After hours of driving and flying, long lines and conversations with strangers, our adventure began as we exited Christchurch Airport. The sky was dark and filled with stars, and the air was cold as I yelled, "I can't believe I'm in another country!" and completely forgot it was 2am. Our 14 days in NZ consisted of memories, people, experiences, and places I'll always cherish. From staying on farms with lovely families to gorgeous beach walks (that made you feel like your legs might fall off), finding lookouts with sunsets you never wanted to end and driving through scenic, winding roads while singing crazy songs with your closest friends. Taking a leap and buying that plane ticket, deciding to travel with my friends, was one of the best decisions I've made. As we were driving beside the most amazing mountains, sailing past waterfalls and walking over the most crystal blue water I've ever seen, I felt like I was finally living in the moment after spending years of only looking to the future–studying for my exams, so I can go to uni, so I can get a job, and so on. I was able to enjoy what was happening then and now and truly immerse myself in new experiences, truly let go of fear. Travelling is something I've always wanted to do, but there was a voice inside my head that always said "it'll never happen" when I dreamed of getting on a plane and setting off to somewhere new. "It's not meant for you" "You're not brave enough" "Something will go wrong". With this trip I told that voice to shut up and I finally proved it wrong.
Thanks for the magic, New Zealand.
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