A Guide to Living Life with Slow Travel

Man and woman on bikes next to a canal
Canal l’Est, Fontenoy le Chateau, France

Hi and welcome

We are Terry and Maura (aka TravelKiwis), slow travel experts.

We discovered our love of slow travel when we left behind our life in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2016, travelling full-time to more than 60 countries and five continents.

What started as a four-month journey through Asia became a slow travel lifestyle of seeing Europe with housesitting and road trips.

While we love visiting the big spectacular cities like London, Paris, Rome and Berlin, they are must-see destinations for a good reason.

But it’s the smaller places that capture our hearts and imagination, like Terracina in Italy.

At first, we travelled using buses and trains to arrive at our destinations, walking to our accommodation or being met by a homeowner.

But we love road trips, so in 2017, we bought a car to find places off the grid to immerse ourselves amongst the locals. It’s how we found some inspiring destinations and gems.

We want to share our favourite less-visited locations, where you get a real feel for the culture and history. 

These are our Inspiring Destinations and European City Walks.

And why we are experts in slow travel: our journey of turning travel into a lifestyle with housesitting has opened our eyes to what is possible.

Because people often ask:

  • how can we afford to travel
  • how can they have a travel lifestyle like us
  • how do they get started

Our Travel Blog, Travel Tips and Photography stories have plenty of information to inspire you to realise you can travel often, stay longer and experience more when you travel.

See our captured photographic memories to inspire your travels.

Travel is a comparatively cheap lifestyle option when you have the following:

  • the knowledge to plan where to visit
  • how to find affordable accommodation
  • where to get the best deals

And if you love to explore towns and cities on foot, we have created Self-Guided City Walks for you to experience the must-sees and things to do in a new city.

To learn more about how to get started with House Sitting, you can check out our Go Housesitting website.

(We use WISE as our preferred travel money card.)

Our Latest Travel Blogs

Five Week Europe Itinerary – London to Barcelona by Train

Are you ready to embark on a month-long European adventure, savouring each moment as you journey from London to Barcelona? When good friends contacted us for itinerary suggestions for London to Barcelona, we were happy to put pen to paper with a slow travel itinerary. Their specifics were France and… Read more

How to See the Best of Southwest London

Visiting London is always a highlight, and visiting the best of Southwest London and its Royal Parks is also a great idea for a day trip from London City. An easy option to see these beautiful Royal Parks and other historical places in southwest London is to purchase an Oyster… Read more

Travel Bulgaria: Find the Best Places to Visit on a Road Trip

In the heart of Eastern Europe lies a country that often flies under the radar when it comes to travel destinations – Bulgaria. This road trip through Bulgaria offers a unique tapestry of experiences, from the ancient city of Plovdiv to the bustling capital, Sofia, the serene Rila Mountain, and… Read more