First things first: before embarking on a round-the-world trip, you have to weigh costs and benefits. It’s expensive. You’ll be away from friends and family for months, if not upwards of a year. But then again, you’ll be able to see everything you’ve ever wanted to see–chill out on the island of Mauritius, finally see Fiji, and eat the cuisine of Morocco–and you’ll be able to do it for a relatively low cost compared to booking separate trips. Do some soul-searching and research before you go: really take the time to plan your journey. Continue reading
This is an absolutely stunning piece of footage of coming into Queenstown, NZ to land. It appears to be in a commercial jet, based on how he needs nearly every foot of runway available to get the thing stopped at the end. And the descent through the clouds…with the sharp-edged Remarkables mountains directly ahead and Lake Wakatipu below…well, this is why passengers get windows that look out the sides, so they don’t scream, pass out, etc. Continue reading
I recently came across this pair of iPad apps called “New Zealand Journeys”; there’s one for the North Island and a separate app for the South Island. Having been to New Zealand recently, I took the North Island app for a test drive.