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Welcome to New Zealand – A Life Update

Where have I been? Well I have moved back to New Zealand and this is my little life update to let you know what is happening with the Four Jandals Blog.

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Skydiving in Nairobi

I would love to blame my lack of updates on this blog on something awesome. Unfortunately I have just been really slack.

Well to give me some credit, I have just moved to New Zealand so it has been pretty hectic catching up with family and friends in the last three weeks! I have been travelling all over the North Island of New Zealand and have finally managed to settle in Wellington.

Thorndon to Tararuas HDR

So what I am doing back home in New Zealand?

Well, after 3 years, 10 months, 2 weeks and 1 day of travelling to 44 countries, I was exhausted.

2013 has been one of the toughest, but strangely exciting times of my life. When I started this blog I called it Four Jandals because at the time Adela and I were still together. Unfortunately, Four Jandals became Two Jandals in April and we broke up. Some readers don’t seem to notice even though it is one of my most popular posts. But it isn’t something I am too public about either.

Luckily we are still friends and talking to one another. I would have hated to throw away everything after nearly 5 years together.

Leopard in Tree Lake Nukuru Game Park Kenya

Since April I have travelled nearly the length of Africa from Nairobi to Cape Town overland. I also spent 6 weeks in Thailand frantically trying to catch up on all the work I had neglected over those three months in Africa.

Why have I returned home?

Everyone keeps asking me why I have returned and why would I want to? Quite simply the answer is because I wanted to. I was always going to return to New Zealand. It is my home and the one true place where I have always been 100% happy.

Plus I have missed so many important events over the last 4 years because of travelling. Family birthdays, friends weddings, births and deaths. All missed because I was selfishly travelling the world.

I don’t regret what I did for an instant. But I am so glad that I am finally home. It is time to make a fresh start. A time to laugh, love and live again.

So what am I doing?

Luckily I have picked up a job really quickly and I am working for a website in New Zealand as one of their content creators here in Wellington. Basically I get to help promote New Zealand brands and businesses online. Something that I am really passionate about because there is a lack of small local companies online in New Zealand.

Plus it allows me to write on a daily basis (probably one of the reasons I have been so slack here on the blog) and follow my dreams.

Skydiving in Nairobi

What about the blog?

Well this is far from being my last blog post.

I still have hundreds of stories to share with you. I have hardy scratched the surfaces of all my experiences, let alone edit my thousands of photos that I have accumulated over the past 4 years.

However, while I don’t expect to stop writing or blogging, you may see a shift in the sort of content that I do write. As well as a re-branding over the next couple of months. Obviously Four Jandals has been very successful, but it is a bit hard to call myself “Four” when I only have Two Jandals.

So for now nothing is changing. But I wanted to write this update as an apology to you because I have been so slack. As always I am extremely thankful for my followers on social media and my readers of this blog. I would not be where I am today without you. So thank you, thank you, thank you.

Safe Travels,

Cole

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Alex | Partial Parallax

    October 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Sounds like it has been a rather busy and life changing year so far but glad you are enjoying life back home! It will be interesting to read up on how you settle back into life in your home country again after such a long time on the road. Best of luck entering a new and exciting part of your life!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Thank you Alex. Going to be a big transition for sure, but it’s not like I am giving up travelling. There is so much more of my own country I still need to explore!

  2. Rose Davidson Leech

    October 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Oh wow, Sounds like a busy old time for you! bet its lovely to be home and to see all your family.
    I am actually moving to New Zealand myself too, In 7 weeks time! I’m from England so its a big step but I can’t WAIT
    I’ve never been to New Zealand but I met my boyfriend on his 2 year visa in England and, obviously he had to move home so I’m following.
    Good luck with everything xo

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2013 at 2:57 AM

      Thanks 🙂
      Awesome that you are moving over here Rose. I am sure you will love it! Good luck and maybe I will see you around.

  3. bronwen burmester

    October 5, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Its awesome to have you back home in NZ. One comment is that you were not selfish for travelling the world Cole! Definitely not. Travelling and experiencing the people and cultures in our world is one of the best ways to grow as a person and appreciate others. And we knew you were thinking of us. THANK GOODNESS FOR SKYPE! You are the lovely person that you are today with all those experiences.

