of New Zealand, a wild and empty coastline full of spikey mountains and dense rainforests, rugged beaches and feisty penguins. I love it.
There’s something about this place that gets under my skin in the best possible way. I yearn for it.
Whenever I need a break from the hustle and bustle of my busy life, I try and book in an escape up here once or twice a year, usually around Punakaiki. Taking a digital detox is crucial for me to get back to my roots and allow my mind to relax and then roam free without the burdens of the god damn internet.
Can you relate?
While I often book in different baches up here (bach being the kiwi word for a cabin type holiday home of the rustic variety – usually comes with endless spiders, no insulation and an outdoor toilet) this time around I was super keen to crash at Canopy Camping’s Woodpecker Hut – my kind of place!
The masters of delightful and charming glamping sites in New Zealand, Canopy Camping looks after very cool rustic holiday spots and luxury camping spots all over the country. But like me, the owners loved the West Coast so much they built their own glamping spots here.
I’ve stayed at quite a few of their amazing properties and that type of getaway, of going off the grid on an epic piece of land in a cool place, is totally my style of travel here. Queen of glamping!
I love the fresh clean smell of the air here and the sound of the waves breaking along the wild coastline. It’s paradise for me.
Picking up all the food I need to cook in Greymouth on the way up the west coast, I was packed up and ready to settle in and get all cozy at Woodpecker Hut for a few days.
My goal was to unwind, relax and do some writing. A Punakaiki getaway is good for the soul.
The West Coast is home to roughly 30,000 people on a good day and stretches 600 kilometers, almost the entire length of the South Island, which means it’s big and empty. Home to some incredible wildlife, like the infamous sandfly, perhaps this is why it’s the last bastion of undeveloped land here.
From glaciers, rainforests, mountains, caves and underground rivers, and a complex and fascinating history, this part of New Zealand rocks. In fact, many say it’s the last place in the country that still looks like what all of the country would have looked like before humans came and cleared the native forests for farming.
It’s no surprise that it’s a place of myths and legends.
Woodpecker Hut is hidden away on a coastal cliff overlooking the sea, and if you didn’t know it was there, you’d probably never find it. It’s set up almost in a rustic cabin style from the US, a haunting reminder of the rich and vibrant gold rush history of the area over a century ago.
Built by a local builder and artist, the waney edge weatherboard and native timber lining give this place a very cozy and comfortable vibe that if you’re like me, you love instantly.
As soon as I parked the car and stepped outside, I think I released the biggest, deepest sigh of contentment. This was the kind of place I’d love to have as a home someday.
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It’s made up of two small off-grid timber huts that are connected with an outdoor covered kitchen – we’re glamping guys – that has all the bits and bobs you’d find at a bach or holiday house you need for cooking.
One of the wooden huts is a lounge, with a little loft and a woodburner stove and cozy sofas overlooking the sea while the over room is the bedroom with a massive bed piled with pillows and blankets and hidden heater.
The build and design is nothing short of clever and cozy. Everything you could want but still homespun and unpretentious.
For someone who is a dreamer, an introvert and who likes to be left alone with her own thoughts for company, this is a great getaway for solo travelers, though I imagine more often it’s couples that stay here. I suppose I can see that it’s romantic.
But let’s be honest here, not sharing a bed is pretty awesome.
Not to mention Woodpecker Hut and a Punakaiki getaway is a great base to explore this part of the coast. I definitely recommend camping up here for at least a couple of nights, if not longer. You won’t regret it!
But I haven’t even mentioned the best part – Honey!
Oh wait, I mean the woodfire hot tub. But also Honey, a lovingly old yellow lab owned by the builders and whom the bedroom hut is named for “Honey Hut.” If they happen to be in the surrounding area working, you might get to meet this friendly pup who must have spent a fair amount of time on the site as it was being built up and occasionally returns on her own accord to check in on the guests.
I’m not gonna lie, I totally tried to keep her the whole time.
The views from every window of Woodpecker Hut will knock your socks off.
