Starting the good-byes
20.07.2007 -17 °C
Only two and a half weeks left before I'm out and honestly its a very strange feeling. A mix between excitement and anxiety and a combination of happiness and sadness. Excited for all of the new experiences, people and places I will soon see and have, but anxiety over the fact that I have no idea what to expect from this. Will everything go smoothly? Will there be huge issues along the way?... There are times when I feel great about my trip and others when I get a bit nervous...just have to sit back and realize that I'm going to do this either way...so what am I worrying for.
The sadness comes from realizing that I won't see the people I care about for an entire year, if not longer. Leaving friends and family isn't easy but its a step along the way and can't be avoided. So to all of my family and all of you friends...I will be thinking about you and hoping that all is well with you.
An update on the planning...
I've come to the realization that I don't want to try to plan an entire itinerary out for my trip. Its too difficult to do without being there and actually knowing more about NZ. I don't even know by what means I'm going to travel once there....
So, here's what I do have planned:
- Stop in Fiji where I'll spend 7 days/6 nights (more on this later)
- First 4 nights booked in a hostel in Auckland
- Welcome package with airport pickup and orientation to get acquainted
About the Fiji trip...When I booked my flight to Auckland on Air Pacific my STA Travel Agent informed me that I could stop in either Fiji or The Cook Islands for free. After a bit of research I decided on Fiji. Mainly I decided on Fiji because there will be more people to travel with and meet in Fiji. Since I am going entirely on my own I'd like to have the opportunity to meet some other travelers right away (no doubt there will be others continuing on to NZ like myself).
I booked my stay on the Islands through a company called Awesome Adventures. They charter a boat that runs every day from the main island all the way up the island chain stopping at most of the small islands. I bought a "Bula Pass" on this boat which is good for 7 days. This means that when I get in, I'll hop off the airplane and onto the boat, ride out to the islands (called Yasawa Islands) and decide which island I want to hop off on. Then I'll stay there for the day/night in a hut on the beach. On the next day, if I want to explore another island, I just hop back on the boat and continue riding it further out into the ocean until I come across a different island that I like. I purchased an "Accommodation Pass" to go along with this boat pass which means that I have pre-payed for my nights on the islands instead of needing to bring additional money. I will let you know how this goes...from a beach in Fiji!