I’ve had my heart set on a pretty big trip for a while now. I’ve been working and saving all of my pennies this past year, and I’ve been trying to make this whole thing happen. I’ve kept quiet about it online because I don’t like to talk about things until they’re official. Even though I’ve been thinking about this since last June, it was only a few weeks ago that it all finally came together. Now I am SO FREAKING EXCITED to tell you all about my big travel plans for 2016.
I’M GOING TO NEW ZEALAND!
Not only am I going to New Zealand, but I’m going for a full year. I have a working holiday visa that allows me to live, work, and travel in the country for up to a year, and I plan on staying as long as I can. I already spend my time roaming around and working different jobs here and there, so I figured why not go and do that in another country for a while.
I have a friend who had been planning on doing this same thing–she started telling me about it as soon as I met her. That’s how I got the idea. I wasn’t sure it was the right step for me, but last June we sat in an airport for hours talking, and it convinced me that this was something I wanted to do too. She’s there now which has only helped to encourage me to get things together and actually go.
I spent six months working really hard just to save up the money I would need to get to New Zealand and make this plan work. Once I had the money I needed, I realized this is something that could really happen–I just needed to get my passport.
I put off getting my passport for so many reasons, and since I wasn’t in my “resident state” for most of the year, I was unable to apply until I got back to Missouri. I applied as soon as I returned in December and I received my passport in the mail in January.
I had really been having doubts by then about whether or not I actually wanted to go spend a year in New Zealand, but as soon as I had my passport in my hands, all of those doubts went away. I immediately applied for the New Zealand working holiday visa (literally within an hour of getting my passport), and a few days later I was approved. I spent about a week considering dates and flights before buying a ticket.
So now that I have the money, my passport, a work visa, and a one-way flight to Auckland, it’s all officially official.
I wanted to wait a few weeks before announcing this on my blog simply because it still didn’t seem real. But now I’m exactly one month away from take-off (I’m leaving on March 15) and every last minute until then is going to be spent checking things off my to-do list. I’m so happy to finally share this news with everyone and of course I will be sharing every detail along the way.