House of Travel has come up with a list of things New Zealand travellers love and loathe.
My love list is:
1. Lots of time to read.
2. Being able to communicate in the local language.
3. Different food.
4. Different cultures.
5. Different people.
6. Heat without humidity.
8. Nothing to do and all day to do it.
9. Different things to see and do.
10. Arriving home and seeing it through fresh and more appreciative eyes.
My loathe list is:
1. Getting there and back – I’m not from the journey is better than the destination school.
2. Not being able to communicate in the local language.
3. Waiting – at check ins and check outs, for transport . . .
4. Fruit and vegetable deprivation.
5. Inadequate lighting in hotels.
6. Loos – not being able to find them, the state of them once found.
7. Adjusting to time differences.
8. Living out of a suitcase.
9. Too many people in too little space.
10. Air conditioning.
The House of Travel love list is:
Your own entertainment system – and starting movies as soon as you board.
Counting down the number of sleeps until you leave.
Standing in front of Big Ben, the Pyramids or Taj Mahal and realising that you’ve made it
Getting entrenched in the local customs and culture.
The blast of heat you feel on arrival for a tropical break.
The super cheap Thai foot massages at Bangkok Airport.
Not having to make your bed every morning.
Curries, “real pizza”, pastries, ceviche – authentic fresh local cuisine.
Getting home and planning your next trip.
And the loathe list:
Virtually every airport in the country “making some changes”.
Early morning international flights.
Having to take your laptop out going through security.
Having to “fight” for the arm rest.
The realisation that you only have one more sleep before you go home.
Hotels and beaches that are nothing like their website pictures.
The “bad hair days” caused by humid holiday spots.
Unpacking and finding that your toothpaste, moisturiser or shampoo has leaked.
Tipping – why is that porter just hanging around?