Meaningful Travel Experiences

About Me

Outside of my regular day job, my passion is travelling, planning holidays, talking about trips and helping my friends have the best holiday.

I look for value in terms of time and money. I want to make the most of my annual leave and get the most out of every dollar. I believe in travelling the world for  meaningful experiences. Finding quality over quantity. Collecting memories not material possessions.

I grew up pouring over atlases and spinning model globes.

I read and dreamt about travelling the world and spent my spare time learning languages.

Now as I work full time, I am enjoying a combination of weekends away in Australia and New Zealand with a few overseas trips each year.

Once I was old enough to start exploring the world independently, I spent time in New Caledonia, China, France and Thailand. I then moved on to more stereotypical “travel” in South-East Asia, Europe, the US.



Of all the things I am not very good at, living in the real world is perhaps the most outstanding – Bill Bryson

Recent Posts

Three days in Queenstown, New Zealand

Three days in Queenstown, New Zealand

What to do with three days in Queenstown?By popular demand, here is my Queenstown itinerary for a short visit outside of ski season. This would fit in a weekend or three days and I’ve included some extra options you can sub in or out if you have more time or something...

One Week – New Zealand South Island Road Trip

Want to road trip the South Island of NZ in a week? Here is a one-week trip I recommended for some friends who had a week to see the and wanted to see as much of the South Island of NZ as possible, driving from Wellington and picking up his dad from Christchurch...

Flying to the UK via China, and back

Background We recently popped over to the UK from Melbourne for 6 nights for “May Week” in Cambridge. I didn't know if we would survive travelling from Australia-UK-Australia in the space of a week but can report we made it safely back. After initially deciding...


Things to do in Auckland (including on a long layover) I often get asked about things to do in Auckland, particularly as it has become a bit of a stopover location for Australians for good flights to the US and South America. Here is a very brief summary. I need to go...