VIDEO: Vagabond with a Home…

April 28th, 2012 in Articles by Paul 0

It’s been over a year of radio silence.  The Vagabonds have, unfortunately, become contributing members of society, albeit in two different countries other than their homeland, which is no small task.  I guess reality eventually has to settle in.  Traveling friends go home to work, to study, to marry…  One slowly settles into a daily […]




West Coast sun magic

From Coasts to Caves

November 30th, 2010 in Articles by Paul 0

New Zealand continues to offer up amazing sites from the obvious to the simplest of details. We had some great weather while we kayaked through Abel Tasman National Park, and some not so great weather around Nelson lakes, which made it prime time for sandfly feeding frenzies. From the mystical coast, bush and caves of […]




Just Jump WINS International Video Contest!!!

October 28th, 2010 in Articles by Paul 0

The waiting is over! Just Jump has been selected as 2010′s Expand Your Horizons Video Contest sponsored by WYSE Work Abroad.  The winner was announced and played at this year’s annual convention held in Beijing.  Many thanks to Christina Hyson, Hikaru Ono, Skydive Wanaka and all of my new friends that made this video possible.  […]




VIDEO: Becoming the Immigrant Workforce II – From riches to rags

July 17th, 2010 in Articles by Paul 2

It can be a bit of a challenge, at times, to find casual work in New Zealand.  With the current state of the world economy, not only are you competing with hundreds of other working holiday makers, but also plenty of locals, who are now applying for jobs that they may not have been interested […]




A snack with new friends

Becoming the immigrant work force

May 6th, 2010 in Articles by Paul 1

When I first learned about harvesting jobs in New Zealand it seemed like an ideal, perhaps even romantic, way to earn money.  I envisioned long days in the sun picking plump fruit while birds sang the perfect soundtrack.  There are days when this happens.  I’ve picked grapes surrounded by majestic cliffs or seaside vistas.  But […]




VIDEO: Fire blazes near Kerikeri vineyard!

March 20th, 2010 in Articles by Paul 2

We began to smell smoke around lunchtime while we were going about our daily work on the vineyard. It seemed strange for someone to be burning brush on such a windy day, but we didn’t think much of it at the time. In fact, it almost had that comforting camp fire smell. We had no […]