Holiday, ah now there’s a topic I can talk about for ever. I love everything about holidays. The planning and anticipation, the traveling, the exploring and experiencing new cultures, languages, food and habits and the feeling of having all the time in the world to enjoy every moment of it.
One of the benefits of living in Europe, especially a small country like the Netherlands is that you can travel to other cultures so easily. We used to cycle for 30 minutes across the border and have a completely different experience in supermarkets, cafes and restaurants.
From NZ it is much harder to go and explore different cultures, as the closest other countries are at least 3 hours flight away. But then with all the holiday choices you have in NZ, you don’t really want to leave anyway. It’s just about the perfect holiday destination. There are so many incredible spots to go, where you could easily spend days, or weeks, if you had the time. Beautiful beaches, white on the east coast, often black sand in the west. Beaches that could easily be voted top beach in the world, but nobody is on it as there are so many to choose from. Then there are mountains and rolling hills, active and dormant volcanoes, rivers and lakes, rain forests and other native forest with trees so old and big that historic buildings in Europe fade away by it. And that’s just on land. The water provides lots of holiday opportunities too. Some of the best diving and snorkelling spots in the world, fantastic whale and dolphin watching and don’t forget the sailing!
Combine this with the intriguing Maori culture, wonderful food and wine, markets, museums, concerts, bungy jumping and other adrenaline pumping activities, and you’ve got your holiday paradise.
The biggest downfall about holidays in NZ is that as New Zealanders you only get 20 days of annual leave a year. Definitely not enough to fulfil my passion!