Travel Essence New Zealand
Hi, my name is Andrew Morten and I am the founder of TravelEssence. I was born and brought up in New Zealand and whilst I have lived in the Netherlands for 16 years, I am back in New Zealand and Australia 3-4 times each year for weeks each time, every year for the past 16 years. I often travel with my wife and two small kids and along the way have learnt how and how not to travel. Here are a few points and tips.
1. Take it Slowly. Too many people try to see too much in far too short time. Australia needs almost a year to see it all and New Zealand probably 3 months. Unless you have this much time don’t try to race from one place to the next trying to see it all. It will wreck your holiday. Select your locations carefully. Spend 2-4 nights in selected locations, experience them well, get to know them. Enjoy them!
2. The longer you are away, the more relaxed you need to be. If you stay one or two nights and try to see too much, after 3 or so weeks it will start to get a bit much. Take your time and soak up the places you are visiting. You will see far more.
3. Make yourself at home. Its not realistic to eat out every night for 3 or more weeks or take clothes for 4 or more weeks. Accommodation with kitchens and washing machines, along with a 3-5 night stay ensure you can make yourself at home. It may sound boring now but when you are there it will seem like the most sensible advice you have heard about your trip.
4. Ask yourself if you plan to make this a once in a lifetime trip to Australia or New Zealand or whether you plan to visit again one day. This will really affect how, what and when you travel. It’s a critical thing to think about. If you plan to come back again then select a few areas that suit the season you are travelling and see them well.
5. Don’t Waste Your Precious Holiday. People under estimate how long it takes to find accommodation as you travel. Instead of being able to arrive at 6 or 7 in the evening in a nice place, you are often looking for somewhere to stay at 3 in the afternoon and usually end up in a motel along the road. Hardly inspiring and a waste of money. This means you need to rush to your next destination plus it means you are wasting time searching for a decent place to stay. You can do that before you travel and get more out of your holiday time.