So, I thought it may be useful to share about my city and country for those of you who live further afield and maybe do not know a lot about our beautiful little country down the bottom of the world....
So, here it is, New Zealand .... past Australia (about a four hour plane ride) and a mere 12 - 13 hour flight to Los Angeles, USA or a 22 - 23 hour flight (with quick fuel stop either through Asia or the States) to London in the UK. Adventure Tourism is a big money earner for New Zealand and we have millions more sheep than people :)
Yes, we are a long way from anywhere, but it has its advantages thats for sure - generally we are a laid back bunch of approximately 4 million through the whole country. We are a young country by world standards and we have the most wonderful mix of people who originally come from all corners of the globe. We are a creative bunch of individuals and if you ever come across Kiwis (New Zealanders) in your travels, they may often be found travelling "the budget way" with a back pack, wanting to meet the locals and will be the first to offer you a beer and share a laugh.
|Thanks to google images for these snaps|
|When Im sitting in my deck...this is what I see|
We have some of the most magnificent riding roads in the world ... just check out some of the photos through this blog, however, if you are after miles of straight roads that go on for miles, this is not the place to come.
For those of you who live in the States, to give you an idea, our main road through the country "State Highway One" would be like one of your minor roads. We do have a motorway system - all going in to our biggest cities, but the rest of the country is covered by single lanes on either side with passing lanes every now and then, and every type of scenery you can imagine. Our speed limit on the open road is 100km's, with usually a 10km "buffer"
Like most people on the planet I love where I live. :)
I have been fortunate in my life in that I have travelled a lot through many parts of the world (so much more to see tho) When I left school at 17, I did the kiwi thing and went on my "OE" (overseas experience), took my back pac and travelled through much of Europe with very little money and had those experiences that you can only have when you are that age, when you think you are indestructable and its all about the "now" I.ve had a couple of subsequent trips through the years - a road trip in the states, motorbike trip through Europe and a few small jaunts in between.
I am now way overdue to start planning my next big trip - and this one will be a biggie - Im planning to motorcycle through Canada, the USA and Mexico. Im getting excited just thinking about it!
The big question is how the hell am I going to pay for it??? :)
So. my challenge to you is to start googling your cyber friends locations and grow your knowledge about wehre everyone comes from.