Stellography

[stel-og-ruh-fee] noun

1. the art of being the star that you are

2. living your dreams

Origin: 2013; from Latin stella- + Greek -graphia

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A Kiwi family of 7 on a mission to lead an extraordinary life exploring our world.
Here is where we share our adventures, thoughts, and life.
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We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.

John Hope Franklin
  • NZ Police open day 2014
    We got to sit in a police car and look inside the station
  • XE foreign exchange rate 28 July 2014
    New2NZ: Exchange rates
  • Lake Taupo looking toward the mountains
    Part 2: Oh the possibilities!
  • PVC tubing and end caps for travel tube
    Useful travel items #4 - Travel tube
  • Heading north from Waipawa, Central Hawkes Bay
    Rewarded with this gorgeous sky
  • Salvation Army Brass Band
    Listening to the harmony of the brass band
  • Air New Zealand Lord of the Rings painted airplane
    New2NZ: Getting around
  • St Michel delivery truck
    Vehicle safety checks

Our initial goal was to live in Germany for a year or two.  Then we scaled that back to slow-travel New Zealand first (so we might be able to adjust more easily to a different lifestyle, and work on developing a patchwork of income).

 

After several years, that wasn't happening so we came full circle and threw everything into a once-in-a-lifetime O.E. (overseas experience) starting and ending in Germany and aiming to see a few other European countries in between, drawing on all of our life savings to do so.

 

Initially we thought we'd document in a diary-like form what activities we did as we travelled and include our own helpful family advice, but incredibly limited mobile data put paid to that idea.  So now we are in the middle of overhauling our website to offer more on the 'bigger picture' of travelling in Europe on a budget and with family.

 

It has certainly been an experience and an adventure; at times a seemingly insurmountable challenge but with a few special bits in between.  Sadly the 17-month European tour is now over and we are settling into life in New Zealand again.