Australia or New Zealand?
Planning for a nice vacation?
Taking a vacation from the daily grind really sounds like a great idea. And most people I know, take nice vacations at least once or twice a year. Whether it’s to relax on a tropical island or head to the slopes – a break from the rigmarole cleanses the soul and can refresh many people.
That time is long overdue for Hoboken411.
Someplace extraordinary? Like another hemisphere?
With over 1,500 consecutive days delivering the finest Hoboken content online, I’m really considering taking a well-deserved break from the computer. My idea is to go someplace I’ve never been – and at the top of my list is either Australia or New Zealand.
Since the seasons are opposite of here in the northern hemisphere, my goal is to head “down under” when it’s cold and icy here in the Mile Square – perhaps around the Holidays, when things slow down a bit.
But this vacation is not something I’d feel comfortable with just packing a few items and getting on a plane for 24 hours. I’d need to know a lot about where I’m going, and what there is to do once the plane touches down.
Considering I just came up with this idea – I’ve just begun the research to see what I’m getting into (and for how long). Part of this discovery process – is to check out some of the blogs run by real people in the target destination. No fluffy marketing promos – just real advice from genuine individuals. I’ll try my best to find time to interact with some of the kind folks in the regions.
This sounds like an really beautiful place to visit. One blog I’ve started to read on a regular basis is Kiwi Bloke. This site talks about various destinations, travel tips, food and music.
Other blogs I’m checking out are:
- Expat Blog – Like reading what former Americans say about actually living down there
- New Zealand Travel Blog – a comprehensive site with lots of information
Of course, Australia is massive compared to NZ – which would make planning the itinerary that much more difficult if I choose to hang out with the Aussies. “So much to do, in such little time.”
I’ve added a few blogs into my rotation as well, like This Australian Life, which gives you an idea of what they might be thinking down there.
Other sites I’m delving into are:
- Getting Down Under – another expat style site geared towards outsiders
- Laura & Ed’s Adventure – Just found this one today, about a couple who spent a month in Australia. I’ll see what happened with them later.
- Sydney Bar Zine – Gotta read about the bars and pubs, right? But it’s funny – I’m seeing the same damn WordPress theme everywhere. Does anyone have any originality anymore?
Where would you go? Have you been? Suggestions?
Naturally, whether I pick Australia or New Zealand – I have to make a stop for at least a few days over in FIJI! I heard that some of the most beautiful beaches in the world can be found there – and I’ve always talked about that being the place to retire.
However, I know very little about the country (other than the tasty water they export). That’s next on the travel research agenda once I can find the time.
Obviously, this website will never shut down, no “gone fishing” signs being hung here. So regardless how long I’ll be M.I.A., the site will run like it always does. I may need to recruit some volunteer help while I’m away. I hope that some of you would be happy to contribute a bit to allow 411 to recharge!
So which country would you pick if you had the choice? Have any of you been to either country? Have a recommendation?