Rain or shine it’s an incredible part of the country and I loved soaking up the sunshine and watching the massive sun dip below the horizon from the spa as much as I loved sitting inside with a book and a blanket by the fire listening to the rain tap tap tap away on the metal roof.
Yes, on the West Coast you are likely to get every type of weather in one afternoon.
Since I had the luxury of driving up from my home in Wanaka it meant that I could pack as much as I wanted without airline baggage restrictions or a whingy boyfriend making me feel bad. This meant I brought all the books, all of the baggy sweaters and wooley socks and no make-up!
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Plowing through some of my books that I’ve had for a while and not gotten around to digging into yet, I basically spent my time away reading, writing, daydreaming and going for forest walks.
Oh, and did I mention there is no phone service or wifi?! HEAVEN!
However, if you do need anything, Punakaiki is less than 10 minutes drive away and has reception, a cafe and food options, though if you’re planning to cook stock up in either Westport or Greymouth.
If hiding away inside and never leaving it’s for you, don’t fret, there’s actually heaps to do in the area. Most tourists just breeze through this part of the West Coast on their way north or south to bigger hotspots, taking a wee break to walk around the famous Pancake Rocks nearby for a photo.
Curious limestone formations on the coastline here are made up of rock layers stacked like a pile of pancakes (good old kiwi ingenuity with that name) and it’s an easy walk though I definitely recommend walking along at high tide when the water can surge up through the blowholes!
There are plenty of wild beaches nearby and secret surf spots, along with plenty of hikes and tracks around the Paparoa National Park.
Here the elusive great spotted kiwi/roroa roam the forest and mountains and pterodactyls soar high in the sky. Yes, this is *actually* Jurassic Park.
Fox River nearby has a scenic 2 hour bush walk up the river valley and the Pororari River walk is a must if you’re in the area. You can rent little canoes at the campsite and boat up and down the mellow river (likely being devoured by sandflies in the process). You’ve been warned.
In partnership with the Paparoa Wildlife Trust, New Zealand’s Department of Conservation is launching the next Great Walk here right in the national park – it’ll be open likely at the end of 2019.
And to have a Great Walk open here with their amazing facilities and well-developed trails will be awesome as bush-bashing and tramping here otherwise is nothing short of nightmarish – how the early settlers and Māori pounamu hunters did it is beyond me.
As every year ticks by I have begun to think about my environmental impact more and more. As someone who travels for a living, my horizons have greatly expanded over the past decade as I went from a small town girl from Virginia to someone obsessed with traveling and learning more and more about our incredible world.
Every year the list of places I want to visit grows longer, my curiosity deepened, and if I’ve learned only one thing from traveling all over the world, it’s that our earth is beautiful, special, unique and incredibly threatened from human impact.
How do I reconcile that with my own lifestyle? Especially that up until this point was hundreds of thousands of miles of air travel?
Sustainable tourism has been on my mind for a while now, and I’m stoked to see one of New Zealand’s biggest tourism operators, THL, take up the mantle and begin implementing sustainable practices by releasing the first electric campervan New Zealand.
While I would love to flip my entire lifestyle on its head and have a zero or negative carbon footprint, I also understand that that’s an incredibly hard decision to make and execute. But even without drastic changes I know that there are a lot of small things and choices I can make that are the benefit of this planet.
Imagine if we all started somewhere what a difference a billion people could make?
Can you see where I’m going with this?
Just recently Britz, one of the leading campervan hire companies in New Zealand (owned by THL), released the very first fully electric campervan, the eVolve. Exciting times!
And your girl had the chance to take one out for a roadie of her choice a few weeks ago, and I was really excited to try out my first electric car here.
I had an amazing time taking the eVolve around my own backyard of Central Otago in the autumn and have so much to share with you all from the adventure, but wanted to begin with the basics: everything you need to know about roadtripping in an electric campervan in New Zealand with Britz.
1. You’ve got a 120 kilometer range
Question number one: how far can you go on one charge?
The answer is more or less 120 kilometers or 75 miles. That means you’ll have to recharge more frequently than perhaps you would with fuel, so you have to plan your trips accordingly.
