Tag Archive: OE

The impact of travel

If it wasn’t for travel where would I be? I can’t even imagine the sort of person I’d be if I hadn’t studied in Austria, become close friends with other international students, one… Continue reading

Top 10 Travel Take Aways

And no I don’t mean fish n’ chips on the beach… though that could be a pretty tasty takeaway about now… (forgive me if food takeaways are just a Kiwi thing). This month’s… Continue reading

For the love of solo travel

Organising what you want to see, how long you want to be somewhere and when you want to leave. Eating whatever you want, when you want. It could be pizza in Rome at… Continue reading

3 Years Repatriated in New Zealand

Time flies. 3 years seems like a long time and yet it feels like I’ve just returned to my home country of New Zealand in many ways. I sometimes wonder if that feeling… Continue reading

Travel Challenges

Sometimes I feel like challenge should be my middle name. That or unlucky. This month’s travel blog linkup is all about challenges and while I don’t want to jinx my upcoming trip to… Continue reading

3 Years on.. Places I can’t get out of my head

Back in 2015 as part of the monthly bloggers linkup I shared my passion for Africa as the place I couldn’t get out of my head. Three years on and is it still… Continue reading

Journeying into the unknown

This month’s travel blog linkup is all about Journeys, somewhat appropriate for me since my entire life feels like a journey! For me a journey is discovering the unknown around the world and… Continue reading

My Travel Story

This month’s travel linkup is all about what got me into the world of travel blogging. Why I am here today sharing my tales from the globe, solo travel, being an expat, to… Continue reading

Travel Outtakes: The not-so-peachy moments of travel

This month’s blog linkup is all about the not to peachy moments of travel. Having travelled the globe and blogged along the way I usually try to keep it upbeat — because who… Continue reading

10 Top Tips for Travelling South America

Just over a year ago I returned from an epic adventure around South and Central America. I’m still often pinching myself with the memories I have from there, some of which I can’t… Continue reading

Travel Linkup: Home

Home. Where for out thou home? Ummm… I thought it was London for awhile (well close to 5 years)… but really I knew it was always New Zealand… but now that I’m back,… Continue reading

Unexpected Places

Consider for a moment a place you’ve never thought you’d visit. Is it dangerous? Is there some strange noises that you can’t quite comprehend? Do you find yourself holding a baby baboon in… Continue reading

Is the grass really greener on the other side: 1 year on in NZ

1 year ago today I landed in Auckland, New Zealand on a plane from San Fransisco in a snotty, sick mess to see my sister waiting for me at the airport (poor her).… Continue reading

A Greatest Travel Experience: Moving to London

Stepping foot off that plane back in 2010 was daunting to say the least. I knew basically no-one, didn’t have a proper place to live, no job, nothing. All I knew was that… Continue reading

10 Things I love about travel

This month’s travel linkup is all about love… here’s 10 things that I love about travel: 1. Waking up in the middle of nowhere and pinching myself that I’m actually there 2. Being surprised… Continue reading

One Year. 20 Locations. A year of memories

On this day last year I left my home of almost 5 years, London, to begin a world adventure and return to my homeland of New Zealand. It’s hard to believe it’s been… Continue reading

The travel contrasts we experience

This month’s linkup is focused around the contrasts in travel that we experience. For me, I’ve certainly had my fair share in the last few years, it’s hard to know where to begin?… Continue reading

Lost in translation

This month’s travel link up has been given the topic of lost in translation. It might as well be labelled: ‘Ngaire’. I find myself constantly lost in translation every day since I started… Continue reading

Planning the Big Travel Trip

Whether you take one month or one year off to travel the world, it can be a daunting task to organise. I thought moving to the UK was a massive task. Then I… Continue reading

Crossing the globe back to New Zealand: The travel plan

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I’m leaving the UK to travel the world back to my home country of New Zealand. What lies ahead of me for the next 8 months is… Continue reading

Making the decision to leave the UK

Making the decision to leave the UK is probably the hardest decision I’ve had to make so far in my life. I’ve lived here for almost 5 years and as my visa comes… Continue reading

Photography Friday: O is for ‘O.E’!

