When I first started this blog, my intentions were twofold. First, I hoped to create a venue for a documentation of my travels throughout New Zealand (also, a continuation of my travels throughout Ireland, Scotland, and the rest of Europe). Second, I hoped to maintain a general travel blog which contained information for backpackers and other budget travelers. I might mention that I hoped the two wouldn’t be mutually exclusive. Hopefully a web log of my experiences would be enlightening and informative to other travelers.
So far, it’s safe to say I’ve failed at both intentions.
First of all, I’ve been busy. This shouldn’t be an excuse. Ideally, I should be able to balance the day-to-day lifestyle of a backpacker with the (relatively) frequent blog post and update. Alas, I haven’t.
When I traveled throughout Europe, I spent a fair bit of idle my time on buses, trains, and in hostels with easy access to the world wide web. While I was busy, I had more downtime to sit down, reflect, and shed light on my experiences living out of a backpack. You might note I mentioned the easy access to the world wide web.
One thing I have found in New Zealand is that wireless internet is often hard to come by. When I do find a wireless hotspot, the service tends to be either slow or expensive (or both). Again, this isn’t an excuse – as there are ways for me to get online.
Nonetheless, while I’m making excuses, I’ll make one more. My traveling throughout New Zealand has been in my own, personal transport. Living with Nicole out of a campervan named Max has thus far been a terrific experience. We can choose our own path, with our own time frame in mind, and at our own pace. We’ve seen corners of this island that we most certainly would not be able to see if we were traveling via bus. Yet, at the end of the day, we often find ourselves camping on a secluded beach or in a national park – where, believe it or not, WiFi is difficult (read impossible) to come by.
So, please take this for what it is – an explanation (excuse) of why posts to backpackingmatt.com have been few and far between. Please continue to check back, as hopefully great things are coming.