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Life in Antigua, Guatemala (Costs and an Update)

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So I’ve been in Antigua for over a month now. Where did the time go? In that time I’ve got myself a pretty handsome novio (boyfriend), a super cute apartment, a coworking space, bought a moto and am feeling pretty settled.

And then I tried to do something stupid: I over committed myself.

I was volunteering six hours a day in a school for children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. I love volunteering, but six hours a day volunteering, plus 2-4 hours of Spanish and trying to squeeze work into the mix… well it just didn’t happen. I tried this for two weeks, got super sick and decided now wasn’t the time for me to be devoting so much of my time to such cause. It probably makes more sense for me to work well, earn decent money and then donate some of that.

Costs in Antigua:
One of the reasons I moved to Guatemala was a part of my plan to pay no taxes. So far, I’ve started the residency process, kind of. I’m being held up a bit because there’s no Guatemalan Embassy in New Zealand and so it looks like my documents have to go to Tokyo to be verified. Right. Despite that, my costs here are pretty reasonable, especially compared to what I was spending in New Zealand

Apartment: $300 per month. I’m sharing with a lovely American girl who’s an English teacher. That covers Internet, but electricity is on top of that. I think electricity will be around $30 per month. So total for my apartment and bills is $330 approx. In New Zealand I was paying $1620 for the apartment, around $150 for power and another $100 for Internet. That’s around $1870 a month. So I’m saving $1,540 per month on those expenses alone.

Transport: I drive a moto now which costs around 20Q to fill up, which is around $2.50. I fill it up, at most, twice a week. So that’s $20 a month on gas, vs the $350 or so I was spending in New Zealand. Obviously I’ve changed the type of vehicle I drive so it’s cheaper, but how great is this! $330 a month savings.

Food: Ouch, food is my biggest cost here as I’m a fan of going out to lunch or dinner most days. Grocery shopping is pretty cheap, but I find cooking for one super depressing. I need to track what I’m spending on food, but for example a coffee and brunch in my favourite cafe in Antigua runs at $7.20, that includes a high quality latte and a big, delicious breakfast. In New Zealand you’d be looking at at around three times the price. A coffee there alone runs close to $4.50! For less than I used to spend on groceries alone in New Zealand, I’m eating out at least once a day. My waistline isn’t too happy about this though! I did take a Guatemalan cooking class on the weekend with my novio which was super fun, so maybe I’ll start cooking a little more… maybe.


Gym: I joined a gym here for a crazy $30 per month. In New Zealand my gym was $100 for the month. That’s a saving of $70 per month.

Co-Working Space: This is actually an additional cost as it’s not something I bothered doing in New Zealand, but I think it’s a great investment. There’s a coworking space here that is $100 per month. For that price you get access to a really cool space filled with other like minded people. The Internet’s super fast, around 6mps which is crazy fast for Guatemala. You also get free coffee and discounts on events that they host, which are fairly regular. It’s a cost I could “do without” but considering how much money I’m saving on rent etc I think it’s a good investment. I also like having a separate space to work that isn’t my home.

Spanish Classes: Again, these are something I didn’t take when I was in New Zealand because I couldn’t justify paying someone $40 per hour frequently enough for me to really get comfortable with the language. However, here Spanish tutors are reasonably priced. I have two teachers, seeing them both for two hours a day each. One I pay $6 per hour (she started on $5, but she’s a single mother and I think she’s a great teacher) and the other is $5. This is for one-on-one private lessons. HOW GOOD IS THAT?

All in all, when you factor in my savings and my tax savings… I’m thousands of dollars better off here. Beyond money, I’m really happy here. The place I live is super beautiful. The local people are friendly. I’m learning Spanish and improving more than I have in the years before being here. I love it here so much I almost don’t want to go to the states and Europe next month. Almost.

How are you all doing? Sorry I’ve been so distant. I was overcommitting myself but now I’m back on track! Is there anything you’d like to know about my life in Antigua, Guatemala?

I Went to the Amazon and…

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I randomly decided to go to the Amazon for a week. I met a guy in Panama and didn’t feel like boarding my flight to Guatemala, so I booked flights to Iquitos in Peru and set off for a few days in the Amazon. There was no WIFI, no Internet and no TV. Nada. It was perfect.

