Up until recently, I had traveled a lot within the states, but never abroad. There was always the dream to go somewhere “someday”, but never a concrete plan to actually do so. The top destination on my bucket list, so to speak, was New Zealand, and one day early last December, I saw that Air New Zealand was having a special. The only catch was that the departure had to be booked for sometime between Christmas and New Year’s, which was only 3 1/2 weeks away! The special was only for three days, and with five minutes left, I held my breath and clicked the button to purchase. Eep!
To make a long story fairly short, I packed my bags, left on the 29th (7 months ago from today!) and after about 20 hours of traveling and layovers, arrived in Auckland two days later. December 30, 2009 did not exist! I had absolutely no plan or idea of what I was going to do, aside from attend a few concerts, but I had five weeks to explore all by myself. It was fantastic and I keep dreaming of going back. Continue reading »