About Us

Hi there and welcome to our website.

We are Paul and Sandra, the young-at-heart 40+-year-old husband and wife team behind Minimalist Journeys. As the name might suggest, Minimalist Journeys is not your typical lifestyle blog. Realising that our middle-class life wasn’t really what we wanted, we embarked on a life-changing journey: from assessing our values and discovering minimalism to a life on the road full of amazing and humbling experiences.

Paul and Sandra

Born on opposite sides of the globe – Sandra in East Germany and Paul in New Zealand – we both moved to Sydney, Australia in 2005 and 2007, respectively. We met in June 2010, being paired up in a Zouk performance. Latin Dance not only brought us together as a couple and introduced us to many wonderful people who are now our friends, it also led to our first three month trip together – back in 2012.

Iquazu Falls

A bit of a testing point whether our relationship would still flourish when together 24/7 for an extended period, that trip in 2012 laid the foundation for our journey today. Realising we had found our soulmate in each other, we married in December 2014.

Wedding and honeymoon
Paul is a goal setter and goal achiever. He is a supportive husband, a role-model for his (now adult) children and the best friend anyone could have. A former product manager for an IT company and a bit of a geek, he has a quirky sense of humour. As someone who has run close to 30 marathons, it is no surprise that Paul loves to run. He is an early riser and can't go without his coffee in the morning.
Sandra is a compassionate thinker, a researcher and a problem solver. Not happy to be a follower, she is never afraid to challenge status quo for a better, more fulfilling life. She is the first to pick up litter on the beach, first to feed a staving animal, and first to prevent wastage - a throwback from her childhood behind the wall in East Germany. She enjoys yoga, meditation, cycling, swimming and skiing.

While we are very different individuals, our values are aligned. We have both overcome significant adversities in our lives, and our approach to our future is strongly anchored in our values because of these very personal experiences.

Although we love spending quality time with close friends and family, we also share a thirst to learn and expand our horizons. That’s why we love exploring the world and immersing ourselves in other cultures. We strive for balance in life – physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, professionally and financially. Material possessions are not important to us. While we never had many to start with, what we did have, tied us down. Learning about minimalism reinforced how we felt about life already and adopting minimalist concepts into our life enabled us to ultimately farewell Sydney and experience more by living with less.

Leaving Sydney

Life choices are very personal, and what’s important to us may be totally different from what’s important to you. We do believe though that a more values-based, minimalist approach can help all of us live the life we truly want. That’s why we created Minimalist Journeys.

A life change like ours doesn’t happen overnight – in our case, it was easily two years in the making and remains an ongoing process. We invite you to come along and read about our journey. Who knows, you may find a new idea or a different approach to something you have been trying to crack. We won’t (dare) tell you what’s right or wrong but we can tell you what has worked for us and what hasn’t: from practical tips and tricks in our Resources section to the Destinations we have visited to date.

If you read this far, firstly thank you for bearing with us. We don’t want Minimalist Journeys to be just a one way street. So, please let us know what brought you to our website, what is your journey, and what have you learned. We’d be stoked to hear from you.

Paul and Sandra

Last updated – Monday 20 October 2017