I was constantly surrounded by nature and was completely spoiled by the number of animals I saw in their natural environment. From squirrel monkeys, to sloths, to the rare pink dolphins; it was an animal lovers paradise.

It was the perfect opportunity to defrag and process everything that had happened in the past few months.

I feel like I’m at a fork at the moment. I have two clear options:

1) Free Travel Girl:
Enjoy the fact I can earn a decent salary and basically work no hours. Save what I can, be frugal but not too frugal as to not enjoy this opportunity. Worry about the future when it comes. Travel, travel, TRAVEL.

2) Business Girl:
Set up shop somewhere for a few months and work hard, really hard. Take my business to the next level. Hit that elusive $30,000 a month target. Work on new projects.

I had been flipping between these two options for the past two months, not really knowing which was the ‘better’ option.

I tend to be someone who works best when they’re obsessively engaged with a project. I’m not really good at balance… I would prefer to cycle really hard for a while and have a break than cycle at a constant pace for a whole trip and I think that’s how I need to approach my business, too.

I’m going to settle down somewhere for a month here in Costa Rica and work on my projects for a bit. I have a few things in my mind that I want to start working on so I need to clear my head a bit and focus. The goal is to still make my way to Antigua, Guatemela, but I don’t think it’s going to be a direct route.


With all that free time to clear my head in the Amazon, I have learned it’s more important to listen to what works for me, rather than what I would like to work for me. I’ve enjoyed the past few months of unplanned travel, spending without abandon and doing what felt right rather than what makes the most sense, but now I need a little more purpose and direction.
I’m on the hunt for some great volunteering opportunities in Central America… so if you know of anyone who’s volunteered here or of any great projects please let me know.

Are you good at balance or are you more like me, and prefer periods of hard work then a break? 

The New Plan

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It’s almost been two weeks since my life was flipped upside down. I’ve had two weeks to miss him, to cry, to want him back, to think of all the good things and all the bad things… and just generally be very confused about what I wanted from life. I kept wondering if this was really, truly how it’s going to end. I keep thinking maybe one day in future… blah blah…

He hasn’t messaged me, he hasn’t called, he hasn’t really apologised… so I don’t think we’re going to work through this any time soon, so I need to move on with my life.


It was really hard. I feel like we had this long string of plans, short term plans, long term plans and I have spent the past 2 weeks rolling it up and eventually tossing it aside. It sucked because so many of those plans EXCITED me. I wanted them to come true more than anything else, but they haven’t.

When you work online, are single, have no dependents and are not attached to your home country… your options are unlimited. That is amazing. AMAZING. But it is also terrifying.

What should I do? Where should I go? What if I make the “wrong” decision? What if I don’t like it… the list goes on and on and on.

I have *Finally* made a plan that excites me a lot, so of course I wanted to share them!

Fly to Bangkok next week.

I’ll be spending a month in Thailand with a good friend of mine, who is also a travel blogger. We’ll get boozy, we’ll go shopping, we’ll work (hooray) and we’ll just generally have some good times together. I’m excited.

Then I’m going to go to NEW YORK! 

… New York?

The other day I found a list of the top three places I wanted to travel to when I was 21. It was: Prague, New York and Lima. I’ve been to Prague, many many many times, but never New York nor Lima.

It’s time.

I always imagined myself being young, single and broke in New York eating a cupcake in Central Park.

Yeah, I dream big. I’m going to go to New York, go shopping, explore this beautiful city and get really, really lost.

After New York I’m going to head to Guatemala.

I have been told by many people they think I’ll love Guatemala. I wanted to volunteer and I spent 5 hours searching for great places near Buenos Aires to volunteer, but haven’t found anything yet. I found a great place in Guatemala that looks *just right* for what I want to do now. I’ve messaged them to see if it will work out okay with when I’m visiting.

I’ll need to take a month long intensive Spanish course first to get my Espanol up to speed, then I’m going to set aside around 3 months to volunteer in Guatemala.

I want to give without expectation.

I will be working full time there, so will need to get my business to the point where it basically runs without me, which might be challenging. The volunteering schedule is 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, with 22 days on and 8 days off.

Guatemala is somewhere else that has potential tax benefits for me as someone who works and earns online.

