What’s up guys! Kate and I just finished our Moeraki East Coast road trip and I decided to vlog the whole thing! It’s my first vlog style video, so I hope you like it! P.s. I’ve got a gimble on the way, too excited for all these videos to come! Click the link below to check out my new video!
Well hello there! Here’s another New Zealand adventure. Today I headed over to Clay Cliffs with my friend Zach! We tried to head over there for sunrise because it would have been awesome, but silly Zach got a little bit lost and we had a beautiful sunrise somewhere else. Clay Cliffs during the day it was! I mean I can’t completely blame it on him, but I was being a lazy bum still sleeping in the back of the van. It was quite a cloudy day so the sky doesn’t look too interesting in my photos. Nonetheless, the Clay Cliffs are really neat. As I climbed up them, I could totally feel the clay under my feet – it was so slippery!
Check out my photos below and let me know if you think I went to Mars, or Clay Cliffs? Seriously such a cool place to get some photos! Zach makes my photos look better as well, I mean a cool dude on a bike always helps the photos right? We didn’t end up staying here long because we wanted to head on another mission, but they are definitely a must do!
My Fiji Movie
Since I just got back from Fiji, I thought It was time to whip up a “My Fiji Movie”. From jet skiing, to snorkelling, tanning on the beach to sipping’ on Pina coladas, I can easily say I had an amazing time in Fiji. I landed in Nadi, took a taxi over to Denarau and lived in a princess. After staying there a few night, I headed over to Matamanoa to hang out on the coolest Island. In my past travels I’d always done backpacking and non-relaxing holiday, so I was happy to have a princess holiday booked! It took a day, but I got the “Fiji time” walking pace on point. By the last day I was walking slower than a grandpa would walk, I was so chill!
One of my favourite parts of the entire trip was the helicopter ride! I have never been on one, and it was such a surreal feeling. I think it’s something I’m going to be doing everywhere! Waking up for sunrise and getting a massage was also spectacular. Ahh too many good moments, check out My Fiji Movie to see how amazing this place is!
Interested in Fiji? Check out a few articles I’ve written.
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How to live & work abroad
I get asked this question so many times. How do I live abroad? How do I have enough money to keep traveling? Isn’t it scary to jump into a whole new country and live there? Deciding to move to New Zealand was the best decision I ever made, and I’d love to share with you how you can do it as well!
Here are my steps to get YOU traveling
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It’s great to have the “idea” in mind that you want to travel, but do you really know exactly where you want to go?
Do you want to make loads of money, or just a little bit? It always helps to know what you are looking to experience.
Write down all of the key things you want from your experience.
Depending on which passport you hold, this could extremely vary your options. Each country has a different agreement with other countries. For example, on a Canadian passport there are certain countries I can go to and do a Working Holiday Visa. A WHV is exactly that, a visa where you can move to that country and work for a certain amount of time. Which is pretty exciting because it gives you absolutely no excuses as to why you can’t travel, because you can MAKE MONEY as well!
Below I will list a few countries and their website information. If your country is not there, I would suggest typing into Google “Working Holiday for -country-” and checking out your options!
Look into your Working Holiday Visa options around the world.
If the country matches exactly what kind of experience you’re looking for, apply! It’s easy, just make sure you comply with all the requirements of the WHV for that specific country and APPLY!
Sometimes your needed to have a decent amount of savings to get into the country, mainly so that you can sustain yourself and buy a flight back if needed. While you’ve applied and your waiting on your results, look into what that country has to offer.
Think about where you’d like to live within the country and activities you’d like to be doing.
This is GO TIME! You know you’ve been accepted, and you usually have a certain amount of months to enter the country you’re going to. You’ve worked hard to save the money requirements, the flight money and maybe some extra money. Now is when you buy your flight! This is when you should start getting very excited!
Book that flight. I suggest a one way ticket – you never know what your plans will be once you’ve completed your year and grown so much as a person.
I’ve only done one Working Holiday Visa so far, but I’m going to share with you my tips.
- Save money to do a road trip before you settle in one location
- Choose where you want to settle after you’ve seen everything. The worst thing would be to settle in one location and wished you would have settled in another. Or maybe just don’t settle at all!
- Try something new, something that country is known for
- In New Zealand I worked on Vineyards. NZ is known for it’s amazing wine
- Stay in hostels
- This is going to help you make loads of friends, and maybe you’ll want to settle in the same place together
- BUY A VAN
- Yes, of course I’d suggest this. But seriously, It’s the best thing I ever did. Cheap travel, pure freedom and simplicity.