This is a bit of a special Photo Friday. I decided since I’m up to the letter O in the alphabet I would celebrate with highlights of my ‘Overseas Experience’ (aka O.E) from the… Continue reading

Six Years of Easter in different cities around the world

Its Good Friday and I’m currently in Moscow, Russia, reflecting on where I’ve spent the last six Easters… it’s always been a good excuse to check out another city for the traveller in me!… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 30: Niagara Falls, America/Canada

One of the incredible places in the world, day or night, summer or winter, Niagara Falls won’t disappoint Niagara Falls was one of those places I’d always wanted to see. The shear volume… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 28: First, Switzerland

“A little magic can take you a long way” – Roald Dahl Today’s photo of the day comes high up in the Swiss Alps from a place near First. Just up the mountain… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 26: Kravica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Gushing beauty. It’s pretty amazing how incredible our planet is when you find spots hidden away in small countries like this Today’s Photo of the Day takes us to a small spot hidden… Continue reading

Celebrating Kiwifootprints turning one!

Seems a bit sad saying happy birthday to your own travel blog, but this month has been a very exciting month on kiwifootprints and today is a moment to celebrate how far my… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 25: Rwanda, Africa

Sometimes it takes another being so free and untouched to make you realise how incredible the world is and how unique and beautiful it really is Today marks the day that I started… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 24: Sintra, Portugal

A little splash of colour always makes you smile. Even more when its on a massive palace in a lovely part of Portugal The Pena National Palace is a spot in Sintra Portugal… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 22: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar, one of the beauties with a completely multicultural beautiful city and another UNESCO World Heritage site Mostar was one of my first stops in Bosnia and Herzegovina and still one of my… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 19: Uganda

One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things – Henry Miller Africa is incredible and completely took me by surprise. Uganda was so lush, with incredible… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 18: Cappadocia, Turkey

Fairytale chimneys and valleys from outer space, Cappadocia has incredible unique landscapes to wander through, float above and hike up Cappadocia just a short flight from Istanbul in Turkey, is an incredible spot so… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 17: Lake Como, Italy

Peaceful beautiful towns on an incredible Lake. A spot to relax. Italy seems to be the country I’ve travelled most to in Europe. It seems to keep calling. Lake Como, just a train… Continue reading

Expat living from a Kiwi in London

Exceedingly amazing travel experiences. Europe, Africa, America and Asia just to begin with. Being an Expat has allowed me so many incredible moments in my life. Could it be for you? As part… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 16: Mt. Sinai, Egypt

Sometimes we just need a little bit of sunshine in our lives. Trekking through darkness around and around a mountain, I finally came to the last hurdle: stones steps (rocks) in the freezing… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 15: Herne Bay, England

Blue skies, colourful beach houses in a very English row on little stones. Herne Bay in England is the location for today’s Photo of the Day. Over the last year I’ve focused a… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 14: Oia, Greece

Imagine Greece. What do you see? Greek salads? White washed buildings with blue tops? Coastal delights? Last year I finally managed to reach a destination that I’d been wanting to visit for years:… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 13: Kenya, Africa

Wild animals roaming free amongst green pastures, happy and free. Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya is the basis of today’s Photo of the Day. This baboons gazed up at while being lovingly… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 12: Positano, Italy

Blue sea against white washed buildings set into a large cliff is a decent description of the beautiful Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Positano is a dreamy spot to just lay back enjoy… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March11: Cinque Terre, Italy

Brilliant costal scenery, 5 colourful little villages and some incredible pizza and pasta – what better way to spend a long weekend than wandering through UNESCO World Heritage Site – Cinque Terre on… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 08: Coumeenole Beach, Ireland

Ireland brings happiness, beauty, colour and great Guinness. It’s no surprise to anyone when I say I miss the beach. While travelling around the lovely Ireland, with its incredibly friendly people I was… Continue reading

Solo travel, the good and the bad

Freedom, independence, adventure, excitement, these are all incredible qualities of solo travel. Solo travel can be awesome. It can also be some of the lowest moments of your life. Many people rave about… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 06: Bangkok, Thailand

Asia offers completely out of this world architecture, colour, beauty and detail floods the temples in Bangkok. Today’s photo of the day, transports us to Bangkok in Thailand. The first city I visited… Continue reading

‘Pinch me’ moments to last a lifetime

Imagine this: you’re sitting on some stairs in the center of Prague’s town square. It’s St. Patrick’s Day 2008 and dusk has just kicked in. You are surrounded by Easter market stalls, brightly… Continue reading

The Homeland

Sunshine, warmth, pristine beaches, Pohutukawa trees, walks along white sandy shores, fish n’ chips wrapped in newspaper… these are things I remember from home, the land of the long white cloud, Aotearoa. As a… Continue reading

