Work, travel, adventures!

 


Love to travel....have great adventures.... not able or willing to give up work .....but also don't want to work on a permanent basis?

 

Some time ago Wendy and I changed our lifestyle and decided to block our time - for work and for other things.  For us it is a great balance - here's some highlights:

  • House sitting for 3 months in the English countryside;
  • A month touring the historic villages of rural France;
  • 4 separate house sits in different parts of Australia;
  • Relocation of a camper van from Darwin to Cairns for free. That's Wendy on the left somewhere near the Northern Territory/Queensland border.  We used Transfer Car to do this.  
  • East Coast Australia road trip.
  • 2 months in SE Asia - Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia.
  • Relocating a motor-home.  3,600km road trip across Australia, Perth to Melbourne in 8 days.

For us work is important, we need an income, but we also want to contribute to the communities we're part of or visiting.  Here's some of the work we do:

  • Airbnb bed and breakfast at our home in NZ when we are there - we're Airbnb Super Hosts;
  • Wendy does short midwifery contracts in Australia;
  • Short to medium term contracts in the Community and Voluntary Sector, sometimes as relief manager to cover 'burn-out' or other leave; 
  • We've also been relief managers on holiday parks in Australia.
  • Pro bono web design e.g. balivillage
  • Voluntary community radio show - Pats Postcard - details below.

The aim is to find the balance that makes us happy.

 

You can find out how we manage this lifestyle, where we've been, and what we've done ... just click on the read more links below on whichever location takes your fancy.

 

If you go to the About Pat page there's a bit more information about how we practically do things.  I add to this when we have new ideas.

 

I've also included a specific page on house sitting which is a great way to save on accommodation costs.

 

It would be great to hear your thoughts or comments, so please contact me.

 


 

Pats Audio Postcards can be heard via an audio link on the blog pages below.    

 

The audio postcards are also broadcast on Fresh FM in New Zealand, on-air and live through their website 

 

Pats Audio Postcards are available free to any community broadcaster in the world.  Charges apply for public and commercial broadcasters.

 Contact me.

 

 

 

Golden Bay, NZ - Abby on Rwanda

By the brazier, Abby talks about her recent trip to Rwanda.

 

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Golden Bay, NZ.  Tikki Tour.

Golden Bay day tour with Marcel and Sabine from Vienna


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Golden Bay, NZ.  The Deck.

 

At home on the deck - reflecting and planning.

 

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Marlborough Sounds, NZ.  The kiwi bach holiday.

 

There's something quintessentially kiwi about a bach holiday by the sea – simple pleasures and just brilliant.

 

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Perth to Melbourne - continental road trip

 

3600km road trip across Australia from Perth to Melbourne in 8 days for a dollar a day!

 

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Malaysia - Cameron Highlands.

 

Malaysia - we love tea!

 

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Singapore - cooperation.

 

Singapore - Chinese, Malay, Arab, Indian and European all call this city home.

 

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Indonesia - Nusa Penida, hindu happy cremation

Nusa Penida - Mike describes a happry cremation ceremony.

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Bali - subak.

 

Subak - rice irrigation system.  Spirit, nature and the human world in harmony.  

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Bali - home, village and temple.

 

Traditional Balinese hillside home, village and temple described by our friend Komang.

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Cairns - house and dog sitting on the northern beaches.

 

Wendy describing house (and especially dog Paddy) sitting in the northern beaches of Cairns.

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Living in the Tropics, North Queensland

 

What's it like to live in the wet tropics of North Queensland?  

 

 

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Mount Surprise, North Queensland

 

Helping move building materials on remote Mount Surprise - excitement, wildlife, company - plus a little digging for gems!!  

 

 

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Green Island - Great Barrier Reef

 

Overnight on Green Island on the Great Barrier reef -  turtles, beach, reef and rain forest - plus a little luxury.

 

 

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Cassowary - North Queensland

Southern Cassowary on north Queensland coast, south of Cairns
Adult female Cassowary 'July'

Conversation with Yvonne about the wild cassowaries that visit her plant nursery near the Moresby Range National Park, Queensland.

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Mandubarra Aboriginal Land and Sea

Mandubarra Aboriginal Land and Sea Inc.
'Sharon' - Green Turtle on the road to recovery

Conversation with Mandubarra traditional elder on turtle rehabilitation in North Queensland.  

Listen to this conversation with Henry Epong  CLICK HERE

 

 

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Magnetic Island, Qld, Australia

Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia
Picnic Bay from Tom Thumb rock

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Ayr, Qld, Australia - Living the Dream

Burdekin Cascades Caravan Park, Ayr, Queensland
Darrell and Wendy on the rubbish run.

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East Coast Australia road trip Part 2.

Listen to this audio Pats Postcard from the East Coast of Australia - click here

 

Rainbow lorikeets - Airlie Cove
Rainbow lorikeets - Airlie Cove
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East Coast Australia road trip Part 1.

The Pyramid, Girraween National Park
The Pyramid, Girraween National Park

 

 

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Shoalhaven, NSW, Australia - Coast and hills.

Jervis Bay, NSW
Honeymoon Cove

 

 

Listen to this audio Pats Postcard from Shoalhaven click here

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Nowra NSW - Wendy on midwifery in rural Australia.

Little Corella, Nowra
Little Corella, Nowra

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New England Highway, NSW, Australia

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Golden Bay, NZ - Planning 2016

Kahurangi National Park
Cobb Valley, Golden Bay

 

 

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