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If you’re reading this, you’re already a smart, incredible, motivated, amazing person. I’m proud of you. Just googling “how to live in New Zealand” makes you an interesting person. But the best part about moving to New Zealand is that it’s easier than you think. I should know, I lived in a van in New Zealand for a year.

Here are just a few reasons why you should live in New Zealand (especially if you’re American):

  • If you’re between 18-30 years old, you can get a working holiday visa
  • New Zealand is predominantly English speaking (and you’re reading this, so you’ll be fine)
  • Kiwis are friendly as hell (for the most part)
  • New Zealand is so pretty it was the setting for a mythical fantasy land of rolling green hills, crystal blue lakes, and ice-capped majestic mountain landscapes (LOTR 4 LIFE)
  • New Zealand wants you to move there (more on that later)
  • Seasonal work is easy to find (but tough to do!)
  • It’s not creepy to live in a van down by the river (not really)

Moving to New Zealand: Visas & Paperwork

Ok, you’re excited to move to New Zealand, and you don’t need any more encouragement. Now it’s time to get down to the red tape and paperwork for living in New Zealand, even short term. If you want to live in New Zealand you have to:

  1. Sort out a working holiday visa
  2. Find Accommodation
  3. Buy transportation (optional, but recommended)
  4. Get a job (again, optional, but highly recommended)
  5. Register for a bank account, a tax ID number, and all that other boring stuff
  6. Get comfortable saying stuff like “sort out”

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Last fall, United Airlines announced a new, ultra budget, barebones fare. Included in the many add-on fees, was one that would charge passengers $25 for stowing their bags in the overhead compartments. While many travelers were outraged at the idea, I took it as a challenge.

“I challenge you to pack everything you need for any trip in a bag small enough to fit under your seat.”
Challenge accepted.

In the past, I’ve managed to pack for an entire weekend trip using just a daybag. Why not pack for longer trips in a slightly larger (but still small enough to fit under your seat) duffle bag? To test it out, I packed the Outbreaker duffle for three different trips of varying lengths and across different climates — with great results.

Are you interested in learning how to pack a duffle as your only piece of luggage? Read on for tips, photos, and sample packing lists to help you rebel against United’s new fee and pack lightly enough to avoid it. Click to continue…

“Having two weeks of vacation a year is a horrible way to live.”

Meet Andrew Pototschnik. A small-town Texan, who has hit 115 countries (and counting!) with his Tortuga backpack.

His goal: To visit all 193 countries, plus Mars.

But, life hasn’t always looked like this for Andrew.

Wind the clock back a few years before Tortuga and life on the road.

After graduating college and slaving away at 60+ hour work weeks in advertising, Andrew realized that life wasn’t for him. So he quit his job and started his own business.

But to his surprise, being his own boss quickly became just another gilded cage. He found he was stuck in his office even more with even less free time to travel.

How did he go from cubicle life to exploring the world?

I asked Andrew some pointed questions about that:

Describe Your Ideal Life & How You Achieved it

For my next business, I did it right. I started with the simple idea of figuring out exactly what I wanted my daily life to look like and made business and relationship decisions that only took me closer to that vision.

I literally sat down with a pen and a pad and wrote out a very detailed story of what my perfect day would look like.

If you don’t know what you want your life to look like, how can you ever achieve it?

The main details were:

  • Wake up without an alarm clock in south of France, with a girlfriend
  • Go to a late brunch
  • While at brunch, she and I would decide to drive into Italy
  • So, I’d have a concierge bring a convertible to the restaurant
  • Without packing at all, the plans are made for us and we buy anything we need when we get there

Having that simple clarity suddenly made all of my life decisions black and white.

Now my story dictates certain that things have to happen in my business and personal life in order for this to come true:

  1. Income
  2. A girlfriend
  3. No alarm clocks

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