This morning I looked out of the window. It was mostly grey, but on the bright side….it didn’t rain. Yeah, just another day in the fall. Falls here in the Netherlands are mostly like that. You are lucky when it doesn’t rain and really, really lucky when you see some sunshine. The weather doesn’t get me down, however it did make me also realize that I was really lucky be an expat here. It was then that the top 5 reasons to visit New Zealand first dawned on me.
Even in the winter there is lots of sun here. On the west coast it was raining, buy hey…when doesn’t it not rain on the west coast, right? But it’s not only the sun that made me have a fantastic time. It’s also the amazing people that I have met during my 9 month stay in New Zealand, but what are now the most awesome things about New Zealand:
Relaxed lifestyle: That’s not only the best thing in New Zealand, but the best thing when you travel. The only thing is what you think about is what are you going to do today and where are you going to sleep tonight. That’s most awesome feeling in the world and that’s why I love traveling so much. No worries about money or things that you have to do. Just living your life and enjoy 🙂
The charm of the traffic: Sure, New Zealand isn’t most biggest country and certainly doesn’t have the biggest roads, but that doesn’t matter. It makes people more nice, they are taking an effort. It’s normal for trucks to stop along the road to pass you by. Everyone actually stops when you want to cross a road. Yeah, I know! Unbelievable, right?
The stunning scenery: There is a reason that every professional photographer raves about how amazing the scenery of New Zealand is and why it is the #1 destination to practice/improve photography skills. I travelled quite a bit in Asia (8 months) and in Australia (4 months) and off course Europe, where I’m from, but there’s nothing like the scenery in New Zealand. It’s the most amazing scenery I’ve ever seen. Lakes, Mountains, Forrest and you gotta love all the deserted beaches. Can also be quit annoying, though. You have to stop like every 10 minutes, because of the change of landscape and the amazing view, but it’s all worth it.
Pub and cafe culture: New Zealand has just like Australia a big pub and cafe culture. A good barista isn’t hard to find. So do you have a business meeting or just meeting a friend. The barrista is bet place to go and on Friday everyone heads to the pub. Have one of the most amazing wines of New Zealand or one of the different beers New Zealand has to offer. Always a good way socialize with your colleagues or your best mates! 😀
Toilets everywhere: Okay, so if the last 4 reasons didn’t convince you, this one definitely will. You probably know the feeling, you’re in the middle of nowhere and have to pee. No worries, even at the most deserted places there’s a toilet and always super clean and free of charge. One time I was doing one of the great walks, the Abel Tasman track. I found myself on a totally deserted beach. Just me and the birds. I almost felt like Robinson Crusoe totally on a deserted island. There was literally nothing there except a toilet hidden in the bush. What more do you want, right? 😉