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!

Because we travel a lot and work long hours when we are home, we decided to create Driftwood Living, our insiders guide to the area, the baches and about ourselves. However, I now realise that our gorgeous mag is no substitute for dropping in and saying hi, or having o...

Sorry! It HAS to be available! Fast and unlimited and the password must be easy to find. None of us can go without it and accommodation can't take the 'switch off and chill' route anymore. We all need internet now for loads of reasons and who wants to go chasing the ho...

Staying in AirBnB accommodation in Italy, I am surprised at how the small things like loo roll, tea bags and washing up liquid seem to be so tightly rationed. It is such a tiny investment to create a feeling of abundance with lots of towels, loo roll and lots and LOTS...

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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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