What Gets You Excited?

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Last night, I ordered two travel guides from Amazon.  One book is about traveling to Australia and the other is about New Zealand.

For at least fifteen years, I’ve been telling anyone who will listen:

When my youngest kid leaves for college I’m going on a six week trip to Australia and New Zealand.

Why six weeks?

Well, they are both so damn far away, I might as well make it worthwhile if I go.

Three weeks in each country won’t be nearly enough time, but it’s probably the best I can hope for.

Australia and New Zealand are places I’ve wanted to see firsthand for a long, long, time – since I was in fourth grade, actually.

My youngest kid is beginning his senior year in high school, and I haven’t put one minute of thought into actually planning the trip.

Well, I have done one thing – I’ve saved money (for years) for “my Australia trip.”

Now, whether or not I’ve saved enough remains to be seen.  (Probably, once I look into pricing, I will discover I haven’t.)

I’ve also now ordered two travel guides to begin perusing.

Lots of people love traveling, but why?

To experience a new culture?

To try new foods?

To meet new people?

To see beautiful sights?

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Planning a trip can be a lot of fun in itself.

As I did a little preliminary scanning of travel websites, I noticed how many of them focus on specific interests.

The Foodies Guide to New Zealand vs. The Museums Lover Guide to New Zealand vs. The Nature Lover’s Guide to New Zealand.

It’s a little overwhelming to know where to even begin when planning a long trip.

Where would you go if you could go somewhere far away?

What would you mainly want to DO?  (For example, sit on a beach, go shopping, hike, eat, drink, be merry ….)

12 Responses to “What Gets You Excited?”

  1. Jan's Sushi Bar

    Our dream trip would be to Fiji for eating, snorkeling, taking photos, and being comatose on a beautiful beach. Then on to New Zealand for eating – maybe, I’ve heard the cuisine leaves something to be desired – hiking, taking photos and perhaps arranging for a visa. 😛 Other than that, I’d like to do a 3 week tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, being the anglophile I am.

    Affording all of this is where I run into trouble. *sigh*

    • Suzanne

      Well, yes. I suppose I would travel most of the world if I could afford it. I may find I have to make this trip much shorter than I’m hoping. Right now I figure if I can find an Australian bus terminal to sleep in – I just might do that. : )

      Fiji would be fantastic! I’d love to go there too!

    • Julieanne

      Hi Jan! We had great cuisine experiences in NZ 🙂 lots of beautiful fresh produce and their seafood is fantastic 🙂

      Fiji is also beautiful and as I said to Suzanne only a few hours flight from Australia 🙂 (I’m from Sydney)

      Good luck with all your plans! x

  2. Joy

    Our far away trip was 7 months in France with three young children. The planning for it was so much fun – so many books and google searches and emails – and I can’t wait to do it again.

    What we did? Found a home base, put the kids in school there, and walked and toured and drove and shopped the markets and drank the wine and wandered the streets. It was fantastic!

    Any place new I go, I check out how people eat, where they acquire food, what is in their grocery stores, how does that change through the seasons, what do they drink, what are their restaurants like?? It is fascinating to view another culture through the lens of our own.

    Have fun planning!

    • Suzanne

      You have courage doing such an adventure with young kids! How fantastic. Now I want to go to France … I haven’t been there in a long, long, time!

  3. WebSavvyMom

    –>I *just* wrote in an email to my best friend a hour ago that I wanted to go to the Gold Coast of Australia before I die.

    I like to walk around in foreign places.

    Really, I like to actually walk because it’s the perfect pace to see and experience different things. In a car, boat, cruise ship, train, taxi, moped, etc. you’re moving too fast and miss a lot.

    I think I walked by myself from one side of London to the other when I was just shy of 21 and still remember so much of what I saw and that was a long time ago.

    We booked our trip to Jamaica for next summer. There, I’ll enjoy drinks and sitting around the pool and beach because I’ve been there before.

    • Suzanne

      I haven’t been to Jamaica but a lot of my friends have. Their photos are beautiful.
      I went to London when I was about the same age – it was fantastic.

      If you go to Australia, make sure to include The Great Ocean Road on your trip!

  4. Julieanne

    Hi Suzanne! I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now and I’m from Australia!!! If you can get here I would love to meet up!

    I’m a born and bred Sydney girl and my office is walking distance from the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

    I saw a few of your commenters mentioned the Gold Coast (north) and Great Ocean Road (south); the Gold Coast was the scene of all my childhood summer holidays and the Great Ocean Road I have done twice, once with my parents when I was in high school and earlier this year with my hubby.

    I also recommend the Daintree rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. I went there with my parents as a child and took my hubby there for our honeymoon.

    I can also vouch for the ‘Northland’ region of New Zealand and it’s only about a 2 hour flight from Australia 🙂 You can also get to South Pacific islands such as Noumea (New Caledonia) in 2 or 3 hours flight from Sydney.

    Good luck with your planning!!! 😀 xx

    • Suzanne

      I would love to meet you Julieanne!

      You have already given me new ideas. I have a feeling I’m going to have a lot more on my “wish list” than I can possibly get to. I can’t wait!

    • Suzanne

      I hope I can pull it off. It’s been a dream for so long ….

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