My absolute favorite travelling story
As I was having dinner with my brother last night, I thought about my very favorite travel story. We talked about this for about two hours last night, so I thought I would share with you!
I was travelling abroad (for the very first time), with my buddy Will, and to be honest, I was a little homesick. We were staying in Wellington, New Zealand, which is an absolutely gorgeous part of the world. If you know anything about New Zealand, you’ll know that it’s very expensive, and if you’re travelling on a budget, it’s not the easiest thing to stay on your $20 per day budget. A cheeseburger at your local fast food restaurant can cost upwards of $10, so needless to say, my money went fast. Sidenote: We didn’t really plan very well when we thought ‘We can survive for 5 months on $5,000, travelling through New Zealand and Australia. At the age of 21, we weren’t the brightest dudes on the face of the Earth.
Anyway, Will and I were keeping each other afloat, and making sure that no matter what, we wouldn’t let the homesickness get to us and drive us back home to our families in America. We knew that we simply had to get through the first rough patch, and we would learn to love travelling.
Over time, after we had been down in the dumps and needing an adventure, we decided that we would pack up our backpacks (I loved my backpack, but now it’s time for a new one, as you can read here), and go on a 4 day hiking journey to see some of the most beautiful places on earth. These were also some of the places that The Lord of The Rings movies were filmed…
Here’s a couple pictures from what we saw. As pretty as these pictures are, they really don’t do what saw justice…
The picture on the left is an entrance into ‘Hobbittown’, or ‘Hobbiton’, as they call it in NZ. The pic on the right is a look at Queenstown from the coast, and was one of the most beautiful sights Will and I had ever seen.
Needless to say, this 4 day hike was, at the time (and might still be), one of the best travelling experiences of our lives. We were drenched with rain for a solid 8 hours, which had a pretty adverse effect on our passports, making it a little difficult for us to travel internationally after that, but that’s a story we’ll get to later..
Fortunately, we were invited into a couple large teepees where some very nice native New Zealanders helped us cool off and preserve our clothing for the next days hikes.
I don’t know if I will ever experience anything as great as the 4 days that I was with Will on this hike, but I certainly will give it my best shot by travelling more. When we were hiking in the rain, we made it a point to speak every word like we thought Frodo would. The hilarity and laughter that ensued will stick with me forever!