5 mistakes that you make as a long term traveller

After travelling for such a long time we have collected a few bad habits along the way… Its not the end of the world because after all, we are out in the world learning and exploring every day. Just a few things to consider if you are sticking it out for the long term! Waiting…

Top 10 things you didn’t know about Niue

10. That it existed Niue is just a tiny spec on a map of the Pacific Ocean… One solitary island inside the Polynesian Triangle made up of Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands, this is not a place that many people have heard of, let alone visited. This is truly the place that the rest…

5 things I am loving about Siem Reap right now

Being a first time Siem Reap resident I am literally spending every day learning about my new home. Settling into life in a new city is always a bit of a challenge, things like finding your go-to coffee place can be a week-long, caffeine fuelled affair. Let alone the pain & suffering you go through…

Living overseas is more than just luck

It’s 6pm. I’ve just finished my nightly glass of wine following a trip to the market for fruit and vegetables and my husband is cooking dinner (I’m lucky like that). As I sit on my little porch taking in the Cambodian sunset through the lush greenery of my front yard I am thinking about how…

Beating Jet Lag

Jet lag… ugh! We’ve all been there, dealt with the annoying 4am waking and had that horrible ‘spaced out’ feeling after a long flight. Many people have claimed to beat jet lag before this piece and I surely won’t be the last but after a series of long flights recently, I felt it was time…

3 Secret Destinations of the South Pacific

When you imagine the South Pacific everyone conjures images of beautiful white sandy beaches and something along the lines of becoming just like Tom Hanks in Castaway. In all too many cases, when you arrive in a popularized place in the South Pacific region you usually find the opposite. We have spent a number of…

My Wish For You

My wish for you is acceptance of my urges to travel the world. That you would stop waiting for the day of my return to the real world to settle down in the normal way. Once you can accept the simple fact that this is never going to happen, then maybe you can accept me…

How NOT to quit your job & travel the world!

As I am writing this I am (very impatiently) waiting on a job offer from a boutique resort in the Cook Islands. It may come through and provide us with at least 2 years of financial stability that we think we need, or it may not and that will just begin a new adventure somewhere…

A Palagi in Savaii: Work

Working in paradise is something that everyone dreams of doing. It conjures images of a laptop and a beach with a cocktail in hand, but sadly this is not usually the case. Working in a place like Savaii can be unusually stressful at times due to the fact that you are trying to match island…

A Palagi in Savaii: Recycling

As I am cleaning my whiteboard this morning with Aeroguard – because it’s the only thing that really gets a whiteboard clean aside from actual whiteboard cleaner, which we can’t get here – it’s got me thinking about how different my mindset is now from the throwaway culture I came from. Once upon a time…

A Palagi in Savaii: Shopping

When shopping in Samoa, it is not a matter of “Can I have…?” First you must ask “Do you have…?” followed by “How many do you have?” and then “Can I have…?” Buying what you want in Samoa can sometimes be difficult, but being able to buy what you need in a place like Savaii…

A Palagi in Savaii

Palagi: (pronounced paa-lang-ee) A foreign person, not of Samoan origin Travelling to a new country offers a world of experience, new sights, new sounds, a new culture to explore. But living in a new country offers these things on a whole different level. All of a sudden you go from being an outsider to becoming…