Giving Up Real Life To Travel The World
Hey, I’m Yvette, I’m so glad you found my blog!
Ever since my first trip overseas I have been obsessed with travel. There was something about walking down unfamiliar streets and taking in the new sights and sounds that drew me in. In 2010, I set myself a goal: that I would travel to at least one new country every year. For five years I achieved this, but I always had this niggle in the pit of my stomach: I didn’t want to spend a couple of weeks in a new country- I wanted to have this experience full time.
In 2016, I found myself single, broke, and exhausted from working full-time and running a business. So I made a decision. I sold my business, all my possessions and within three months I had shifted overseas. It was the best feeling in the world. In fact I felt so alive, so empowered, and so free that I started this blog to inspire and show others how to go on their own adventures.
First stop: Canada
In 2016 I moved to Canada to work a ski season and learn how to snowboard. I ended up staying for 18 months- spending my winters in Kelowna, BC at Big White Ski Resort and my summer in Banff National Park, AB.
It was Canada that made me fall in love with the outdoors. Growing up on a farm in New Zealand meant I was used to being outside and not afraid to get a little dirty, but it was the Canadian Rockies that made me realise how much I loved being in the mountains.
In my free time I went on as many adventures as I could: hiking, white water rafting, horse riding, climbing, snowboarding, snow shoeing- you name it. I became a little obsessed with trying new things outdoors, and my confidence in all areas of my life grew. I was an average girl from a small town in New Zealand, and if I could move across the world and go on epic adventures, anyone can (and should!). This blog is my way of sharing some incredible experiences and showing you how you can do them too.
Why solo travel is the best medicine
Travelling the world by myself was a tough decision to make. I had always thought I would meet a guy and we would travel together, but that never happened. It was my very first solo trip that made me fall in love with solo travel.
I honestly believe that everyone should travel solo at least once in their lifetime- even if it’s just for one week. Travelling solo forces you to listen to that voice a lot of us are guilty of blocking out- your intuition. Travelling solo is like you are dating yourself- at first it’s scary, you get butterflies, and at the same time it’s exciting. Then all your insecurities come out, you screw up, you get angry with yourself, but through this you learn how to make yourself happy.
I am really not a fan of cliches so I won’t babble on about how travelling makes you discover yourself, or how it’s a metaphorical journey as well as a literal one- everyone knows this. But learning how to make yourself happy is kind of important, seeing as you can’t, you know, break up with yourself.
My move to Scotland
In 2018 I moved to Scotland, my favourite country in the world.
I’ve always been fascinated by Scotland’s history, particularly the First War of Scottish Independence when I found out that King Robert the Bruce was my great x22 grandfather.
My family immigrated from Scotland to New Zealand in the mid-nineteenth century. I’ve had a great time tracing their roots and exploring the land where they worked and lived. My move to Scotland has helped me connect with myself on a deeper level, and I have decided to make it my permanent home!
Hiking The Length of Scotland
In May 2018 I was the first solo female to complete Britain’s toughest hike: the Scottish National Trail.
The Scottish National Trail took me 7 weeks to complete, beginning in Kirk Yetholm by the English/Scottish border and finishing at Cape Wrath, the most north-western point of Scotland. I can only describe this as the adventure of a lifetime. It’s the most challenging thing I have ever done, and I started this adventure by being completely unprepared (as per usual) about what was ahead of me. Luckily, I learnt a LOT along the way, and I saw some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes in the Scottish lowlands and highlands.
I am in the process of writing a book about my adventure which includes getting lost in the highlands, snakes, cute Scottish guys, getting caught in a storm and a heatwave (Scottish weather likes to be consistent!) and discovering the secret to inner strength.
I have also written a comprehensive guide on hiking the Scottish National Trail in case you would like to try it yourself!
2019 is going to be another year of adventure for me.
I’ll be travelling around Scotland and I have a few short trips to Europe planned. I’ll also be heading to Florida for 2 weeks in September.
You can read about the rest of my travel plans for 2019 here.
Well, I hope you enjoy my blog!
Who is Wayfaring Kiwi?
Kia ora, I'm Yvette and I'm a 30-year old Kiwi (slang for New Zealander).
I am an outdoor adventure travel blogger, and I have been lucky enough to live in the three most beautiful countries in the world: New Zealand, Canada, and now, Scotland.
Follow me on my epic adventures in Scotland and beyond!