New Zealand is dotted with public electric vehicle charging points which you can find using the PlugShare app or website – have the Britz team show you which kind of power outlet you need (they’re not all the same) and it will filter out results of where you can charge up on your roadtrip.
You can also leave feedback in the app and check in and see if the plug is being used or not. These fast charges take between 1 – 2 hours to charge. You chose to charge up to 80% or 100% – the last 20% takes the longest to charge (don’t ask me why).
Overnight I usually charged the holiday parks where I was staying. Some of them have special fast chargers installed for electric cars (which you can see on Britz’s helpful itineraries) or you can use the same slow charge plug that you would normally use at a holiday park to have electricity in your campervan (those charges take all night).
2. Slow and mindful travel
Having a driving range of 120 kilometers with a stop of an hour or so before carrying on means you have to travel differently, usually slowly and more mindfully.
I LOVE slow travel, and I truly detest feeling rushed or in a hurry when I’m exploring and traveling, so this is one of my favorite parts about driving the eVolve – slow travel.
If you’re looking to clock in 500 kilometers in a day, this is NOT the campervan for you. to give you an idea, it took me a whole day to get from Dunedin to Queenstown, normally a 3.5 hour drive.
I know Central Otago really well but on this trip I often stopped in places I would pass through otherwise giving me an opportunity to see new places and get off the beaten track more. I would leave the eVolve to charge and go walk around, have a coffee, and explore a new town whenever I stopped to charge up.
There’s always something new to discover!
The charger locks into place when you’re charging and only can unlock when you swipe your special key fob on the machine so there’s no issue leaving the camper to charge alone.
3. The eVolve is brand new and cozy as can be
The new Britz eVolve has just been released with their own customs builds, and they have all the amenities you’d look for in a similar size campervan – and it sleeps two – or one if you’re me.
It has power, shower, a toilet, kitchen and fridge and you’re fully self-contained. Because electric campers are new, when you rent it the Britz crew will give you a full rundown of how they work and everything you need to know before heading out so you don’t feel left in the lurch!
Since I live in New Zealand, I brought all of the cozy things with me too, including my own sheepskins, pillows and books. I’m such a nester!
4. It’s super quiet
I think what surprised me the most about driving an electric car was the complete lack of noise. I mean, it’s dead silent.
There is no sound of an engine turning over when you start up, rather a beep and alert on the dash letting you know you’re ready to go. It takes some getting used to.
I also found that I would give the horn a toot when I was backing up to make sure that people near me could hear me reversing. Just in case.
5. You’ll be part of the eco club
Another surprise for me was connecting with other electric car owners while on the road and chatting at charging stations and sharing tips and tricks for getting around without fuel.
I also really loved the curiosity people had when they saw me charging up the camper! I got lots of questions and curious dads wanting to peep under the hood, something that didn’t even occur to me to do.
You know, because there is no engine! Just a crazy looking battery!
6. You can hire the eVolve from Queenstown or Auckland
Right now the eVolve is only available for hire from Queenstown and Auckland.
Britz has created super helpful suggested itineraries for the North Island and for the South Island to help facilitate your planning. You have to plan and know where you can recharge.
I’ve never been one to follow directions so I created my own itinerary around Central Otago which I planned out using the PlugShare app on my phone and made it work.
7. Inspires you to think about your impact and waste
There’s something about driving an electric vehicle that inspires you really think about your environmental impact and your waste, well at least for me. Throughout the trip I couldn’t help but think what other little things I could change to minimize my impact.
I’m hooked, I want an electric car now.
8. You’ll drive a bit differently
Depending on how you’re driving you’ll use more or less of the eVolve battery. There is a gauge on the dashboard that will show you how much charge you’re using at a time and it gives you an estimate of how much battery you have left – though it’s just an estimate because you’ll use more if you’re going uphill.
And the battery recharges itself as you go downhill and don’t use the accelerator.
You’ll eventually start driving the eVolve differently than a normal car (at least I do) rarely pushing hard on the accelerator and trying to maintain and even use of the battery.
