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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…


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…


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…


Hop On & Off; TranzAlpine Express, New Zealand

When riding on a train, the typical trip involves a simple route from origin to destination.  But there are times when you might see a stop that seems appealing.  Maybe you’d like to get off and explore.  Unfortunately this isn’t usually a valid option.

For those hoping to follow these adventurous urges, look no further than the TranzAlpine Express.Continue

Sail the R. Tucker Thompson; Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Scenic coastal regions are often best viewed aboard a ship.  The vessel can take visitors to a number of different areas, unhindered by natural obstacles.  Ships can also provide visitors with the comforts of a warm meal, a soft seat, and an informative guide.

If you’re going to spend all day at sea, checking out the sites, it may as well be on a tall ship.  To take a historic voyage in New Zealand, look no further than the R. Tucker ThompsonContinue