A little life update – where in the world are we after visiting 22 countries this year?

Life update + high from our Bali-buzz

WOW have we had an amazing year so far! We have hit 22 countries in 2018 and I can’t wait to keep exploring. Starting in Fiji, going over to USA, exploring Europe and UK and most recently holidaying in Bali, I can honestly say it’s been our best year yet.

This week, we have just arrived in Auckland New Zealand (where Dave is from) and are staying with family for a few months. We thought it would be nice to spend Christmas here and be here for some big family events. Dave’s sister is having a baby in the new year and we have a handful of weddings to celebrate over the next few months – so basing ourselves here for awhile seemed like the best option. I can’t wait to explore more of New Zealand as each time I have been here we have just explored around Auckland and The Coromandel, so I’m in the process of planning a heap of little getaways.

I’m still high from the Bali-buzz and don’t want my holiday tan to fade – let’s hope the New Zealand summer brings lots of sun! Whilst here I’ll be doing a little bit of work but will still be taking time to explore. I’ve got a few small freelance marketing jobs I’ll be working on here and there to keep me busy.

Here’s some photos from our recent Bali holiday (I’ll share more in a full Bali post soon!): 

For the next five months…

I’ll be sharing a tonne of posts on our travels this year and working on some travel round-up videos. Amidst all of this, we are planning an engagement party for January and need to find a spot to have our wedding! I’m super excited that some of my family will be coming to our engagement party in Auckland as I won’t have seen them for almost a year – it’s going to be amazing.

Stay tuned for more content coming your way – and as always reach out if you have any questions about locations we have visited.

Shannon x


Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway
Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway

Shannon is a travel and lifestyle writer with a keen taste for global adventure – whether it be snorkeling in the waters of Fiji, or exploring the art and architecture of Barcelona. When Melbourne calls her back home, she spends most of her time exploring and planning weekend road trips. To fund all of her trips, Shannon is a freelance writer and marketer – she was named the Australian Young Marketer of the year in 2017!

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