I was born with itchy feet.
As a child growing up in New Zealand I pledged to visit every country in the world. I’d pore over travel magazines and glossy books, until I felt sick with longing. I remember lying awake one night, panicking that I’d never get to see all the sights I dreamed about.
People always ask me incredulously: ‘Why would you leave New Zealand to live here?’ But, for me, to be right in the thick of everything – so close to Europe, and the Mediterranean, and Scandanavia, and not even that far (comparatively) from the Middle East, and Northern Africa, is just the most exciting thing ever!
Since moving here 10 years ago I’ve been fortunate enough to make many of my travel dreams come true.
I’ve seen the amazing Burj-al-Arab hotel, and gone on a sand dune jeep safari, and eaten blowfish, and swum in a water hole in Oman.
I’ve gone scuba diving in Bermuda, and visited the tiny islands off Croatia. I’ve eaten dumplings at the top of the Untersberg mountain in Salzburg, and taken in views from Hitler’s holiday hideaway in Bavaria.
I’ve toured the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Berlin, and walked the white sand beaches of northern Denmark, and driven an ATV bike (badly) through the Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas.
I’ve slept in Sweden’s Ice Hotel, and been on an icebreaker cruise through the Bothnia Gulf. Then I’ve donned a survival suit to go swimming amongst the icebergs.
I’ve snowmobiled the frozen forests of Finnish Lapland, dug semiprecious stones from an amethyst mine, and enjoyed a mineral bath in the Latvia’s natural spa region, Jurmala.
All amazing, unforgettable experiences.
But I think my favourite trip of all was May last year, when the entire Monkey family (including Lil Sis, who was still in situ) went on their first family holiday to St Lucia.
We were a bit worried about how Big Sis would adjust. We needn’t have. Within hours of arriving she’d practically become a native of her island namesake. See for yourself!
|Mmmmm… Fresh Coconut|
|First Ever Ocean Dip|
|Relaxing, Island Style|
|Cruising the Caribbean Sea|
|Caribbean spicy fish, beans and rice. Yummy!|