One Flight Down, Two More to go: The New Zealand Adventure Has Begun

Well, it’s happening folks! Six months of planning, saving, working and waiting has finally come to a close and I’ve begun my trip to New Zealand! 

 It’s going to be a long next 24 hours but that’s okay, I have my LOTR books ready to go so I will not get bored!! I will not get bored.. I.. Will.. Not.. Get.. Bored..

Okay, so I’m already bored. First layover and it’s already too many. The next 24 hours of my life will be spent on planes and I could not be more thrilled.

*Exhausted.

As tradition goes, my entire family – parents, brother, future sis in law, grandparents and baby cousins/sisters/nieces/daughters (I’m only speaking of two individuals here, in case you didn’t know) – met up at Ihop for breakfast and then drove over to the airport together and they all watched me take off. 

   
We ate lots of food.

We ran around the airport.

I was tired from barely sleeping last night in anticipation for today.

Mom was sad.

That’s how the morning went and it was wonderful – aside from the immediate exhaustion and Mom being sad, of course.

 Now, I’m chillin’ alone in the airport, reading The Fellowship of the Ring and already wanting these next 24 hours to be over but it’s okay.. I’ll just kill the time on MY THIRTEEN HOURS STRAIGHT ACROSS THE OCEAN FLIGHT by watching as many scary movies as I can fit into one nonstop sitting.

Yeah, so the journey has begun.

Now, excuse me while I go eat all the McDonald’s that my wallet can handle.

Finding Flights

Continuing with the money and hard work theme from my post a couple days ago, I thought I’d share this awesome article that I found on aworldofcrazy.com all about how to find cheap flights for your adventures.

Not only is it hard work just being able to afford to travel, sometimes it’s also hard finding good flights on the cheap.. Right now I have about seven flight alerts set up through my Kayak app for places here in the U.S. that I plan to visit after New Zealand.. Colorado, Florida, Portland.. Everywhere basically.

However, “A World of Crazy” talks all about Skyscanner – a site that compares all the cheapest fares you could ever hope to find – & gives great tips on how to travel for cheap. As a spontaneous and free spirited traveler, I love Skyscanner too because if you’re flexible enough with dates, it can be a lifesaver.

I myself learned something awesome and new in this article.. I had never heard of Skip Lagged before but after reading this post I learned that there is a way to save money on flights by using layovers as final destinations! Which is awesome!

Read their article below to get the details and find some more awesome tips for finding flights!

Source: Finding Flights