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When Richard & Vanessa set out on their maiden voyage in the 1980's they had no idea of the great adventures in store. After 8 years at sea, two became six and the Owen family found their place to dream at Driftwood. Now firm locals, the Owen's love the laid back barefoot culture of the Far North. Driftwood is a labour of love and a passion for sharing the great Kiwi escape and creating an inspirational space to call home for fellow adventurers.

Now, with grown up children Vanessa & Richard live between their homes Olivewood in Paxos, Greece and Driftwood in New Zealand. With a passion for entrepreneurialism, creativity and sailing the Owen's still escape to sea whenever they can. Look out for Barefoot in the bay and wave hello!

I bought all my kids Country Road bags and said "If you can't fit it in here you don't need it" . Travelling light is so liberating and so much easier. It is so easy to pick things up along the way that there is no point in carrying around things like big bulky toiletr...

All our cottages at a Driftwood have fresh herbs available. As a chef, I think it's a minimum MUST for any self catering accommodation. We found ourselves travelling with a basil plant in Italy as none of the places we stayed had herbs!

Avoiding the masses, island style... It is this simple, when travelling in an Island environment stay somewhere a ferry ride away from the nearest airport. You will knock out all the tourists you want to avoid! Job done.

Souvenirs from our travels pretty much come down to cases of wine! It is incredibly affordable to ship a case home, and wonderful to arrive back to lots of boxes holding memories of tastings and vineyards from your travels . It is also a great way to share your trip wi...

We are all looking to self cater now and I for one enjoy shopping at local markets and eating in. If you choose to book a B&B be sure to check house rules. We treated ourselves to a very nice place only to find that we weren't allowed to make a cup of tea, and breakfas...

Bring something real home from your travels. I collect heart shaped stones from all over the world, they grace my window sills, desk and shelves and I can name where I found every one of them. Reef  found this  one in Tuscany.

Other cool things to collect on y...

For my kids it HAS to be water! I try and find some cool water gadget before we leave (lots on Alibaba Express) to be a friend making magnet. We book pretty much anything with a decent pool or beach. This puts me chilled and pool/beach side with a book and Reef happy w...

 We always send our guests real maps to find Driftwood. I just think you miss so much staring at your phone screen while trying to find your way and gain no insight into the area around you. When I travel, I still keep a map in my bag and am happy to occasionally get l...

We all love it or loathe it and use it nonetheless! In my experience the businesses with the top ranking are usually just the most online savvy and the bigger spenders. I still don't think you can go past local recommendations from real people when it comes to what to...

We stayed at the Palazzo in Venice for a family reunion, poshest accommodation we have ever paid for! The meet and greet lady was so over it! Yes she was cordial and polite, yes she was informative... but we felt like we were conveyor belt tourists to her. There was no...

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Quick musings from, Vanessa Owen, a travelling hotelier and designer on the road (and sea) with kids through Europe, Oceania and beyond. 

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