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I’m Living in a Van With My Best Friend

Carrie and I have not seen each other in over a year.  Our best-friendship began nine years ago just before the first day of high school.  We have remained linked throughout four sometimes tough, sometimes funny, sometimes life-changing years of high school, through four years at university where we had a long distance relationship, and over the last year and a half during which we have both been living abroad on different continents.

I studied in Ireland, backpacked through Eastern Europe, and moved to New Zealand while she was changing lives and teaching English in Thailand.

Several months ago, she contacted me about visiting New Zealand.  I was so excited about the idea, but honestly, didn’t believe anything would become of it since about ten different people have started planning trips to visit me in New Zealand over the last year and none have arrived yet.

I have never been so happy to be wrong! Here we are: six days into living in a dope van together and just over two weeks left.  We have made our way around the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand.  Ahead of us this week we will be sky diving at a glacier, bungy jumping, and seeing so many incredible places and walking so many breathtaking trails I think I might die from all the beauty.

I’ll tell you all more about our trip later on when I’m not so busy soaking up every moment with my soul sister.


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Photos by myself and Carrie

Tara Higgins

Tara Higgins

Tara loves all things London and wants to spend the rest of her life reading books in beautiful places. She can often be found nestled up in a bookshop, drinking a pint at the pub, or searching for the best pizza slice in town.

  • Arielle

    What a cool van! I always love when people actually follow through on their travel meet-up plans.

    October 11, 2016 at 10:18 AM
  • Erin Westerman

    So fun! I adore the painting!!!

    October 13, 2016 at 10:56 PM
  • Maddy

    So so so so so awesome that you have a bff to adventure with! Can’t wait to see your content of the glaciers/skydiving and bungy jumping! Wishing you safe travels.

    November 3, 2016 at 8:59 PM
    • Tara Higgins
      Tara Higgins

      THANK YOU!!! We had the best time and I am sooooo excited to put together some content about it.

      November 14, 2016 at 5:38 AM