“There is something about venturing off on your own, with nothing but the bare necessities.

The simplicity, independence and freedom.

Welcome and thank you for stopping by.

Our names are Brent and Claire Ruru (The Rurus) and we are an ordinary couple of middle-aged Kiwi’s from New Zealand (to the right of Australia in the Pacific).

It was when we walked 360+km from Istanbul to Gallipoli in Turkey (April 2011) that started an intentional shift to downsize our footprint, possessions and consumption and to take up smarter T.I.M.E. habits to live a more minimal and simplistic lifestyle.

It’s provided us with a greater freedom to pursue more of what matters most that has more meaning and, more substance.

Most importantly, it has allowed us to further wander the globe and get ingrained on incredible country-sides; taste local cuisines; discover remarkable cultures; and converse with home-grown citizens or, the new worldly connections we’ve made.

The type of memorable feelings that you carry within, no matter wherever we place our feet in the future, nor no matter how aged we become.

Before we truly do lose our marbles!


Mind you, on one occasion when we returned to New Zealand and lived in a tent for seven weeks followed by a caravan for three and a bit years … folk did whisper that they thought we had lost our marbles!

It was the point in time that we crafted a new ‘life purpose’ to dream up experiences that we wanted to chase doing; design how to make it a reality and, then go do it.

Self-help guru books out there say ‘dream big’ and there have been moments where we have.

Cycling 7,500kms by tandem across Canada from the West Coast to the East Coast, is an example of one we did during 2016.

But travel experiences don’t have to be that massive neither.

They can be micro-adventure ones like sleeping under the stars on a hillside where you live, to star gaze and watch the sun come up.

Might read a little ‘naffy’ however, it’s a sense of enticed ‘happiness’ that we believe one can enjoy so as to escape the mundane clutter of suburbia and daily life.  They are the experiences in most instances when reflecting that end up being more memorable.

As previously mentioned, we aren’t special and we aren’t independently wealthy.  Our lives have been transformed significantly for the better.   We have become nourished and enriched.  From both simplistic living and travel.  Whether audacious or, micro.

And it’s the core behind this blogging web site.

To share about experiences captured and the lessons taken and to hopefully inspire you to also be reminded to pursue more of what matters most.  Whatever that pursuit may be, for more meaningful happiness.

While your body still can.

And/or before you too start losing your marbles!

The Rurus