Fourteen years ago this past winter, I was sitting at my desk at work when Pete called. How would l like to go to New Zealand, he asked. One of the airlines was running a deal so fabulous that we’d be fools to pass it up. Fools we were not. A month later, the two of us, plus our unborn Grace, were landing in Auckland.
When we planned our upcoming trip to Australia, we really wanted to include New Zealand on our itinerary. If we were going to be on the airplane that long — approximately 117 hours, give or take — it sure would be nice to see both countries. Unfortunately, all of the fare combos we tried were insanely expensive. Finally, Pete just took the plunge and bought the tix for Oz. Smart guy that he is, he put us in Sydney for a third of our trip, just in case he was later on able to find cheap airfare from Sydney to N.Z. later on. If he was successful, great, we’d have a terrific add-on adventure. If he wasn’t successful, no worries mate, we could easily entertain ourselves in Sydney and environs for that time.
Just in case became reality last night, when Pete scored airfare from Sydney to Auckland for a great deal. In fact, he calculates that it will actually save us money because Sydney is so freaking expensive that it’s less expensive for us to fly to Auckland, stay there, and maybe buy some souvenirs. We’re bargain hunters like that.
We’ll still spend time in Sydney, but now we get to go back to a country that is so stunningly beautiful that you have to see it yourself to believe it.
One of the great things about our travels around the U.S. and the world at large is that we’ve gotten to meet a lot of you fine folks and we’ve formed some wonderful friendships as a result. This will hold true on this trip as well. While in Brisbane, I’m finally getting to meet someone whose blog I’ve read for years. (Yes, she who dared me to eat Vegemite.) And then when we’re in the land of kiwi birds, feijoa, hakas, and so much more, we get to meet two more friends! I’m pretty excited about everything from start to finish.
Our World Heritage sites list just keeps getting better and better.