After then, who knows? I’m sure I’ll know closer to the time. Maybe a yoga retreat. Maybe South America.

Maybe more volunteering.

Maybe more travel.

I’m just following my heart and I’m excited.

A Big Change

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You might have noticed I’ve been a little quiet.

My work has been quiet too.
And that’s because a week ago my life changed.
5 weeks into our travels and our new life, Ben and I broke up. I wont go into the details of what happened, as it’s not fair but I will say that it was painful.

Every inch of my body didn’t want it to be the end, but it is. At least for now. Maybe for ever.
All of our plans had to be undone. In a week he’ll be flying to Paris, probably, alone. My ticket will go unused.

We were in Thailand at the time and I booked flights straight to Ubud, in Bali. It’s my place to rest, recover and sort myself out basically. I left on a ferry that morning. Sobbing. Wanting to stay. Wanting him, of all people, to comfort me.

When you planned to spend the rest of your life with someone, breaking up… it is hard. It changes everything.

So I’ve spent the past week digging deep. I’ve gone to yoga, moulded by body into uncomfortable positions and just sat there.

I’ve filled my body with organic food.

I’ve volunteered cuddling kittens.

I’ve made new friends.

I’ve missed him and resisted every temptation to call, to write an email, to check his photos.

It sucks. I feel like I lost my boyfriend AND my best friend and MY life plans. It’s a lot to lose in a day.

So I had to do some deep soul searching. And I’ve been focusing on this question :

What do I want from life? What would be my perfect day?

Now, I have freedom to be anywhere and do anything. But when you have no one to do it with, no where you have to go, and nothing planned… it can be overwhelming. It is a blessing and a curse. I have too many options – what a first world problem that is!

And my perfect day is always the same, no matter how many times I ask myself:

I am volunteering. I am giving my time for free. I am meeting other people who love volunteering. But the main trend is, I am making a tangible difference in someone else’s life every day. I’m enriching their lives, and through that, I’m enriching my own.

I can’t travel how I want and run my business as I am. It’s too much work. It’s too much stress when the WIFI is crap. I almost threw my laptop several times during the past month of travel because I was so stressed.

So what am I going to do?

I’m going to try to outsource myself out of a job. I am going to try to delegate my tasks to other people, so I am no longer a part of my business.

I want to be a business owner, instead of an employee of my own business.

My goal is to spend no more than 1 hour a day working.

I’m planning to go to South America in 5-6 weeks. I’m not sure when. I’ve always wanted to go and now seems like the perfect time.

I want to use the next 5-6 weeks to figure out how to completely outsource my work.

I want to be unemployed.

I want to be free.

I’ll start in Buenos Aires and see where this adventure takes me.

First Month in Asia Wrap Up + Photos

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I’ve been in Asia for well over a month now, so I’m getting a good handle on how this location independence is working for me.

There are definitely some highs and some lows…

A few weeks ago I posted about the perks of being a travel blogger – and there are really a lot.


The other day Four Seasons invited me to a cocktail evening, where my partner and I got to sample some of their bar’s menu and a number of cocktails for free. A large number, including a Wasabi Martini which I was apprehensive about, but fell in love with.

Today we arrived to check in at Four Seasons, each had an hour long massage and then went to dinner in their beautiful restaurant and ate our way through the menu for free.

At the moment I’m writing in the most plush bed I’ve ever stayed in… for free!

You see a theme here, right? Lots of awesome (and expensive) stuff for free.

Except, it’s not.

The beginning of this month was going well, I was seeming to manage a balance between work, blogging and doing all of my travel related stuff. But mid way through our travels we were on an island with terrible internet and I fell behind. Also because we were staying in places for free, most would only offer 2 nights max, so we would have to pack our stuff up almost every day!

And I fell behind even more. 

The trouble with getting sponsored accommodation is that it takes up a lot of my time. In the past month I’ve probably received about $9,000 worth of sponsored accommodation and extras (at least $1,000+ at Four Seasons alone). While I am thoroughly enjoying all of these massages, yoga sessions, diving (for Ben), beautiful hotels for free and so on, it is eating into my time.

