Workaway – How to afford travelling long-term

If you want to afford travelling for longer, check out our first experience with Workaway. Plus tips and tricks to make the best of your experience.

We’ve been away from home for over 9 months now, and are still hoping to be gone for the next 5 to 6 months.  To keep the dream alive, we have had to come up with ways to make our money last us a little longer.  We have discovered a multitude of ways to do this along our travels, from Couchsurfing, to pet sitting, to camper van relocations.

So when we meet other travelers like ourselves, we are keen to talk about how we all manage to stay on the road without a steady income.  When we went for dinner in Singapore with Charlie and Lauren (better known on Instagram to their 80K+ followers as @wanderersandwarriors) during an Instagram meet-up, it is no wonder that this topic was broached.

This is when we were introduced to the concept that is Workaway.  It was described to us by Charlie and Lauren as a way for them to stay in Sri Lanka for roughly a month with free food and accommodations in exchange for working 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, at the hostel they stayed in.

Beautiful Tanjang Rhu beach, a short drive away from our Workaway home

Whether it was checking in guests, helping to prepare breakfast in the morning, or giving people recommendations on where to go and what to see, for a mere 25 hours a week, most of their living expenses were covered.

We made a mental note of Workaway and kept the trip going.  One day in late April,  while we were in Thailand, we were looking at our bank account, and thought to ourselves, that it may be time to put our money-saving knowledge to use!

We had also been moving around quite a lot in those last months, and were looking to stay put for a little bit.  Knowing that we were planing on visiting the Philippines in early June, we figured we should make our journey that way.  So we decided to check out the site and see what we could find in Malaysia.

We lost count of how many sunsets we saw on Cenang beach, a quick scooter ride away from our home

What did we want out of this?  Well, obviously we wanted to save some money, so having our accommodations taken care for was priority number 1.

We wanted to be by a beach, for sure. But, I mean, who doesn’t want that?

And lastly, we wanted to do work in hospitality.  We figured that since we love meeting new people and hearing their stories, this would be a great fit for us.  Also, we have a dream of getting into the hospitality business ourselves, so this was a natural fit for us.

This is where Odin, Nurul and Langkawi came into our lives.

Our favourite beach, Skull beach.  This is also really close to our Workaway home in Langkawi.

It’s weird how some things come together naturally.  When we tried petsitting for the first time, it was our first request that came to fruition.  Well just like that, it was the same with Workaway.  After reading Odin and Nurul’s listing, and checking out Langkawi, we sent them our information, and they got back to us right away.

A little Whatsapp conversation later, and that was it, we are on our way to Langkawi to work for 3 weeks!  We also later found out that it was their first Workaway experience too.

Odin and Nurul are a soon-to-be-married couple who are a tad younger than we are.  Their story is actually quite similar to ours.  Nurul has roots in Malaysia, but like Odin, grew up in Sweden.  In their 20’s, they decided to move to Singapore for work.

You have to love lighthouses!  This is Langkawi’s only stone lighthouse.

Before you knew it though, they decided to make a change.  Tired of corporate work, the proverbial 9-to-5, they wanted something else (ya, that sounds familiar).  Having her roots, and family in Langkawi, they made the decision to move “back home”, so to speak.

They decided to open an Airbnb.  Odin actually stayed in Singapore for a little bit, while Nurul set things up in Langkawi, just in case their dream of island living didn’t go as expected.

Well hard work and dedication paid off, because it wasn’t long before Odin was headed to Langkawi as well.  One year later, they now boast nine units, seven of which are for rent on Airbnb and 2 to house Workawayers like us.  No small feat for such a short timeframe!

Working hard putting up this towel rack at Rama Rama

Now back to us.  We arrived in Langkawi pretty late, around 10PM, and Odin and Nurul came to pick us up at the airport.  They showed us the unit we would be staying in and told us they would come by the next day to go over our responsibilities.

The next day, they filled us in.  Our main duties would consist of:

  • Checking in and out guests in their 3 units (as 4 of them were not ready to be rented just yet)
  • Bringing the linens and towels to the cleaners after guests checked out, and picking them up the next day
  • Helping them put the final touches on the 4 new places, including some handy work and gardening
  • Being the main point of contact for guests in case they had any questions or needed anything
  • Showing the guests around in case they booked any activities
  • Gardening and maintaining the 3 existing units
  • Insuring that cleaning supplies and required inventory were stocked at all times
We are always silly, but maybe more so here Dash Resort, the perfect spot in Langkawi to go for a dip

Seeing as though we had to run around doing errands most days, they provided us with a scooter to get around.  I’ve driven a scooter twice before, and quickly fell in love with getting around on 2 motorized wheels!

