I started this travel blog long after I began moving abroad and travelling as an adult. It’s a record of the last couple of years only, but this is a comprehensive list of where in the world I’ve been!
Countries visited: 42
Roughly, depending on what you count. Not including airports only, or that one time I swam into Bosnia while white water rafting…
Continents visited: 4
Oceania, North America, Asia, Europe
Countries lived in: 6
New Zealand, Australia, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain
UNESCO World Heritage Sites seen: 59
I swear I’m forever seeing them, but it looks like there’s a long way to go!
Asia: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam
Europe: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Vatican City, Wales
Homes around the world:
I was born and raised in New Zealand. Until I was 16 years old it was the only place I lived, and one of only two countries I had travelled to.
At 16 I moved to Kansas on an AFS Exchange. I spent a year at highschool there and now suffer a lifetime of Wizard of Oz jokes, should I ever mention it! Kansas has a special place in my heart, for being the first place I lived abroad, a place where I made a new family for life, and where I cemented my dreams for having a life of travel and moving abroad in the future.
I ventured back to North America for a semester during university. Studying abroad was an easy way to live overseas again. Once again, I made some amazing friends and saw some of the most beautiful landscapes you could ever see around Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest of the USA.
I’ve lived in Australia for almost two years in total, on two separate occasions. As a Kiwi, it’s an easy move to me, although it can be more different than you think! I loved the cafe scene, the good weather, and the long road trips all over the country.
Spain was my first foray into living in a country where English isn’t the dominant language. I spent a year teaching English through the Auxiliar de Conversacíon program, trying to learn Spanish, and travelling as much as possible. I fell completely in love with my life in Spain, and if not for my life taking a different direction I likely would have stayed even longer!
Every place I’ve lived has worked it’s way into my heart and I’ll miss them all for different reasons. But Scotland is probably where I’d most accurately call my “second home”. It’s the place I’ve lived the longest outside of New Zealand, where I got married, had a baby, and where I intend to be based for the next few years at least.
See Expat Interviews to learn more about living abroad around the world.
No that’s not my house, I wish.
Where I’m headed
I’m constantly travel planning and adding new things to my list!
In 2020 I’ll be based in Scotland and doing a lot of local UK travel.
Aside from that, you’ll see me in travelling in Europe and possibly returning to New Zealand again too!
And maybe more…