Preparing To Leave Auckland

It’s hard to believe 6 months have already passed since I packed up my life and left the country.

What have I been doing? Did I really leave home that long ago? Isnt this just my life now? Where in the hell am I going next? Am I even doing this right?

These, and a dozen or so other questions, have been running through my mind as I begin to realize that I’m leaving this place I now call home.

I hadn’t really intended on staying in Auckland for this long, it just kind of happened that way. It was amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better situation, but how in the hell is half of my visa already gone? It feels like I just got here yesterday, and simultaneously like I’ve been here my whole life.

I honestly can’t imagine leaving my job. (Sound familiar?) My team has become my family here. I’m probably the luckiest traveler ever to have landed this gig because these people have been absolutely incredible and realistically, they are all I know of New Zealand. This office and the people in it have completely shaped my experience here, and for that I will be eternally grateful.

But yet, I have to say goodbye to the city and continue on with this adventure.

Not having a job does not come easily to me, but I came to New Zealand to take in everything it has to offer, and I have yet to even scratch the surface. I’m normally a planner, but this trip has taught me to let go because thats really where the magic happens. I have already been moving every month, so that’s been quite an amazing experience. But now I’ll actually be in a new part of the country every month, which is a bit hard to wrap my head around just yet.

In a few days I start heading South.

I pack up the few belongings I have and downsize just to my travel backpack. I’ve connected with a few travelers who are going to join me on my roadtrip. We leave Auckland and head to Taupo then Wellington. From there we’ll catch the (horribly expensive) ferry to the South Island and head down the West Coast to Queenstown. It is a lot of area to cover in 1 week, but I am thrilled to be doing it.

Once I’ve dropped off the car, my first real plan is to head to a rural farm north of Christchurch. I’m spending a few weeks with a photographer and producer who I’ve been a fan of for years. (Rememeber the show Departures I’ve mentioned before? Check out Season One – Episode 9.) After that I’ll be heading to a vineyard for a few weeks and then maybe to Wanaka.

Or at least that’s the plan, but part of the beauty of this thing is that the opportunities are endless.

And so I guess here is where the real adventure begins…

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11 comments

  1. I know where you are coming from, even though leaving everything behind and moving on seems easy to me, I’m used to travelling and moving homes since very young age & I take it as an adventure each time! We were born to explore the world, not to sit in one place. 🙂

  2. Love it! I just finished a 2 year visa in London and hated leaving. NZ is amazing, try and get down to Dunedin as well, absolutely beautiful little city and everyone is so friendly!

  3. You’ve got guts to leave a job and start on an adventurous trip!! I too really want to take a break and just head to anywhere randomly… But its scary.. Isn’t it? Congratulations on a new start and hope to hear more on your experiences❤️ BTW New Zealand is also my top charts to explore🙂

  4. I have always wanted to visit New Zealand more so because of the lord of the rings. But yeah I know how it feels leaving a familiar place and heading to the unknown. Although, scary these kinds of situation usually yield pleasant surprises.

  5. I feel happy yet jealous at the same time as I do not have the guts to move to new places so often. However I’d certainly like to give it a try sometime. Wishing you an amazing time traveling ❤️

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