Touchdown New Zealand

I’ve been in New Zealand for four days now and my tour of the country begins in two. I’m looking forward to it, I think mainly for some human interaction as I’ve been staying in an AirBnB (a lovely one by the way) by myself. The tour is going to take me to both islands and I’ve heard the South is hot which pleases me as I’ve definitely been spoilt by the last few weeks of California and Fiji.

Until next time!

The one about Fiji (all photos fixed)

Hello!

I haven’t really had internet while being away so I’m doing a big old update filled with words (surprisingly) and photos. I’m flying to New Zealand tomorrow which I’m excited about and right now I am laying down on a nice comfy double bed with the air con blasting. How I’ve missed home comforts!

Day 1:

It’s crazy to think that I’m currently halfway across the world on a strange island in strange surroundings. I have thought many times that I can’t do this but here I am trying to push my boundaries. I even went snorkelling today! Admittedly I was terrible and drank a load of sea water but I did it! There’s no set schedule here, you can literally do what you want. For someone that enjoys a bit of a structure in his life I am finding all of this rather odd. This island also only has power at certain times of the day so it does really feel like I’ve gone back in time.

Right now I am writing this while laying on a hammock. The sun has finally appeared back from the clouds and is warming my soul/body. I am staying in a hut with 3 other people tonight and they all seem pretty friendly. I’ve also lost my amazing universal plug so I’m annoyed at myself for leaving it wherever. BUT I should probably be on my phone less anyway. Not sure what is happening tonight but I’m almost certain it will involve drinking and everyone here can appreciate my Asian flush.

Day 2:

Last night a group of us climbed up a hill to watch the sunset and as you can imagine it was very pleasant (understatement). I also can’t remember when I last saw the sky so clear. Pretty sure I saw Mars last night as well.

I’m still jet lagged so skipped the morning activity in favour of sleep and some normality with Netflix! I am so thankful for the ability to download shows to watch later.

Day 3:

I got quite drunk last night so I’m very hungover this morning. Met some lovely Austrians and Germans as well and we played UNO until late at night (10pm…).

This morning we learnt how to cut open and prepare coconuts and I’ve discovered that I now enjoy eating it.

It’s the last day at the Nablua Lodge and it has been great living the island life. Catching a boat later for another two nights further down the coast. Hoping I don’t feel too sea sick for the journey. Blah blah blah, man up Ed!

Day 4:

Newest island is a lot bigger than the last one and there was an option to get your own room for £20 a night. You can bet your butt that I did it for that price.

We walked along the beach last night and I get a real good sunset photo which you’ve probably seen on Instagram but if you haven’t then here it is!

Lot of water based activities here that I’m skipping out of because of the first day when I drank a load of sea water, probably shouldn’t have picked so many water based countries really.

At this point I want to add a disclaimer that I haven’t been spell/grammar checking on this website at all.

Day 5:

Today I leave another island for another. I remember at the start of the trip being amazed at all the different islands but now I’m starting to feel a little indifferent to them. What a spoilt prick I’ve become.

Two more nights and then I’m back on the mainland and then to New Zealand. Everyone I’ve spoken to has raved about how amazing it is so they are making me terribly excited for it. Mountains and caves, what’s not to like. I promised myself I’d go sky diving as well and I bloody hope that I do, need to tick it off the bucket list.

Anyway Fiji! I can’t recommend it enough. Everyone is so friendly here and the food has been fantastic. A friendly resort host has invited me back to his family house for a traditional meal and some kava. Hoping I make it back there alive…

Day 6:

I had possibly the best night since coming to Fiji. After being moved to a different island when on the boat and thinking “oh no” I was welcomed onto a family run resort. It was definitely the most authentic Fiji experience and it was all down to a plant based drink they have called Kava. It basically got me very high and it’s legal over here. Body is paying for it this morning as I woke up at half 11 but it was worth it. We sat in a circle on a mat and we snag, drank and smoked out way into the early morning. They do it every night and I could easily see myself spending the rest of my life here but alas, the next part of my journey comes calling. One more island and then I’m back to the mainland before flying to New Zealand. It has been absolutely magical so far.

Side note: I’m pretty sure everyone in Fiji can sing and play guitar

Day 7:

So I decided to stay one more night on the same island because I had such a a good time the night before. At 5pm we hiked for about two hours to climb up this massive hill/mountain to watch the sunset and I got some really good photos! I felt such a big sense of accomplishment when I reached the top as it seemed like the hike up was never going to end. Drank more kava in the evening before retiring to bed at a more reasonable 11pm instead of 3am like the night before.

Waiting to head back to the mainland where I’ve heard there’s a Nando’s! Do I? I am very tempted haha.

(Edit: went to the Hard Rock Cafe instead)

More Vegas

The last two days have been mostly spent wandering around Vegas. After the disaster of the night before where I lost money I decided gambling is probably not my forté.

I started the day with my first Denny’s breakfast which I obviously didn’t finish because the portion sizes are so big and then walked around a giant Walmart. Then I had to go to the Vegas sign to take a photo because how else would people know I went??

Some of the hotels here are INSANE. Caesar’s Palace is out of this world…and decadent. Not sure how people can spend more than a few days here. In the MGM Grand they have a VR experience that you absolutely have to try. You put on a headset, a small suit and you have a plastic gun. With those tools you are transported to a post apocalyptic world where zombies have taken over. You definitely don’t look like an idiot wearing it.

You can see that I’ve stopped putting in dates. Mainly because I want to stop confusing myself and also because I’m not sure how to count!

Tonight I’m watching Jimmy Eat World which I am very very excited about! Currently I am watching my clothes dry at a laundromat, who said travelling wasn’t exciting??

I want to give a special shout out to my Uber driver Barbara who took me to a weed dispensary beforehand. As you know I am partial to it…but you probably already knew that.

One more night and then it’s off to the tropical island of Fiji and the real start to my travelling as I will not have friends and family with me. Let’s do this!

Day 6: What happens in Vegas…

So the drive down from LA to Vegas was about 4 hours and it flew by. The car I was driving was so much better than mine because it had an arm rest and cruise control. The views were bloody spectacular as well! Desert and mountains everywhere.

I’ve already lost $200 gambling so I think I’m going to stop playing now. I also found out that Jimmy Eat World are playing while I’m here so I’m definitely going.

Tomorrow will be spent chilling and getting burnt in the 39 degrees heat.

What have I done…

If you’re on this site then you know i’m leaving work for three months to go gallivanting halfway around the world and I’m currently sitting at my desk thinking “What have I done?”.  I’ve never been away for so long and I am absolutely terrified.

Why am I doing this?

The short version, because I want to see more of the world!

The longer version is a slightly different. I’m doing it because of two reasons.

1. Work has been pretty demanding and stressful recently and I just want a break from it. I’m in a position where I have a great opportunity to do some travelling,
2. A girl. I was in what I thought was a pretty good relationship but that has ended and it put me in a real dark place mentally.

BUT, let’s not dwell on that. That’s in the past, we are looking forward.

The goal of this website is my own pleasure really. Something I can look back and think “yeah I did that.”

Thank you for reading and I hope that you come back.

*special shout out to Ryan Webb who thought of the name and my Word Press guru Molly for helping design this website.