I don’t even know where to begin with New Zealand! New Zealand is a destination I always wanted to visit, but had no specific time frame in visiting that country. I just knew that I would get there eventually. It just so happened to work out that I was able to tour New Zealand for three weeks on my way home from my 3 month trip in Australia. That “eventually” turned into “today” and the reality of me actually landing in New Zealand! New Zealand blew me out of the water. With no expectations, I was left speechless on a daily basis. Leaving a chatty girl like me speechless is no easy feat. Yet, I couldn’t help but look around at my magnificent surroundings and be left in awe of the world I roam, especially Middle-earth.
People have commented in passing that I am so “lucky”. Luck has nothing to do with it. With hard work and determination, I put myself through three university degrees, landed myself a teaching job right out of university, scrimped to pay off my student loans, while saving up enough money to take a year off from my teaching career to travel. I made that happen…not luck. Knowing how important travel is to me, I made finding a way to do so full time possible. You get in return what you put your time and effort into. Travel just so happens to be it for me! Making it to Australia and New Zealand made my hard work all worth it. New Zealand reminded me that I made it! I I did it. No bump in the road slowed me down. I was raised by an incredibly strong single mother who taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to. She has always believed in me and told me that I am invincible and that I can have it all. I’m making my dreams come true. For me, New Zealand is that place that made this realization come to life. I did it!
My busy three week tour of New Zealand’s south island and north island with Stray Bus allowed me the opportunity to see all of the main sights in the little time I had without any compromises. I met new friends, saw unexpected turquoise destinations, and explored unprecedented national parks. New Zealand is a dream–exactly what I have seen in countless films, and the reason why I wanted to visit in the first place. It’s no wonder why people love New Zealand. I am blessed I got to see it when I did (and glad I didn’t wait to see it in the future). The future is now.
Australia and New Zealand did it for me. If I never make it back, I will have the unique experiences I had to remind me of my once in a lifetime journey. I will carry these memories with me for the rest of my life. It’s always hard to describe a trip to someone who hasn’t been or experienced the same things. Sometimes some things just can’t be explained and even if they are, some people will never understand. Yet, I think anyone reading this will get a sense of what Australia and New Zealand meant to me. Regardless of the upbringing I had, my background, the amount of money I make, I made it there. If I can make it happen, anyone can. I hope to inspire just one person to make their dream(s) come true whether it’s a small goal or an out of this world plan. I did it. Know that you can too. All I can say is that this journey has changed my life. I am excited to see what the future holds because she has me by the hand and is leading from one turquoise destination to another and is teaching me along the way.