We spent the first 2 weeks taking care of guests and putting the finishing touches on Rama Rama.  That was the toughest part, physically.  It was so hot the whole time (easily 35 degrees Celsius), and the work was either outside gardening, or inside drilling into ceramic and concrete, without AC!

The sunsets over the paddy fields by Halia Village were pretty epic!

Even though we were working, we still managed to do a ton of island exploring (take a look at our blog on what to do in Langkawi), and hanging out at one of the many great beaches on the island.  We discovered great food at the local night markets, experienced controversial Malaysian elections and lived through Ramadan for the first time.

The work was different for sure, considering we haven’t really worked since we left in September (though Carine has done some freelance marketing work).  It was a balance of getting our tasks done, staying on top of things, doing our own thing; including still getting great pics for our Instagram, keeping up on the blogging, and enjoying life.  We are on one long vacation after all!

There were some frustrations that came along with our Workaway.  Most of which was attributable to two things: communication and expectations.

All smiles when we have the day off and visit the Durian waterfalls!

Communication was an issue at times.  Often things would change last minute, like we would be heading out to do some exploring after asking for permission, and then half way there would be told that we had to return back to the units because a delivery was being made in 5 minutes…  This has a bit to do with the way islanders live as well, where nothing is done when expected.

As for expectations, it was little things.  When you think you are committing to working 5 hours a day, we thought that would be 5 straight hours, then we would have the rest of the day to do what we want.  And when you think we work 5 days a week, we thought it would be 2 days off in a row.  And lastly are these days off… we did have a few days where we didn’t have anything to do, but most of our days off still consisted of taking care of a check-in, or a check-out, or dropping off / picking up laundry.

These small things didn’t take up much time on our days off, but they did sometimes make it harder for us to plan doing what we wanted to do.

We had the Durian waterfalls all to ourselves.

Don’t get me wrong, we enjoyed our Workaway experience, we even extended it to a full month.  We got along well with Odin and Nurul, and even hung out with them for supper and games on certain nights.  We will likely be doing some more Workaways once we get to Europe and cost of living rises dramatically.  But sometimes, those little things can be irritating.

For sure the fact that it was both of our first times doing this contributed to some of these little issues, but it was still a great experience.  We learned a lot on how to run Airbnb units, how things work in Langkawi, we got to make some new friends, got into our little life routine, and best of all, we got to cook homemade meals.

So I guess the thing to take away from our experience for the future is to clarify things from the get-go.

Fresh fruit is one of the best things about Langkawi

We loved our time in Langkawi and doing a Workaway was a big part of why we loved it.  It let us get a glimpse into the hospitality world, one we may one day also like to get into.  It also let us stay put like we hadn’t done since leaving our home.  We will fondly remember our time with Odin and Nurul, and ever appreciate the opportunity they gave us.

Tips for a successful Workaway experience

Here are a few tips to know to find a great Workaway for you, and to have a successful time with your hosts.

Know your strengths and your weaknesses

This is the most important thing in looking for a Workaway experience.  Know what you like and don’t, and know where you excel.  If you aren’t a people-person, maybe don’t apply to work in a hostel.  If you love to cook, try to find something that will let you use this passion.  You are working, so why not make it as enjoyable as you can, especially since you’re not getting paid.

Read up on your potential hosts’s reviews

You do this when looking for a restaurant, so why not do it to find out who your new “boss” is going to be.  Check out what others are saying about the hosts, what the tasks they did were and how they liked their experience.

After all, the list of tasks and responsibilities are chosen from a predetermined list, so sometimes it doesn’t accurately depict what you will be doing from day to day.  The reviews are a much better way to see what the experience will likely be.

Just be yourself

When writing to hosts or filling out your profile, just be yourself.  Don’t try to make yourself into someone you are not, with skills you don’t have.  Lying about having a certain skill could land you a workaway that you really want (based on timing or where it is), but in the end you will be the one who will probably regret this.

Don’t dismiss the value you bring

You will probably feel like the accommodations you are being freely provided are worth a lot, and they likely are.  But never forget that you are freeing up time for the hosts, and time is the most valuable commodity there is!  What each party provides has value, but don’t feel as though you are in their debt.