  4. Beth

    October 6, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    No need to apologize for being slack! It seems you’ve had a lot going on and I’m sure all your readers understand.

    Glad to see you’ve been able to land a job you’re passionate about. Can’t wait to read about this new chapter of your life!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Cheers Beth! Can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings.

  5. Kristy of Family Visa

    October 7, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    I am glad that you landed a job that you really, really like Cole. I will be still your avid reader no matter what happen even if there’s re-branding of the website or not.

  6. Eitan Herman | Places to visit

    October 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    It would be interesting to read how well you settle back to life in the home country again after a long time you like on the road. Best of luck to enter the part new and exciting in Thank you for sharing and a great article although I’m new in your famous blog.I won a lot of knowledge here, I hope you will make in the future.Happy life!Places to go,

  7. Wade

    October 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Seriously cannot wait to visit NZ during the year long RTW adventure with my lady! Glad I stumbled upon your website. We our focusing the majority of our adventure travel events in NZ…which clearly lines up with what you’re doing on your blog. Keep up the great work!

  8. Abby Ang

    October 9, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Hello there!

    Thank you very much for sharing this post. New Zealand is such a nice place. I would love to visit that place together with my family someday.

    -Abby

  9. Jeff

    October 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    East or West, home is the best. Its interesting to start a new life and am glad you have landed a new job. You got support from your mum and us your fan. I can’t wait to learn more about New Zealand.

  10. Megan

    October 9, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Home is home and I’m glad you’re there. I’m sorry that things didn’t work out exactly how you planned. I scrolled back through your earlier posts…looked at all the incredible things you saw, did and learned along the way, personally and professionally…certainly things to treasure for a lifetime. I’m excited about your new ventures and look forward to seeing what comes next. Best, Megan

  11. Chris & Angela Tieland to Thailand

    October 17, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Good luck in New Zealand. It was great meeting you in Chiang Mai. Maybe we’ll catch up the next time you’re in town. Take care!

  12. Rory

    October 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Good luck Cole with your move- was great to see you again and have you around in Edinburgh over the last few years. Looking forward to your banter in January.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Thanks so much bro means a lot! Definitely miss you guys and looking forward to January. Just wish it wasn’t only for a couple of weeks!

  13. Meghan

    April 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Recently got back to Canada, and feeling much the same way!

  14. Bess

    June 26, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    If you would like to increase your experience only keep visiting this website and be updated with the most up-to-date gossip posted here.

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How to Know if a FEIN Applies to You

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What is a FEIN? A FEIN is a federal employer identification number is used for the internal revenue service to identify a business for tax purposes. It is a nine-digit number, much like a social security number, that the IRS uses to identify different entities and is formatted like 12-3456789. All business entities are required to have a tax identification number to identify the taxpayer. To apply for a tax identification number, you can visit the website IRS-EIN-Tax-ID, to fill out paperwork from the Internal Revenue Services known as a SS-4.

Different Entities

To know if you should apply for a FEIN, you should first decide what entity you are. The different entities that require a tax identification number include:

  • Sole Proprietor/Individual
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Trust
  • Estate (Deceased Individual)
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Corporation and S-Corporation
  • Partnership
  • Personal Service Corporation
  • Church Controlled Organization

You also need to obtain an EIN number if you:

  • People work for you
  • Your business operates as a partnership or firm
  • You file any tax returns under excise, tobacco, firearms, alcohol, or employment
  • Any of your taxes are withheld on revenue, besides pay, paid to a foreign alien
  • You operate your business under a Keogh Plan
  • You have any affiliation with a trust, IRA, real estate mortgage, farmers’ cooperative, or a plan administrator program

If any of the following applies to you then it is time to apply for your tax identification number. IRS-EIN-Tax-ID has broken the filling process down into three simple steps.

  1. Select entity
  2. Enter information
  3. Review and submit

They have government agents available for any questions. They also provide a processing and filling service to make the process easier. If submitted during business hours, you will receive your EIN that same day via email, typically within an hour.

