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

The simplicity, independence and freedom.

Welcome and thank you for stopping by The Rurus – Escape · Explore · Enjoy · Exist.

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 to take up smarter habits to live a more simplistic lifestyle.

Living with less has provided us with more freedom to pursue more of what matters most, with more meaning and more substance.  Most importantly, it has allowed us to adventure travel a heap more whilst the bodies still can.

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!

We crafted a new ‘life purpose’ to dream up experiences that we want 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, adventure travel experiences don’t have to be that massive neither.

They can be micro-adventure ones like sleeping under the stars on a hill-side in your back yard 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, in most instances when reflecting, the experiences that end up being more memorable.

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.


It’s the core behind this blog.

To capture experiences collected, to blog about and share the lessons taken.  To hopefully inspire you to also be reminded to pursue more of what matters most.  For more meaningful happiness.  Whatever that adventure may be.

Escape to explore to enjoy, and exist.

While your body still can.

And/or before you do start losing your marbles!

The Rurus