”To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” - Oscar Wilde
"At this point I was desperate for money and so I started working in the hostel for free accommodation and took on any other jobs I could get."
"My mum asks me to send her a postcard from wherever I go, and every time she receives them, she gives me a call and tells me how excited she is that I have visited yet another country on my list. She keeps count of the number of countries I've seen and is my biggest supporter when it comes to getting out there and making the most of it, no matter how much she misses me while I'm away."
"It was the perfect trip to get away from everything and everyone I knew, out of my comfort zone and into the open and unknown. I questioned everything I’d envisioned for myself in the past and tried to imagine what I wanted from life in the future. I didn’t find an answer… until I got to New Zealand."
“Finnish people love their summer and so do I. I enjoyed the long sunny days, bathing in the lake and warming up in their traditional sauna.”
“I fell in love with travelling, ‘caught the bug’ as so many people say. I spent the next two years exploring New Zealand - and met my now fiancé.”
“Home is my love but New Zealand is my mistress, or maybe more; I'm still deciding if I prefer her long term.”
"I saved all the money I could, so I could once again get that feeling of utter thrill, of bravery, of a challenge, of strength. I wanted to feel the fear of things not going to plan, of needing to be vulnerable, and of being independent."
"Every attempt to stay failed and I finally had to accept that I needed a new plan and a new destination and that's when I booked my flight to Australia."
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