Happy Friday, everyone! I didn’t get to finish Olive’s 11-month post yet but will certainly have it for you early next week. Instead, today I wanted to spill the beans on some exciting upcoming travel plans for our family!
In a few months, Erik and I (and of course, little Olive!) will be headed to New Zealand and Australia! This plan has been on the horizon for a while, but we didn’t purchase our flight tickets until this week. A trip isn’t official until you have your flights booked, right?? We will be spending about 2 weeks on vacation and you can bet that I’ve already started to pore through TripAdvisor reviews. A trip to the travel aisle at Barnes and Noble is also in order! Erik and I have always loved having dates at our local bookshop, sitting and reading and dreaming together. And don’t worry, we buy books too. 😉
NZ has been one of my “top 3” dream destinations for quite some time, so I am thrilled to finally get to visit. This amazing opportunity came to us because Erik was invited to speak at a Bible conference there (so cool, right??). It is extra special to be able to visit as part of Erik’s ministry and then enjoy some vacation time as an added bonus. Since we will be in NZ already, we decided we had to hop over to Australia as well. It seems only right after flying halfway around the world!
I jokingly tell friends that we’re going to visit the shire. And yes, we certainly are! It will be winter when we are visiting, so there probably isn’t a lot of beach time in our future. But, we should be able to enjoy less crowded venues due to the off-season. I’m dreaming of cruising Lake Taupo, relaxing in geothermal pools and exploring glowworm caves in Waitomo. We are flying to the south of the island and then driving back up to Auckland in a rental car, so the possibilities are endless! In Sydney, we look forward to visiting the Opera House, Botanic Gardens and soaking up God’s gorgeous creation down under!
I thought I’d check in with my readers and see if any of you have been to either NZ or Australia! I’d LOVE your insider tips. We will only be visiting the North Island of NZ this time around… and our time in Australia will be focused on Sydney. I SO wish we had the time to explore New Zealand’s stunning South Island and take trips to Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne in Oz… but you know, it isn’t so easy being away for 2 weeks as it is! 😉 Thankfully, it looks like there is still plenty for us to explore and experience while we’re away. And considering we’re staying HERE while in Sydney… I think we will survive. 😉
the incredible Park Hyatt Sydney
I hope to get some great recommendations from you all. Travel tips for a 15 month old (at the time of our trip) are also welcome!
Enjoy the weekend! xoxo, Angel