I outsource all the pitching to the hotels, but reply personally from there onwards. Some of the hotel management want to show you around for 30-60 minutes, others pop in to say hello during breakfast. It’s not a huge commitment, but often they pencil in activities so you have to work around their schedule and it can be quite challenging fitting real work in on top of that.


I haven’t done a full tally for the month, but I know it’s low. It’s a lot lower than I expected to make, based on how the first few weeks were. I am trying to figure out why the month was so much quieter than I expected, but I think part of the reason I performed so poorly was because I had focused too much attention on the free stuff, and not on the capital.

I think I probably made around $3,000-4000 less than last month – and I am trying to debate whether that’s an Ok ‘loss’ if I received $9,000 worth of free stuff in exchange. I can’t tell if it’s worth it – what do you think?


Moving Forward:
I have a few sponsored accommodations set up for Thailand, but not much. Four days so far out the 20 odd we’re there for. Compare that to the fact only around 5 days of my 30 in Bali were NOT sponsored and it’s a big difference. I’m going to try to organise some sponsored stays for Chiang Mai and Bangkok, but I am also happy to stay somewhere simple and plain and to just not be working.

The next month will be pretty busy for me trying to get set up for Europe so that I can have more of a holiday there, as we’ll be meeting up with Ben’s family. I have also decided that Asia is affordable enough that nice sponsored accommodation is just a bonus; we can easily afford to stay somewhere simple for the price of peanuts. However, this is not quite true of France and other parts of Europe we might visit, so I’d rather save my sponsored stay energy for then.

How was the month of August for you? I am so happy to be traveling again, although I need to slow the pace down!

My Thoughts on Being Lucky And Life Updates

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Many of you found my ‘perks of being a travel blogger’ post interesting. To clarify, I’m not at the level where brands approach me yet. My blog is still quite small, but it does alright. I’ll send out some pitching letters and then hope for the best. Today I got the confirmation that the Four Seasons in Singapore wants to host me for a night and wants to offer a complimentary massage, dinner and cocktails.

I told one of my friends about this, excitingly, and she replied “Oh wow, you’re so lucky”

While I understand her intentions, I hate being told I’m “lucky” as it seems to discredit the fact that getting to where I am took a LOT of work.

For me, luck is something that happens to you with very little effort.

Two years and a half years of blogging, at least of a year of which was not profitable in ANY way, is not ‘luck’ – it’s hard work, plain and simple.

Even with the opportunity to collaborate with Four Seasons – it is not luck, I approached them with a well-thought out email and hoped for the best and it worked out well.

I do believe I am lucky to some extent – I am lucky that even though I grew up poor, I grew up in a country that provided ample opportunities for me to carve out my own path. I am lucky that I was born into a generation where travel is relatively affordable and easily available.


General Life Updates

I’m currently on a small island in Indonesia called Nusa Lembongan. It’s quite beautiful here, although the Internet is very slow so it’s driving me a little crazy. Something that might take me an hour to complete is taking closer to three.

I was supposed to be in paradise; in one of my favourite places in the world called the Gilli Islands. Very sadly, a boat sunk the other day in Indonesia and 15/25 of the passengers and crew are still missing. Boats were cancelled for two days and I decided to stay on this island to get caught up with tax filing and work. Of course my disappointment pales in comparison to the sinking of a boat, but it is still hard when things don’t go to plan.

We did a little day trip to Nusa Ceningan and saw the most beautiful blue lagoon! I didn’t even know it existed before I visited, but was completely blown away.

On the 21st I’ll be returning to Bali for a week before heading to Singapore. I have managed to get all my accommodation comped there (around $1,200 value) as well as those little add-ons with the Four Seasons in Singapore. I am actually really looking forward to Singapore – it’s one of my favourite cities in the world. After Singapore we’re off to Thailand for a few weeks and then Europe.

I would say the last week or so has been heavily focused on work rather than being on holiday, but that’s Ok. I have some new projects to launch and I want to keep up the momentum of this month.

How are things going for you wherever you are in the world? Let me know in the comments below.

Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts on luck/being lucky.

The Perks of Being a Travel Blogger

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Prior to starting this blog earlier in the year, my other blog – a travel blog – has been my main focus up until this point.

I have been writing on it for 2.5 years and it really opened a lot of doors for me; it’s why I can now make a lot of money each month from sponsored posts. It’s why I can now become location independent and live wherever I want.

