With our time in New Zealand disappearing before us, I thought it was time to reflect on what I’ve learnt since leaving the UK 11 Months ago.
1-You don’t always need a plan to succeed.
When we decided to come on this adventure I had pretty much every single detail planned to a T! Upon arriving in New Zealand we had no idea where to stay, no idea what jobs to do. And y’no what, the world didn’t end. We ended up finding an apartment in the best area imaginable & whilst our jobs aren’t the greatest in the world, they pay the bills & keep our travel funds topped up.
2- I can actually drive
Those of you who know me are aware I hate driving. Actually, let me rephrase that. I LOVE driving…when no one else is on the roads! Being forced to drive as part of my job in New Zealand has made me realise that not everyone’s intentions is to crash into me whilst driving. Also…as laggy as automatic cars are…I LOVE them! Never shall I go through the stress of driving a manual again! (I know…I’m such a girl!)
3-Don’t be afraid of change. Thrown yourself out of your comfort zone once in a while.
Turning up to a complete strangers house to WWOOF was one of the best decisions we made! We planned to do this work exchange for a couple of weeks before hitting the big city & ended up staying almost 3 months! After being on the road for a few months we definitely appreciated being back in the hub of a family home. We now count these guys as our Kiwi Family!
4- You’re never too old to learn new skills
I was apprehensive about taking on a new role outside of the Travel industry. After all, it’s all I’ve ever known! But throwing myself into the deep end being a sales administrator in a brand new industry has gave me transferable skills that will be great not only for my CV but also for working online.
5- You don’t have to spend a shed load of money to enjoy yourself
Back in the UK we would always spend more money than we needed to buying things we didn’t need or drinking & eating our budget away. Since travelling, we have found so many free or cheap things to do with our time. Everything from visiting beautiful Cenotes in Mexico to just taking in the view with an ice cream in hand down at Wellington Harbour.
6- Be flexible
So many days we’ve gone out with a plan only to be distracted by a festival going on or a live German Brass Band playing in the sunshine (who were incredible may I add!) If you’re flexible with your plans then you won’t have to miss out on what’s going on here and now.
7- As much as I love travelling, I really would love a place of our own.
Our wee apartment in Windy Welly has made me realise how much I would actually like a home. At the moment we’re as careful as we can be buying anything new because we have limited luggage space. I would love to have a base in Europe that we could call our own. When we started this adventure it was the last thing on my mind! Travel definitely changes you!
8-You appreciate friends & family even more than before.
Spend time with those who you care about & care about you in return. With some people it feels like ‘out of sight out of mind’ whereas other friends & family I speak to more now I’m away than I did back home! Then there are other friends who I’ve known my whole life who I could turn up at the door tomorrow and it would be as though I saw them yesterday. And there are friends who I thought I’d never hear from again but have been in touch constantly since I left. Travel has definitely taught me that people will come in and out of your life for various reasons. Don’t loose sleep over it. Appreciate those who pass through yours. Life really is too short!
Have you learnt any life tips whilst out on the road?