Pryvit / Hello / Kia Ora / Hallo
We are Elena, Yuriy, Roman and Andrey – a family that loves to travel and explore new places – be that a new track in a nearby forest or a new country long flight away.
Both myself and Yuriy were born in Ukraine and lived there for the first 27 years of our lives. We have met in my home city of Odessa, and got married in 2001.
The following year we have moved to Kiyv – the capital of Ukraine – to chase a career in Information Technology industry (we both have a degree in computer science, and both work in IT).
We lived in Kiyv for about 5 years, were focused on our IT careers and traveled mainly within Ukraine.
‘Pryvit’ from Ukraine:
In 2006 we decided to slow down with work and our careers, and instead move to another country to get some overseas experience.
We sent out our resumes to few companies in Europe, went through a couple of interviews, and both of us have been offered jobs in an IT company in Dublin. So, in 2006 we have moved to Ireland.
‘Hello’ from Ireland:
We liked the experience, we liked the adventure, we liked to live overseas and we started to travel more. Much more than before. We didn’t quit our jobs and we didn’t become full time nomads 🙂 But we started to use every opportunity and every holiday to go explore new places. And we still continue doing so!
In 2007 we have moved to New Zealand and made it our home.
We lived in Auckland for 10 years travelling a lot around New Zealand – one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We became a kiwi family (did you know – ‘kiwi’ is a nickname for people from New Zealand?).
Our boys – Roman and Andrey – were born in New Zealand, 3 years apart. They like travelling with us, see new places and experience new things. We think travelling as a family is great!
‘Kia Ora’ from New Zealand:
In 2017 we have moved to the Netherlands (mostly by family reasons, as all our close relatives and many friends lived in Ukraine and other countries in Europe). We lived in the Dutch city of Utrecht for 3 years. During this time we travelled a lot around Europe.
‘Hallo’ from the Netherlands:
In 2020 we have moved back to New Zealand where we’ve been living since.
We hope to lead by example and inspire others to travel more often and see the world. All that without giving up their jobs and becoming full-time nomads.
Places we visited so far:
Asia: Turkey, South Korea
Eastern Europe: Ukraine, Belarus, Russia
USA: Texas, California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada.
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About Travel by Example
Travel by Example blog was created to share our travel experiences and inspire others to travel more.
Our family has visited many places and for the most trips we have created plans and itineraries by ourselves. When you are bound by the duration of your holiday or a weekend, it’s even more important to plan the trip well and to make the most of your time. We know from the experience that planning a good trip is a time consuming business. Through Travel by Example we hope to make it easier for you.
We are happy to share example itineraries, guides and travel tips with our readers.
We are working hard on expanding the blog by adding more trip examples and travel inspirations regularly.