Clarify each party’s expectations

As we mentioned it earlier, make sure you talk with your hosts to clarify what you are both expecting from your experience from the get-go.  Ask questions, as many as you can think of.  Ask them what your schedule is, how the time off works, if the food is provided, what your tasks are, what your limits are.  Make sure that you are both seeing eye-to-eye on the major points.

What a month in Langkawi, so many laughs with this lovely gal!

Make compromises and be flexible

This one is pretty simple, you have to be willing to make compromises, and to be flexible.  Of course we are traveling, and we want to do whatever we want, whenever we want.  This is the ultimate freedom after all.  But know that you will not be able to do that while on a Workaway.  Go into the experience knowing this, and you will have a better chance at having a positive time.

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Why eating bugs is the future of food

Whenever people talk about going to Cambodia, one of the first things they bring up, other than the Angkor Wat Temples, is that you can eat bugs there.  If you know me at all, you know that I’m one curious foodie.  I will eat things that are questionably edible, because, well, what if they’re delicious!?  So when we got to Siem Reap, I knew I wanted to eat bugs.  This may sound strange to some, but to me, it’s not.

Was I grossed out? Yeah, at first, I was, I won’t lie.  But if Michelin-star chef Alex Atala in Brazil serves bugs on his menu, they can’t be that bad!  Especially considering that bugs feed about 2 billion people a day in places like Africa, Asia and Latin America.  Sometimes, they are even considered delicacies.  One quarter of the world’s population can’t be that wrong!

Picking the biggest, juiciest bugs for me in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Why would I do it?  Well that’s easy!  To me, bugs are the future of food.  We’ve grown our food industry totally out of proportion.  When the meat you eat is pumped with hormones, and the fish you catch comes from polluted waters, going vegetarian was an easy choice for me.  Don’t even get me started on the health benefits and environmentally-conscious reasons for going with a plant-based diet!  So if you want a good source of protein, that is tasty, and that leaves a minimal footprint on our planet, well, BUGS!

So one faithful night in Siem Reap, after a few drinks with friends (yes, liquid courage was required), we set out to find the best bugs the night market had to offer.  Luckily, we were intercepted by a friendly local who took us out to find the best vendor.  If you set out to try some insects, know that a lot of the vendors on Pub Street don’t always use fresh produce.  How long do you think they keep those bugs on sticks when they don’t get sold that night?  Well not this vendor!  She only uses the freshest stuff.  So much so, that another night, when looking for her again, she was nowhere to be found because her farmers had not been able to find any insects that day.  Now that’s integrity!

Me and my favourite bug lady, right off Pub Street in Siem Reap

As you can see from her smile, she is something special!  Small but feisty, she knows her bugs!  Her crickets are farmed, grown to become food.  Her scorpions are sourced from the jungle, as are her grass snakes.  And her tarantulas, well, they are foraged up from 40cm deep underground.  She runs a tight ship.  She knows when her products are good to eat.  And if you trust her, like I did, you’ll let her pick the bug you’re going to eat.  Yes, she will pick the biggest tarantula, it will have a huge body and hairy legs, but it will be delicious!  She will even suggest eating one that has a large belly full of eggs, those are even tastier!

Like all things food, it’s all about the prep!  She will roast your meal right in front of you to make sure they have the perfect texture.  She doesn’t just serve her bugs plain, that would be boring.  Her crickets are marinated and cooked with lemongrass, chilli and lime juice.  Crunchy with just the right amount of kick!

Hairy, crispy, delicious turantulas

How did I do it?  Well, the drinks helped the first night, I won’t lie!  But like with any weird meal, you have to get over your conceived notions about them before you take a bite.  I just stopped thinking of the bugs as being gross things.  I trusted this woman and her integrity when it comes to her products.  They are sourced properly, they are prepared with care and they are cooked well.  Can you say that about the food you eat every day?  So when crickets stopped being bugs, when tarantulas stopped being insanely scary-looking spiders, they just became food.  And like I said, I like food (ok, I LOVE food).

How was it?  Well, it was delicious!  So much so that I went back for seconds.  I could have eaten a full bag of crickets. That’s how good they were!