Most of us can only dream of getting paid to travel the world – but what if I were to tell you that I’ve been getting paid a career salary to travel the world for the past 6 years straight. And six figure salary too. And the best part? You can too!
Good, now that I have your attention, I have an announcement to make.
For the past couple of years I’ve been co-running an event in Australia called the Travel Bootcamp, where we teach you how to *actually* get paid to travel the world. Not just the fluffy crap concepts you see on Instagram that don’t really teach anything. This is LEGIT.
I helped launch the Travel Bootcamp in 2016 (remember?) along with two other industry leaders, famous travel editor Georgia Rickard (the current editor at large at Virgin Australia) and Lauren Bath, Australia’s first professional Instagrammer.
As three leaders in the travel industry, we decided to come together to reveal the secrets of making money while you’re on holiday.It’s totally possible. We’ve all been doing it for years and mentored plenty of others who have made it a reality.
Here’s a feature Forbes did on me and how I made blogging my career woot woot!
This is our way of sending the elevator back down and helping out the next generation of travel creators make their dream job a reality. It’s our baby.
We tell you all the things we wish had been told over the past decade, sharing personal stories and tips and tricks that no one ever talks about. Through a combination of travel writing, blogging, Instagram and photography, The Travel Bootcamp Queenstown guarantees to teach anyone how to get paid to travel the world.
The offline event – which takes place over a long weekend – is our brainchild and something we’ve been working on and perfecting for the past three years.
With five original Travel Bootcamps under our belt and one industry event completed, there is no one else more prepared to teach the ins and outs of this crazy but fun travel space.
With more than 600 success stories from previous Travel Bootcamp students, the results are undeniable and that’s why we are ready to take it to the next level with our Queenstown event which has expanded over several days from October 4th – 6th, 2019.
Beep beep – early bird tickets are on sale now here!
In fact, this is our 7th event and we’ve spent the past year revamping it, expanding it, and turning it into something new, fresh and incredible, and we’re excited that our first overseas event will by in my own backyard of Queenstown, New Zealand, perhaps one of the most “Instagrammy” places out there.
And is there anywhere more perfect than Queenstown, New Zealand to be inspired to take your goals to the next level?
As someone who’s been to 70 odd countries and all seven continents, I can safely say no haha.
The jewel of New Zealand, Queenstown is the perfect place to put all the practices we teach into place. From trendy bars and foodie spots, wildlife to wineries to fabulous hotels and adventure activities galore, this stunning mountain town has it all.
What do you expect from the place that invented bungy jumping?
And our event is being held at the QT Queenstown, my favorite quirky boutique hotel chain and the PERFECT spot for the event (special delegate rates available too).
I’ve poured my heart and soul into the Travel Bootcamp Queenstown and it’s a business I’m so proud and honored to be a part of with Lauren and Georgia. I’ve spent years speaking at events and conferences, learning so much and have taken everything I’ve been a part of and built something entirely new and me.
We swear. We laugh. And we have so much fun. It’s so much information and you won’t be bored at all. It’s an intense and wonderful weekend, and it’s not unusual to have our delegates crying tears of happiness and joy to be part of our community.
People have come from all over the world to be part of this amazing experience, and we’ve been able to offer some pretty incredible opportunities as part of the Bootcamp. Like paid trips and camera gear, not to mention some incredible networking. This time around, so much more is in store for you guys.
We tell stories we’ve never told anyone before, we share intimate inside knowledge of the industry and will have lots of delightful surprises, add ons, announcements and guests for you all to enjoy.
I love it so very much and can’t wait to share this one that’s so close to my heart where I live with you all too.
If you dream of getting paid to travel the world, we’ll give you a step by step guide of how exactly to make this a reality at our Travel Bootcamp Queenstown.
We’re going to be announcing a lot more exciting things soon, so be sure to grab your ticket before they’re gone.
Can’t wait to meet you all in Queenstown for a weekend that will change your life!
Hit me up in the comments or email if you have any questions about the Travel Bootcamp and if you need some convincing. What do you think? Spill!