It's just a matter of a few short weeks before we head down under for a four week extravaganza. It's a trip filled with beautiful hotels and resorts, top rated restaurants and crazy adventures. We start in Sydney, Australia then head to Cairns/Port Douglas where we will be attending a wedding for one of my husband's cousins. It's a bit of a family reunion, bringing together Colin's family from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand - all of which I've never met before, so there will be a lot of catching up to do! From there, we head to New Zealand's North Island where we road trip from the Auckland (at the top) all the way to Wellington (at the bottom), before flying back home to California. Here is a sneak peak of our itinerary and all of the nitty gritty details behind this crazy adventure.
On a side note, I've just recently discovered an awesome new tool called Tripcipe - it's basically Google Maps marries Pinterest and births a beautiful Trip Planning baby. I love it because I can grab all of those pretty images of places I want to go to or visit on a trip, it will pin it with a description and info on a map and then allows me to pull those spots into a customized daily itinerary - whoa! You can create new trips online and in the app and take them with you wherever you go and you can even grab pieces of other people's trips to add to yours or copy their entire trip altogether. I've quickly become obsessed and started updating all of my previous Travel Guides with Tripcipe; it makes them so much easier to look at than just using Google Maps. Finally, a cool travel mapping tool for the organized planners out there! It's a new company with some awesomely smart people behind the scenes, so I expect it to continue to evolve and get even better with time. Check it out at www.tripcipe.com.
Check back for more updates and full reviews of all the places we visit. If you have any additional recommendations that I should keep in mind for the trip, please let me know! Cheers!