Week 10. The end of my wonderful adventure to Australia and New Zealand. I left Kentucky naïve and inexperienced, having never traveled outside of the US. I returned with more great memories than I can even recall, a bunch of new friends from all over the globe, and an underlying confidence that everything is possible.
From a budget perspective the trip was more expensive that I had expected, but my laissez-faire approach toward planning is partly to blame for that. Hopefully these posts give people a real-world view into what a trip like this costs and show the benefit of alternative options such as HelpX and Airbnb. Don’t discount the extra benefits you can gain from spending time with locals. I had some of my best experiences as a direct result of using the above services.
Several friends have asked me to pick one part of the trip as my favorite. Without a doubt it was meeting so many interesting people. I met people from probably 15 different countries and discussed politics, religion, travel, social issues, their impressions of Americans, gun control, and music. We rode gocarts, climbed glaciers, and laughed until our cheeks were sore. The memories that will stay with me the longest will be of those who I spent time with, if only for a few hours.
|Week 10, 4/1 – 4/7||Wanaka, Christchurch, Sydney|
|Shopping/Misc||$10||kangaroo jerky for my brother!|
|Week 1 Total||$671||AUS Sydney|
|Week 2 Total||$90||AUS HelpX Bellingen|
|Week 3 Total||$855||AUS Bellingen / Melbourne|
|Week 4 Total||$310||AUS Melbourne / HelpX Sale|
|Week 5 Total||$0||AUS Vineyard HelpX|
|Week 6 Total||$1901||NZ Auckland|
|Week 7 Total||$840||NZ North Island, Stray bus|
|Week 8 Total||$732||NZ South Island, West Coast|
|Week 9 Total||$637||NZ HelpX / Queenstown|
|Week 10 Total||$449|
|Airfare||$1943||SLC -> LAX -> SYD|