Family life outside the box

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Asia wasn't a big part of our initial plan. It was actually a place we thought we'd return to after our Camino in Spain (which we had planned to do from mid May 2020). 

COVID-19 had other plans for us. We decided to wait it out in Vietnam. Our one month trip covering only a few parts evolved into a eighteen months around the country. We got to see a lot more than the usual tourists destinations during our time there.

We decided to remain in South East Asia until March or April 2021 (but it turned out we couldn't leave then either)... We arrived in Turkey in August 2021 and hope to be at Gallipoli for ANZAC day in 2022.

Below, you will find all our posts across Asia as we update them.

Central Asia


We are just waiting for this wonderful country to be open for us!! 


Word out there says this is one of the best countries in the world to visit. We even looked at staying there. But I'm a bit nervous of the cold so we will save this area for summer 2022! 


This country looks amazing and it's on our bucket list. It's possible we could visit before the end of 2021. If not, it'll definitely be on the agenda for Summer 2022! 

Eastern Asia/South-East Asia


This was something we had planned to do in 2020. We thought we'd be doing a land border crossing from Ho Chi Minh City. We were wrong, but fortunately, we know we will get there! It will be on our way back to the pacific region, and we are sure we will spend a lot of time here! 


This is another place we didn't fit into our original itinerary. We were squashing too much in, too fast. We were trying to stay on the plan. Laos is another place I am sure we will spend more than a month on our way back towards New Zealand. 


We decided if there was another country we would've liked to have been stranded in, it would be Philippines. When we make it that way, we plan to be there a long time!! 


Thailand is a country we thought we'd hang out in on the way home. I think we can definitely spend a lot of time there when the timing is right! 


We loved our time (18 months) in Vietnam. See our Vietnam Blog Here.

Middle East

Click here for the beginnings of our Middle East Section


World Travel Ambitions - Family Life Outside the Box - Saigon, Vietnam - March 2020

About Us

We are a blended Kiwi family of five. All born in New Zealand, we have lived abroad for most of the kids lives. Rimaha moved to Australia 15 years ago, Melissa, Noah and Aaliyah followed 10 years ago with a dream to someday travel the world. In 2020 we set off on our dream, stopping to live in Hoi An and An Bang along the way.

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