There are a couple of things I have in mind that I’d like to accomplish while living in NZ this year. Here is my list:
1. Save up enough money from working the first few months so that I can visit Australia after I leave NZ. My plan is to work in Auckland during the winter and then when it starts to warm up I’ll start my major traveling. This will be a challenge for me since I’m only allowed to work seasonal/temporary jobs, which means most likely a minimum wage position. I also want to explore the area around Auckland while I’m working so that will put a bit of a strain on the savings as well.
2. Keep my American accent. This is going to be a hard one because I remember on my second day in Dublin the voice I use to talk to myself in my head already had an Irish accent! It’s not a big deal, but I know if I come home sounding like Peter Jackson everyone is gonna give me a hard time.
3. Keep my possessions to a minimum. I’m not going to be taking much with me, just the essentials in terms of clothes and shoes, plus my electronic gadgets I can’t live without. But when I arrive, I don’t want to go on a shopping spree to fill up the holes in my wardrobe I left behind! I really only want to purchase things if what I brought with me wears out. So it will be more like replacing instead of adding. I won’t have anywhere to put more stuff when I leave anyway, since I’ll just have my backpack.
4. Have fun. This could potentially be a really stressful time for me. I don’t know anyone! I might run out of money! These people drive on the opposite side of the road, I’m gonna die! I really can’t think that way, and I am not planning on it. I am actually really excited, because I know that I’ll meet great people and see amazing things. I realize the potential for disaster is there, but that can be true here at home! So, along with my minimal possessions, I’ll be bringing with me a positive attitude.
I have some other goals in mind, but those are my most important ones that I wanted to share. Any ideas for something else I should accomplish while I’m away? Leave me a comment!