Big Decision – Big Dream

This week, Mads and I made a huge decision for our family – we booked flight tickets for Christmas. And if that doesn’t sound huge to you, it’s probably because you haven’t seen the spreadsheet, we have had going, or had to ask for the 6 weeks off from your job.

We're planning on doing something totally different for Christmas this year, and this evening it inspired the game 'find the country'. Love to have the map in place! #worldmap #world #travel #countries #sisters

This Christmas we will not have the traditional Danish Christmas that I personally had E.V.E.R.Y single Christmas of my life. Never missed one. Love it too.

But that’s only because we’re doing something awesome! We’re taking the girls to the other side of the univ… Nahhh, ok – the other side of the planet at least. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to go to New Zealand, and Mads is with me on that one, so we decided to pull out 6 weeks of Christmas and everyday life, and go.

You know, that totally different thing we're doing for Christmas? Booked. #awesome #soexcited #worldtravel #theotherside #nzherewecome #fijitoo #cantwait

New Zealand

The plan is, we’re flying out to Auckland, spending a few days there and then moving in to an autocamper, which will be our home for four weeks, while we drive around the beautiful northern and southern islands of New Zealand. That’s the frame of it all, and the ingredients that we hope to add include a lot of nature experiences, a wonderful adventure for the girls, and the luxury of spending time together as a family that reaches beyond school vacations, weekends etc. After our NZ adventure, we will fly out from Christchurch to Oarsman’s Bay Lodge in Fiji for a week of relaxation, before we head back home. Back to work and school.

It is amazing and we feel so fortunate! I cannot believe we’re actually going, and for me, it will be a dream come true.

I know I haven’t been saying much lately, but I had to share this. And I will be sharing from our travel too, that’s for sure. Right now I just love the fact that I’m already looking forward to our summer vacation on the boat, and now I know that during our summer vacation, I will have this to look forward to as well. If you know of books, web sites or anything else that I should read cover to cover, let me know. Or, if any of you guys are from New Zealand and feel like having a bunch of Danish visitors for tea to share advice on places to go, let me know.

Cant wait!


  1. Maria says:

    For such a long time I’ve wondered if you would write again, and now you did, and you’re coming here! Give me a shout if you want any suggestions or reviews about places 🙂

    • Astrid says:

      Hi Maria – thank you, that is such a sweet comment! I do want to write, but life just always seems to be rather busy. 😉 We have booked everything except the autocamper, so if you know anywhere to check for reliable autocamper rentals with reasonable prices, do let me know (seems to be a bit of a jungle). And I might also check in with you again, when we’ve researched a bit more for the route planning. 🙂

  2. Di says:

    Exciting indeed! We have missed you….but I shouldn’t say too much as I too have been missing from my blog…I have always wanted to go to New Zealand….my parents went years ago and I remember that one of the things they saw that I would love to see are the Moeraki Boulders. I am sure that you will have a fantastic trip and with so much time to look forward to it – looking forward to the trip is half the fun

    • Astrid says:

      It’s great to hear from you, Di – we all have busy lives, don’t we? 😊 I will definitely add Moeraki Boulders to my list – just googled, and it looks amazing! I agree – love to have lots of time to look forward to it! Hugs! 😉

  3. Judy says:

    As a proud New Zealander I can’t help putting a word in too! I second the recommendation to see the Moeraki Boulders. (Just up the road from me, I live in Dunedin) Personally my favourite part of the country to visit is Fiordland, on the west coast of the South Island. Stunning scenery! I hope your family have a fantastic trip in our lovely country. Judy.

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