To say it’s changed my life is an understatement – it’s completely redesigned my life and given me opportunities I could only dream of.


As most of you who read this blog are finance bloggers, I thought it could be interesting to share the perks of being a travel blogger with you…

1) A Network of Travel Geeks
Planning to visit somewhere? No worries, all your other travel blogger buddies have probably been there or at the very least know someone who has. Want suggestions of where to stay, eat and what to do? An group of well-travelled friends are at your call.


2) FREE Accommodation/Cheap Travel
Ok, so it’s not really free but more of a barter agreement. For this trip to bali, I have sorted out about 20 nights free accommodation. I could have been sponsored for the whole time, but one of the places I want to go is booked out almost everywhere, so I would rather just go and pay for it myself. Today I have a beautiful big suite room (nightly price of $400) with an infinity pool and another pool on the roof, just cause. Yesterday I stayed at a luxury resort, with my own 24/7 butler. Yes, butler.

In exchange for exposure on my blog I was provided with free accommodation in numerous parts of Bali. What does this have to do with finance?

It has lowered my travel costs considerably and I’m staying in way nicer places than I would otherwise be able to afford.

For example, as my accommodation and buffet + A La Carte breakfast was complimentary, I have paid $4 for a small snack for lunch and Ben and I went halves in a $16 forty five minute long taxi to our new destination. So that’s $12 for me, so far. Later we’ll go to dinner and I’ll probably spend $10 and I might get an hour long massage for $6.


My daily total for today: $28 to stay in 5 star accommodation, eat well, get a massage and a private taxi to a new destination.

Or some $210 a week.

Of course the days vary and overall I have spent a lot more than that, because of the initial excitement of arriving and certain activities we did. But yes, a perk of being a travel blogger is cheap travel. I’ve also done a bunch of sponsored activities during my travels which help keep costs down.


3) Having a Network of Friends Everywhere
This is something finance bloggers can probably relate to, but it’s different because travel bloggers are constantly on the move. I’ve had so many people comment on my blogs to meet up with me or others that I knew were in a certain place. It’s great for meeting new people!
I love being a travel blogger. It was really hard to blog about travel when I was stuck in one place, but now we’re on the road again I feel like I am back into it.

So that was my weekend in a nutshell.

What did you get up to this weekend? Would you be down with cheap/free travel?

Tips for Balancing Work and Travel

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With only two full days left in Christchurch before we head off on our adventure, it’s starting to sink in:

I’m finding it very hard to balance work, saying goodbye to friends and family, unpacking and cleaning a whole apartment and getting everything ready before I go.

It’s SO exhausting, however soon I will be warm and overindulging in $5 hourly massages.

While I will be on holiday, I’ll also be at work. It will be a new challenge.

I have been thinking long and hard about how I’m going to make sure that this is both a successful holiday and period for my business.

In the past I have travelled as a scruffy, carefree, budget traveller.

Now I am traveling differently – with a bigger budget and with more responsibilities (work, clients, my blog readers – you guys!)

I am actually working with a few hotel brands during my travels on my travel blog, so will need to turn up looking somewhat presentable, rather than like a backpacker who just slept in a hammock for a few days and bathed in the ocean.

Here are my tips for balancing work and travel:

1) Stay Fresh and Focused
If I’m dirty, I am instantly less productive. I’m not a sweaty person, but Asia can be really intense, especially with the humidity. I always carry around wet wipes to clean my hands and face in an instant and a good solid deodorant to prevent excessive sweat. Now that I’ll be dealing directly with hotel managers, marketing managers and so forth, I want to feel and look good even if I’ve been on a plane for the past 13 hours.

2) Set Dedicated Work Hours
Unfortunately New Zealand has the worst timezone for my clients who are based in the UK. I stay up really late in order to get things finished during their business hours. On the flip side, Asia is going to be way better for business, but I don’t want my days to be ruled by my work. I am planning to set aside 2 hours a day that are ‘set work’ hours where I knuckle down and get things done. Throughout the rest of the day I’ll check my emails sporadically, but I want to set a limit to checking my emails 3 times per day on my phone.

