Speaking from personal experience, there’s nothing that ruins the trip of a lifetime quicker than that being robbed. I’ve been pickpocketed in Scotland, had my window broken and things stolen from me in the USA, and I had my bank account raided, and I’ll never forget having my rental car smashed and grabbed in Puerto Rico. While my years of traveling through 26 countries has taught me that most people have good in their hearts, these moments keep me levelheaded and aware, always.
The school holidays are a fantastic time to spend with the kids, build bonds, and learn more about the world together. There are a few places as packed full of activities and learning than Rotorua, New Zealand.
In this article, we will take a look through some of the incredible things that you can do on the school holidays, whether travelling from within New Zealand or holidaying locally.
What’s better: rock or hip hop? Jazz or reggae? Who’s to say? As many genres of music there are, as many or maybe more preferences you can find. If you are planning to visit Miami, you might be able to find out what makes your bones shake and lifts your spirit.
First, here are some quick tips to enjoy your experience. B.Y.O.W. “bring your own water”. Water at the venues is very expensive, so try to bring at least a bottle from home. Make sure you take into account all the transit options, if you are going with friends and want to arrive together, you might want to rent a van to pack your friends and a cooler full of goodies, but remember where you parked, it will save you a lot of trouble. Bring clear zip-lock bags with your favorite snacks, apples, string cheese and trail mix just to give you some ideas. Last but not least, get one of those portable phone chargers.
A movement has been brewing over the past couple of decades and is only snowballing faster with each day around the sun, and that movement is the positive life choice of choosing natural over synthetic. In the USA and in Europe, there is a growing momentum of conscious choices happening, and with that change in people’s minds and lifestyles comes a world of exciting options. For awhile, big corporations gained traction by selling cheap products that help all income levels survive, but not without a cost to ones health and overall wellness.
When one considers the words ‘summer fun,’ a myriad of visions come to mind, like basking in the hot sun beneath an umbrella on a sandy beach, or swimming, or surfing, or camping, or simply being surrounded by loved ones beneath the glorious summer sun. Nothing beats an amazing summer vacation, but when funds or timing doesn’t work out, that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside and sulk with the air conditioner blaring in your face. It means that you may not be able to have the ultimate pleasure of your wildest desires this season. But that’s not all it means...
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”
There’s something beautiful that happens to the human experience when it gives itself over to the things of the soul. John Muir knew that, and in his quote above he talks about losing his mind to find his soul. What I’ve always taken from that is that when you live in the moment, feeling everything the natural world gives to you in sensory details, like the wind, the birds, and the sensation of belonging that can come with extended time among unspoiled land, then your brain sort of shuts off, easing into the sensory overload of emotion and beauty, and soul.
When you surround yourself in true wilderness, and simply let yourself experience everything around you, down to the insects on the ground, the detail of the bark and the sounds and smells that are all around, then you escape from the overworked, anxiety-ridden lifestyle of our modern life and you calm, and you begin to see and feel the rest of the natural world. We’ve grown apart from Nature and it shows in many of our symptoms of emotional and mental struggles, and that’s why I believe it’s so important to go back to your roots to find yourself.
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