Travel destination: New Zealand
New Zealand, a wonderful country of picture-perfect mountains, a vast availability of cheap cider, and very friendly citizens. Whether you're an adventure junkie, or not (like me), it should definitely be on your bucket list!
I have to admit my trip to New Zealand's south island was some time ago. In fact, it was back in 2011 when Josh and I spent my mid-year break in the crisp southern air, so my memories are quite scattered sadly. What I do remember is a fantastic country that offers pretty much everything!
We hired a camper-van, seeing as Josh is that bit older than me it was perfectly legal, and safe might I add. With his eyes on the road, I was left with the map-reading and navigation job (bad idea). This was really the first time in my life I had to figure out how to navigate somewhere, and boy did I learn the hard way. My poor map reading skills might have been due to my unsteadiness between left and right, and lack-of innate sense of north and south... either way, I uncoordinatedly lead us directly into the CBD of Christchurch, and then, across kilometres without a petrol station. I must say, my map reading skills have now vastly improved, and dare I say, quite reliable (thanks to traveling to Europe alone... but that's another story).
I have many favourite parts of this trip that I would recommend to others. One would be my first experience of skiing. Which is definitely not my favourite thing to do, but man was it beautiful up there. We went on a few walks (hikes?) around mountains, and glaciers, which once again, were absolutely beautiful. We experienced our first wine tour in Marlborough, where the guide told us of a fantastic spot to watch a plethora of seals playing around a waterfall. It was a really surreal experience.
Everything about New Zealand was breathtakingly beautiful, that's really the only way I can describe it. I would love to visit it again one day – then I might be able to write a proper travellers guide.