WHO AM I?
My name is Neville Shaun Richardson. I am known by my middle name: SHAUN.
I don’t qualify for a State Pension until 2024.
WHERE DO I LIVE?
On the face of it, it would seem that I am in a pretty good spot – but I am not… Paraparaumu is a small town and there’s nothing to do… and the weather isn’t really good enough for enjoying all-year-round outdoor living. At best, we get 3-4 nice months each summer.
I considered moving to Wellington (our capital city) but (even though there would be a lot more to do there) the weather is worse, the cost of living is much higher, and the costs of apartments (and the associated “body corp”) put me off.
SO WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?
Something was missing … I needed to go in search of that missing cup …
IN SEARCH OF THE ACE OF CUPS
I have travelled a lot in my time. In my early / student days I went Backpacking, in my professional years I tended towards the convenience of Cruises; but, I have always tried to slot in Flashpacking where I can.
I can honestly say that I enjoyed myself the most either Backpacking or Flashpacking. I have never really been a Package Holiday type person. I know what I am … I’m a GRANDPA who goes flashpacking.
… I call this GRANDPAcking …
… and I know that I can travel to and live in some beautiful places around the world on less than it is costing me to stay at home and do nothing …
SO, I FORMULATED MY PLAN …