Just what the world needs – another travel blog

Why start a blog

Three reasons
  1.  Record of where we’ve been, what we’ve done and what we learnt along the way. While photos are great reminders it is good to record the stories too.
  2. I don’t want to be afraid of a blank sheet of paper (or the white page on the screen). I do a lot of writing for work but I want to get better so why not force myself to be creative regularly and write about something I enjoy.
  3. A blog is something I always mean to start before a big trip but I always had an excuse not to. Namely nobody will read and nobody will care. I toiled with the idea of making this private, a journal, instead. Perhaps someone might find inspiration from the posts, go somewhere different or learn something. Maybe you might find that you can take 2 weeks off work and manage to fit in

I suspect this blog will evolve and develop its own personality as I write more.

In the meantime here are 8 things you should know about the person behind the blog.

  1. I am a Kiwi and live and work in Wellington, New Zealand.
  2. I work full time for a government department (here comes the disclaimer- my views are my own). That means most of my travel is done on weekends and by taking leave like most of you. That’s why I’m a part time tourist (hey that’s the name of the blog).
  3. Despite point 2 above we travel a fair amount. In the past year we managed to go to 11 countries and travel a far bit around NZ.
  4. Who’s we? My husband Andrew and me. Andrew is the super organised bit camera shy one.
  5. I’m not a thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie. I like drinking champagne inside planes not jumping out of them.
  6. I am a bit of an introvert. This may (or may not) lead to a slightly different take on places to many other travel blogs.
  7. Nice things matter to me. I have graduated from backpacking to king sized beds in the hotel chains I used to mock. We try fly business when we can but try do it on the cheap.
  8. I only take a carry on bag. I think is filled with dresses and my attempts to be a glamorous Part Time Tourist.


So that’s my introduction. Now the real fun begins.