New Zealand

Saying good bye to my cat – the hardest part of leaving

My Cat Isis, named after the goddess, not the terror group

Tomorrow I leave for Croatia, the first part of my travels, meaning I have to say goodbye.  I’ve lived away from home for the last 10 years, so saying goodbye to mum will be easy, after all I’ll have things like skype, facebook and …

Paintball / Trips

Travelling to Langkawi, Malaysia for the Paintball World Cup Asia, 2012

Brendon Charles, Peter Mumby, Brian Thornley, Myself and Martin Dannafaerd (out of shot) in Malaysian Customs, Kuala Lumpur International Airport – 2004 for Nations Cup

Back in 2004 I helped organise the NZ Team “Kiwi” trip to Kuala Lumpur to compete in Malaysia’s first international paintball tournament, the Nations Cup.

2005 APPC Div …

Finances / General

Selling the car

The (T)rusty steed – my 1997 Nissan Stagea RS4 – off to get repainted, lowered, body kit and front mounted intercooler added apparently.  Expect to see it on a future episode of Police 10/7 – Whangaparoa edition. 

I’ve owned a car since I was 15, car ownership is pretty much a right of passage here …

Gadgets

Tripit.com – The Ultimate Itin Planner

One thing I’m finding is as I’m booking all my travel online (in order to cut costs) is how much of a nightmare it is to keep tabs on my itinerary (last year, I booked a flight from Christchurch -> Auckland which departed while I was in Kuala Lumpur, for instance!). Enter a programme that I downloaded …

Finances

Travel Insurance – Comparing Suppliers

Getting travel insurance sorted is going to be interesting, as I’m not sure how long I’ll be travelling, or where I’ll actually be.  I do however know that I plan to go to Europe and South East Asia, and don’t have any intention of visiting the USA or North America at least in the short …

Finances

NZ Debit and Credit Travel Cards Compared – Money on the Road

One of the things I keep reading about on other around the world travel blogs is to get some form of card (be it eftpos, debit or credit) that allows you free international transactions, which up until recently didn’t exist for kiwis.  The yanks always seem to recommend banks like Charles Schwab etc, but for …

Trips

Booking the first flights.. Auckland, NZ -> Ljubjlana, Slovenia

Well the last few days have been pretty intense, spending them in the hospital with a family emergency, not that that is looking ok, I’m booking my first flights.

Last year I went to Croatia for Outlook Festival and have wanted to go back this year, purchasing earlybird tickets way back in December.  Mainly due to …

Gadgets / Gear

The Amazon Kindle – My New Favorite Toy

The start of a series of posts on gear I’m going to take travelling with me…

Shortly before moving out of my flat, and after watching my old flatmate use one, I purchased an Amazon Kindling 3G Keyboard from Dick Smith.  This has without a doubt become one of my favorite “toy” purchases behind my Macbook Pro, …

General

Where to from here..

After a year or so of procrastinating, I’m finally doing it and getting ready to embark on my world trip… I quit comfortable, well paying my job of 6.5 years, and took up a 6 month contract role doing something I enjoy (paintball) while I got my affairs in order.  Sold my house (in 4 …