Booking that first flight for a multi-country trip is always an extremely exciting moment. It’s essentially a “this is actually happening” moment, making the trip a reality and no longer a dream. I chose October 29th as the departure date for one simple reason, my birthday is on November 1st. So, I arrive on the 31st, which means I can celebrate both Halloween and my birthday in New Zealand. It’s been a dream of mine to celebrate at least one birthday in another country.
|Love it when they say “one way”|
Now, I depart DC on the 29th of October, and the arrival date, as I said earlier, is on the 31st. It doesn’t actually take 2 days to get there, just gotta keep the changing time zones in mind. That being said, there is a 6 hour flight from DC to LA, as well as a 9 hour layover in Los Angeles, and finally a 13 hour flight from LA to Auckland. Maybe I’ll have my sister come get me in LA so I can see her, my nieces, and my brother-in-law while I wait for my flight. And, I’ve been to Japan a couple times before, so I’ve done the 13 or 14 hour flights before.
|Maybe I’ll get to see these 2 during my layover in LA|
Still, for super long flights, I recommend bringing something with you to help pass the time. For me, I have various options: I’ll have both my laptop as well as my Windows Surface tablet, so I can write as we’re flying to our destinations. I also bought a Nintendo 3DS recently to add to the options of distractions for these flights. I use the word distraction because I think that is what one needs on super long flights. You can try to get some sleep as well, but what if you’re like me and have trouble falling asleep on planes, such as the one flight to Tokyo. Thirteen hour flight, half hour of sleep. More power to ya if you’re able to.
|with Super Smash Bros and The Legend of Zelda|
I’ll be in Auckland from the 31st of October until the 3rd of November. I’m really excited because I’ve already booked some activities for my time there. Check this out:
Oct 31st: Ziplining at Waiheke Island with EcoZip Adventures (will use my GoPro for this)
Nov 1st (Birthday!!): SkyWalk and SkyJump at the Sky Tower
Nov 2nd: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (located in Matamata, about 2 hours from Auckland)
I’m sure I’ll find some other stuff to do with the time I have left. Suggestions are certainly welcomed.