MF: We don’t have many forum participants from New Zealand on the forum. I’m sure forum members would like to learn a bit more about you.
JG: I’m married to Steff and we are currently between cities. We sold our house and are traveling for the next 12 to 18 months. We did live in Auckland but will be relocating to Wellington, New Zealand.
I grew up on a farm in a small town in New Zealand called Te Kauwhata. Population of about 1000. I moved to Auckland in the early 1990's and ended up working in the car industry. Before I quit my job, I was the National Manager for a Lease Company. Basically my role was to oversee the retailing of ex-lease vehicles.
I met Steff when she came to work for the company for a brief period. We have been together nearly 13 years, married for nearly 4. No kids. We decided early on not to have children. We do have 4 cats though.
MF: Please tell us more about the world tour.
JG: Yes, we are currently travelling. In a nutshell, since the first day I met Steff she has wanted to live and work overseas for at least a year to experience a different country. Neither of us is getting any younger so it was a case of now or never. The timing was right for us so we quit our jobs, sold our house and basically hit the road.
Traveling is our thing; we both love it. And it was an opportunity we couldn't pass up. So basically we have just spent time in LA, London, Ghent, Brussels, and Dusseldorf with a two week cruise around Northern Europe thrown in. We have had to pop back to NZ for a few weeks unexpectedly but we will be heading to Toronto in a few weeks later.
The plan is to live and work in Toronto and use it as a base to travel for the next few months. We hope to see a lot of Canada and the United States while we are there. Basically we have the freedom to move around if we need to so we are not really sure where we will end up. But living in Toronto should be a great experience and we are really looking forward to it.