The embryo of an Australia/New Zealand/Fiji trip had began to grow at the tail end of last year, so an update is long overdue for the planning status. In current stage of development, we’ll arrive in Fiji from L.A at the tail-end of October and after a week of ‘Fiji time’ exploration, head to Australia for two weeks and on to New Zealand for another two weeks, before flying back to L.A on the 29th of November.
Allocation for this expedition is five weeks, mostly to fit my traveling companion’s schedule. It’s really tempting to stay for longer and honestly, I can’t think of a valid reason (plenty of non-valid, though!) why I shouldn’t; mark that a step backward for personal growth on life’s priorities.
The first adjustment came at the loss of an excursion to Uluru. Even when trying to not make a financial reason for canceling items, it was hard to justify the $450 flight (2 day total of $550 including car and camping) when the money could be so much better placed. This does however, leave me with the benefit of less rushed schedules in both Sydney and Melbourne, something that can only serve to slow the pace for cultural absorption. Uluru isn’t going anywhere and as I’ll return to this part of the world in the next couple of years, I’ll no doubt still get to have a conversation with The Rock.