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The Greatest Journey Meme

I’m very lucky to have been on some truly extraordinary trips, from backpacking with friends across the US after uni to flying upper class to places like Hong Kong and Washington DC. I’ve scuba dived among ruins in Turkey, swum with turtles in Hawaii and kissed dolphins in Antigua and Florida. But wherever you go, and however you get there, it’s the experiences and the people you’re with that make these journeys so memorable.

The biggest trip I’ve made, in every sense, was the time I flew on my own to join No 1 Son and his dad in New Zealand. They had been there for a fortnight before I was able to join them and I cannot tell you how much I wanted that plane to get there quickly – flying 24 hours on your own when all you can think about is how much you want a huggle from your only child is just awful. When I spotted my little boy at Auckland airport we ran into each other’s arms and didn’t let go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Man of the House was so proud to show me his homeland. We saw waterfalls and geysers, bathed in hot springs at Rotorua,  flew in a helicopter over the Craters of the Moon and Huka Falls, went boating on Lake Taupo, discovered the many Maori myths and legends, spent time with the rellies, played on the glorious beaches (particularly Papamoa) and had the most incredible time, and all the more special because we were discovering my boy’s Kiwi heritage. (Afterwards we flew to Sydney and our plane was struck by lightning on the way, but that’s another story.)

So this is the Greatest Journey Meme. I want to hear about your most memorable, incredible journey so far – not just because of where you went, but because of the whole emotional experience. To set the ball rolling I’m tagging English Mum, Mum’s Gone To, Mummy’s Travels, Jenography and Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy. Ladies, I can’t wait to hear about your fantastic voyages – don’t forget to link back to this post and tag other bloggers to share their amazing journeys.

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  1. [...] …the Craters of the Moon – hydrothermal eruption craters – in Taupo, New Zealand are AWESOME (this is No 1 Son pretending to be the helicopter we’d just been in)… [...]

  2. [...] round the summit of a mountain in Switzerland on a rubber dinghy, for example, or getting into a helicopter in New Zealand with him – my precious baby – has taken all my courage. But I know that as a mum one of [...]

  3. [...] places, as far-flung as New Zealand and Mexico, but the closest I’ve come to the wild side is going up in helicopters or, post-uni, staying at a hostel in Houston, Texas, when we were backpacking across the US and [...]

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  6. Whenever I hear or read about NZ I get jealous, it has to be one of the most photogenic countries on earth.

    Nice to read a travel blog from a Mum’s perspective as well.

  7. [...] journey so far. But I’ve been pondering for days after I was challenged to answer it on The Mum Blog. I’ve been to some fabulous places, with China, Madagascar, Laos, Lebanon and the South Pacific [...]

  8. MummyTravels May 8, 2012

    You’ve had me pondering all weekend – but I think I’ve made up my mind. Post on its way…

  9. Trish - Mums Gone to May 7, 2012

    New Zealand – now there’s somewhere I would love to go. Sharing it with your son must have been very special.

    Thanks for the tag – think I know where I’m going to go.

  10. Mrs Worthington May 6, 2012

    great meme idea

  11. English Mum May 6, 2012

    Ooooh *gets thinking cap on*

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