Travel far, visit local - How travelling releases a deep emotion
My first itchy foot for travel must have developed from the way I was raised in the country and found small towns in the south island "large".
I studied in Wellington and I first thought 'wow'. I visited Auckland and was absolutely shocked at how big the world could be. But nothing opened my mind up more than travelling all the way to Europe.
I have always admired scenery, rivers, new adventures and a good bakery pie.
The first real travelling I experienced was on a Topdeck tour with a friend I went to school with. We travelled Europe and the UK for two months where I visited approximately 20 countries.
* Kiwi traveller with a story?
* The young traveller's guide to Vietnam
* Budapest - what a magnificent city
* Cycling the Pelopennese
* The beauty of Southern Italy
* This isn't a chilled Yacht Week
Most meals were provided and accommodation was sorted at various camp sites, hotels etc. Having everything pre-organised left me with so much more time to soak everything up as much as possible.
I indulged heavily on all the local food, beverages and adventures both on and off the beaten track. This was achieved by staying at so many campsites a little farther from the main cities. The amount of times I got terribly lost was amazing!
I managed to meet the woman of my dreams on this trip who is from Australia. She fell in love with my free spirit (the one that was freed on this holiday) and I was in love with everything about her.
At the time I didn't think I had a chance in hell and I was letting the wind take me where I needed to be. Now my fiancée, she initially had the trip a month prior to ours booked, although her love for Formula 1 racing had her change last minute to coincide with her seeing the Monaco GP. Funny how things work out!
We both travelled back to the UK and Europe and lived in many countries working various jobs and we travel NZ's South Island a lot.
We are yet to see Canada, Japan and South America which is all on the list although we cannot get past our own backyard even after all the immense travelling we have done.
We have fallen in love with so many cities, mountain ranges and lakes across the globe although every time we look at something over there, we can't help but think how similar it is to NZ.
Travelling releases a deep emotion within us all about who you want to be, where you want to be, and who with!
The more I see, the less I want to look around. Experiencing how others live is both uncannily how we do at home and the complete opposite at the same time.
Europeans adore their scenery, rivers, adventures and a good bakery treat also. I learnt that they have for thousands of years.
We are a young nation that has so much less experience but we are leading the world in so many areas across the human evolution.
Formula 1 racing, equality, aeroplanes, conquering mountains, creating protons, sports, culture, pies and of course spirit!
There is something amazing about being somewhat disconnected from the rest of the world that allows us to grow and experience everything in a much more rich way. Safe travels.
- Stuff Nation