Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Trip of a Lifetime

So....D and I have been married 2 1/2 years and we have yet to take our honeymoon.  A few places topped our list; 1) Alaska 2) Colorado and 3) New Zealand.  The last one was a long shot since it's so expensive.  We talk about it every few months but never decide on anything.

Well, it came up again in June and we decided to bite the bullet.  And we decided that since it's been nearly 3 years, let's go all-in.  The three of us are going to New Zealand.

We talked about going in March of 2011 to make it before the Rugby World Cup.  The more we talked about it, the more we realized that we wanted to spend more than the standard 2 weeks.  In order to spend a month or more and do it right, we'll need to save quite a bit more money.

The plan now is to:

  • pay off all our student loans within a year and put that money towards our travel account
  • begin selling unnecessary possessions (Man vs Debt style) and  put that money towards our travel account
Why New Zealand?  A bunch of reasons (and not just because they filmed Lord of the Rings there).  It's:
  • exotic, far away (if we're going to go on a trip, we'd like to visit a far-off place)
  • relaxed, laid-back culture
  • several climates in a small area - beaches, hot springs, mountains, glaciers, plains, forests
  • beautiful scenery
  • emphasis on outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, rafting
  • oh, and they speak English (we don't speak any foreign languages)

And now for some pictures:

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