[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.
Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, Havelock North

Family is a collective expression of individual perspectives--a living work of art.

Wes Fessler
  • Sunrise behind Slipper Island, Coromandel, New Zealand
    A new day
  • Jo & Adam's place hanging sign
    Can a family home stay for a year?
  • Rummikub game
    What's there to do?
  • Rush Munro's Ice Cream Parlour Merchandise sign
    Oh no, Rush Munro!
  • Girls playing
    The age of a child and how to stretch your budget
  • Tree at Gallagher Park playground in Pauanui
    A full day of play in the playgrounds
  • Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay
    Being a tourist in our own back yard
  • Packing cubes
    Useful travel items - #3 Packing cubes

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.