As much as I enjoy my work, making money and checking out other blogs… I like life. When we’re in Thailand I want to do a three day trek and just disconnect from the Internet. I’ll try to time it carefully so that I minimise the impact on my business, but I want to disconnect. I want to lose myself in my travels, exploring and being ultra present in the moment. I haven’t had a full break from my work in over a year… even when I went on holiday to Queenstown recently I did a little bit of work!

4) Set Goals
I have a few projects in mind for diversification that I do not want to start until we’re settled in Panama. As it’s a new direction I want to head in, I want to brainstorm thoroughly and have the time and energy to research it properly. However, there are smaller projects that I have started, but not completed yet, so I want to keep these ticking over while I am traveling and just chip away at them slowly.

I really hope that I can balance a kick-ass holiday with moving forward in my business.

Have you ever travelled and worked at the same time? How did it go?

Is there anything you’d like to see in particular about working/traveling/location independence? It all starts in three days!

My Mobile Office

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Three and a half weeks and I’m on the road.

We have a loose goal of winding up in Panama sometime towards the end of the year, October probably, maybe November if we spend a little bit of time lingering in Europe. My travel plans will depend largely on workload, the fact that we are meeting Ben’s parents in the South of France for 2 weeks in mid September and, of course, our plans to become tax residents of Panama.

Once we’re in Panama we’ll have a clearer idea of if we’re basing ourselves in Panama long term or just setting up bank there and moving on. We have no idea.

At the very least, we will have from the end of July through to the end of October on the road, nomadic. Moving from one place to another, sampling the best the city has to offer and then moving on. That’s at least three months juggling work, life and travel.

For me, it is my dream! For others, it would probably make them a bit anxious.

The truth is, my work isn’t that demanding.

In order for it to function – exist as it does but not grow – I probably only need to spend 1-2 hours a day maintaining things, organising my writers, forwarding email and negotiating deals. However, to take things to the next level I probably need to spend at least double that, which can be quite challenging when you’re balancing flights, crappy WIFI connections and actually enjoying your time overseas, so how do I do it?

Firstly, I have all these things in my “mobile office”, many of them are new editions to make my life easier:

mymobileoffice1. MacBook Air: It doesn’t really matter what kind of computer you use, I use Macbooks because I prefer their function over Windows computers. I bought this laptop a year ago when my Macbook Pro was on its way out and I love how light it is. I have back problems and so it really makes a big difference for me in having such a light computer.

2. Samsonite Carryon Suitcase: Again, with the back problems. In the past when I have travelled and worked I have just placed my stuff into my backpack and walked around with it. Now I will be placing all my work stuff in this suitcase, as well as a change or two of clothes for carry on. It has a few compartments which will make dealing with adapters and cords even easier to keep organised.

3. Wireless Apple Keyboard: My old Macbook was so worn that the keys had fallen off, so I bought this keyboard. I actually find it a lot easier to use because the keys are slightly thicker so on days when I have a lot of writing to get through, I whip this badboy out. My partner, Ben, also has an iPad which this keyboard might be handy to use with it on the days where our laptops are flat.

4. Pacsafe Bag: This is sorta part mobile office, part travel girl. I had always just deal with generic bags overseas, but I wanted something more secure for our time in Europe. Pacsafe bags have heaps of safety features, including being slash proof and it fits my laptop in it so it will be perfect for walking to cafes to get some work done.

5. Mighty Purse: This clever little clutch purchase CHARGES MY PHONE. It is amazing. I have used it a ton since being it a month ago and know it will be so helpful on the road. Quite often when I’m traveling I’ll buy a local sim and just deal with emails on my phone, so having a fully charged phone is essential.

6. A Moleskin Notebook: I like writing down thoughts, ideas and goals in a little notebook. Sure, I could do it on my iPhone but it doesn’t feel as nice or as personal, so I prefer old school.

7. Fuji X100s: I previously owned a 5d Mark ii, but have recently “downgraded” to this camera. It hasn’t come in the mail yet, but I can’t wait. It’s not so important for my finance blogging, but pretty key for my travel blog.

8. iPhone 5s: Having a smartphone means I can deal with emails without having to lug around my laptop, which dramatically reduces stress. It also means I can easily use Twitter without logging onto a computer.