What did it taste like?  That is hard to say!  She said the scorpion tastes like chicken and the spiders like bacon, but I haven’t had either in so long, that it’s hard to say for me.  The spiders’ legs were crispy, like those little bits of fries that are at the bottom of your plate.  The body had a nice texture to it, crunchy on the outside because it was seared on the BBQ, but tender on the inside.  The crickets, my favourite, were like eating the half-popped kernels of popcorn.

Yummy crickets with some BBQ sauce

Would I have them again back home?  Yes, yes and yes.  Bugs are extremely nutritious.  For example, crickets are a great source of lean protein, vitamins and minerals, containing about 65% protein, omega 3, fatty acids, calcium and vitamin B12.  Other insects can contain up to 80% protein, and have huge amounts of iron (sometimes, more than beef).  Obviously, I would have to find the fresh produce to make sure they are as delicious as hers, but yes, I would not hesitate making bugs a regular part of our meals.  There are even chip companies that make their products with crickets.  This is becoming more and more mainstream, as evidenced by big wig investor Marc Cuban putting his money behind this brand.

If I could, I would have stayed with my bug lady in Siem Reap and helped her sell more bugs.  It’s crazy how people who saw me eating them would stop and stare.  When they saw how much I enjoyed them, going for seconds and thirds, they also joined in.  And without fail, they would all say how delicious they thought these creepy crawly critters were.

So get over your fears, and those preconceived notions about bugs and let’s all eat them together!  Bon appétit!

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Siem Reap, Cambodia – Your ultimate city guide

From the people, the food and the temples, there are a ton of reasons Siem Reap in Cambodia stole our hearts. Read more to see how this city will enchant you.

There are certain places you travel to that simply steal your heart, without even trying.  That was the case for Siem Reap, in Cambodia.

Cambodia made our list for a very simple reason, Carine’s love of yoga.  Early on, when we decided we’d be globetrotting through South East Asia, we knew Cambodia was a must-visit destination.  It is renown as one of the best places in the world for yoga retreats, not to mention the amazing temples.  We arrived there with no expectations.  We only had 12 days to spend in the city, including some time in a yoga retreat.

After 6 months of traveling, we’ve learned to take it slow, go with the flow, and not try to do too much in a short amount of time.  Siem Reap was exactly on the same page as us.  Easy-going, laid-back, charming, and just the right amount of fun!

The people of Cambodia


The first thing we noticed about Siem Reap were the friendly smiles on the locals faces, as soon as our plane landed. We were greeted with the warmest welcome a customs border officer will probably ever give you! We were off to a great start, and the smiles only continued to roll in after that. First from Dara, the Babel Guesthouse tuk-tuk driver who picked us up and would explain where we were at every turn.

Then the kids on scooters, who would slyly wave or pull a peace sign out with their brightest and warmest Hello! We couldn’t help but have a smile permanently on our faces while driving around the city. It seemed like even the market vendors were just out to get a laugh with you when we walked by their stalls… even if we weren’t buying anything. Usually, in other South East Asian countries, they would haggle, and argue, sometimes getting angry when we’d walk away. But not in the magical Kingdom of Cambodia. Here, all interactions were done with a smile, and friendly banter.

One of our best memories with locals was the night we set out to find some bugs to eat at the night market. As we walked by some restaurants, one bar manager stopped us to talk about football (or soccer for all our friends in North America). Derek might have been wearing his famous Argentina jersey, which always gets us into some fun conversations. He wanted us to come in for a drink at his bar, for free. He just wanted to talk! When we told him that we were looking to get some bugs to eat, he made us a deal: “I will come and show you where to find the best bugs, if you come back to my bar with me for some beers after…”

You have yourself a deal!

Carine’s one and only bug lady!

First, the woman selling the bugs was the sweetest and liveliest one we’ve met.  She enthusiastically explained where she gets her bugs, why they are good for you, and all that good stuff. I kind of wish she would have hired me to help her sell bugs, as I’ve grown quite fond of them (and her). What good is all my experience in marketing if I can’t help some sweet lady sell bugs! But more on that later!

We held our end of the promise. After getting our fix of bugs, we headed back to the bar for drinks. There, we sat with our friend for a good hour. He spoke to us about his childhood, his upbringing, his hopes and dreams for his future, but more importantly, for the future of his country. He has started a program with some friends and other locals to help build homes for the less fortunate. They all pitch in some money every week, and once they have saved up enough, they find a family to help out, either renovating their home, or building a new one. He didn’t want other kids to grow up the way he did. He was an inspiration!

