New Zealand, Who Knew Amazing People Live Here?

Ok, I seriously mean that in the nicest way.¬† ūüôā

Back in 2008, I stumbled upon this article/advertisement from National Geographic.¬† It simply states, “We are not alone.” along with the image of the United States surrounded only by oceans (see below).


When I read its contents, it made me realize how important it is to educate our children in the larger sense of the world.  There are other countries, people, cultures, animals, insects and everything else to learn about around us.

The article resonated with me so much, that I still have it with me right now…7 years later.¬† I have to wonder if this article, plus Oprah Winfrey having a world traveling family of 6 on her show,¬† stimulated my interest in the possibilities of family travel.

Anyway, back to what I was saying…the people of New Zealand are AMAZING!

We met Dick & Geraldine.¬† They winter a few months in the northern island at a great motorcamp in Muriwai Beach.¬† They helped us feel at home.¬† In fact, they reminded us our our favorite neighbors from the Midwest, Dick & Carol ūüôā

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Dick & Geraldine

They have been a great local resource for directions, things to do on the island,  and generally caring for our well being.  So much so, we just have to hug them when we see them!

Next up is Bruce.  He owns Waimauku Food Station and has the best fish & chips!!!  I love that he prides himself on the sourcing of the food he sells.  From the seafood to the ingredients in his healthiest smoothie, all clean sources researched and vetted by him!

Oh speaking of a smoothie, he has this amazing “stress buster” smoothie that even Fritz loves!¬† I seriously can not believe Fritz will drink something with spirulina, chlorella, barley & wheat grass!¬† But yep, every time we walk in there….there he goes ordering it!¬† Thanks Bruce for turning us onto this drink!

While talking with Bruce, we discovered he use to have a beehive.  They were doing great until one day he noticed a few wasps coming around.  Shortly after that, he discovered all of his bees were gone, literally left the hive and never came back.  He mentioned the wasps in New Zealand destroy beehives and take their honey.  What he thought was odd, was the fact the honey was still there and the hive was not destroyed.  His next thought was maybe wherever the wasp came from, there might have been someone using pesticides to rid them and inadvertently killed his bees.  His last thought was, recently a maize (corn) field was planted and wonders if they were using harsh chemicals.

Bruce has given us some contacts to follow up with in regards to New Zealand bees.  Once we finish our tour of the North Island, we will be contacting them to get more insight into the current environments the bees have here.

Well, we’re off to meet more friendly New Zealanders!

Give bees a chance…use natural pesticide methods!

‚̧ Terra


How to have the ULTIMATE Family Travel Adventure!

Hi and welcome to!!!!  Thank you SO much for joining/following our exciting family travel adventure!

So, you are probably wondering:

“Who, what, when, where, why and how is this family traveling?”, right?

Well, the actual question I ask back to you is:¬† “Do you want the short or the long version?”

Here is the short version, sort of:

Let me introduce you to the adventure team:

Fritz – our team spirit

Terra – our motivator

Ky – our researcher

Kai – our marketing guru

Caring Bees was created because our family is passionate about our health and discovered Manuka honey, specifically, to have amazing versatile natural caring/healing properties, above most other foods and herbs!  Also, we have great concerns about the future of our lovely bees and would like to look deeper into this issue, find out what we can do to help and share with the world!

When & where?
Now, 2015-16!  To New Zealand, Australia, Fiji then who knows where else!!!


Bees are the most important insect in the world.  If they die, we will be left to manually pollinate everything, in order to survive.  Our goal is to bring awareness to this utmost important issue and also research ways each and every one of us could help around the world!

As for personally, we do not want to live with regrets.  The timing is right for us and we feel, if we do not take the opportunity now, we might not have the chance to do so in the future.

And what are you going to do after that?¬† Well, the future always¬†brings opportunities, so we are excited for all of the possibilities!¬† Worst case scenario,¬†after our great adventure,¬†we¬†could come back and start over. ūüôā ¬†We would rather live with having an amazing experience traveling, learning and educating the world and coming back broke, than to watch the days pass by, wishing we had tried.


Selling our “stuff”, will give us the money needed to get going.¬† We will also be looking for online ways to create additional income and sponsorships, to continue our work of learning and spreading the word about the delicate bees.

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The longer additional version:


РEver since I was a young child, I dreamed of traveling the oceans, like Jacque Cousteau.  I am a huge advocate of making childhood dreams and passions come true (my Uncle tells me, all of the time, I need to be a motivational speaker).
– We would like our children to experience other cultures and to further their understanding of the world.
РI would love for my husband to have a break from overworking and spend more time with the kids.  He has longed for this, since they were born.
– And, one of the biggest issues¬†affecting all living things seriously¬†needs our attention…our planet’s bees…

What about the kid’s schooling?¬† The answer is: homeschooling.

Homeschooling allows us the freedom to travel, yet gives an opportunity for the kids to learn in a larger platform environment.¬† More on homeschooling in future posts ūüôā

I hope this gives you a well rounded sense of the who, what, when, where, why and how ūüôā

Our next posts will document some of our steps taken to prepare for such a journey and how you might be able to use our experience for your family’s next adventure ūüėČ

Give bees a chance…

‚̧ Terra