Where do I work on the road?

Anywhere and everywhere!

I like to make the most of the down time and, trust me, there’s a lot of it. Time waiting in airports, on buses, trains, planes or even on ferries. For example in Thailand you can choose to take the overnight bus or ferry between Chiang and Bangkok. I chose the train because it’s easier to work and then tethered my phone to my laptop. Using my local sim and the internet plan I had, I managed to get a few hours work done before watching a movie, falling asleep and waking up in a new town.

Is it hard working “on the road”?

Yes and no. I think it would be hard trying to juggle a 40-50 hour week on the road, but thankfully that’s not my reality. There can be times where the Internet is so crap you can’t manage to load a post, but for the most part I don’t find it too bad. At the end of the day it’s the same work I’d have to do if I was in my hometown, just with the added bonus of being somewhere cool to explore.

That’s my mobile office. Do you have any bits and pieces you simply can’t work without? Share in the comments below

20 Random Facts About Me

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I have seen a few other bloggers do these “facts about me” posts and I actually really enjoy reading them. I figure if you’re going to hear about me yabba on about money, finances and goals, you might like to learn a little more about me.

1) I can’t swim – yes, that is pretty weird considering I come from New Zealand – a tiny little island surrounded by water.

2) I was stabbed when traveling in Indonesia, yet still advocate solo travel.

3) I hate cucumber, passionately. If it’s touched anything it’s ruined it. Scumbag cucumber.

4) I HATED PARIS. It smelled like PEE, everywhere. UGH. Most overrated city I’ve ever been to. They should call it PEERIS.


This is me dressing up as a devil for a children’s celebration in the Czech Republic when I was an au pair.

5) I have been the full time carer for each of my sisters (2 at a time) for over 2 months. The longest period was 2 years when I was 19-21.

6) I met my boyfriend, Ben, on a chance visit home. He was a flatmate to my old flatmates and sleeping in my old room. Talk about easy!

7) My favourite country in the whole world is Cambodia. I had such a great time volunteering there and have visited a total of five times. It’s pretty funny though because I wasn’t even going to visit Cambodia as someone described it to me as “boring” and “dirty” – glad I didn’t listen.

8) I studied Genetics at university and never used my degree once. I doubt I ever will, but I don’t think it was necessarily a waste.

9) I am terrified of heights… to the point where I doubt I could ever bungy jump or sky dive, even though I like the idea of it.


Me at Coachella. Best time ever!

Me at Coachella. Best time ever!

10) My spending weakness is coffee… I will pay almost anything for a good coffee. I am getting better at limiting how often I have them, though.

11) I was born in Sydney, Australia but moved to New Zealand when I was a baby. I am a New Zealander, through and through!

12) Aside from my student loan, I’ve never been in debt – I really don’t believe in financing anything you can’t afford.


13) I hate parallel parking, to the point I’ll spend 10 minutes driving around to avoid parallel parking – I can’t be the only one?

14) My favourite food is Thai food, Mexican and Indian.

Me finding the lemurs. They loooooved it.

Me finding the lemurs. They loooooved it.

15) I can type so fast that I find it really frustrating when I have to write anything by hand because it seems so inefficient.

16) One of the consequences of travelling for so long is that I hate folding laundry or doing dishes. 2.5 years of travel has “ruined” me in terms of being a good housewife.

17) I know a bit of Spanish and a few phrases in other languages, so whenever I am anywhere that doesn’t speak language my silly brain will pick out random words from my vocab of languages… e.g. I’ll be in Indonesia and my brain will think “Hey, not speaking English, use this random Czech word to reply” – ugh, durrr.

18) Whenever I like a new song I have to listen to it on repeat until I hate it. It drives most other people around me insane. My current repeat binge is Broods – Bridges.

19) I’m really bad at not buying myself new clothes. I think I look a lot more scruffy sometimes than I should. I think it’s partially because clothes are so expensive in NZ and partially because I’m always planning to go back to Asia, where all my nice clothes get ruined anyway.

20) I love Personal Finance blogging and the awesome community here. It’s been so much fun reading other people’s blogs, sharing comments and getting to know all you lovely folk out there.

So do me a favour, please. Feel free to post one random fact about YOU on this blog post so I can get to know you a little better