Where to next?

Travel Planning

Governors Bay, New Zealand

Several years ago we made the decision to travel more. So we have done lots of it and have loved the expectation, travel planning, travel and return home. We have focused on working hard to have lovely regular trips – both in New Zealand and internationally.  We always seem to be travel planning or heading off on a trip, and our travel apps (Air New Zealand, Booking.com, Airbnb…) are always full of bookings and plans.  Travel planning has almost become as exciting as the holiday itself!

We have had many adventures, explored new places and revisited some favourites.  In the last few years our travels have included:

  • Australia (numerous times) – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast
  • Samoa (twice)
  • Bali
  • Laos
  • Vietnam (four times)
  • Cambodia (twice)
  • Hong Kong (four times)
  • Thailand
  • London
  • France
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Aga Reef Resort, Upolu, Samoa 2014

We have also explored our own country (most places several or many times) quite a bit including:

  • Auckland and Christchurch
  • Rotorua
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Gisborne
  • Nelson
  • Queenstown
  • Wairarapa
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Hanoi Streetscape, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2015

I have also been really fortunate in that travel has been a core part of my work for many years, a privilege that has enabled me to see many nooks and crannies of my own country that many don’t get to see.  Travelling for work is very different to travelling for leisure, something I will pick up in later posts.  Nevertheless, it opens your eyes to different ways of living and exisiting, and enables you to question and think about your own place in the world.

Now we think we are ready to figure out if we are ready to flip that on its head – how can we move to rebalancing to more travelling with a different way of working to enable that to happen.  We have spent the last months clearing out our house ready to sell so we can downsize – and potentially rent out from the end of the year and travel for a while.  I know there are plenty of people out there who have taken this leap, so I am sure there is lots of advice out there about doing it – any tips or tricks for us to think about?

Our only firm travel planning we have done is that are we planning to spend Christmas in Krakow, Poland for a combination Christmas/40th Birthday celebration for my sister. There will be visits to Berlin , London and Paris in there too…and then?! The world is our horizon so we are planning to explore while we are in Europe.  It will be mid winter so our usual tropical getaway will be slightly delayed. But where should we focus our time and energy? We are keen to travel slowly, meet locals and explore – where are your favourite winter destinations in Europe?

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River Cruise, Lyon, France 2016




  1. April 4, 2017 / 8:29 am

    Downsizing and living as a minimalist are good choices when you want to travel for long periods of time, so you guys are at a good start! Berlin is one of our favorite cities in Europe, and I think spending time in Spain is worth it during winter because of the good weather. We’ve never been to Poland before, so I look forward to your posts from there.

    • April 4, 2017 / 8:32 am

      Thanks Angie. May have to seek out some tips on Berlin. Spain is definitely on the list – especially for some winter respite!

  2. May 3, 2017 / 7:14 am

    Look at your list, adorable! keep running up, guys. Oh, I’ve just realized that you have similar smiles and face appearances. In our country, people believe that the couple have similar face features would be sure happy couple 🙂

    • reddoorponderings
      May 3, 2017 / 7:37 am

      Thanks. I didn’t know that about similar face shapes – thank you. It is a good sign. 🤓

      • May 8, 2017 / 4:03 am

        Not just face shape, dear. I really mean some “features” such as nose, smile, eyes, chin…you look much alike, guys.

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