Hello everybody,

I am currently writing this from my phone while I am still on Waiheke Island in New Zealand. Tomorrow I will be flying to the United Kingdom, London. This marks the end of my world trip and man,  oh man it went fast. I hoped to update you more often but WiFi and no laptop for most of the time made it hard. I would like to go through few of the most asked questions I get and just my overall feeling at the moment and of this trip. Sorry for any spelling mistakes this is just a quick and easy witten blogpost from my phone.

Kitesurfing in Dakhla

For those of you who don’t know me just a quick explanation. When I was 25 in November 2016 me and my boyfriend Mike went on a world working-holiday trip. We started of in Zanzibar, Tanzania where we worked as managers for a kiteschool. After four months we went to Morocco to work in the desert as kitesurf instructors for four months again. After we finished our work in the desert we travelled through Morocco for a month and hit Tarifa in Spain for a week to kitesurf. After that we went home. Mike decided to stay home at the end of August & I continued travelling again in September to Australia with my cousin for a month. Me and my cousin went to Bali where she had to go after a few days, back to work. I stayed in Bali for a month and Mike came to visit me for two weeks. After Bali it was time for me to go to New Zealand for six weeks. The first four weeks I worked as a nanny and groom in Rotorua on the northern Island of New Zealand. The last two weeks I travelled around the northern island. Now it is time for the last part of the trip and that is London for a week to get used to the cold and get into the christmas sphere.

One of the questions I get asked the most is what has been your favorite place? I must say this is a hard one but I think Morocco.. It is just like going back in time and the whole country is so magical. BUT New Zealand is by far the most beautiful country I ever visited. No words can describe the beauty of this country. They are both magical!

Did I ever regret going away for so long? Not one second of it. Of course there were times that it was very hard, because of work or the circumstances we were living in but overall this year has brought me more good than bad.

How much money do you need to go away for a year? It depends, I was working quite a lot as well but mostly for accommodation and food so i could not save much. It was’t about making much money for me anyway. I wanted to experience things, I wanted to see how I cope with stuff in different environments, how the people are at the other side of the world ensofort. I went away with 5000 euro. I come back with absolutely nothing. That was also my goal, otherwise I would have stayed for longer. I must say I am a GLAMPACKER who likes going out for dinner and the more expensive hostels. So if you are really on a budget and don’t mind eating noodles or couchsurfing you can stay away for much longer. I also refuse to have a backpack, I have a perfectly fine 4×4 suitcase. If you know me don’t start laughing, I also brought my glitterdresses. You have to stay true to your inner self!

Have you met a lot of people on your trip? Yes I have, if they are friends for life? Probably not but I wasnt searching for them. I was searching for stories, learning about people and what motivates them in life. I wanted to learn how to get along with everybody and to never judge someone. A day in a hostel is the same as your first schoolday. You meet new people all the time and you are making friends, (mostly shortterm) all the time! That’s the awesome thing about travelling. If you know someone for a day you just hang out with them as if you know them for many years already.

Travelling has made me realize you dont need much in life. Some clothes, sun cream and a little make up and a glitterdress and not to forget my beloved kites are enough to make a trip awesome. Good company makes it complete. As long as I am travelling somewhere close by the sea I am at my happiest self.

What did I miss the most? No doubt, my friends and family. And cooking, I almost didn’t cook for a whole year! Can you imagine? Still I ate very healthy though. I even lost weight instead of gaining which is the normal average while travelling. But my work was always very heavy and it made me fit!

Am I done with travelling? The answer is no. I still havent seen most of Asia and Norther  or Southern America so that is the next step! Oh and Eastern Europe to keep it a little bit more closer to home. When the next time will be? No idea. But the hunger is still here.

Has the last year changed me? That is for you to see, i don’t think it has. But other people can probably judge that better. I am more relaxed, and more comfortable with myself as I spent a lot of time on my own as well. The only thing that has changed is that I don’t want to migrate anymore. I always wanted to live somewhere else but probably the Netherlands will be the place I end up. There is no place like home 😘 See you soon  everyone, thank you for the endless support & calls and visits!

 

Xoxo Irina

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