Normal to Nomad…
My name is Karllie and I am from Aotearoa New Zealand, one of the most beautiful countries in the whole wide world! I was a young mum at seventeen and in 2017 I turned 40. My son is all grown up and for the last two years I have been having the most amazing adventures!
Towards the end of 2015, after thirteen years as a secondary school teacher I made a big decision. I decided that I was going to leave a secure job, sell my house and just about everything I owned to have adventures. This decision didn’t just happen overnight but when it did happen many thought I was either brave, crazy or maybe both.
Taking that step is a big deal for many people. We are raised to believe that to be happy and successful is to get a good education, get a good job, work hard, buy your own home and have it paid off before you retire. And that is pretty much the path I was on but it wasn’t enough and I just knew there was more to life. I wanted to travel, have adventures and see the world! And for the last few years that is exactly what I have been doing.
hiked 500 kms from the top of New Zealand to Auckland following the Te Araroa Trail
travelled Europe for several months visiting 17 countries
lived with a family in Zagreb, Croatia for three months helping them to improve their English
traveled the USA for a few months visiting several states and iconic places
lived for several months on an off the grid island working as a teacher on multiple 5 week outdoor education programs for youth
meet some amazing people and made some awesome new friends
I have learnt a lot about what is really important to me, what really makes me happy and how my life is going to look very different from now on. The last few years have given me the experience and confidence to know that I can do whatever I want. And if that means continuing to be a ‘nomad’ then there is nothing stopping me but myself. I hope you stick around to read more about my exciting adventures and follow my journey of living a not very ‘normal’ life.