We are lucky enough to now call New Zealand home. We (My wife Amy and I) arrived in this beautiful part of the world after travelling overland on a motorcycle from the UK to New Zealand back in 2013/14, unbeknownst to us it was a journey which would firmly set our perspectives and priorities in life.
Way back in 2013, I was working as the Digital Design Lead at Microsoft UK, it was a great place to work. Though I loved the role, I found myself becoming increasingly irritated with the corporate environment, and found myself a little too comfortable. I knew I needed a change – I needed a new challenge.
Then came the idea of doing a trip inspired by a lad who had ridden from Sydney to London on a little red postie bike. A few months ensued where I read blogs of people embarking on these journeys. However, having previously travelled by motorcycle around Vietnam on some banged up Russian Minsks, explored Morocco, and followed the coast in Croatia we felt we were well versed in travelling with just a rucksack and helmets.
Also for a long time we had considered the possibility of leaving the UK and living abroad, and with my dad and brother already living in New Zealand and constantly urging us to follow that would be the most likely destination. We popped over for a quick visit, we loved it and so the decision to leave was made.
The idea was to ride to New Zealand two up, I still don’t think we believed we were going to actually do it when we got back to the UK. However having returned to work, we spent two weeks really deciding whether we would actually do it. After endless talk about nothing else, the final decision came in the unlikely place of Millets (camping store) in Reading. There was a deal on the down filled sleeping bags but still costing £50 for the two it was make or break time, there was no way I’m spending fifty quid on sleeping bags if we aren’t going to do this. We bought them and from then onwards it was all go on getting the plans into place.
We had less than two months to sell all our things, move out, get all the required visas, get the right bike, injections, carnet, spare parts and all sorts of things while at the same time working tirelessly to finish up at Microsoft.
At times it became quite stressful and sometimes wondered if it was worth it, considering we would have no money when we finally arrived in New Zealand. Though when the excitement was lost in all the planning and bureaucracy as well as the numerous risks with travelling through such places, we would always come across a new video or photos and be completely inspired.
Now looking back I am so happy we made the decision and feel we have been rewarded everyday for having taken that risk, the trip is without doubt the best thing we could have ever done, EVER.