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The Secret of How I Built This Website

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AN UNKNOWN FUTURE - YET TO BE DISCOVERED


Here is the secret of how I built this website. Like most stories, it's beginnings start way back!

I have done many things in my life. My main line of work was as a teacher....... of many things! Trained as a Primary school teacher – 5 to 12 year olds, I worked fulltime for 15 years, and several more part time, in between travelling the world. My desire to travel meant I always had a secondary job or jobs, to save enough for the next trip.

My husband Brian and I, both travelled extensively as single people. He tells me my camping trips through Africa, Asia and Europe were luxury! He is the only person I have met who has hitchhiked through the Kalahari Desert!

We have managed to travel a lot more, as our lives have evolved. Although the ten year stint when every dollar we had and didn’t have, went into the house and children, were quite hard. You know those years ... when there seems to be a bottomless pit!

Computers were not in most homes then. I really wish I could have started when I was a young Mum!

Fortunately Brian was transferred to work in Samoa, and then we moved on for another 2 years, living in Fiji. During this time we were able to travel again – inflicting our children with the same itchy feet we both have!

After more years of working up to five different part time jobs at once, to fit in with family life...I stopped working.

My husband had his own business for the last few years. This has given us a degree of freedom, but also some ties! With both children grown and living overseas, any excuse and we are off!

Business trips, trips to see the family...I have 3 siblings and many friends in different parts of Australia, trips to see the host families we have either hosted or our children were hosted by, when they were exchange students, have all been wonderful experiences.

Retirement is Looming!

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I SEE A MOUNTAIN IN THE DISTANCE



But...and it is a big BUT.........the retirement days are looming. My husband wants more time too. We are very aware that our preferred lifestyle could be severely curtailed, in retirement.

The couple we met while staying in our timeshare at Turangi, from where we did the Tongariro Alpine Crossing Day walk, added fuel to the fire, when she commented she and her partner had worked out they had 10 good summers left! Mmmmmmmm...yes, well that puts it all into perspective, doesn’t it! Our list of wanna’s is more than ten years worth! How about yours?

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THIS SIGN POST IS POINTING ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION - THE MOUNTAIN IS MY NEXT CHALLENGE!


I needed to find something that was not going to tie me down, but was going to contribute to the coffers. Something that I enjoyed... in other words, more than just a job. Rather, a hobby, that earns income. Is this similar to your own sentiments? Keep Reading!

I have a fairly broad range of skills to draw on. Now, this is not always an advantage! Making decisions becomes more difficult with more choices! If you have a passion for something specific, you are saved the pain of decision making!

A Retirement Fund Answer?

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DOES THAT PATH GO SOMEWHERE?


I am not overly computer literate. I have gradually learned to browse the internet and do the usual casual emailing, putting photos on Picasa and the like, but I did not know HTML, or any site building skills. Anything beyond basic skills and I was lost.

I came across Site Build It which was a complete package, with all the tools and hosting. Maybe I should have a try at building a travel website?!

I had tried travel writing.I embarked on a travel writing course via the internet. It was very interesting and I wrote quite a few stories, eventually sending some off to my tutor. I browsed the many travel magazines ...read numerous travel websites...and started organising to be published!

Well,that was until I found many editors didn’t reply, while others wanted the articles for free.

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THAT MOUNTAIN LOOKS RATHER BARREN


Travel Writing?

An email landed in my box in December announcing Site Build It had a special deal - two for one! Give one as a gift, or keep it for yourself. I took the plunge.

Letters to editors were time consuming.It all seemed so long winded! Did I really want to do something that seemed to be at the whim of someone else, who may not even reply.

Most internet publications paid so few dollars, it was definitely a labour of love, a hobby, not income to be relied on, unless you hit the jackpot with a special niche.

I came to the realisation that this was NOT going to contribute to our travels. And I wanted to be free didn’t I? Make my own decisions and be Master .....or is that Mistress of my own destiny.

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