We are settling into our travelling life better and better. Our small caravan is set up how we like it, and we are very comfortable in it. It took a while, but we are finding ourselves slowing down and not racing to get all our daily tasks done the way we used to. Even though we are busy doing things, we have more spare time! Our working lives seem a bit crazy now – for me, while I loved my day-to-day work, there was a lot of reading or paperwork that needed to be done in evenings/weekends, and I really don’t miss that. When at work, we were in a habit of picking up food on our way home, so it’s really lovely to be doing so much more for ourselves – all our own preparation of meals and baking our own bread and biscuits. Sometimes we even wash our clothes by hand rather than wait for access to a washing machine! We are also sleeping more. It feels very healthy!
We stay in NZMCA parks or popstops, or in DOC camps, or sometimes we freedom camp in places where it’s legally allowed. We meet with other people doing the same thing a lot, both from overseas and from NZ. We often pick up ideas and hints of what to do next from them. Sometimes we travel with the caravan, but sometimes we detach and leave it behind in a safe place to go along shingled or steep or windy roads.