About Me

Kia ora! My name is Yvette Morrissey. I’m a travel blogger from New Zealand.

Read on to find out more about me and my travels!

Yvette Morrissey selfie on a plane

Giving Up Real Life To Travel The World

Ever since my first trip overseas I have been obsessed with travel. There was something about walking down unfamiliar streets and taking in the new sights and sounds that drew me in. In 2010, I set myself a goal: that I would travel to at least one new country every year. I achieved this, but I always had this niggle in the pit of my stomach: I didn’t want to spend a couple of weeks in a new country- I wanted to have this experience full time.

In 2016, I found myself single, broke, and exhausted from working full-time and running a business. So I made a decision. I sold my business, all my possessions and within three months I had shifted overseas. It was the best feeling in the worldIn fact I felt so alive, so empowered, and so free that I started this blog to inspire and show women how to travel the world.

This isn’t just a travel blog: this is a website that inspires you to live your best life- your happiest life. While I believe travel feeds the soul, I also believe yoga fuels the body and meditation steadies the mind so you will find a lot of posts around these subjects too. Travel, yoga and meditation are just three of the core values I focus on in this blog.

Yvette Morrissey looking through the binoculars at the magnificent Lake Louise in Alberta

Who I Was Before Travel

I grew up in rural New Zealand, living in the North Island until I was 24 before moving to Christchurch in the South Island. Living in Lord Of The Rings country was incredible, and I will be blogging about some amazing things to do in New Zealand here.

I had numerous jobs in New Zealand. I’ve worked as a hairdresser, retail store manager, a groom for an Olympic horse rider, a promo girl; I’ve worked on sheep stations, and for two years I was a travel agent. After brief love affairs with each of these jobs, I decided I needed a career, and I completed a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism Studies. Since graduating, I have worked for magazines, newspapers and online publications. I founded New Zealand’s first online equestrian magazine however I had to part with that beautiful creation in order to fulfill my dream of travelling the world.

Yvette Morrissey at Kicking Horse river in British Columbia, Canada

Why I Am Choosing To Travel Solo

Travelling the world by myself was a tough decision to make. I had always thought I would meet a guy and we would travel the world together, but that never happened. It was my very first solo trip that made me fall in love with solo travel.

I honestly believe that everyone should travel solo at least once in their lifetime- even if it’s just for one week. Travelling solo forces you to listen to that voice a lot of us are guilty of blocking out- your intuitive voice. Travelling solo is like you are dating yourself- at first it’s scary, you get butterflies, and at the same time it’s exciting. Then all your insecurities come out, you screw up, you get angry with yourself, but through this you learn how to make yourself happy.

I am really not a fan of cliches so I won’t babble on about how travelling makes you discover yourself, or how it’s a metaphorical journey as well as a literal one- everyone knows this. But learning how to make yourself happy is kind of important, seeing as you can’t, you know, break up with yourself.

You can read my 10 reasons why I’m travelling the world by clicking here.

Yvette Morrissey at the halfway point of the Stairway to Heaven hike

My Travel Style And What You Can Expect From This Blog

My travel style is a little flippant- I tend to board a plane and show up at my destination with very little idea of what I’ll end up doing- but I like it that way.

I don’t do a whole lot of research when I’m travelling somewhere new. Instead I’ll talk to the locals when I arrive, or just wander the streets and stumble across incredible things. I like just showing up to a place and experiencing it through my own eyes. That’s not to say I don’t do any research- I do, but the thing is, I don’t want to do the holiday that everyone does so on this blog you will find a lot of insider tips, secret spots and off the beaten track stories.

I am also what you would call a budget traveller. I will happily stay in hostels or sleep on couches to save money to spend on amazing experiences. Occasionally I treat myself to a bit of luxury, however I feel like I appreciate it more due to my basic living style. Oh, and I will only pay good money for amazing experiences too!

Yvette Morrissey lives in her 1997 Ford e150 van called Betty

Living In A Van In Canada

During the summer of 2017, I spent several months living in my van in Banff National Park.
You may be thinking ‘Why did you live in a van?’
Well, why not? Van dwelling is becoming more and more popular. It allows travellers to save even more money to put towards their travels, it encourages a minimalist lifestyle and it teaches you to appreciate the small things in life (such as sleeping in a proper bed!). It also gives you the freedom to travel where ever you like.
Well, I hope you enjoy my blog! I love to hear from my readers so don’t hesitate to drop me a comment and say hello.

Yvette xx


  1. July 11, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    Reading this is incredibly inspiring! I’m so grateful that there are people like you in the world already doing what I hope to very soon do myself! Following along on your journey gives me more motivation and drive for my own adventures! So thank you 🙂

    • Yvette Morrissey
      July 21, 2017 / 3:32 am

      Thanks Cayla! It’s my mission in life to encourage others to have the courage to live their best lives. Best of luck out there!

  2. Margaret McColley
    July 30, 2017 / 12:59 am

    Hi Yvette, I’m going to enjoy reading your blog.

    I lived in Auckland, N.Z. for a year and traveled to the Coromandel peninsula from there…I was working in a restaurant in St. Helier’s Bay and sharing a house in St. Mary’s Bay.

    What draws me to your blog is the solo adventure you are undergoing! I’ve written on some brilliant francophone women travelers and done some global traveling myself, with a never-ending curiosity for more.

    “You can’t break up with yourself.” (Indeed–self is what we wake up to every morning with or w/out a companion, so if we want to start the day “in love” we must begin here.)

    Margaret (Maggie) McColley

    • Yvette Morrissey
      July 30, 2017 / 1:12 am

      Hi Maggie, it is so nice to hear from you! The Coromandel is such a beautiful place. In fact, it is the place where I had my first solo trip. I camped at Hot Water beach and spent most of my days exploring Hahei. New Zealand is such an incredible place to live. I am looking forward to returning one day to do some more exploring, but for now I need to see the rest of the world 🙂

      • Maggie
        August 10, 2017 / 12:45 am


  3. patrick
    August 7, 2017 / 7:22 am

    this seems like what I would love to do about now i like the idea of going some where but you don’t know where until you get there and meeting total strangers also leaving behind every thing you know from your past and finding your real you

    • Yvette Morrissey
      August 8, 2017 / 4:28 pm

      Hi Patrick, if you feel this way- you should do it! Make the most of the life you have 🙂

  4. bryan
    August 8, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    Way to go …remnds me of my travels round Europe in a transit van e

  5. Mark
    August 21, 2017 / 11:16 am

    Hi fellow Kiwi! Just found your blog.
    I must get my van kitted out for Summer but freedom camping really has a bad rep here now. :-/

  6. Russ
    January 18, 2018 / 12:02 am

    there’s a lot of travel blogs but i stumbled across yours and have to say it really is very good. Not just because i’m also obsessed with travel and living in vans but you write really well and what you have to say is engaging. I’m British and I use London as a base to travel from. I’m intrigued (given the places you’ve been to) why you’d want to come here and live in a van? Don’t get me wrong, i love the UK but if i could live anywhere there are so many more tempting places… Happy to give tips if you do fancy spending some time here van dwelling!

    • Yvette Morrissey
      January 19, 2018 / 11:59 pm

      Hi Russ,
      Thank you so much for you comment! Reading it has made my day.
      For a long time I’ve been more than a little obsessed with Scotland, so it has always been my dream to move there. I am planning on hiking the Scottish National Trail this summer, so will do a bit of wild camping in the highlands too! The plan is to get a van when I complete that, and renovate it myself for the following summer to travel around Europe with. Any tips you could provide would be appreciated; vanlife in Canada was a learning curve and I am sure it will be the same in your part of the world.

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