Some tips for your best adventures and how to travel on a budget! Use them wisely!

March 26, 2020

Whenever we are planning our trips, we do our homework and check the average prices in our destination country. That helps us to calculate approximate costs and affects our decisions on how and what exactly we are going to do on our trip. Sometimes we skip some attractions, or choose not to eat in restaurants, or even stay with locals instead of hotels. We are budget travelers and calculations are our key to successful and lon...

February 3, 2020

Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand (after Christchurch). Its name comes from Dùn Èideann, the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.

Captain James Cook first stepped ashore in Dunedin in early 1770, and named Cape Saunders on the Otago Peninsula and Saddle Hill. 

Between 1855 and 1900 many thousands of Scots emigrated to th...

January 31, 2020

To better understand my story, you have to understand how I got my first tattoo and what it meant for me. It is a story about my mistake that lead me to end up in White Tiger Tattoo studio years later. This is a tribute to my old tattoo.

But If you just want to learn about my experience there just jump right into the next paragraph. If you are interested where and how to get inked in New Zealand scroll all the way down. :)

My fi...

January 1, 2020

New Year - New resolutions! Am I right? 
But it really doesn't matter that much if you not doing anything different than a year before. Seeing new places and be off the grid for some time is very refreshing. But you will need a very good companion for that to happen! By that, I mean your backpack. 
Here is a list of 15 good quality, hand luggage sized backpacks for your further trips!

1) OSPREY FARPOINT is one of the most popul...

December 6, 2019

After 8 wonderful months in New Zealand North Island it was finally a time to visit the other half of this amazing country. 

We crossed the Cook Strait with a ferry like most people do. That gave us opportunity to take our car with us. The Cook Strait ferries go between the North Island city of Wellington and the South Island town of Picton.

There are two companies providing the ferrie rides between the islands :Interislander an...

November 29, 2019

Since our arrival in Wellington we had been told about seals that you could easily see lying and relaxing on the boulders near the beach. You just have to know where to look for them.

After one unsuccessful and one successful attempt we can tell you where.

Most people go to Red rocks to see them and that’s where we went. If you have a four-wheel car it will be easy for you, because you can just drive along the beach until you se...

June 25, 2018

Nu jau teju 5 mēneši pagājuši, kopš pirmo reizi spēru savu kāju Hobitu zemē - skaistajā Jaunzēlandē. Laiks uz vietas nav stāvējis un gluži vai neticas, ka tik sen mocījos ar somas satura izvēli. Nu jau gudrība ir rokā, un lai gan daudz vēl tikai priekšā, ir jau šādas tādas atziņas radušās par to, ko būtu darījusi tā vai citādi pirms metos šajā piedzīvojumā. 

Tie, kas seko līdzi jau zina, ka esmu šeit ar savu mīļoto partneri ar...

June 12, 2018

Kiwi picking is a hell of a job! It is hard! Physically. Especially for a girl.

As a backpacker I knew that working in New Zealand will not be easy. Of course I could of choose a different work field, for example working in a Hostel or café, but it would be too similar to my previous jobs (work with clients, indoors, dealing with multiple different situations etc.) and I wanted something different. Unless you have worked in agr...

May 28, 2018

Tips how to take your first steps in New Zealand when it comes to groceries, clothes etc.

April 16, 2018

Originally I wanted to keep this as a public diary where I document my travels and thoughts. But every time I heard that someone has read any of my posts I feel fantastic. If at least one person gets something out of my experience I am happy.

I think that every reader is important even if I don't know who reads my blog (feel free to interact!). Latvians are mostly reserved and usually keeping the distance. If someone does some...

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About Me

My name is Elisa. Negativity used to be my second name. In my mind Happiness was something far and unreachable.
All I wanted was to feel free, at least for a moment.


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