New Zealand Summer Roadie: Postcards From The South Island

We've reached the South Island where we'll spend the next month exploring from North to West to South to East. Check in here on Shanghaihabits for daily updates from NZ's beautiful South Island!

New Zealand Summer Roadie Week 2: Hawkes Bay, South of the North Island and Wellington

New Zealand Summer Roadie Week 2: Hawkes Bay, South of the North Island and Wellington

From East Cape exploration & first-week-camping fun we're heading down south. A few destinations to see before crossing waters and arriving on the South Island! Here I'm sharing some moment from our days on the road heading down south through the Viking city Dannevirke and other cool destinations.

New Zealand Summer Roadie Week I: Rotorua, East Cape & Mahia

New Zealand Summer Roadie Week I: Rotorua, East Cape & Mahia

Last day of 2015 was the first day of our New Zealand summer road trip. Surfboards and yoga mats packed down in our new old van and we have over 2 months to explore Leon's beautiful home country. We're on the road now and here sharing some destinations and moments from our first week on the road of the North Island...

A Visit To Melbourne And Our Roadtrip On The Great Ocean Road + Why You Should Always Check Visa Regulations One Extra Time

A Visit To Melbourne And Our Roadtrip On The Great Ocean Road + Why You Should Always Check Visa Regulations One Extra Time

When we visited Perth earlier this month it was my second time in Australia. My first visit was last year where we visited Melbourne followed by a Great Ocean Road trip - seriously the best road trip I've ever been on (not least thanks to the Koala... And my beloved BF of course) and highly recommendable. I hadn't started my little blog at that time so here's some moments & memories from Melbourne and The Great Ocean Road...

Margaret River: West Australia's Holiday Haven For Wine & Water Lovers

Margaret River: West Australia's Holiday Haven For Wine & Water Lovers

Nothing like a little holiday Get-away from a holiday. Margaret River is a super charming and chilled area with the most beautiful nature and coastal spots. Oh and good wine. I could have stayed a couple of more nights here - maybe next time we'll book a stay at one of the wineries or even get a little job as a grape picker one season.. Alternative lifestyles' on my mind these days that's for sure! Well, it's better to be lost in an Australian vineyard than found in an office, don't you think? =)

West Australia's Sunny Capital: 6 Places To Visit When You Visit Perth

West Australia's Sunny Capital: 6 Places To Visit When You Visit Perth

From sunny Indonesia to what I thought was Australia's sunshine coast: West Australia. I later learned that this phrase officially refers to another state but I have the feel that for Scandis like me most states of Australia would seem to be Sunshine states...

Green parks, white beaches, clear water & lots of sunshine: Welcome to West Australia's capital Perth.

Merry Happy Kiwi Christmas From Mount Maunganui Where We Celebrate Christmas With Champagne Brunch And Give Presence Instead of Presents This Year

Merry Happy Kiwi Christmas From Mount Maunganui Where We Celebrate Christmas With Champagne Brunch And Give Presence Instead of Presents This Year

A very Merry Christmas from Leon's family home in New Zealand: Mount Maunganui. This year I'm having a warmer, a brighter and a very different Christmas than what I'm use to. But what it doesn't have of Danish traditions, it certainly has in color - an amazing Christmas mix of Swedish, American, Kiwi & Danish. 

Stories From Bali: Living & Breathing Sustainable Bamboo

Stories From Bali: Living & Breathing Sustainable Bamboo

Little did I know about bamboo before I came to Bali this summer. I still know just a tiny bit but I'm amazed and inspired by that bit. Mostly with the combination of efficiency, beauty and last but not least sustainability when using bamboo as building material. When we were in Bali this summer we visited Matt Bell, Leon's kiwi childhood friend. He now lives, works & breathes bamboo in a forest/village outside Bali's cultural centre: Ubud. As his home and workplace is truly out of the extraordinary I decided to share a bit here on the blog - there's nothing like inspiration for a different lifestyle, away from the norms of Western societies. Especially not a lifestyle where you help make the world a greener and more beautiful place.

Destination of Romance: Kanawa Island In Komodo National Park

Destination of Romance: Kanawa Island In Komodo National Park

After our exploration of the local chaos in Labuan Bajo and an unforgettable guided tour around the Flores sea to experience the famous spots around Komodo National Park, our last stop was Kanawa Island. This idyllic tiny island is actually part of Komodo National Park and located approximately 1 hours sailing from Labuan Bajo. It has no wifi and is hosting just 1 resort. A must-visit if you have a couple of extra days to spend around Labuan Bajo and highly recommended as a get-away for lovebirds =)

Visiting Komodo National Park And 2 Days Sailing On The Flores Sea

Visiting Komodo National Park And 2 Days Sailing On The Flores Sea

Every child who ever watched Jurassic Park the movie has always dreamed of visiting a real life jurassic park. Well, that is pretty much what we did. They say Komodo Dragons, the huge lizards that live on only a couple of volcanic islands in the Indonesian archipelago, are some of the few surviving dinosaurs we still have on this planet today. So we seized the opportunity to make a visit to the Komodo National Park in the hope to see the dragons...

7 Easy Zen Habits And 3 Book Recommendations To See, Feel & Understand More in Daily Life

7 Easy Zen Habits And 3 Book Recommendations To See, Feel & Understand More in Daily Life

No matter where in the world we have our everyday life it just seems like it, everyday life, takes over. We have these good intentions of being happier, of being healthier and of doing more stuff with our friends and family but most days we end up too busy, too stressed, too overwhelmed. It can so easily feel like we don't have the control at all and days as well as life just "happens to us". We need more "Zen" and in my opinion we should all add a spiritual dimension to our life.

Destination Flores Island: 5 Recommendations For Your Stay in Labuan Bajo Town

Destination Flores Island: 5 Recommendations For Your Stay in Labuan Bajo Town

Going back to Indonesia I had a great adventure waiting: meeting up with Leon on the island known by Lonely Planet as "Indonesia's new big thing": Flores. With a week to spend here before crossing the big waters to first Australia and then New Zealand our itinerary was planned around Komodo National Park and the fishing town Labuan Bajo. A colorful destination that with it's fascinating Komodo dragons, it's tropical beauty and it's amazing in-land and under-water nature is very popular and with numbers of visitors rising.

How Gratitude Really Changes Everything and How To Feel "Thank You" Every Day

How Gratitude Really Changes Everything and How To Feel "Thank You" Every Day

 It's that time of year again and gratitude quotes (and turkeys) are just about all over the place. But "feeling gratitude" is important not only this time of year, gratitude is something we should incorporate as a conscious practice every day until it becomes a habit...