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Jun 11th, 2018, 12:51 AM
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Australia-New Zealand Home Exchange Based Holiday 2018

I am about to take what will be my 4th trip down under. Trip includes home exchanges in Perth Australia and Wellington New Zealand. Between the two exchanges, there is time in the tropical cities of Broome and Darwin and then a week on in a serviced apartment adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef. After all of that, I visit a friend in Melbourne and finish the trip with the home exchange in New Zealand.

If you want to follow my adventures, you can check my with my blog here:

https://altecockertravels.weebly.com...land-2018.html

There are links there to the subblogs describing the trip as it unfolds. The total length of the trip is 3 1/2 months. Airfare across the Pacific was courtesy of frequent flyer miles (going American, returning United).
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Jun 11th, 2018, 12:34 PM
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Enjoy your trip Lauren, happy to help if you need any suggestions for Perth.
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Jun 12th, 2018, 12:12 AM
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Thanks. I plan to cover the area between the Pinnacles and Margaret River during the course of six weeks. You can reach me personally via email: [email protected]. I might be interested in going to "Carmen"--which is on while I am there. I live in DC. "Hamilton", is on here while I am gone--a huge disappointment but it will be back and I will eventually see it. I am a big theater nut in addition to being fascinated by Australia's unique outdoors--something I enjoy more than the animals. The koala/kangaroo thing is quickly over with.

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Dec 31st, 2018, 05:53 PM
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Hi Lauren

I’ve been reading your blog about Western Australia with interest as we intend to travel there later in the year.

I’m also thinking of a NZ North Island trip soon so was looking forward to reading your Wellington blog but only see photos, not text. Is there some other way to read the text?
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Jan 1st, 2019, 06:17 PM
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The reason you do not see text and the photos are not labeled is that I never got around to posting the text. In the outback, the second leg of the trip, I barely had electricity--much less connectivity. I ceased posting day to day because it was impossible. I never got back in the daily groove. So, twently lashes with a wet noodle for me.

When I got to places that had connectivity, i basically concentrated on getting all the photos loaded--a terrible chore when you have slow connectivity. I did finish loading photos a few moments ago and will move on to putting in some text. I just never caught up after the tour in The KImberly. I got so behind.

Then when I got home, I had two medical problems that needed dealing with. My right bicep was partially torn in The Kimberly in a fall. It was sort of a nuisance, but I assumed it would eventually heal. But, no, when I got home, the tendon tore entirely when I rolled over in bed (a very dangerous exercise). I also have a chronic back problem. At age 72, I had plenty of regular appointments with the Medicare assortment I have. The whole businesss got away from me.

What i am going to do is start working on text and labelling at least some of the photos. When I am done, I will be back here to tell everyone it is done.

Please accept my apology for the delay. If you have any specific questions, you can reach me directly at [email protected]. My trip to NZ this time was centered at my home exchange in Wellington, NZ. I also spent 4 lovely days in and around Blenheim, NZ, where my home exchanger's sister lives. She hosted me. I previously did a home exchange trip to the North Island where I stayed in Kamo on the North Island. I am not sure if that trip report is still up on my site or not. I do periodically remove blogs as the site can get overwhelming to visitors if they can't immediately find things. So, I do delete old blogs from time to time. Kamo is 2 3/4 hours NW of Auckland near the Bay of islands (which I recommend that you see). In my first trip I did a loop to Waitomo Caves and also visited Rotorura. I did not repeat any of those things on this visit. I was absoultely exhausted after 2 1/2 months in Australia covering Perth, The KImberly, Darwin, TheGreat Barrier Reef and Melbourne. A pretty much chilled a lot in Wellington due to my back, at that point, fairly well killing me.

Have a gret trip wherever you decide to travel. New Zealand is a beautiful country and is much larger than it looks in the typical mercator projection.

I returned to the US (and Donald, ugh, Trump) on September 30th and now it is dreary winter. One disadvantage of the trip is not having a summer. I had to go to Australia during the dry season to see The Kimberly and Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef. So, I had to structure the trip that way.

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Jan 1st, 2019, 06:18 PM
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Perth was great except for all the rain while I was there. It was winter, and should be expected when you travel when it rains a lot.
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Jan 2nd, 2019, 01:00 AM
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Thanks Lauren

I didn’t mean to pressure you. I just enjoyed the Perth part and wondered what had happened to the NZ part. I hope you get better soon.
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Jan 2nd, 2019, 11:21 AM
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I worked on the Broome-Kimberly part last night. I am going to try and do a little each day. Check back in a couple of weeks and it should be finished. I am actually glad you said something because the longer I wait, the more I will forget.

Have a great trip wherever you go.
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Jan 2nd, 2019, 10:13 PM
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Thanks. I look forward to reading more of your blog.
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