We try to do an epic family trip every 2 years.
It’s been almost 4 years. So we were due to explore someplace cool. And our friends were living in Sydney, Australia for 2 months and invited us to stay with them. We decided to stay NEAR them and also swing by New Zealand for a few days too. Hint – you need more than 7 days to explore New Zealand and Australia, but we did what we could considering we could only be gone during Spring Break. Our son’t new school is challenging and we want to teach him the importance of school…and prioritizing what you want to do when you travel. What is the most important thing to see/do/explore? Do that!
Day 1-3 (thanks to the international date line):
30 Something hours of travel (door-to-door), 2 delayed flights, 3 flights total (just to get here). We rented the prettiest home through Airbnb and made a day full of memories playing on the beach, exploring our cute little beach town, and dreaming of more adventures traveling (with and without the kids)…..all that travel is totally worth it. New Zealand is enchanting!
(And it’s hard to see in this sunset photo, but the water is aqua there!!!)
“Home” after a full day exploring (and eating) our way around Able Tasman National Park, New Zealand. (Google it because it’s beautiful but we don’t have any photos because our phones died and our camera started acting wonky). Best farm-fresh & organic food here!
Day 5: Flew to the North Island and saw the glowworm caves.
Sydney, Australia with my little family.
Of all of the cities we have visited, Sydney is the most likely to be our daughter’s future home town. It’s all things she loves the most:
– Big City (financial district + art galleries + sky scrapers + chi-chi hotels + amazing restaurants…) PLUS
– Beach Town (fitness/surf culture + open air cafes + scenic walking paths + family friendly)
…sprinkled with a bit of history, scandal, and old country rivalries. Bonus is everyone speaks english and it’s a super friendly culture.
The only downside is everyone drives (and walks) on the wrong side of the road. 😉
Sydney is kind of like London, San Francisco, & Miami had a baby. Lol! Such a cool vibe! Can’t wait to go back and see our friends (hopefully) next year too.
Coogee Beach, Sydney, Australia
Spent our last morning of this short (but epic) adventure in Australia watching the sun rise and the biggest waves I think I’ve ever seen. Thank you GOD for this beautiful planet we live on. I will do what I can to help protect it because sharing moments like this with family (and the world) is priceless!