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Out of My Comfort Zone and onto a New Zealand Road Trip…

New Zealand Road Trip

With our eighth backward lurch and frantic pull on the emergency parking break, I was beginning to worry.

It was as if we were constantly riding to the top of the big hill of a roller coaster but never getting to enjoy the thrilling downward plunge! Somehow I had found myself sitting in a gigantic campervan halfway around the world.

My husband Mike was in the driver’s seat attempting to learn how to drive a stick shift vehicle (left handed!) on the treacherous “hills” of New Zealand.

While it had certainly sounded like a fun adventure two months earlier when we decided to take a career break to travel the world, as my knuckles turned whiter and we constantly stalled on the same hill, I started to think that we had bitten off more than we could chew…

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New Zealand Travel Secrets from Anne’s Ultimate Road Trip…

What do you know about New Zealand?

Lemme guess…

  • New Zealand is primarily made up of two main islands, the North Island and South Island;
  • New Zealand’s indigenous people are known as the Maori;
  • New Zealand was where the Lord of the Rings was filmed;
  • New Zealand has unique animal and plant life due to it’s isolation; and
  • New Zealand is home to kiwis – not the fruit, but the flightless bird.

Awesome.  You get an A+.

But did you know that one of the best ways to explore New Zealand is on a road trip?

Anne Lowrey shares her New Zealand travel secrets from her epic road trip from Queenstown on the South Island to Auckland on the North Island…

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How to Travel Australia by Train

It’s MASSIVE…

Australia is the planet’s sixth largest country (after Russia, Canada, China, the USA, and Brazil), spans 2,969,907 square  miles (7,692,024 km2), accounts for five percent of the world’s entire land area, and is the world’s largest island.

Whew!

So one of the best ways to travel Australia is by train.

And Michela Fantinel should know…

She’s traveled Australia solo four times.  And on her  most recent trip, she took the famous Indian Pacific – a passenger transcontinental train that runs between Sydney and Perth, with extended service to Adelaide.  The route includes the world’s longest straight stretch of railway track, spanning 297 miles (478 km) over the Nullarbor Plain.

Learn how Michela traveled Australia by train and all about her adventures along the way…

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This No-Nonsense Author Shares Her Travel Stories…

When it comes to travel writing, it’s hard to get the real scoop.

Travel writers tend to overuse descriptions like charming, beautiful, quaint, vibrant, blah-blah-blah.

But what’s a destination really like?

Travel expert and author – Laurie Gough – will tell you.  Her travel stories and writing are engaging, straightforward and honest – the most lacking trait in writers today.

And luckily for us, we get a sneak peak at Laurie’s wild travel stories from her memoirs: Kite Strings of the Southern Cross: A Woman’s Travel Odyssey AND Kiss the Sunset Pig: An American Road Trip with Exotic Detours.

Not to mention…

Her answers to some tough questions like her least favorite travel destinations, most memorable travel moment, advice on packing, greatest lesson, and even some travel writing tips!

So get the travel low-down from Laurie in this exclusive interview…

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Heron Island Diving and Wildlife; Australia

Heron Island – located in the Great Barrier Reef National Park – is another pearl in Australia’s necklace of magnificent diving.

Bad line? Yes. Excellent wildlife? You betcha.

There’s also turtle watching (take a ranger-led tour to learn more), over 100,000 seabirds and, unsurprisingly, herons.Continue