We travelled to the very tip of Karikari Peninsula, a bit disappointed to be leaving the northern spit of 90 Mile Beach but excited to see this new place. There’s so much to learn about each of the places we visit; even though we talk with people we often still have questions later, and realise how little we know. There’s a lot of knowledge about places that comes only when you spend time and engage deeply, both with the environment and learning opportunities.
Even though we’ve almost been travelling for a year, we haven’t nearly seen all of New Zealand. By the time we visit local beaches and bush and take some walks and find places of natural beauty to visit, time passes. Of course, the meals continue to need preparing and the washing to be done as well, which take up a bit of time. We sometimes use laundromats but often we wash by hand as we’re often in the middle of nowhere avoiding towns and cities.
We talk quite a bit about our next step as neither of us can imagine leaving this life behind yet. Kevin is a good handyman and I’m happy to try seasonal work, so that will be a way of having the flexibility of an income coupled with time to travel. We own our house in Nelson which we’ve rented out, so that’s a bit of income already.
Our caravan is too small for long term living, and after studying a lot of the motorhomes and campers around us we think we would feel most at home in a 5th wheeler. It would give us the flexibility of being able to detach the car from the camper, and would also give us additional space. Imagine not having stuff falling from our fridge every time we open it! Our second choice would be a motorhome with a towbar attached so we could tow a vehicle around behind us, to use for tripping around.
If we keep travelling, we would want to make a contribution to each community we visit, so think we could get in touch with local groups and commit to volunteer work of planting, weeding or trapping for a few days with every stop.
So, we’ll see where this takes us over the coming months.