Our Biggest Adventure Yet

Hello! Today's post is super exciting to announce, and something that I kind of 'YOLO'd a few weeks back. In my opinion this is going to be Diego and I's biggest adventure so far, and one that will either make or break me. At this stage, I have no idea what one it will be.

I remember when I was young, maybe 10 or so, I went on a road trip from Wellington to Hamilton to attend the Field days. We stayed at a campground, which was one of the first times I went to a paid campground at an age where I can remember and take things in properly. I saw all these caravans that had gardens around them, or extra wood platforms added to them, and I was in love. At that age, I told my friend that this is what I wanted to do when I was older. I wanted to live at a campground and have a flower garden around my caravan as well. Looking back now, that is a weird and ridiculous dream. There is no way I want to constantly live at one campground, and have a house in such a public area. If anything, I want the complete opposite where I want a house in the middle of no where with tonnes of land for myself and my pets.

Later on in my teenage years, I learned about people who live out of their vans and just travel around constantly. I was so obsessed with this, and loved looking at people’s van houses. This became my new adaptive dream the followed on from my living in a campground dream. These people all were from the US, UK or Australia and I didn’t really hear of anyone in New Zealand doing it. It kind of put me off that I would have to buy a van and then do it up myself to make it possible to live out of. In all honesty, I am also such a home body and love being able to come home to a house and garden that is mine. Plus I am addicted to the internet, and travelling full time seems absurd if I want to spend way too many hours connected to the outside world.

I have always remembered this dream, and loved people that owned a van that they would take on weekend camping trips. I kind of wanted to look into buying a van and doing it for myself as well, something to take around the country on my days off of work. I got back into watching YouTube videos about it, I researched people doing it in New Zealand, people doing super exciting and massive transformations of their van and more. Then I stumbled upon this one channel where a solo girl, probably about my age, and her Australian Shepherd travelling around the states in a car that is very similar to mine. She just has her bed in the back, with the seats down, and then containers of dog food, her clothes, etc on the other side of the bed. I binge watched a lot of her YouTube videos and learnt about her struggles of living out of a wagon, but also the amazing parts of travelling around as she does. This inspired me completely. You can check out here channel here, I definitely
recommend you watch her.

With that, I decided I needed to travel the South Island with Diego, hiking all the great locations, and sleeping in our car. I wanted it to be in a month where the weather was not too hot, but also not too cold. I thought that October or November would be perfect for that. But then I realised, if I say that, and put it that far out, I won’t do it. The last few years I have said I was going to do something in those months, and then nothing happens. So instead, I went to work and booked a month off in April. Pretty much the entire April off. So yeah, I am travelling the South Island of New Zealand for the entire month of April, travelling with Diego in my car and exploring all the amazing locations that allow him.

My plan is to go down the West Coast, through Cromwell and Queenstown onto Milford Sound and Fiordland. I still haven’t 100% decided on the bottom of the South Island, not much down there is really exciting me, but it would be cool to say I made it to the bottom of the country so who knows. I think I will play this entire area by ear, stay where I love it longer, and drive through other places that I don’t care for. From there we will head up through Ashburton, Christchurch and Kaikoura. I haven’t fully planned the actual trip, I have found certain walks I want to do, and will go from there. I think with a trip like this, I need to have a rough idea and plan, but then also let it happen as it happens. If anything changes along our trip, I don’t want to freak out that I am not going to meet timelines. On the same side, if I am enjoying a certain area I want to be able to stay longer without feeling like this will ruin my timeline of events.

Here is my rough idea of my trip, including my unknown bottom of the Island adventure.

From here, I want to vlog and blog the whole experience, including the set up and purchase of making my car liveable for a month. I think this is going to be a crazy, and exciting adventure and I am so bloody excited for it. If you have any suggestions on dog friendly walks, campgrounds, cafes, pretty much anything dog friendly please let me know because I will need all the recommendations!


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