Who are we? 

Nick and Pania Hobdell from Tauranga New Zealand. I'm mad about anything with 2 wheels, and surfing. Particularly mid length surfboards and long boards. I'm a working class, stay at home boy who loves his local beach breaks and touring our beautiful country either by motorcycle or in our campervan affectionately named Madge.

Pania, on the other hand, loves to Travel abroad. Fluent in Japanese she also has her Pilots licence and is definately the brains and looks of our operation. Her passions are flying, wine, travel, wine, food and wine. Did I mention wine?

We have three children aged 18, 21, and 22. Old enough to fend for themselves, so when the opportunity came for us to take on this once in a lifetime opportunity, it was pretty hard to turn it down.

Madge the Van

What are we doing? 

I've asked myself this every day since we made the decision to go to Japan. Pania has been offered an amazing position with a multinational company in Tokyo. It's exciting and frightening at the same time. We have both resigned from very good jobs in Tauranga New Zealand, and for me this a journey into the unknown.

It's meant selling my Motorcycles, our car, and our beloved van Madge. Most of our belongings will go into storage. Upside?, shopping for a new bike in Japan, furnishing an apartment from scratch, discovering all that we can about what Tokyo and Japan has to offer.