To be a Kiwi or not to be…that is the question…

Last night, I couldn’t sleep (starting to be a trend, it seems like) and so I took a serious look at my must-haves, i’d-like-tos, and it’d-be-nice-tos in terms of countries to visit on my trip.  I also took a long, hard look at the cost of traveling in these countries and what it will cost to get to those countries.  

After weighing the pros and cons, I’ve decided to axe Australia and New Zealand from the list. I knoowww, it’s Australia and New Zealand! I feel like I have to go, that I should go and that it is expected for me to go if I’m going to do this huge year long trip. But. The cost of getting to those countries coupled with the fact that I’d be there during their winter makes the prospect of those countries a bit less attractive at this point. So I’ve decided to save them for another trip. I think. I don’t know. I still want to go there, but I’m just not sure it’s a must do for this trip.

Please, please, please someone advise me!  Is it worth going to Australia and New Zealand in what will be the coldest time of year or should I put those off for another trip? When I go, I want to be able to dive the Great Barrier Reef, go on walk-about in the Outback, and explore Maori culture. Plus, I feel like Australia and New Zealand would be awesome places to go to with a few friends.

So, yea, maybe I’ll just hold off. There are 20+ other countries I want to go on this trip and I have to make cuts somewhere. Cutting those 2 countries would save me a buttload of money…over $1,000 just for getting to and from them.  If anyone has any suggestions on how to cut costs to these countries or whether or not it’s worth shelling out the cash, I’d love to hear from you! Thanks!

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