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Hairstyles for Brides with Long Hair

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Your hairstyle is your crowning glory on your wedding day, and above all else, it needs to compliment your dress. The style of dress you’ve chosen should be used as a guideline to what type of hairstyle you want to go with on the big day. Consider the neckline, the sleeve length and the length of the dress and whether it would make more sense for your hair to be in an up-do or flowing free. To help get you set on the right path, we’ve taken the most popular dress styles from JJsHouse and explored the best hairstyles for brides with long hair to go with them.

A-Line, Trumpet and Mermaid Styles

These simple styles look best with slicked-back hair or hair worn in a sleek blow-out. Since A-line, trumpet and mermaid dresses all come with various types of necklines and sleeve lengths, pay close attention to the style of dress you’ve chosen and consider whether your hair would look best up or down.

If there’s intricate detailing on the chest or neckline of the dress, wear your hair in a slicked-back up-do to show off those beautiful aspects. Dresses with sleeves also look best with hair pulled back to keep the overall look from getting too busy. Sleeveless or off-the-shoulder dresses look beautiful with hair worn down in a sleek blow-out.

Luxury Dresses and Ball-Gowns

Luxury dresses and ball-gowns always look best with hair in a dramatic up-do to match the drama of the dress. Fortunately, if you’re a bride with long hair, there are hundreds of dramatic up-dos out there that you can choose to go with your gown. Consider what makes you most comfortable as well as the shape of your face and your personality.

Go with a classic chignon or a French twist and bun combo. Create an element of Old Hollywood glamour with a low bun and finger waves in front. Get a more ethereal look with a fishtail that mimics the look of a crown or tiara. Other styles include a high braided bun or a modern updo with embellishments like sparkles or pearls sprinkled throughout.

Colorful Dresses

If you’re opting for a colorful dress, you probably have an outgoing, unconventional personality. A colorful dress combined with a unique style offers a great opportunity to use a matching headpiece or colorful flowers in your hair to compliment the dress. Consider your hair type and find an effective way to attach the headpiece so you don’t have to fumble with it halfway through the ceremony. For thinner hair, use fine-tooth combs. For wavy or curly hair, use barrettes, bobby pins or combs.

No matter what hairstyle you choose, one of the most important things is to make sure that it shines. There are many tricks you can use to help create some super shine for your hair, such as applying a moisturizing conditioner before you start to style it and then using a shine serum once it’s complete to add a nice layer of gloss. With a shiny ‘do styled using the tips above, your wedding look will be absolutely perfect on your special day.

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How To Travel Solo

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As regular readers know, we are a couple who loves to travel together. But we wanted to do this article to reach out a little bit and include people among our readership who have been asking about an article on travelling alone.

Some people may feel some trepidation about the whole thing, and be reluctant to go abroad as a single traveller, but really it’s a very viable option. Let’s analyze this a bit more deeply.

Types of Solo Travelling:

The Solo Tourist- You just bounce around the planet at will taking it all in, perhaps without even an itinerary. This experience can vary greatly depending on your budget levels.

The Working Traveller-  This is when you are obliged to go somewhere for work-related reasons, but you take advantage of such and take in as much as you can of the local culture, flora and fauna.

The Visitor- The solo traveller who hangs out with friends wherever he or she goes, visiting them in series. This is a great way to connect with people who otherwise would just stay at the margins of your existence. Of course, it’s not as flexible as the first option, so there’s your tradeoff.

The Singles Event Traveller- This person travels to singles’ events abroad, whether it be quick getaways, extended cruises or stays at resorts, etc. This traveller is usually hoping to meet a potential SO on these voyages.

Pros And Cons of Travelling Solo:

Pros:

-You get to keep your own schedule, or even avoid having one entirely. This is ideal for people who are either very early risers or very late risers.

-You don’t have to take into account anybody else’s tastes or prefereneces but your own.

-You get a mental reset by being away from everybody with whom you normally interact.

-You are much more likely to make friends abroad when travelling alone.

Cons:

The loneliness can set in, and it is very real. Try to limit the length of your solo trips, or go for options like singles’ events or visiting friends to mitigate this. Be realistic; you may be surprised how much greater your need for company and non-superficial relationships is than you may have previously thought.

-Sometimes your fellow travellers will have the best ideas that you may never would have thought of by yourself.

-Some things, let’s face it, are best done in good company. For example, a great meal at an amazing restaurant is just that much better when shared with one or more people whom you esteem greatly.

 

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...

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