My wife is on her round the world trip and will be in New Zealand through Christmas and New Years. So we planned for me to come down and meet her. So again the frightened-of-flying guy is getting on a flight again. This time it will be the longest flight I will have ever been on, even when I was flying. This will be two flights about 11 hours with a long connection in Hong Kong.
I am connecting in Hong Kong from Frankfurt to Auckland. We found a flight on Cathay Pacific that gives me a day layover. I land in the morning and leave again in the night. So even with the transit time into the city and back, I get 8 hours to explore the city and meet a few twitter friends(Connie and Juno). This should be great for several reasons:
- I have never been to Asia, so I will be able to check that off and get a taste of it.
- A full day layover should help blunt the effect of sitting for so long on those flights.
- Ali recons that I will be so exhausted after a flight and a day of roaming that I might sleep on the second flight despite my anxiety. Hoping!
Then Ali and I have more than two weeks in New Zealand exploring. We will be Christmas in Queenstown, New Years in Christchurch and a number of things in between. We are heading to an overnight trip to Milford Sound with Real Journeys and a trip up the coast to the glaciers. So mostly South Island, but back up the North Island for Rotorua and Auckland. No worries, many posts on this stuff will be forthcoming.
So I fly off to my next adventure in a few days. I’m slowly getting over my fear of flying. I still hate doing it, but not on the flight yet and not freaked ahead of time. The next weeks are all set up with posts so the blog will go on as I experience more neat things to write about and most importantly more pictures to show.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.