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, and the founder, editor and blogger of Kaihora.


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, Melbourne, 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 adventure.

Along with the fitness job and candle business I have this blog, Kaihora. Acting as an online portfolio for me some what it’s a place I can jot down my personal journeys and recollections whilst also helping out like minded travellers with travel tips and guides to planning your next trip; lifestyle content, including book reviews and cafe profiles amongst other things; and recommendations for what to do in certain countries.

Every now and then you might come across my name in other media outlet platforms, such as Broadsheet for example, where I contribute as a freelance writer.

As you might be able to tell, I’m still deciding what career to path to follow 100%, so for now I will continue to dip my finger into the various passions I have and hope that one works out. Good thing I’m only 24 and have an abundance of time to make that decision.

I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have the multi-cultural upbringing that I’ve had and the opportunities to see so much of the world at such a young age, but I’m no where near finished.

The ultimate goal is to one day be able to say I’ve been to every country in the world, and slowly but surely I will achieve this goal or die trying.

Travel has been, and always will be, a big part of my life; I hope that by documenting my travels and sharing my experiences with you all, I inspire you, in someway or another to, buy the ticket and take the ride! 

CURRENTLY: home in Torquay, VIC

Countries explored: 31

Percentage of world travelled: 12%


*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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