Adventure sports: some of the best moments while travelling

Jumping from planes, running off cliffs, falling off bridges, pounding through rapids. Some of the most thrilling moments and scariest to make you know you’re alive and kicking. ‘This might be your only… Continue reading

Most memorable night’s sleep while travelling

Bang! Bang! That’s the taxi driver thumping on the window as I wake up inside, stranded on a back road in Nairobi. Brushing the sleep from my eyes I see the road covered… Continue reading

A soggy (yet beautiful) visit to the Lake District

Can you say wet? Floods? Rain? A bit more rain? Rainwater is what most of the UK had the pleasure of experiencing over the recent Christmas/New Year period. However, at least I was… Continue reading

Feeling at Home / Thoughts of Home

If anyone had told me how hard it is to leave everything back in New Zealand and come to a new country with no friends, family, job or accommodation I probably wouldn’t have… Continue reading

A reflection of Christmas

London puts on quite a bit of glitz and glam for Christmas. From the Christmas Lights of Regent Street, Oxford Street and Carnaby Street to the details in places like the Ritz. With… Continue reading

2013 and 2014: What’s been and what’s to come

Every blogger does a year review right? Well I may as well join in and remind you all of my year. It’s definitely been a year of ups and downs, but definitely one… Continue reading

A tour of Niagara Falls in all its glory

Think rainbows in darkness, silky smooth water gushing down over rocks. Then in daylight you see how big they really are with the sheer volume of water that explodes over these Falls every… Continue reading

Halloween pumpkin hunting!

Some smile. Some scare. Some are just down-right funny. Some have eyes. Some have mouths and some have flowers. I’ve course I’m talking about Halloween pumpkins! Yes I know it’s a tad late… Continue reading

WARNING: This will make you hungry for American food

My last post left you with a lovely picture of a half eaten pie from Dub Pies (sorry if that looked a bit gross – it tasted lovely). I returned to the Manhattan… Continue reading

A day of sights in the Big Apple (happy and sad ones)

 I saw names that ended with ‘… and her unborn child’ and spots where a single rose was left in the name of a loved one. That reminded me that this isn’t just… Continue reading

A taste of America

The American version of London maybe? With less crowds and better weather, I contemplate… Hitting the ‘Big Apple’ has been on my travel list for a long time. Broadway has been calling. Hot… Continue reading

Leiden: a taste of the real Netherlands

I recently visited the Netherlands for a conference about WordPress – in fact the first European WordCamp. For the those that consider themselves geeks that read my blog, it was pretty neat. 700… Continue reading

Historic Athens, to take you back in time

Towering above the city was the Acropolis – in the dark of night it is lite up in stunning golden tones against the deep dark sky above. The view from the rooftop terrace… Continue reading

Greek Island Hopping

Sunlight shinning down on the sea like crystals twinkling in a distant place. I wondered when I would get to see water as beautiful as this again… I recently read one of my… Continue reading

Dream spot: First, Switzerland

Bite into that juicy red apple as you sit on the edge of a crystal blue, still and silent lake. Gaze across the lake as it drops off and snow-capped Swiss Alps stare… Continue reading

Spires of Milan: the Duomo

Getting a tad lost (walking in the complete opposite direction) I learnt that Milan was a very modern city, with an amazing Duomo (Cathedral) that stands tall amongst the busy city. I stayed… Continue reading

Lake hopping in Italy

After a panic-attack and losing most of my stomach I found myself sitting on a balcony as the sun set over a pristine lake surrounded by mountains in Italy. The panic attack was… Continue reading

A Cathedral, Canals and Coastline

Smelling fish as you wander along a stony beach may be appetizing for some, but this smell drifts all across the coastal path and through the township. Lovely. Only one thing for it:… Continue reading

When travel goes wrong

Sometimes things just go wrong. Then they continue to go wrong. Then you don’t care any more that things go wrong because at least you’re in a lovely different country experiencing something new.… Continue reading

Face to face with a silverback (East Africa: Part 3)

Exhausted, stepping through the brush I suddenly became spellbound. Sitting just a few meters away were the most incredible creatures on earth that I’d ever met. There they were, a group of gorillas… Continue reading

It’s all part of the experience

When bad things happen it sucks, but what my travels have taught me is that when things go wrong an experience comes from it and with that, a story to share. I prefer… Continue reading

It all starts somewhere

Five years ago I ventured out of New Zealand for the first time, my footprints lead me to Austria where I studied and began my travels. Six months later I was back in… Continue reading