In French, they would say that we had a”Coup de Coeur” for the people of Cambodia. But it seems like that doesn’t do it justice!

Disconnecting to better connect

We spend 5 hours a day in here

After a few days in the bustling city, we were ready to disconnect a little. Disconnect from our phones and screens, from the hustle and bustle of the city, and just reconnect with nature and ourselves. We found the perfect retreat a short tuk-tuk ride away from Siem Reap called Angkor Zen Gardens.

We spent about 5 hours a day in yoga or meditation classes. We worried about this before we started, but the classes were spaced out just enough. By the end of the day, we were a little sore, but felt refreshed and rejuvenated, both in body and mind. Any free time we had was spent by the pool – Can you blame us?

We were dealing with +30ºC temperatures. We could also be found in the dining hall, chatting with new friends, eating some delicious vegetarian meals and insanely fresh fruits.


We stayed there for 4 days, but needless to say that we would have loved to extend our stay! Our home during that time was a lovely little bungalow. And our time was shared with like-minded ‘Do-It-Your-Way’-ers we won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

The temples – Siem Reap’s pièce de resistance

Angkor Wat at sunrise

Well obviously! Did you really think we would go to Siem Reap and not visit the Angkor Wat temples? We know we do things our way, but you can’t ignore the 7th wonder of the world, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the largest religious monument in the world!

We got up super early one morning, earlier than we care to admit, and we set out to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat. We spent 3 days admiring the beauty that is Angkor Wat and its many temples. The organized tours are split into 2 categories: The Big tour (as temples are further from each other) and the Small Tour (which has your famous Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon). If you’re feeling adventurous, there is the beautiful Lady temple, Banteay Srei that’s about an hour out of Siem Reap. It’s small but quite beautiful, and you get to see life in the countryside.

Angkor Wat

We weren’t expecting much when we set out to discover the temples. Yes, we knew they were old, that they were impressive and beautiful. But it’s only when you see them up-close and personal that you truly understand the magnitude of their beauty and the insane ways they had to be built. Angkor Wat is probably the best conserved of the bunch, but because some temples have not aged so well, many countries around the world are working to restore them to their former glory.

We took 3 days to see 10 temples, but if we could have, we might have taken 10 days, to truly explore them (and maybe try an organize a game of hide-and-seek in there). If you plan on going, here’s what you should know.

Places to stay

When it comes to accommodations in Siem Reap, there are plenty of offers, from budget-friendly to high-budget, but here are the ones that struck out to us:

Babel Guesthouse: The premier eco-friendly, responsible tourist destination in Siem Reap. A lovely staff, a quaint garden restaurant, the friendliest owners and a contributing member of their community, we loved our stay here.

Bou Savy Guesthouse: Located in the heart of Siem Reap, a short walk away from the Royal Residence, the Old Market and Angkor Night Market.  This guesthouse is a great place to stay if are looking to experience Siem Reap’s legendary temples, or their vibrant city centre.  You’re close enough to the action, without being bothered by hoards of loud tourists.  Attentive staff; beautiful and cozy rooms; a great restaurant downstairs where breakfast is served; a nice swimming pool to help you cool down after a long day of temple visits; what more could you need?

Popular Residence: Located slightly off the tourist trail, in a lovely area, this beautiful boutique hotel featuring a breakfast variety, amazing spacious rooms, lovely modern design, and of course, a great swimming pool right in the centre court. The staff will go to all lengths to make sure your stay is the best in Siem Reap. They even asked every morning if we slept well the night before, I mean who even does that?!?!

Angkor Zen Gardens: If Yoga is your thing, and even if it isn’t, but you’re looking for a new experience, we cannot say enough good things about this retreat. Connected with nature, Angkor Zen will help you be one with your body and mind, and feed you like a king or queen while it does! You can either stay here for a retreat, or drop in for any of the classes.

Where to Eat

Tuk Tuk Tacos: When you need a little break from Khmer food, head down to Tuk Tuk Tacos. They have amazing margaritas and delicious tacos that are fairly priced. Our favourites were the pulled jackfruit tacos that pack in quite a kick!

Khmer Grill: For a delicious but cheap Khmer meal, this is the place! Situated close to Pub Street, the restaurant offers all sorts of traditional Khmer dishes, and a great variety of vegetarian food. They will even add tofu to their traditional meals to make sure you get enough protein. Bon appétit!

