A Seat With A View

Waking up in a van with my lover in a strange cold town in the middle of nowhere was the most pleasant sensation. I travelled overseas for the very first time and I wouldn’t have wished for it to be any other way…

Being surprised with tickets to New Zealand in a Netgear box was quite the birthday gift from the other half… Little did I know the real gift was yet to come. Road tripping the South Island was the most treasured experience I have ever lived..Who would have thought driving 3000kms in 10 days would be so delightful! The travel bug has bitten and I’m happily infected.

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If I’ve enticed you into exploring the beautiful South Island, heres a few things
about my experience;

THINGS TO KNOW
~Skip the cities
Spend more time in the alpine areas, it’s the only thing I would change about our trip.
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~Pull over
Don’t rush to get from A to B, whenever you get the chance just stop, jump out and absorb your surroundings. I’ve never seen grass so green and water so clear. Just take it all in!
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~Get lost
Take a left turn instead of right. Why not? You won’t be disappointed.
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~The roads
The next destination may only be 100kms away but can easily take 2+ hours to get to. They’re windy, steep and vastly dangerous, stay safe!
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TRAVELING WITH YOUR LOVER 
I strongly believe that travelling is the ultimate test for any relationship.
My experience travelling with Keegan brought nothing but intense happiness. It welcomed me into a whole new chapter of our relationship.. He’s since become my best friend as well as my lover. To be able to share such an amazing experience, run a muck and laugh off our frustration with each other has led me to unveil a whole new kind of love. It excites me to travel the rest of the world together.
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ESSENTIALS
Explorer socks and docs were my saviour. Hiking to get to glaciers or mountains isn’t your normal walk in the park. Other things I found useful were thermals, sunglasses string, Burt’s Bees lip balm, vix, hand sanitiser and a trusty old back pack. Oh and a never ending playlist!

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Start to finish was nothing but pure bliss! From driving down the West Coast,
hiking to Frans Joseph Glacier,

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the epic drive to Milford Sound,

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exploring the Larnach Castle,

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finishing up with the captivating Hooker Valley track to Mount Cook,
the list just goes on..

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On top of all these breathtaking adventures, a huge highlight was the van life itself. Pulling up to camp for the night, making dinner with whatever we had leftover and drinking a bottle of red amongst huge mountains left us just wanting more.

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All in all, at the very least our 10 days spent completely consumed in New Zealand’s beauty was nothing short of breathtaking.
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Until next time NZ! x
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