A Travel Announcement: Life’s Next Big Adventure!

“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.”

– Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye

I LOVE this quote. I’ve had it jotted in notebooks, etched in my mind, and even stuck to the fridge, ever since I discovered it more than a year ago.

Perhaps I love it because it explains how I feel about life.

It explains why I have no problem moving from place to place, and never settle (hang on, I’m only 24, who says I need to settle yet!). From Nelson, to Wellington, to Auckland, to Christchurch, to where am I going next…with plenty of excursions dotted between – a month in Thailand, another month in Vietnam & The Philippines, a couple more months in India, back to Nelson…

My beautiful hometown of sunny Nelson

My beautiful hometown of sunny Nelson

I feel like I leave a piece of my heart in every place I travel to and live in. And I take with me moments, that build together exactly like the quote says, like bricks. Bricks in my mind that are the building blocks of me, of my whole being.

Wow, thats getting a bit deep. I just love travelling, okay!

With that said, I’m going to have to take that quote off the fridge. But why?!

Because we’re selling the fridge. Actually, we’re selling everything. Well, except for our beloved KitchenAid Food Processor and my beautiful giant elephant painting, and whatever other little treasures we can convince our parents and friends to find space for in their garage for who-knows-how-long.

Because, we’re packing up and going travelling!

Yup, thats right, Alan and I have resigned from our jobs, we’re packing up our house and we’re leaving our comfortable little bubble that we have created here in Christchurch.

We’re off to see the world, to create more memories, and to build more bricks of life, together.

A ‘no-plan’ plan of backpacking Asia until our wallets are dry…

1st stop: Bali, August 26th.

The countdown is on – I can’t wait!

Any advice to share for a soon-to-be nomad?


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14 Responses to A Travel Announcement: Life’s Next Big Adventure!

  1. That is so super exciting!! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures, I presume you’ll blog about it?
    I am having serious itchy feet at the moment and need to book a trip STAT!

  2. Christie says:

    I am planning to blog about my travels for sure! Yup, a trip booked in is always a light at the end of the tunnel to get through a cold, frosty winter! Thanks for the comment Amanda 🙂

  3. Hey Christie! So exciting!! Hopefully we’ll run into each other somewhere in Southeast Asia. You’re getting a head start on me, so I’ll be following to get some recommendations 🙂

    • Christie says:

      Hey Emily, thanks for stopping by! We are planning on travelling around South East Asia from September through to about April, so no doubt our paths will cross at some point 🙂

  4. I’m glad I stumbled across your blog. I am leaving London for a 1 year trip to SE Asia and Australia (and NZ) starting with Indonesia from 1st September. I’ll add you on instagram to see what to expect when I get there!

    http://www.thelostlondoner.com/itinerary-update-year-travel/

    • Christie says:

      Thanks Kate! Look forward to following your travels too. We will be in Indonesia for most of September, perhaps we will cross paths!

  5. Agness says:

    Fun! Fun! Fun! Great news! Enjoy your journey and I’m waiting for the first pictures from the road x

  6. You’re from chch? Wanna meet up before you go? I am fairly busy this week but could squeeze a coffee date in? Otherwise, have a great adventure 😀 My advice, take tampons with you. Ha, I am so boring!

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  8. Sara says:

    Yay how exciting for you! Best feeling in the world quitting your job, slinging on a backpack and going for it! When does the next adventure begin?

    • Sara says:

      I’ve just realised this is an old post haha!

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