- Travel alone
- You’ll be forced out of your comfort zone and learn so much about yourself. In turn grow so much as a person!
Don’t sit on your butt and watch others follow their travel passions – Get up and make your own plan. The worst thing I see is people who say to themselves “I’ll travel once I have a successful career and have the money to spend”. Most times they stay in their office for years, saving for something – spending it on big screen tv’s and laptops. They never end up traveling, and the time just flies by.
I know, some people truly love working in the office and coming home to their big screen tv’s, but I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to YOU. The person who has that itch deep down inside, to travel, to see the world and have new experiences. If you have that itch, start researching, apply and eventually buy that ticket. I urge you to try it once, if you don’t like it, go back to your normal life.
The time is now, research, and make it a plan – not a dream. P.S. Most countries STOP Working Holiday Visas at age 31, so hurry up!
"It's the friends we meet along the way that help us appreciate the journey"
We all have this great idea to travel the world with a couple good friends. But when it comes down to planning a trip with your friends, taking time off or saving money, sometimes not all friends are on the same page; they aren’t serious, they can’t save enough money, or take the time off, etc. Although a friend to travel with can be a great thing – someone to talk to, to share experiences with – we aren’t always able to have them by our side. And this shouldn’t be a reason to cancel all these bad-ass travel plans that put massive smiles on our face right?
Being alone is something I absolutely love, but not all people love to hear what’s going on inside their own head. It helps me feel empowered knowing that I can take care of my self anywhere in the world, that I can plan epic travel adventures, be safe, be happy and know that I am on my correct path. But the reality is, I can’t always have a friend around and nor do I always want a friend around. Being completely alone on my travels has allowed me to have no strings attached to anyone and 100% achieve EVERYTHING I want to achieve.
But of course, a life lived completely alone is not a life truly lived. So I make sure I put myself out there to make as many like-minded friends as I can. The easiest way to make friends is of course staying in hostels. But staying in a hostel is not the only ingredient, you’ve got to put yourself out there, make conversation, be interested in people and make some epic adventures together. Because the reality is, if you’re all in a hostel in a certain location, odds are you all want to see the same sights and go on the same epic adventures. So why not find a couple link-minded mates and make some plans! I remember a couple times in Thailand, I just could not be asked to talk to a single person in the hostel I was at. I didn’t enjoy the stinking hot weather, it made me so cranky and irritable I was happier alone in the air-conditioning than out exploring with new friends. It’s all good if you’ve got some anti-social days, but don’t make this a habit!
Another good way to make friends, Tinder. Yep, I’ve made some epic friends from Tinder, and no, not sex friends, real friends. It’s a great platform to meet people, of course good-looking people if you swipe the correct way right? I met my besties from Thailand this way and decided to live in the same building as them for a month because I loved them so much. We were all like-minded, working on our websites, taking photos, going on adventures and we were all on the same track with our goals.
This post is specifically aimed at making like-minded friends, but it’s also showing off this amazing landscape in Queenstown, New Zealand at Deer Park Heights. This year I told the universe that I wanted like-minded photography friends, who had a passion for showing off this beautiful planet as well as their ability to take great photos of it. Kate found me on Instagram as I lived in the same area and I am so thankful that she did. This is the great thing about putting yourself out there. We’ve gone on so many adventures together, inspired each other, pushed one another to different limits to get the best photo and we still continue to do so. The photo above is of the beautiful Kate, taken by my other favorite photographer friend Jordan. Through Kate I met Jordan and I’m absolutely pumped to have 2 epic photographers around me to go on photo missions with! Check out both of their stuff below.
Here’s a photo of us at a hostel on our most recent photo mission to Franz and Fox Glacier in New Zealand. We hope to make some epic world travels perhaps another country!
I hope you never let the choices of others defer you from your magical life plan, I hope you have the courage to go for everything you want in life and I hope you will pursue the path you were here to follow. These epic photos of Deer Park Heights in Queenstown are a beautiful representation of what you can achieve if you put your mind, heart and soul to your passions. I’ve worked hard to plan my adventure to New Zealand, buy a van, live in it comfortably for 1.5 years, get into photography, make my own website and grow my Instagram. And now i’ve got 2 new friends that are on a very similar path. I’m glad I got out of my comfort zone and was able to meet these lovely people and live an awesome life I can say i’m truly happy with every single day! I hope to inspire you to follow your dreams!