This picture looks over New Chums beach, a little piece of secluded paradise on the North Island of New Zealand – one of many. Despite tsunami warnings for New Zealand, we were largely unaffected here in the aftermath of the recent earthquake in Japan (due in part to the fact that it was low tide when the wave action rolled through). But again, this moving and shaking has been a wake-up call for myself and other travelers, encouraging us all to consider what “home” feels like, and where we might be prepared to “get stuck” for a while if it came to that. Here at Mana, one volunteer got clarity: she realized she misses her boyfriend, needs to live in the UK, and wants to have babies! So, she booked her ticket right away. Good on her.
As for me, I’m still happy to lay back in New Zealand and recharge my batteries for a while. It’s a nice place to be, with beautiful people, stimulating conversations, and awesome nature to enjoy. But I’ll soon be planning a long-haul flight back to Canada (with a possible layover adventure enroute), and likely in business class with thanks to the Travel Hacking Cartel (which I write about below). All this comes as an answer to a very special question I ask myself every day. Check out the articles below, and be enlightened!
Here are some tips (from experience) on how to fly around the world for free (or almost free anyway), with some resources on how to do it.