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7 Days of Travel Chaos – My Journey From Morocco To New Zealand!

gap year flight to new zealand

The last week of my backpacking journey has been pretty mental – something that you probably would’ve picked up if you’re following me on twitter or have liked the Facebook page – and it’s seen me go from sitting in one town being a lazy surf bum to bouncing across 3 continents and thrust back into the backpacker bubble!

 

So where the hell have I been and what have I been up too?!

 

Morocco

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My Final Moroccan Fling

My journey started back in Taghazout, Morocco where I said goodbye to the crew at Surf Berbere where I’ve worked for the last few months and take my students on a mini Moroccan roadtrip. Before saying goodbye to them.

First stop was the fishing town of Essouria where the bustling fish markets and laid back cafe culture provided a great escape and down time for everyone – although a night on the wine meant it wasn’t so chaos free!

Then we all headed inland to the souks and sounds of Marrakech – where I first started my journey into northern Africa. A couple nights of gin fuelled fun by the pool were in order as a final goodbye to the guys I’ve surfed with for the last few months.

Hungover and in the dry African heat I headed to the airport for the first flight of 2013 and the start of my backpacking adventure…

 

Switzerland

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A Quick Jaunt In Switzerland

The first stop on my journey (after a layover in Madrid and another terrible flight with Iberia!) was a visit to the girl in Switzerland.

I’m still as in awe of the scenery of this tiny but amazing country as I was when I first backpacked through it late last year – it’s simply stunning.

Bouncing out from Zurich we decided to head to the Alps for a spot of snowboarding in Flims Laax and we’re both stoked we did. A perfect day of powder and glorious sunshine meant a full day on the piste and despite a couple days of travel behind me my legs just about held up!

But no sooner had I arrived then it was time to leave again – this time for a more gruelling flight schedule, but luckily this time in the absolute comfort of Emirates and via Dubai to a the land down under, where I haven’t been since I finished my first backpacking adventure in 2010…

 

Australia

backpacker flight to sydney australia
Back In The Land Down Under

Yup I finally made it back to the land of roos, spiders and surf –  I’ve been dreaming about going back to  Australia since I backpacked it in 2009/2012

Once again though my stay here was limited….really limited! In fact I only had a 12 hour layover in Sydney, but luckily I’d rustled up some awesome travel buddies to grab me from the airport and I was accompanied by the ever amusing Tika and Jessie (who I first met in Ecuador last year) which resulted in a beeline for the pubs of Sydney Harbour for a few schooners!

A hazy 6am start the next day though on little more than a couple hours sleep saw me checking in for my final flight and the end of my week of travel chaos…the land of the long white cloud.

 

New Zealand

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New Zealand – I’m Here!

8 months later than planned I’ve FINALLY arrived in New Zealand – yup my travel plans have changed that much!

I was met at Christchurch airport by my parents who I haven’t seen for over a year and we jumped into campervan living straight away (them having already done the north island in a van before meeting me) and since then we’ve been exploring the wonders the south island has to offer.

I won’t touch on that too much (that’s another post!) but I’m super stoked to be here!

So yeah – 7 days, 5 flights and nearly 14,000km later I’m well and truly back in the backpacker bubble….and I’ve never felt so at home!

 

Let the adventure begin…!

 

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