About me

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

Welcome to KAIHORA and thanks for stopping by.

{‘Kaihora’ is a Māori word meaning to travel abroad and/or wander}

I’m Cartier, a twenty-something year old Melbournian, with a passion for writing hence this blog.

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On 15 June 1995 I took my first breath in Melbourne, Australia. Like many other millennials, I was born into the world of Third Culture Kids (TCK for short); a 21st century term coined to refer to children who were raised in a culture outside of their parents’ culture for a significant part of their development years. Thanks to my Kiwi mother and Mauritian father, I happily fit this description even before leaving Australia to live overseas at the age of 10.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have not only seen some of the world as a tourist but also as a resident in 4 countries (Australia, Kenya, England and Austria).

Let me break down the timeframe of my residential statuses;

  • 1995 – 2005; Australia
  • 2005 – 2010; Kenya
  • 2010 – 2014; England {on a part-time basis}
  • 2013 – 2014; Austria
  • 2014 – present; Australia

Everyone has aspirations and dream jobs, as a child many of these include career paths such as becoming a super hero, a princess, possibly an astronaut. For much of my childhood, and well into my teens, I had my mind set on joining the Australian Defence Force as a helicopter pilot. Obviously this didn’t happen.

Instead in September 2014, after living abroad for 9 years, I made the move back to my hometown, Greensborough (Melbourne for those that aren’t from Victoria) , for university, where I have since completed a Bachelor of Journalism.

But during the move back to Melbourne I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do and subsequently followed an additional passion of mine, fitness, by becoming a qualified personal trainer and have since worked in the fitness industry as well.

November 2017 saw me add to my resume by embarking on a candle making business (Grace + Marie) adventure.

What originally began in 2016, Kaihora was a place for me to jot down my personal journeys and recollections whilst also helping out like minded travellers with travel tips and guides for places I had been; as well as providing some lifestyle content, including book reviews and cafe profiles amongst other things; and recommendations for what to do in certain countries. In the early days I was really on the ball with the blog, writing and posting content regularly. However, life got in the way a little bit and I also lost my passion and pretty much stopped writing for a few years.

Well, things have changed and the passion has reappeared, but don’t expect to read the same style as I once wrote. Since starting the blog in 2016 a lot has changed; I’ve been through a couple of relationships, moved homes five times, lost both my paternal grandparents, endured a global pandemic, changed careers, oh and had a daughter!

Here’s a brief overview of where I’m currently at…

In 2019 I made the move to the coastal town of Torquay and then in August 2020 I met my amazing partner Chris and in October 2021 we welcomed our daughter Sahara. At the start of 2023, we relocated (literally 15 minutes away) and are now based in Geelong.

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Travel has been, and always will be, a big part of my life and I’m fortunate to have a partner who shares this passion with me. So I will absolutely continue to write travel-related content however, instead of purely focusing on the topic of travel, Kaihora will be a space where I can share my journey of motherhood amongst other lifestyle-related content and I hope that you enjoy reading!

*All posts read on my blog have been personally written by myself, likewise, all photos seen on my blog have been personally shot by either myself, a member of my family or a friend. If you wish to re-blog or use any of them, please ensure you credit the source. 

*Unless otherwise stated, no posts are sponsored or have affiliations with the mentioned companies. 

*Kaihora is a copyrighted brand. This includes the brand name and logo, as well as all content published on the website and across all social media platforms.

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