Day 12 is about Places I Have Visited.
A lot of you may already know about all my travels, because it’s a big interest in my blog. So this post may link to a lot of older posts that will be able to tell you in more detail about these places.
Let’s start locally.
New Zealand, my home country.
I have been to Wellington, I have featured it a lot in my blog as I live here. I say you can still visit your hometown though, there’s places and haunts I like to frequent and photograph. My Leisurely Walks and Drives series is proof of that!
Tongariro National Park
One of the great walks of New Zealand is the Tongariro Crossing. It’s a full or half day hike depending on whether you want to also take on Mt Doom. Literally. Mt Ngaruhoe is Mt Doom in Lord of the Rings. We chose not to climb it, because an extra 3 hours of climbing on top of the 6 we were already doing seemed like too much. It’s around Taupo is the easiest way I can think to describe it.
I recently went back to Auckland for the weekend. However I have been there numerous times over my life. I haven’t done any posts on the visits I’ve done there with my family though. Maybe that’ll be a future TBT post.
I have technically visited here, I mean I have never stayed longer than a few hours. But for road trips to and from Auckland, we always stop here. The lake is always beautiful and Huka Falls is pretty cool. I only seem to have a photo of Huka Falls though.
I haven’t been in ages, but we have made a few trips here when I was younger. I only have the vaguest memories though. I should return.
We did a family road trip with a few other Filipino families for a long weekend. It was fun! This was where I bought that crazy wig and wore it for a whole day.
Bonus place! Did you know that NZ has the record for the longest place name in the world? There was a sign about it at the holiday park we stayed at, unfortunately we did not go to there.
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. Try saying that one time fast. Here’s a video my sister took of the sign. I’m standing in the way, but I move.
I went here every two years growing up to spend Christmas with my grandparents. I have so many memories here 😀 Crossing on the ferry, visiting Pollard Park, countless Christmas lunches…
A short(ish) drive from Blenheim, we would occasionally come here for a day visit to see aunts and cousins during Christmas holidays as well.
We’ve been here a few times, again during our Christmas holidays. I always loved seeing the seals.
There’s probably more places in NZ, but I can’t remember specifics any more.
I lived in Manila for two and a half years in the 90’s. I don’t remember much of it except that it was hot. I could try do a TBT post about this, but I have such vague memories…
I also think we may have visited Palawan for a week, but I do not recall specifically where.
I came here once on a layover when I was younger to the Philippines. Then last September, I spent a week here with Rory on our first proper vacation together. We had so much fun! We visited so much stuff, and had so much fun planning the trip.
If you’re interested in reading all about it, just search the Sydney tag. I’ll list a few of my favourites though:
You guys all know about honeymoon if you’ve been on my blog for a while. It was incredible! We spent most of our days in Taveuni, but we also spent a little time in Nadi.
My most epic vacation, of course, is my Peru adventures with Sarah! We visited seven citites in all, as well as spending time hiking to Machi Picchu and hanging out in the Amazon Rainforest!
I’m going to list all of them here so you can pick and choose what to look at if you want. They all come with loads of pictures and rambles!
Fun Fact: I wrote all of these Peru posts within three days. It was the week before my wedding, and for some reason I decided to start daily blogging. These posts carried me through the days leading up to my wedding, and my honeymoon 😄 😄
Anyway, this was fun to do. Now you know a detailed account of places I’ve visited. I probably could’ve made this shorter but you know how much rambling means to me 😀