When did I become a little old lady when it comes to travel? We are about to go off on an 8 day adventure in New Zealand and I have been obsessing on what and how to pack. I don’t want to travel with too much stuff and I don’t want to buy more along the way.
I am perplexed on what to pack as I can’t get a handle on the weather or the variety of activities we have planned. Overall I know that it will be cooler in New Zealand than in Melbourne, but temperature range is 77’ to 47’. Our activities will include: hiking, swimming, hot-tubbing, an overnight cruise, a dinner cruise, touring and of course wandering. Where is a packing list? Why is this so hard for me?
Some of you might not realize it, but I am the woman who drove across the country with three friends looking for and finding the Rainbow Family Gathering in 1979. We stayed for 4 or 5 days at the encampment and then I hitchhiked to Taos, New Mexico with a friend. Along the way we spent the night at a truck stop, sleeping under an 18 wheeler—really, I did! So how did I become so damn fussy when it comes to traveling now?
Fast forward to 2014, and I want to make sure I have what I need. I now travel with vitamins and umbrellas and extra contact lenses. I remember boiling my lenses in 1979 over campfires. Now I will pack hiking boots, walking shoes and nice sandals. Then I had flip-flops and mostly went barefoot. Along with our rental car, we have reserved a GPS, back then we stopped along the way and asked for directions at rest stops. We now have hotel reservations knowing where we will sleep on which nights.
This is definitely a different kind of traveling experience: less spontaneous, but much more comfortable. This way we know we are going to see the sights we want to see and meet up with the people we want to meet. On this trip we are staying with distant relatives of David and seeing two long-time La Leche League International friends of Heidi.
We will spend two days and a night cruising on the New Zealand fjords, have dinner on Lake Wakatipu at Walter Peak, relax in a hot tub overlooking the Shotover River Canyon, and explore the albatross and penguins of Dunedin. And then back to Melbourne for more Aussie adventures.
So while the face and flavor of my traveling style has changed a lot in the last 35 years, I am who I am and this is the way I now roll!
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