Le Tigre de Papier: From Khmer dishes to Italian fare, this restaurant has it all. And it’s all delicious, unlike other places that fail at making traditional Western food. If you want a good fire-oven pizza, this is the place!

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Driving on the left

I love to drive.  Always have.  Always will.

I remember being very young and thinking to myself, I should be allowed to drive.  It looks so easy and like so much fun! As I was growing up, my dad used to let me steer from the passenger seat, even if my mom wasn’t thrilled at the prospect.

Later, I was upgraded from “steerer” to “shifter” in our old ’91 Hyundai Sonata!  That was a thrill, and surprisingly when I would shift into 2nd instead of 4th my dad wouldn’t get too upset with me.

Then, when I did my driving courses, my instructor would always tell me “slow down“… “ya ya, when I take the exam, I’ll slow down“, I’d tell him.  I passed my exam, easy-peasy, and bought myself a run down ’90 Chrysler LeBaron.  I was one of the first of my friends to get a car.  I was always the chauffeur, and I loved it.

I’ve always felt comfortable driving, and I would say I am a great driver.  Hopefully most people who have been in my car would agree! So when we first got to Australia, and the prospect of driving on the left-hand side of the road presented itself, I wasn’t fazed at all!

Death’s Corner in Arthur’s Pass. Ya, no biggie!

Since our trip to Australia went from Cairns to Airlie Beach, and then to Brisbane, renting a car wasn’t really necessary.  Most of these places were easy to get around in by foot or public transportation.

Then, we got to the Sunshine Coast, more specifically to Buderim.  At first we took a bus to go into town and to the beaches of Maloolooba and Marouchydore.  But after a few days, we decided there was more to see, so we finally rented a car!

Coincidentally, it ended up being the same car we sold before leaving on this amazing trip, a Nissan Pulsar (the Australian version of the Versa).

I think a lot of people assume driving on the other side of the road is difficult because they think you’ll end up driving on the wrong side. But that only happened to me once, or maybe twice, but the real difficulty is simply staying in your lane!

Mistakenly driving on the wrong side can happen (usually when you’re on a small dirt road, or in a parking lot), but staying on the correct side is a lot easier than you would think, as you just follow traffic.  There are usually medians too, so physically getting onto the wrong side is harder than you would think.

The epic 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, one of our best road trips

Staying in your lane though… that did take some getting used to.  I was always taught that when you are driving, you should hug the left side of your lane.  They say to do this because you are more likely to get hit from your right side than you are from your left side (when driving on the right side of the road). So that was the hardest impulse to break.  For the first day or two, Carine would keep getting nervous and telling me “stay in your lane!”

Being such a great driver, I would get so mad at myself.  Since you’re driving on the left, you now need to hug the right side of the lane.  Otherwise, you’ll be sitting half in your lane, and half in the lane to your left.

But after two days or so, I got the hang of it.  After a week, it no longer even felt like I was driving on the ‘wrong’ side anymore.

I drove a bit in the Sunshine Coast, and then did the Great Ocean road, from Melbourne to Portland and back (about 1,000kms) in a Wicked mini camper 2 sleeper.

I’ve heard of sleeping in your car, but have you heard of sleeping on top of your car?

The next difficulty is where to look when you are crossing through an intersection.  Usually, you look left first expecting cars going from left to right.  But now the cars are coming from your right, so if you look the wrong way you could be in for a terrible surprise!  This did happen to me once while driving through New Zealand, and it was definitely the most terrifying ‘driving on the left’ experience we had, but we are still alive, again, thanks to my great driving skills!  Sarcasm?  Meh, you decide!

A view we’re lucky to have seen in Wanaka, New Zealand

But the most exciting ‘driving on the left’ that I’ve done is, without doubt, the 4,500+ kms I did through New Zealand.   It was conquered with the help of 2 different camper vans and a trusty Nissan Pulsar for a few days.  We cruised through the South Island of New Zealand in a Spaceship Beta 2S and then drove a 4-berth motor-home we relocated for Imoova (a relocation service for campervans in New Zealand).

Our little UFO
The “Big Bertha”

So ask me, “Derek, should I drive in a country that drives on the opposite side that I am used to?”

The answer is easy!  Are you a good driver?  Yes?  Go for it!

No???  I think you answered your own question.  Do us all a favour, and take the bus!

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