Who are we?

Who are we?

We are Cath and Andrew.  We love to travel and regularly explore and travel to new and familiar locations.  After years of working hard and squeezing travel into available leave, we are flipping it our lives on their heads and heading off for new adventures. In the past few years we have been to:

We aren’t spring chickens heading off on our Big OE to backpack around the world, but we definitely enthusiastic travellers excited about exploring new parts of the world and challenging ourselves to try and do new things.  We take a slower approach to our travel, taking time to soak in and experience new places, flavours, cultures and views of the world.  For the last five years we have travelled at least 2 – 3 months a year.  Over time we have progressed to doing and planning more travel experiences – if we aren’t on holiday we are planning the next one.  From November 2017 we will be embarking on long term travel, exploring the world and discovering places that are new to us.

2017 is our year of transition.  We are becoming house free and becoming full time house and pet sitters, firstly in New Zealand and then Europe (via South East Asia of course!).

Red Door Ponderings is where we share our stories about transitioning from home owners with busy careers, to home free with less busy careers, and our travel and house sitting adventures.

What is Red Door Ponderings about?

Because we have been travelling so regularly and so much we have learnt a few things, some tips and tricks and how to get the most out of your travel. We are always dreaming of or planning our next adventure.  We are planning to do a lot more travel, hopefully our stories, experiences and photos will inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and give new places and destinations a go. Red Door Ponderings is our space to share those journeys with you.  We love the sentiment of this quote – (although I am not sure either of us has ever been classified as delicate) – and it will be a useful reminder as we embark into the unknown!

who are we

We are passionate about discovering great travel experiences and we dream of travelling the world, chasing the sun, exploring local cultures, food and experiences.  What does a great travel experience look like?  Well for us it is about getting out there and giving it a go.

Our focus for 2017 is on downsizing so we can travel more.  We will be staying close to home and travelling in New Zealand and Australia (and maybe a Pacific Island), plus we will be sharing some of our recent journeys and experiences in New Zealand, Australia, Samoa,  South East Asia and Europe.  We are planning on heading back to Europe in December starting with London and then Krakow, Poland for Christmas.

What can you expect to find at Red Door Ponderings?

  • highlights and lowlights
  • things we loved
  • places we have stayed and recommend
  • experiences we have done and those we want to do – even if we are a wee bit afraid!

Thanks for joining us for the ride….

You can also find Andy here.

Mid Life Travel

River Cruise, Lyon France July 2016.



  1. May 1, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    Ohhh you are going to LOVE Krakow during Christmas time. It’s really a Christmas city. It’s one of my second homes, I really hope it will treat you well and you’ll come back with great memories!!

    • reddoorponderings
      May 2, 2017 / 12:29 am

      Thanks. I have heard really good things! It seems ages away but it will come around quickly.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *