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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To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.

Bill Bryson
  • Welcome Wednesday Cafe, Hastings
    So sweet - each child was greeted with an individual message biscuit
  • Girls playing
    The age of a child and how to stretch your budget
  • Part 3: How to choose a mobile home
    Part 3: When are you going & for how long?
  • Clock tower
    3 years in review - which post is your favourite?
  • Registering a vehicle as a tourist in Germany
    Our Mercedes Vito for this tour
  • Mural art on toilet block
    Marine Parade IV
  • Our beloved caravan
    Fond memories of our home on wheels
  • Budgeting for travel
    Can we afford (not) to go?

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.