So – what’s 2017 got in store for me?

After a crazy 2015 full of travel and almost 6 months abroad, 2016 was all about staying put and embarking on the biggest adventure of all – getting married! With a wedding to pay for (and another to attend – 17,000 miles away) all of our resources were poured in to that meaning that very little happened in terms of travel.

Of course in December all that changed as we packed up our lives and moved across the Tasman. Our new New Zealand adventure has begun!

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Looking down the range towards our new home

My Wishlist for 2017

Obviously top of my list is for David Attenborough not to die. I feel like 2016 kinda crammed a decades worth of celebrity heartbreak in to 12 months, but that would take the biscuit.

Oh, you meant my travel wishlist?

This year is all about the land of the long white cloud and saving for an even bigger trip as my 30th year on earth beckons. But more on my plans for the big 3-0 later…

While we’re based in the south island I want to explore as much of it as possible! This means tackling some of the great walks, scaling glaciers and seeking out rugged coastline. Top of my list right now? Camping in Fiordland, a heli hike on a glacier, and road tripping to the pristine Caitlins.

View of the mountaisn from house in Queenstown

More views like this in 2017 please

If we do manage to dust off our passports then it will hopefully be as we nab a cheap flight to Rarotonga. We never really got a honeymoon and so I’d be keen to see if we can travel the cook islands for a few weeks for our anniversary. On a budget of course! With cheap flights from Auckland it will never be so easy for us to go. It seems a shame not to grab the opportunity.

My big, huge non-negotiable this year? Christmas at home in the UK. I haven’t had a cold Christmas since 2010 and it’s high time I rectified that. The dream would be to fly to Toronto to see friends, bus it to New York and then home from there. We’ll see how the budget plays out… I also rather fancy visiting the home of Father Christmas himself and hopping over to Finland for a few days. Basically I want to pack 7 years of Christmas in to next December. Expect gallons of mulled wine to be consumed.

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Impossible blues at the Hokitika gorge

Also on the agenda? Blogging more!

I loved my job in Cairns, but it left me so mentally drained that the only thing I could do after a long day was flop down on the sofa. I’m hoping to have a better work-life balance this year, leaving me with more time for creative pursuits!

There’s no point whatsoever in living in a country as beautiful as New Zealand if I’m not going to enjoy it. I’m planning to have a lot of adventures to document and a lot of knowledge to impart.

What’s on your wishlist for 2017?

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  • Reply Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad

    Oh I heartily second the David Attenborough wish. I just read his autobiography (amazing) and now I am even more invested in that man staying on the planet for as long as possible. We need him! Anyway… Your travel plans for NZ all sound amazing, I’m fairly sure it’s impossible to put a foot wrong in that country (I’ve never been but am judging by internet photos alone!). Conversely, I am looking forward to my first hot Christmas this year, as I’m moving to Sydney! Other than that I think I’ll be doing a lot of local travel, like you 🙂

    January 8, 2017 at 2:53 am
    • Reply Cheskie

      He’s just the most amazing man! Oh you’ll love having a hot Christmas – it’s just a bit weird but it’s a lot of fun. Good luck with your move, let me know if you have any questions!

      January 8, 2017 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Jessi (Two Feet, One World)

    Can’t wait to follow your NZ adventures – so so much to see 🙂

    January 8, 2017 at 5:48 am
    • Reply Cheskie

      Thank you! Hopefully there’s going to be a lot to write about 🙂

      January 8, 2017 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi

    I’m SO excited to see your New Zealand adventures!!

    January 17, 2017 at 11:23 pm
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