I’m going to New Zealand!

I just realized (thanks, Facebook) that not everyone knew about my trip to NZ.  So, here’s a little explanation!

“You only live once”–my motto since high school still resonates within my soul. I still remember the day I heard that sentence from a guy I attended high school with many, many years ago. We weren’t exactly friends but when I heard him say “you only live once” was his motto, I silently agreed. A light went off in my head. The concept seemed profound to me. So, ever since that moment in time I’ve attempted to live life to the fullest because life truly is a gift. On that note, one of my many hobbies is traveling.

One thing I LOVE doing is to travel. I want to see the world and its people; I want to taste the food and drinks of the world; I want to smell the air of different countries; I want to take a piece of that country, that experience home with me so that I can relive the moment forever. I want to be worldly. I believe it makes me smarter, more aware. I am not afraid to be surrounded by people that look different and speak different than me. I’m curious. I like to ask questions. I am a visual learner. I love taking photographs of my travels, printing them, and hanging them on my wall. A single photo can immediately zap you back to that place and time. I enjoy talking about my travels and reviewing places I have been. A world is a big place and I want to see it all. So far, I’ve traveled to 3 continents, 10 countries, 7 Caribbean islands, and the Bahamas.

I am a mommy now. That is my full time job right now (though I anticipate going back to work soon). I am not afraid to travel with my son… in fact, Nick and I have become experts at it. Xander, my son, has successfully traveled on many planes. He loves airplanes. He also loves cruises. We went on a cruise last year to the Western Caribbean and he did fantastic! Having a child does not mean your life is over as you know it. Nick and I hope to do a Disney cruise, in fact, after he is potty trained. However, traveling without my son (and husband sometimes) IS easier and cheaper. I am not afraid to travel alone but it is always nice to have a friend to share the experience with. I traveled with a long time friend to the Mediterranean, for instance, in 2005. It was a magical trip full of memories, sights, and sounds. It was so much fun that I decided to book another travel adventure with her for 2009. You only live once and my 30th birthday is creeping up! Instead of cruising, though, we’ve opted to travel independently to New Zealand (thanks Delta Skymiles!). My husband and in-laws have graciously agreed to watch my son while I pursue my travel dream. I turn 30 in May so this trip is a big gift to me. I deserve it. It’s always important to do something for yourself once in a while. I leave on Feb. 12, and I can’t wait. I’m sure I’ll cry a little on the way there because I haven’t been away from my sweet, adorable son for more than 3 days. And my trip is 10 days. But, distance and time does make the heart grow stronger.

This blog will become more ‘travel’ orientated for the next couple months! Sorry, but I love writing about my travels! 🙂

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4 thoughts on “I’m going to New Zealand!

  1. You’re going to love it here. If you make it to Napier (East Coast, North Island), drop in and say hi. Coffee’s on and pantry stocked with the best wine in the country (despite what they say in the South Island).
    –John

    • thanks! I’m not sure if we’ll make it to Napier, but Waiheke Island might be one of our day trips from Auckland (for some wine sampling). I’ve heard good things about NZ wine!

  2. Leigh…I am so excited for you! My trip to NZ years ago was the best thing I could have ever done! You will love it! And yes the wine is wonderful. The people are friendly, the land, too beautiful for words and the sheep, well there’s lots of those…
    Have a wonderful time and travel safely!

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