A new frontier

Friday, Jan. 14

Well, today is the day.

Matt and I are heading to Auckland airport in just a few minutes to catch our flight to Bali.

For the past few days, we’ve been running around like crazy doing errands.

One of those tasks was returning the pink campervan.

While it was an amazing four weeks, it was also frustrating at times.

Mainly because we were told we could camp anywhere we wanted.

In New Zealand, freedom camping is illegal and has a $500 fine. We ended up paying $15 to $25 a night for a campsite – we could have done it much cheaper if we booked a car and stayed in hostels.

But that’s what happens when you book a campervan after a bottle or two of Italian wine.

Thankfully, the company refunded us $200 for the “white lie” we were told.

Another thing we got out of the way was my medical stuff.

A long story short – I don’t have Chrones. And they can’t tell if I have Celiac because I’ve been on a gluten-free diet.

But I do have a Giardia, which I picked up from some dirty water on the South Island. Luckily, the prescription was in our medical travel kit.

Looking back at our two months in New Zealand, we’ve accomplished a lot.

We toured the North and South Island extensively and feel fulfilled about seeing the country.

During that time, we also helped Matt’s little cousin get through a rough patch.

On top of it all, we had the opportunity to discuss about our goals, priorities and dreams in even more detail than we have before.

Life in a van provides a lot of thinking and quiet time.

Excitement doesn’t even describe the next part of our journey.

We know it’s going to be a struggle in some areas, but we also know it’s going to be incredibly rewarding.

The plan is to visit Bali, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, (maybe the Philippines), China and hopefully Japan if the money doesn’t run out.

While some people are nervous about our trip, we ask that everyone simply has positive thoughts about what we’re doing.

We feel that there’s a difference between fearing something and simply being aware and being prepared.

And we know we’re ready for it.

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