I tend to stress out, majorly, about traveling. So, even though I have known for 13 months already, I have been avoiding thinking about the upcoming trip to New Zealand. But now that it is only 2 months away, I need to start planning. I have to figure out what to bring and how much money and if I should pack books. I always take books when I travel. I love to read. But, now they charge for baggage and I am hesitant to pack books. I don’t really like e-readers, so I am not going to buy one, but I wonder if I should try to rent one or borrow one. Can you rent those? That way I can read on the trip without packing too much extra. We have to eat in New Zealand. I don;t have a clue how expensive that will be. Part of the time, we’ll be in a condo and we’ll shop at the grocer and cook in. And some of the time, I think we’ll be in a B&B where at least ne meal is usually included. but, we’re still going to end up eating out a LOT. I am worried about affording that. Also, I don’t really know what to expect weather-wise. I think I’ll just pack layers so i can change my mind mid-day if necessary.
We leave on Mar 27 and come home on April 17. So, I think it will be early fall, late summer there. I am usually hotter than anyone else, so I suppose I will not need to pack too warmly. Oh, except my husband plans to go to a GLACIER. That might be chilly. Does that mean I need a winter coat? Oh, gods, I hate travel. Ok. We’ll be gone 3 weeks. So, I need to pack enough clothes and money for that long. I can probably do laundry pretty easily somewhere, so I really only need about 5 days worth of clothes. Maybe? I wonder how common self-use laundry facilities for the public are in New Zealand… I guess our condo is for a week, so I need to think about eating out for 2 weeks. That’s a lot of meals. We can maybe eat semi-prepared stuff that doesn’t need refrigerating and that is inexpensive from grocery stores. I know here, you can buy lots of deli stuff like chicken salad and hoagie rolls and canned or bottled drinks that you can then eat later as a picnic or something.
Hubby is planning the activities. I am letting him do that. I was overwhelmed with the input I had in Scotland. And Hubby and I want to see and do mostly the same stuff. It is honestly easier and more relaxing for me if he acts as my travel director. I think we fly into Auckland and then leave there almost immediately. I believe that we go back there for the last few days of the trip and then fly out of there to home. I know we rent a car. I know we have a night scheduled to sleep on a ferry or something at some pint. Maybe to see a fjord? Or a sound? Or the glacier, I have no clue. I know we go as far south as Christchurch. I know we are going to see a lot of LotR sites and what-not. I know we ae going to a Maori museum. I know we are going to a forest of super-huge trees. I think we go somewhere called Rotorura?
Hmm. I need to get him to send me a written list of proposed stuff. Anyway, this is all just me musing about travel. It is finally time for me to stop hiding my head in the sand and start focusing on how to make this trip and survive with my mental health intact. I can do it. I have traveled far before. I have traveled long before. It was like 9 hours on a plane to Scotland. We were there 2 weeks. I enjoyed it once I got there. I can do this. There is no reason for travel to freak me out.