Tag: Travel

The Travel Diaries – The Camping Mission

A digital traveler exploring NZ

Himatangi Beach, Manawatu

Well since Covid has gone and ruined travel plans for most of us in 2020 and for the foreseeable future, I am one of the lucky few in the world who happens to live in a country where travel is very much on the cards and I intend to make the most of that by exploring this lovely country of mine. Instead of my usual hotel rooms and swimming pools in big cities, I am trading that in for a tent and camping grounds around NZ. That is not to say I am going to be roughing it in anyway at all, I am a digital traveler after all, comfort is required! I won’t be able to go camping every weekend but instead will be aiming to head out once a month or so. I will however endeavor to head out to various sightseeing spots as often as possible and blog about those. Continue reading “The Travel Diaries – The Camping Mission”

The Travel Diaries – New Job, New Horizons

An overdue Update, but more to come in 2021

My new job working at DNA

Well I said I would update about what I have been up to with my new job, but I have been busy and a little side tracked with getting things sorted, so I have neglected my writing a bit as of late, that and also my social media accounts. Without having to worry about DJn anymore, it has allowed me to back off from social media which has been great. Continue reading “The Travel Diaries – New Job, New Horizons”

The Travel Diaries – Northward Bound

The most indirect trip, because I can!

So it can be sunny in Auckland

After leaving Wellington it was time to continue my journey towards Auckland in the search for work. Along my way I had some stops planned out as well as a meeting that would end up shaping the next part of my life journey. Continue reading “The Travel Diaries – Northward Bound”

The Travel Diaries – The Windy City

Returning to Wellington after 9 years

Wellington in its natural state

And of course things haven’t really changed at all. NZ has the habit of remaining relatively the same over long periods of time with only small changes appearing, a stark contrast to a city like Seoul which is constantly changing and changing fast. But this is also why it is great to be back in NZ, things are still familiar even after being away for so long. Continue reading “The Travel Diaries – The Windy City”

The Travel Diaries – New Journey

It begins again as we move to level 1

Looking out towards Wakefield

Welcome to a covid free New Zealand, well at least in theory, and hello to level 1. And this means we will be mostly back to life as normal here while the rest of the world still basks in the chaos and our boarders remained closed off. Luckily for me is that I can move freely around the country and start looking for a job. This means, a road trip back up to Auckland! Continue reading “The Travel Diaries – New Journey”

The Travel Diaries – 10. Home, a country in lockdown

The journey has ended for now, the time of isolation begins

The sun still shines even in lockdown

While I had settled in nicely to my hotel life in Auckland, I was hit with the news that I would be able to relocate on Monday, only a week after my arrival. I was both happy and sad at this prospect, happy because I could continue my journey but sad because I was enjoying my time staying at the hotel and the routine I had managed to build up. The remaining question, where to go? Continue reading “The Travel Diaries – 10. Home, a country in lockdown”

The Travel Diaries – 9. Return of the Maori

Aotearoa never looked so good

Sunrise flying into NZ

After travelling from the other side of the world, I finally touched down in Auckland, albeit, 2 months earlier than planned but at least I got back. 20,000 km traveled in a week from Berlin – London – Seoul – Tokyo – Auckland. It was a hell of a trip and definitely a story to tell once the world settles down (or you can just go back and read my travel diary which covers it in detail!) Continue reading “The Travel Diaries – 9. Return of the Maori”

The Travel Diaries – 8. Full Circle

Back to where it began, only to keep on moving

Getting ready for the final phase

With my wait in London finally over, it was time to go back to Korea and then onward to NZ. I sure didn’t expect to see myself back in Korea again so soon. I also almost didn’t make it. With Korea’s current restrictions, after arriving I would have to wait 14 days until I could travel again which would mean I wouldn’t be allowed to board my flight leaving a few days after arrival. Luckily with some help from the lovely airport staff and a call to immigration, I was cleared to travel back. Continue reading “The Travel Diaries – 8. Full Circle”

The Travel Diaries – 7. The Great Escape 2.0

Getting back to London

With my time in Germany spent mostly in isolation, the great escape 2.0 was now about to start with a flight back to London. Luckily my flight out wasn’t cancelled but many flights were and the airport was scaling back many of their flights as well thanks to most of Europe going into lock-down and closing of their boarders. Lucky for me, the UK was still lagging behind everyone, barely. Continue reading “The Travel Diaries – 7. The Great Escape 2.0”

Arrival Procedures in South Korea – My Experience

Due to a lot of high infection rates in other countries, Korea has put new measures in place for travellers coming through their ports

Now my initial situation was a little different to others. I wasn’t coming back into the country, I was there on a layover to catch my ongoing flight after 3 days time. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but because of the situation, tourist visas aren’t generally being allowed and because I had to fly out from a different port than my arrival (arrived Incheon, fly out Busan) I had to be cleared by immigration first to be able to take the flight, being a Kiwi did help a lot here. When I went through the timmigration counter at the airport, the question did come up as to why I was coming to Korea, I said I was just transferring though as was let in without problems. That aside, here is what happened when I arrived from London. Continue reading “Arrival Procedures in South Korea – My Experience”