Lately, I’ve spent a lot of hours researching ideas for my 2016 winter New Zealand trip.
(It will be summer in New Zealand, but winter for me!)
I’ve wanted to go forever, but I’ve never (mentally) planned out the details, or examined the logistics of it.
I guess I didn’t want to get all excited about the trip and then find out I couldn’t go.
Now I’m getting all excited about the details.
The problem, of course, is I want to see and do so much more than I will have time for.
Coming from the United States makes it very expensive.
I’m making lists of the sights which are most important to me, and trying to prioritize them.
A travel agent friend drew up a general itinerary for me, but it wasn’t at all the type of trip I wanted to take.
(Too much hotel time and too little adventure time!)
So, I’m researching like a mad woman trying to “make” a great trip.
I know it will be wonderful no matter what,
But, I still feel like I don’t want to make any blunders as I decide what to include and what to leave out.
What if I go all the way to New Zealand finally, but don’t see The Very Most Important Thing To See In New Zealand?
For instance, I’m now trying to include Bay of Islands and I hadn’t even heard of it a month ago.
(It is *not* conveniently located near the other major things I want to see!)
It may change several times still, but right now the top nine areas I want to visit are:
4. A glowworm cave (there are several in different areas of the country – not sure which one yet)
If you have any suggestions or tips, I’d love to hear them.
It’s really challenging trying to figure out what to see, and how to divide up the time I’ll have there.
Also … I can only carry a light camera pack – what will I decide to take and what will I have to leave at home?